Create Beautiful Ethereal Embroidery Designs with the Amazing Redwork Tool

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Historical background

Redwork was a very popular form of American embroidery in the 19th and 20th centuries. The designs were composed of simple stitches and were used to decorate various household items such as back splash cloths and quilts. 

Close up of a panel from a redwork bed cover (Shevlin, 1908). Now in the collection of the Minnesota Historical Society. Source: Wikipedia

Why is it called redwork? It is because red dyes were the first colorfast dyes that were commonly available, so it became the traditional color for this type of embroidery.

Redwork today

Redwork has recently seen a resurgence amongst crafters and machine embroiderers. Today, with embroidery thread easily and affordably available in all the colors of the rainbow, you can get incredibly creative with redwork.

Because of its popularity, we introduced the Redwork tool with Hatch Embroidery Digitizer 2, and the reception has been wonderful. 

Using the Redwork tool

The Redwork tool allows you to create realistic redwork, similar to what can be achieved with hand embroidery. You can automatically sequence and group selected embroidery objects to create a redwork object with its entry and exit points at the same position. 

Redwork is always created only with outline stitches, Single Run, Triple Run, Sculpture Run, Backstitch and Stem stitch. If you want to combine outline and filled objects, use the Branching tool.

In this video, Lindee Goodall shows you how easy it is to create beautiful redwork machine embroidery designs with Hatch Embroidery Digitizer.

Click the button below to download the FREE seahorse design.

Visit the Hatch Embroidery User Guide for step-by-step instructions and useful tips for using the Redwork tool.

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