Red Threaders

The history of red and white quilts and redwork embroidery have been a passion of mine and others throughout our lives.

The graphic results are striking and rewarding.

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Favorite threads to use?

Started by birdie. Last reply by Diana R Annis Feb 8, 2014. 20 Replies

I love doing redwork (well all kinds of embroidery really)  I am just now starting to include it in my quilts.  I have several patterns waiting for me!  I would love to know what threads people use…Continue

Red & White Quilt Exhibit

Started by American Quilter's Society Feb 25, 2011. 0 Replies

Have you heard about the Red & White Quilt exhibit planned for NYC's Park Avenue Armory? This looks like a really wonderful exhibit to check out. …Continue

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Comment by birdie on January 30, 2014 at 2:39pm

I use the stem stitch for the majority of my redwork.  I throw in an occasional straight stitch if the pattern section looks like it needs it.  Lazy daisy and french knots of course too!  I agree wholeheartedly with Diana!  Very small stitches along curves!!!  Sometimes I even go back and tack down the small stitches on a really tiny curve. Oh, and always take the time to NOT carry your thread across the back of blank areas!  It will always show through!

Comment by Irmgard Jacob on January 30, 2014 at 2:12pm

Diana and Judy,

thank you for your comments.

Greetings from Ontario,


Comment by Diana R Annis on January 30, 2014 at 12:49pm

Linda, I have never, ever had DMC floss bleed. I believe JP Coats and Anchor to also be totally color fast. I do use the Sulky 12 wgt. and have not had a problem but I did have a problem with a variegated blue/green. I wouldn't hesitate to use it again tho. It is just so beautiful.

Comment by Diana R Annis on January 30, 2014 at 12:37pm

Irmgard, the only thing I can add is, with the stem stitch I make my stitches shorter as I go around curves. The tighter the curve, the shorter the stitch. Tho my stitches tend to be pretty short anyway. 

Comment by Judy in lower Eastern Michigan on January 30, 2014 at 9:03am

Irmgard, use which r,ever stitch you are more comfortable with, it is your creation do what you want there isno right or wrong stith just what you are most comfortable doing.

Linda, I use dmc pesrl cotton and have never had an issue with colors running ut if you are unsure snip a piece of the thread and soak it in a glass of hot water for a few minutes, if it is going to blead you will know immediatley.

Comment by Irmgard Jacob on January 30, 2014 at 8:48am

Hi, since I am a beginner I have questions for all the experienced redworkers out there:  Do you mostly use a backstitch or the outline (stem) stitch for the outlines?  I find the stem stitch better to go around corners, etc. but I am not sure if I do it right. Thanks.

Comment by Linda McClanahan on January 29, 2014 at 11:39pm

Does anyone have trouble with the red thread bleeding on the background when the piece is laundered?  I have so many patterns I want to do, some in redwork and some in bluework, but I hesitate because of my fear that all that work will be for nothing if the thread bleeds on the background.

Comment by Diana R Annis on January 29, 2014 at 6:58pm

I just love hearing about how so many people are in love with Redwork! I am also and teach it. I do trunk shows and have antique work from the late 1800's up to the present. So fun to share! And I also have way too many projects to finish, hahaha!

Comment by Judy in lower Eastern Michigan on January 29, 2014 at 6:41pm

I received the Winter wonderland pattern that I mentioned in my post back in March as a surprise gift and am going to do it in a blueish grey pearl cotton. I have it traced and started but then other things got in the way buti pkan on getting back to it soon. Too many projects of various kinds on the same plate.

Comment by Irmgard Jacob on January 29, 2014 at 4:19pm


I just started doing redwork embroidery (by hand) and I love it. I use cotton embroidery thread for most of it, like DMC, JP Coats, etc. I have also started a crazy quilt project recently for which I use different colours of thread. I bought some silk hand embroidery thread and it does make a difference, looks nice and shiny in most stitches, except perhaps for French knots where it does not make a difference. It is of course far more expensive than the cotton thread. This one is made in Germany and I am trying ot find a source there. Will keep you posted.


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