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Redwork

Part of being a farmgirl is being creative when it comes to some sort of needle craft. 

Sewing was an essential skill for women in the centuries leading up to ours. Even for woman who didn't need to be sewing household linens and clothing or mending, they always had some needle craft to work on at hand.

One aspect of sewing I have always liked is redwork. It was not done just on quilts,  but on a variety of useful household items. Embroidered tidies were used to protect chair backs while embroidered splashers were hung behind the sink. Napkins, tea towels, dresser scarves, chair cushions, sofa pillows were some of the other ideas for stitching with red floss.

Last year this project was one some creative and talented farmgirls participated in:
http://shopping.maryjanesfarm.org/s.nl/it.A/id.144/.f



One needn't buy a kit to make a redwork quilt though. I prefer to purchase some white fabric and use online free patterns to make this project fit my frugal lifestyle. Here is some links I found which might provided inspiration:
http://www.patternbee.com/FREEPATTERNS4.html

http://www.quiltersmuse.com/Splasherhistoryandorder.htm



 

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