Redwork Embroidery Patterns by Barbara Parrish
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Instructions

  · Instructions for working the pre-printed fabric blocks and paper patterns
 


Instructions for working the pre-printed fabric blocks and paper patterns

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Instructions for working the pre-printed fabric blocks:

I recommend a 6-inch, spring type embroidery hoop, changing positions often. Don't leave the work in the hoop when you aren't working on it to avoid stretching the fabric. Do not allow the fabric to become wet or damp or the outlines will smear and the pattern will be rendered useless.

Use your favorite brand of 6-strand embroidery floss; all patterns use 2 strands of floss, except for the faces, where 1 strand keeps them looking delicate.

After the embroidery is complete, the ink washes away with very little agitation. Fill a clean bowl with lukewarm to cool, not cold or hot water and a small amount of laundry detergent, immerse quickly and completely then swish them around one at a time, rinse under running lukewarm to cool tap water until it runs clean. Roll them in a bath towel to remove excess moisture, do not wring. Lay them flat on a dry towel to finish drying. Do not stack them while wet. Press with a warm iron if necessary.

 

 
Instructions for working the paper patterns:

First of all, look at the pattern carefully, follow the outlines with your eye, make sense out of every line and know what purpose it serves. This avoids confusion while embroidering later.

The patterns should be traced onto fabric with a washable transfer pen. They are available at most quilt shops, craft stores or fabric stores. A light table is recommended, but if you tape the fabric onto the top edge of the paper then tape that to a brightly lit window, that will work too. Trace carefully and completely, lifting the fabric often to make sure you have included all of the design.

I recommend a 6-inch, spring type embroidery hoop, changing positions often. Don't leave the work in the hoop when you aren't working on it to avoid stretching the fabric. Do not allow the fabric to become wet or damp or the outlines will smear and the pattern will be rendered useless.

Use your favorite brand of 6-strand embroidery floss; all patterns use 2 strands of floss, except for the faces, where 1 strand keeps them looking delicate.

When your embroidery is completed, follow the instructions given with the transfer pen you purchased to remove the ink.

After you wash the block, roll it in a bath towel to remove excess moisture, do not wring.  Lay flat on a dry towel to finish drying. Do not stack one on top of the other while wet. When dry, press with a warm iron if necessary.

 

 
Stitches Used:

Simple Outline

Simple Outline Stitch; is made from left to right, putting the needle forward a short distance along the line of stamping and bringing it up at the end of the last stitch. Always keep the thread on the same side of the line.

Lazy Daisy

Lazy Daisy Stitch; Long loop stitches, beginning and ending at the same place, are caught down with a short stitch in the end of the loop.

French Knots

French Knots; Bring the thread out on the right side, then holding it with the left hand, wrap once or twice around the needle; insert the needle near where it was brought up and hold the thread taut while the needle is carried through to the wrong side of the fabric.

Unpadded Satin

Unpadded Satin Stitch; are regular, even, smooth stitches taken close together side by side across a space to fill it in, either straight across or at an angle.

       

      Key:

  • Outlined areas use outline stitch

  • Small dots use French knots

  • Large dots use satin stitch

  • Daisies use Lazy Daisy Stitch with a French knot for the center.

 

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Barbara Parrish

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