14 February 2008

Vintage Redwork Valentine...


Redwork... is from the days when one could purchase "muslin penny" squares at a local dry good store. The squares were stamped with designs for ones stitching pleasure. Little girls would practice their stitches on these squares. Monochromatic being the color scheme, colors of red, blue or black thread were used.

The red thread was usually dyed with Turkey Red dye and only stitched with the one color. Washing and drying the stitched fabrics in the sun would not fade the colorfast red thread.

If anyone has more knowledge of the history of Redwork to share... please do! *wink*

My dear friend, Asela over at Hop Art Studio is so generous to share some Valentine designs with us... can't wait to see what you create with them! *wink*

Xtra -
1. Use Nestabilities for accents, frames or base of ATC's.

- Vintage Valentines by Stampin' Up!

- Warm Red Fluid Chalk by Colorbox (Stamping Memories)

- Real Red by Stampin' Up!
- White by Georgia Pacific

- Red Grosgrain by Stampin' Up!
- White Heart Brads by Source Unknown

- Lg. Classic Scallop Rectangle Nestabilities by Ellen Hutson, LLC
- Sm Classic Rectangles Nestabilities by Ellen Hutson, LLC
- Paper piercer

Wishing you a Valentine's Day stitched in love!



Lynette said...

So cute, Anne! Boy, would my mom love them - they look like Campbell's Kids, and they are her favorite!

bensarmom said...

Anne, these are adorable. Love the history behind this too. Very interesting.

stampqueen said...

Dating ourselfves a bit but I remember well doing teatowels with redwork patterns!!! I have been really into the 'redwork' with my stamping lately too - I see I am not the only one!!! Very cute!!

Angelnorth said...

Adorable! I'd never heard of redwork, I wonder whether there was an equivalent on this side of the Pond?

KimberlyG said...

These are lovely Anne! Thank you for sharing all of this Redwork information with us! How wonderful! :D

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