At almost 96 years old, my mother-in-law, Dorothy, still does 'fancy work'. As a someone who taught herself to sew, to quilt, to embroider, to applique, crochet, and knit, she has made homemade gifts and loved this Christmas holiday, all of her life.
Now, her hands lack the agility and skill she once had and, one finger has a snapped tendon, and she is recuperating from two mini-strokes or TIAs. Bbut until this past week, she was still embroidering 'tea towels', hot pad/potholders, pillowslip/pillowcases and much, much more.
We are caring for her in her home, through Christmas and she is doing really well. My husband is there around the clock, day and night, and the rest of us come in and out to visit, help, and spread healing Christmas cheer.
So, for Dorothy, and for this time in her life, I am sharing a small list of free redwork...or embroidery patterns
one little 'hotpad' that Dorothy made, and I received years ago. Isn't she just sweet?
Sorry, for being out of order a bit...time is short for posting and edit panes will not co-operate!
The first set..by the month...are free for download all over the web, but I found mine a lovely quilt site : www.grandmasatticquilting.com
LITTLE RED RIDING
3 LITTLE PIGS
MARY HAD A LITTLE
LITTLE BO PEEP
3 LITTLE KITTENS
LITTLE MISS MUFFET
MARY MARY QUITE
LITTLE JACK HORNER
LITTLE BOY BLUE
Kitty Trio - Free Redwork Embroidery Pattern:
Here is a merry trio of kitties that will liven up your next redwork project.
Click on the image above to get the full-size design
Redwork Alphabet Series...links take you to the original site with credit given:
Work the entire alphabet in Redwork. Each design measure 5x5 inches and is worked in basic surface embroidery stitches including stem stitch, back stitch, running stitch, French knots and detached chain stitch.
NOTE: This is currently an ongoing series. Patterns for the letters V through Z and a filler block will be posted soon.
Stitch a perky chicken in traditional redwork.
Just two basic embroidery stitches are used in the project - outline stitch and French Knots.
The completed embroidery design measures just 5 1/2 inches square and would make a terrific apron or tote bag pocket!
Work this pattern in traditional Redwork or change it up a bit and work the deesign in Bluework by changing the color of the embroidery thread.
The actual project sample is worked in blue.
And here it is in a PDF: Little Heart Design for Hand Embroidery
100 plus images of Sunbonnet Sue, Overalls Sam, Bonnie Bonnet and others
Redwork Baskets patterns http://chickadeehollow.net/free-embroidery.htm
Lovely Embroidery Patterns from Needle and Thread
Hungarian Embroidery Patterns
Monograms for Hand Embroidery
Church / Ecclesiastical Embroidery Patterns
Christmas Crafts & Designs
12 Nursery Rhymes Quilt
Theme Kids Quilt Blocks
Flowers of the Month #697
12 Quilt Blocks
Kitchen Towels & Potholders
The FREE 2010 Redwork Series is
Fairy Tails! - a bit of a twist on old favourites...
Check it out HERE!
Kitchen Proverbs Embroidery Patterns
- A New Broom Sweeps Clean *Also includes the pattern instructions for the entire set.
- A Watched Pot Never Boils
- First Come, First Served
- A Stitch In Time Saves Nine
- Beauty Will Not Season Soup
- Too Many Cooks Spoil The Broth
- Kitten Towels Days Of The Week
- Gingham Fruit Days Of The Week (Cross Stitch & Embroidery)
- Vintage Puppy Days Of The Week
Remember you can always use coloring book pages as free patterns!
Michele Bilyeu Quilts With Heart and Hands for the Alzheimer's Art Quilt Initiative (AAQI) Join in my Liberated Quilting Challenge...and buy or donate a quilt, today!! We are changing the world...one little quilt at a time.Michele Bilyeu blogs With Heart and Hands as she shares a quilting journey through her life in Salem, Oregon and Douglas, Alaska. Sharing thousands of links to Free Quilt and Quilt Block Patterns and encouraging others to join in the Liberated Quilting Challenge and make or donate small art quilts to the Alzheimer's Art Quilt Initiative (AAQI) Help us change the world, one little quilt at a time!