Monday, December 19, 2011

Free Redwork and Embroidery Patterns

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

shown above:
one little 'hotpad' that Dorothy made, and I received years ago. Isn't she just sweet?

Free Stitches Index!

The first the month...are free for download all over the web, but I found mine a lovely quilt site :

Free Redwork Designs and Embroidery Patterns:
January - Sleepy New Year
Click image to download the pattern (PDF Format 160 KB)
Free Redwork Pattern - January - Sleepy New Year by Barbara Parrish
December - Santa
Click image to download the pattern (PDF Format 187 KB)
Free Redwork Pattern - December - Santa by Barbara Parrish
November - Turkey, I Love You
Click image to download the pattern (PDF Format 150 KB)
Free Redwork Pattern - November - Turkey, I Love You by Barbara Parrish
October - Carving the Pumpkin
Click image to download the pattern (PDF Format 177 KB)
Free Redwork Pattern - October - Carving the Pumpkin by Barbara Parrish
September - Feeding the Squirrels
Click image to download the pattern (PDF Format 150 KB)
Free Redwork Pattern - September Feeding the Squirrels by Barbara Parrish
August - Batter Up
Click image to download the pattern (PDF Format 110 KB)
Free Redwork Pattern - August Batter Up by Barbara Parrish
July - Uh Oh
Click image to download the pattern (PDF Format 105 KB)
Free Redwork Pattern - July UhOh by Barbara Parrish
June - Summersplash
Click image to download the pattern (PDF Format 100 KB)
Free Redwork Pattern - June Summersplash by Barbara Parrish
May - Flowers
Click image to download the pattern (PDF Format 114 KB)
Free Redwork Pattern - May Flowers by Barbara Parrish
April - Swept Away
Click image to download the pattern (PDF Format 112 KB)
Free Redwork Pattern - Swept Away by Barbara Parrish
March - Saint Paddy
Click image to download the pattern (PDF Format 316 KB)
Free Redwork Pattern - Valentines by Barbara Parrish
February - Valentines
Click image to download the pattern (PDF Format 157 KB)
Free Redwork Pattern - Valentines by Barbara Parrish
January - Snowman
Click image to download the pattern (PDF Format 137 KB)
Free Redwork Pattern - Snowman by Barbara Parrish

Redwork Snowman

Redwork Snowman

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:

© Cheryl C. Fall, Licensed to
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.
Part 1 features the letters A through G.
Part 2 features the letters H through N.
Part 3 features the letters O through U.
NOTE: This is currently an ongoing series. Patterns for the letters V through Z and a filler block will be posted soon.

. Redwork Chicken Weathervane

© Cheryl C. Fall, Licensed to
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!

3. Lovebirds Pattern

© Cheryl C. Fall, Licensed to
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.

Floral Trio:Download

Heart Design for Hand Embroidery
And here it is in a PDF: Little Heart Design for Hand Embroidery
Free Sunbonnet Sue and Sam Patterns...enlarge and dowload from one easy page!!!

Redwork Baskets patterns

Lovely Embroidery Patterns from Needle and Thread

Hungarian Embroidery Patterns

Monograms for Hand Embroidery

Church / Ecclesiastical Embroidery Patterns

Online Resources

Christmas Crafts & DesignsREDWORK12 Nursery Rhymes QuiltBlocksTheme Kids Quilt BlocksFlowers of the Month #69712 Quilt BlocksKitchen Towels & PotholdersCRAFT SEWINGVintage Variety
The FREE 2010 Redwork Series is
Fairy Tails! - a bit of a twist on old favourites...
Princess and the Pea
Check it out HERE!

Kitchen Proverbs Embroidery Patterns
  1. A New Broom Sweeps Clean *Also includes the pattern instructions for the entire set.
  2. A Watched Pot Never Boils
  3. First Come, First Served
  4. A Stitch In Time Saves Nine
  5. Beauty Will Not Season Soup
  6. Too Many Cooks Spoil The Broth
Remember you can always use coloring book pages as free patterns!

Christmas Coloring Pages educational and creative pages can be found at

Angel Praying
Angel Sounding the Trumpet
Angel Sounding the Trumpet Too
Bear With a Gift
Bear With a Candy Cane
Bear Looking Cute
Bear With Another Gift!
Bear And Another Gift!
Bear And Holly
Beautiful Bells
Bells Are Every Where!
Guess. Yep, More Bells
Christ-mas Candle
Candy Canes
Deck The Halls 1
Deck The Halls 2
Deck The Halls 3
Deck The Halls 4
Deck The Halls 5
Doggy Gift
Doggy Gift 2
A Fishy Christ-mas
Gift 1
Gift 2
Gingerbread House
Gingerbread Man
Goose With a Pretty Ribbon
A Mousy Gift
Mouse and Candy Cane
Mary, Joseph and Baby Jesus
Sleigh Full Of Gifts
Snowman 1
Snowman 2
Snowman 3
Snowman 4
Snow Flakes
Shining Star
Stocking 1
Stocking 2
Stocking 3
The Tree 1
The Tree 2
The Tree 3
The Tree 4
The 3 Wisemen

For The Wee Artists

Bells 1
Bells 2
Candy Cane
Mary, Joseph and Baby Jesus
Baby Jesus
Jesus and Mother Mary
Horse Ornament
Partridge in a Pear Tree
The Tree

Quilts4Kids + Free Cross Stitch Patterns

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  1. Michele, WOW what a great and oh so useful post - I can see I'm going to keep revisiting it time and time again - thank you so much for all the info/research.
    Merry Xmas, hugs Miche'le

  2. Michele, gracias por todos estos patrones tan preciosos!!! un beso

  3. And that's a short list? Wow! Thanks for sharing Michele.

  4. Thanks for all the research and sharing your list of redwork and embroidery work! Outstanding!

  5. Thank you so much for posting all of this information. Very helpful. I've bookmarked almost all of it.

  6. Anonymous4:36 AM

    I don't know how you can make and share all of these links when you already do more in a week than I do in a year but it's fun coming here and the highlight of my day. I'm just now reading some of your early posts and I love your whole blog. marianne from the midwest.

  7. Oh, my--so much to choose from! Thanks for sharing these, Michele. Wishing more of that healing Christmas cheer to Dorothy.

  8. wow~!!~that is an incredible group of patterns that you've gathered together here ~!!!!~ thank you

    i particularly like the rooster weathervane pattern


  9. Thanks for sharing this list! When I read "fancy work" I had a gush of warm nostalgia as this is what my Mum calls it.
    Wishing you every blessings this Christmas. Going to be a hot one over here in Adelaide.

  10. Regardless of whether you are sewing a cross-stitch or completing a project on embroidery with the use of your computerized embroidery machine, you will definitely have the occasions when you see some printable embroidery patterns printable embroidery patterns that are very beautiful to look at.The embroidery threads are available in various textures and colours to fit any palate.


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