by migs 29 May 2008

When doing redwork on a quilt, is one better off doing the design twice? Will it give the design more impact?

Really enjoying the redwork cat designs.

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by mops Moderator 02 Jun 2008

Lots of good answers. I've used redwork designs as a quiltpattern. That worked well stitching it out just once. Did the same with outlines of embroidery patterns (just skipped all colours till I got to the outline) while I embroidered some squares with the complete design before stitching the top together.

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by kezza2sew 02 Jun 2008

good question...Great answers. It helps us all.
Welcome migs *4U Hugs

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by dlonnahawkins 31 May 2008

You have received excellent suggestions - it is a matter of choice, but I have started using 12 WT thread - both on top and bobbin. It really sets off the design, but also looks like the old hand embroidered towels our grandmothers did. Of course, it depends on the fabric you are using too. Good luck, and make sure you post your project.

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by mpo14011 31 May 2008

Use water soluble stabilizer like solvy to put under the design on top of the fabric like you would do with blankets and towels. That stops the stitches from sinking into the fabric fibres and they will stay on top.There is then no need to go over it twice. there could be a chance that the fabric has moved if you go over it again. Ricky.

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by adelmarie 31 May 2008

Depending on the fabric you could eigther stitch the design twice. You could also used tick thread and worked out just fine.

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by raels011 31 May 2008

when I did it on my polar fleece jacket I did it twice as the stitches went into the fabric so I would say depends on fabric

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mpo14011 by mpo14011 31 May 2008

Use water soluble stabilizer like solvy to put under the design on top of the fabric like you would do with blankets and towels. That stops the stitches from sinking into the fabric fibres and they will stay on top.there is then no need to go over it twice. there could be a chance that the fabric has moved if you go over it again. Ricky.

raels011 by raels011 31 May 2008

I did use the WSS but it still went into pile. I always use it on towels or anything with a pile

mpo14011 by mpo14011 31 May 2008

Try using 2 layers.You had no problems with the fabric shifting when you went over it again?

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by mpo14011 30 May 2008

Welcome migs.You just need to do it once.Have a look on page 4 under "another rug".I just did it once and the bunnies stand out quite nice.You will find that redwork is usually stitched with a double or triple stitch.Ricky

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by konalinda 30 May 2008

30 weight thread works great for RW. Of course, you can use any color. :)

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by missann 30 May 2008

hello and welcome to Cute. Looks like you have really good answers to your question. This is a great group, enjoy the group and keep coming back. *4U.

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by shirlener88 30 May 2008

migs, welcome to the 'CUTE' family - I know you will enjoy the site and Q&A is where we all learn - the project inspire us and we love downloading the designs - getting hints of where others surf on the web in the bookmark section and we love giving and receiving flowers and love to each other. As for your question - LQQK at other redwork quilts to get an idea of what LQQKs best - then copy it with the designs that you have - good luck and I can't wait until you post a picture or scan of your quilt. *4U

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by dstipdonk 30 May 2008

Another suggestion would be just to use a slightly heavier weight thread. That way you don't need to worry about a shift of the material.

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by jrob Moderator 30 May 2008

migs, Welcome. I am happy that you are here. You already have some good answers, I would just add that it would depend on the contrast that you are looking for and the color of the fabric you are stitching on. Best way to decide...do one each way and see which you like the best.;)

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by shirleysisson 30 May 2008

Welcome to the 'Cute' family, migs. I think your question has been answered. I have made a machine-embroidered redwork quilt before and I only stitched the designs once.

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by kttyhwk4 30 May 2008

See you've gotten your answer so will send you a flower.

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by mad14kt 30 May 2008

Welcome and GREAT question ;)

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by newipswich 30 May 2008

Welcome migs! As I am new to machine embroidery, I'm learning from questions like yours and the answers these wonderful ladies post. A flower for you.

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by dlmds 30 May 2008

Migs, You have found a wonderful group of helpful friends here. I always thought there was some form of heavier thread that one could use, however, I have not done redwork, so I am not sure of this. I will be watching as I want to do some dish towels in redwork. Hugs and flowers.

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wendymay60 by wendymay60 30 May 2008

You will find that it depends on your design.the colour of your material and cotton.

mpo14011 by mpo14011 30 May 2008

Hi dlmds, Just a comment on your picture. Is that you before your first cup of coffee in the morning?That's funny, because I look just like it before my first cuppa.HAHAHA!!!! Ricky.

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by claudenicolas 30 May 2008

Thank you for the questions and for the answers *4all

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by clawton 30 May 2008

You have your answer so I give you a warm welcome.

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by lbrow 29 May 2008

Migs Welcome to the cute site. Your answ is It is really a matter of choice & what looks best to U. A good redwk design should not have to b stitched 2xs. *4U

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mad14kt by mad14kt 30 May 2008

Thanks 4 that ;) *4U

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by wendymay60 29 May 2008

I have stitched some redwok twice. you have to stabilise well so the stitches sew exatctly on top of the last stitch, some designs don't look good, some do. *4u

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