Redwork berries have historical roots

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Redwork berries have historical roots

Redwork is pretty popular right now, and it’s a perfect illustration of everything old being new again. Its roots go pretty far back in the “gentle arts”.

As the Victorian ladies in Europe searched high and low to decorate their homes, they adopted Turkey Work from the Americans.

Turkey Red was one of the few floss colors of the day that was colorfast and readily available on both sides of the pond. You’ll find photos of museum pieces of red stitched samplers, quilt blocks and kitchen linens. Simply put, red work uses red floss to trace simple line drawings.

Way back when it was possible to find abundant collections of iron-on transfers at the local five and dime.

Read more in our Summer 2017 issue.
Download the PDF pattern now.

Nancy Devine

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