Wednesday, September 25, 2013

September Redwork Birdie Stitches

This block is part of the 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.  Instead of using several colors of embroidery thread, I chose to use just No. 8 perle cotton in red.  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.

Autumn Leaves
  Green leaves,
    Yellow leaves,
      Red leaves, and brown,
            Blanketing the town.
              Oak leaves,
                Maple leaves,
                  Apple leaves, and pear,
                        “Autumn’s in the air!”
                          Big leaves,
                            Little leaves,
                              Pointed leaves, and round,
                                    Carpeting the ground.
                                                       Leland B. Jacobs

You might also enjoy reading my previous blog post here.


  1. I love your red work. I usually do red work in the embroidery hoop but have so far only used interfacing. Yours looks marvelous.

  2. I printed these designs in the past & also planned to do them in redwork. I've had the same experiences as you with backing my redwork. A friend suggested using a very thin batting. I took her suggestion of using batting & also used a hoop. I was very pleased with the results.

  3. just beautiful and inspiring. Maybe I'll try to embroider my alphabet again. Love redwork too!

  4. I love the whimsical birds. Very beautiful!

  5. I like the idea of using two layers of the kona cloth for these. Next embroidery project I will try that. Interfacing is too stiff and wrinkles as you said.


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