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Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Tuesday's Treasure with Melody

Once again I am just scraping in with a Tuesday Treasure. I have been sorting out what stitching to take on our little sojourn because horror of horrors that I should run out. Anyway one of the projects I am taking with me is my new Christmas design for this year which I have just started to stitch.
As I was drawing out the rest of it and gathering my supplies to pop in my trusty stitching bag it occurred to me how much I adore 'red work'. I fell in love with it the moment I first glimpsed it many years ago when an American lady we had met on a holiday showed me what she was working on. It wasn't the genre we get now it was beautiful snowy pillowcases and a dressing table runner with the most gorgeous design stitched upon it in ruby red thread. She told me all about the origins of red work and I was smitten. I had to wait a while until it was available here but those of you who know my designs know I embraced it fully.
I even made a quilt with my favourite designers designs.....Bronwyn Hayes, Barri-Sue Gaudet, a beautiful design by the girls at Mum's Moments (still miss their gorgeous designs) and even one of my first evers (the teacup what else?)
I treasure redwork because it set me on this wonderful path I am on now. It got my first design published in Country Threads Magazine and Handmade magazine.
You may remember this little Angel. Redwork has enabled me to bring my drawings to life in a form that I can share with others.
So I treasure the unknown American lady and the gorgeous "Turkey Red" thread that was to become such a huge part of my creative life and needless to say my  latest redwork project will not be far from my hands on our trip. Might even pop in a bit extra just in case.
If you would like to share one of your Treasures pop over to MELODY'S lovely blog where other treaures abound.
Blessings Michelle xxx

17 comments:

  1. I love stitching in red too Michelle. It's my favourite. You definitely don't want to run out of stitching on your trip, so pack plenty. Better to have too much than not enough!

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  2. lovely work Michelle,lol i always take heaps of stitching when i go away,i am even taking some o/s,lol.xx

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  3. Redwork is my favorite too Michelle - all these beautiful new threads to temnpt us, which I love, but can't wait to get back to working with red. Have a wonderful holiday - will miss reading your blog while you're away

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  4. Your work in any colour is fantastic Michelle... but who doesn't love "redwork". Remember you can NeVeR have too much sewing on your trip.. so go pack some more...lol! :)

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  5. I love redwork and red and white or cream pieced quilts too. As always your designs are totally adorable. I just love them.

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  6. I just LOVE redwork too Michelle. My most favourite colour to embroider with. :) Like Cheryl i love to work with colours now & again but always head back to rework. Hugs,

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  7. I love doing redwork as well , I always admired the pillowcases that had redwork and wanted to try it out and thankfully today there are wonderful designers like you giving us all the beautiful patterns to create some lovely work of our own. Thanks for your amazing work. Enjoy your trip. hugs Sheila

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  8. If you should by chance run out Michelle Im sure you can come up with something new to design and then make. You’re welcome to raid my stash on your way around !

    All of your redwork is so beautiful. I did my first redwork quiltlet last year and couldnt believe how much I enjoyed hand stitching.

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  9. Your work is lovely and the red is so striking... if you run out on your trip you might have to do a bit of shopping???
    Hugz

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  10. I also love stitching in red,Apart from you can match almost any fabric to a piece of redwork,you dont have to take to many supplies with you .....Have a fab holiday

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  11. Your redwork looks fantastic. Saves trying to work out what colours to use and makes it portable. I like using blue though.

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  12. Red has always been my favourite colour in everything. Before even hearing of "red work", "black work" etc I was stiching in red LOL. This looks gorgeous Michelle, have a great trip.

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  13. Michelle your stitching is just beautiful.
    Hugs
    donna

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  14. am a great fan of redwork too. It's lovely to work in one colour and just accent with stitches.
    Love your goodies from Peg. They are all just so amazing.

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  15. So much to comment on - I too miss Mums Moment - but certainly recognise the stitchery in the top row in the middle!! And dont you always take more work than you could possibly do in teh time you are away?? I certainly do - after all something may happen and you might get stuck there and you need more sewing then.

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  16. I adore redwork too, I have a few redwork designs in my pattern range too....am loving the verigated threads out now in all the different tones :)

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  17. I love redwork too, it feels like real stitchery somehow. The little faces of your reindeer are gorgeous, can't wait to see the full design. Tracee xx

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