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Redwork Embroidery

Redwork Embroidery

I learned about Redwork Emboridery from my mom and her best friend, Nola, who have been sewing companions for most of their adult lives.  Redwork is needlework that uses a deep red to sew called Turkey red.  It became popular because the red was colorfast–meaning it wouldn’t bleed.  That was particularly important when this type of needlework was used on household items such as tea towels, napkins, sofa pillows, quilts, and dresser scarves.

Both Nola and my Mom finished this pattern and shared it with me.  It’s a simple garden scene with three quilts hanging on an outdoor laundry line.  When I finish, I plan on hanging it in the mountain house as a tribute to them.  As I said in an earlier blog post, this new home will be a showcase for artistry and craftsmanship in all its forms.

I like the quote by Steve Jobs that explains the importance of craftsmanship:  “When you’re a carpenter making a beautiful chest of drawers, you’re not going to use a piece of plywood on the back, even though it faces the wall and nobody will ever see it.  You’ll know it’s there, so you’re going to use a beautiful piece of wood on the back.  For you to sleep well at night, the aesthetic, the quality, has to be carried all the way through.”

I’m excited to share with you the process and journey of my own home as it unfolds as well as the craftsmanship that it will include.

How do you showcase craftsmanship in your own home?  I’d love to hear some ideas!  Just comment in the post below…

Until next time,

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Have a great day!

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  1. I’m so excited to see your progress. It is looking amazing. It has been so much fun to share projects with your mom. Can’t wait to see all your wonderful ideas come to pass in your cabin home.