Monday, October 31, 2011

Free pattern day ! Redwork (part 1)

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Embroidery seems to be red hot, and we've seen many artists and designers who are combining embroidery with quilting. Here are some inspiring free designs for Redwork (embroidery with red thread on a white or off-white background). If you aren't already a redwork aficionado, perhaps these patterns will change your mind.  Note: This post was updated on December 1, 2012.

Bee it ever so humble by Kaaren Johnston at The Painted Quilt (Nova Scotia)

Shortly after publishing this Redwork Series we discovered Kaaren Johnston's creative, original redwork patterns and First Friday Freebies.  "Bee it ever so humble" is one of our favorites, among many. Check out her blog at The Painted Quilt !

Quilter's Watch by Noelia at más telitas (Barcelona) (For a translation to another language, click on this link: Quilter's Watch blog post)

A whimsical alarm clock in redwork... this 14-hour clock is longer than most! Noelia says: "Now with this watch you will have more time to sew in the day."  The link to the Quilter's Watch template is at the very bottom of the post. Thank you, Noelia.

Alice in Wonderland free patterns by Ruthann Zaroff at Mirkwood Designs

We've always loved Alice in Wonderland and we've admired Ruthann Zaroff's work for ages, so we were excited to find her free redwork patterns - including many Alice characters - on her projects page.  At Mirkwood Designs you can find Ruthann's Adventures in Creativity podcasts, recipes and so much more.

Away We Go, 2011 free redwork series, by Paula Shareski at Bobby Socks Quilt Company

We love Paula Shareski's stylish designs, including the scenes in her Away We Go series; four of the designs are shown above..  Her 2010 free patterns for Fairy Tales are equally delightful as shown in two of the patterns below.

For the complete line of Paula Shareski's whimsical redwork patterns please visit the Bobby Socks Quilt Company website.

Catalicious BOM, free redwork patterns by Bronwyn Hayes at Red Brolly (Australia)

Shown above is a Catalicious block made by Cathy at les Broderies de Cathy.  Twelve adorable blocks are available at Red Brolly as of this writing.

Christmas embroidery sampler by designer Bronwyn Hayes at Red Brolly

The Wish Redwork Christmas Quilt, free patterns by Bronwyn Hayes at Red Brolly  

 Bronwyn Hayes has shared an entire set of patterns for her fabulous Wish Quilt, shown above.  You can check out the whole quilt plus instructions at the link above the quilt; the detail of one of the blocks is shown below.

Detail, The WishQuilt, free patterns by Bronwyn Hayes

Dog embroidery, free patterns by Wendy Vosters (Netherlands)

Wendy Vosters is a teacher, paper-piecing expert and author of Paper-Pieced Mini Quilts.  These cute redwork patterns are portraits of her own dogs.

Sleepytime girl, hand embroidery tutorial by Juby Sarah Roxy at Rocksea

At her website, Rocksea, you can find articles and lessons explaining many different embroidery stitches - it's a wonderful resource.

Redwork alphabet A-Z ('A is for Apple' is shown) and Redwork Chicken Weathervane (Chanticleer) by Cheryl C. Fall for

Cheryl Fall has created an entire alphabet of free patterns for redwork.  Each block is 5" x 5". Part 1 (general directions and letters A through G) can be found starting here; Part 2 (H through N) can be found here; and Part 3 (O through U) can be found here. The patterns for letters V through Z as well as a filler block can be found here.The free pattern for the chanticleer weathervane can be found here.

Nasturtiums pillow, free redwork pattern by Alex Anderson at Alex Anderson Quilts

The design shown above is from Alex Anderson's book called Shadow Redwork.  This creative style features messages of inspiration stitched in ecru thread behind the redwork.  She is offering the pattern for free at her website, Alex Anderson Quilts.

For Alex's Redwork Rendezvous collection for P&B Textiles there is a free quilt pattern and redwork embroidery template. The quilt features a lovely 7.5" embroidered flower that complements the red toile print; the quilt pattern can be downloaded at The Quilt Show.

And there's more..... see Part 2 of free Redwork projects !

Image credits:  All images are copyrighted by their owners.  Please respect their generosity in sharing their free patterns, and the restrictions they have placed on the use of these designs. Complete information can be found at the designers' websites provided in the links.  If any links are broken, we'd love to know; email us at Quilt Inspiration.

1 comment:

  1. I love redwork and I'm thrilled it's coming back into fashion. I think there is nothing more charming than a redwork baby blanket. Now to brush up on the embroidery skills I learned as a young girl. Thanks for posting these.


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