Monday, February 11, 2013

February Redwork Birdie Stitches

I have missed having a small handwork project.  Another quilter recommended Birdie Stitches Block of the Month by Little Miss Shabby available free online:  When I saw it, I knew it was the perfect project for me.  The designs are fun and whimsical.  There are twelve small projects - one for each month - that are 8" square when finished.  Instead of using several colors of embroidery thread, I chose to use just No. 8 perle cotton in red.  All I need is a needle, scissors, a ball of perle cotton, and my monthly project.  Everything fits in a little bag, and I can take it anywhere. 

I printed the twelve monthly designs from the Little Miss Shabby website.  Next, I ironed freezer paper to a 12" square of the Kona cotton in Snow.  I taped a paper pattern to a window, then taped the cotton backed with freezer paper over the paper.  I traced the design with a pencil. 

I have done redwork on a single layer of fabric, and the knots show through from the back.  I've tried backing the fabric with very lightweight iron-on interfacing, but the interfacing  wrinkled.  This time I used a double layer of the Kona cotton.  I ironed the layers together and used an embroidery hoop.  I didn't baste the two layers together, but it has not been a problem.  I've been very pleased with the results so far.

I did make one change to the design.  I added the name of the month to each block by finding a script font on my computer and enlarging it to 72.  

Valentine Food for Thought

CABBAGE always has a heart,
GREEN BEANS string along.
You’re such a cute TOMATO,
Will you PEAS to me belong?
You’ve been the APPLE of my eye,
You know how much I care;
So LETTUCE get together,
We’d make a perfect PEAR.
Now, something’s sure to TURNIP,
To prove you can’t be BEET;
So, if you CARROT all for me,
Let’s let our TULIPS meet.
Don’t SQUASH my hopes and dreams now,
Be my HONEY, dear;
Or tears will fill POTATO’s eyes,
While SWEET CORN lends an ear.

I’ll CAULIFLOWER shop and say,
Your dreams are PARSLEY mine.
I’ll work and share my CELERY,
So be my valentine.
                               Jeanne Losey

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  1. I love the love birds, too cute! I am your newest GFC follower, and found you via 'Freedom By The River Blog Hop'.
    I hope you have a great day!
    Angie G.

    1. Thank you so much, Angie! I had fun making them. And thanks for being a follower!

  2. This piece is sew cute, Sue. I love redwork too, but I may never get to it again, unless I get that queen size GFG done! I need try harder, stitch faster.

    1. Thank you, Kat. It's fun having a little project to work on that I can carry with me.

  3. Replies
    1. Thank you, Connie! I worked on my block while on a quilting retreat with my guild. It was fun to do.

  4. Cute redwork and cleaver poem that I have never seen before.

    1. Thank you, Julie! I love to collect fun poems and knew I wanted to use this one in a Valentine posting.

  5. Replies
    1. Thank you so much, Cynthia! I had fun making the block as well as creating the post!

  6. Your little birds are so cute and just perfect for Valentines. Thanks for the link, I may try some stitching.

    1. Thank you, Jeane! I think redwork is really relaxing, and these little projects are easy to carry anywhere.

  7. What lovely red work, it's so sweet! I think I'd love a whole calendar of them, 12 stitches to change monthly. Ooooww anotehr WIP idea...


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