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Saturday, December 15, 2007

Part 25: Redwork Ornament

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Since I missed a few days at the beginning of the week because my life was so busy, I decided to post another ornament to make up for either Monday or Tuesday where I missed.

  • needle for embroidery and for closing up the ornament
  • embroidery thread
  • sewing thread
  • muslin
  • pattern for red work: I used a Kris Kringle, but you can use any holiday picture you like -- Mary, baby Jesus, holly, star and so on
  • red fine tip permanent marker for drawing pattern on fabric (or pencil)
  • I also used a sewing machine at the end, but you can do that step by hand, too
Order of events:
  1. Find a pattern you like, not more than 2 1/2 -3 inches tall.
  2. Trace onto fabric.
  3. Embroider (I used size 5 pearl cotton and doubled up sewing thread for the first one and just a single strand of sewing thread for the second one); both are hand stitched. I was playing with detail and texture. This has caused a debate amongst my children as to which is better, Kris with a fluffy beard to keep him warm, or one that looks sleek and nice and presentable. I was just trying to show the difference a change in thread makes.
  4. Sew two pieces of fabric together with right sides facing each other; one has embroidery and one is plain. Sew around edge of the embroidered one. I sewed close to one and on the other I gave 1/8 inch of space. You decide which you like better. I left opening next to Kris Kringle's hat
  5. Trim off excess fabric close to machine stitching.
  6. Turn right side out.
  7. Stuff.
  8. Hand stitch closed.
  9. Add hanger, done.
Two more ornaments to go, then the drawing, so if you want to enter do it soon. Don't forget you can have one entry per advent calendar post. That is a lot of entries possible.


  1. OH! I love redwork. I think your ornaments just get better and better.

  2. I LOVE these Santas! Redwork is one of my favorite types of needlework.

  3. Redwork is one of my favorite things. I love your ornaments and thank you for the tutorial. I'm just about done with a tea towel I'm doing in redwork and I just have to make an ornament like yours. What inspiration you are!

  4. Yes Please add me to the list of hopefuls to recieve your advant calender. Thank you so much!
    Sincerely Pam Watts

  5. Your Redwork Santas are beautiful.
    Someone gave a link to your ornaments on my Redwork group - so glad I came to check them out.
    Your blog is a great place for all kinds of ideas.


  6. your Santa are very beautiful.I love red work and I have very if any so I realy like yours.Dee

  7. Wow, what a difference the threads make. Thanks for showing that!


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