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Penny square redwork embroidery swap

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Swap Coordinator:lovestitches (contact)
Swap categories: Themed  Crafts  Sewing 
Number of people in swap:13
Location:Other
Type:None
Last day to signup/drop:December 5, 2007
Date items must be sent by:January 12, 2008
Number of swap partners:1
Description:

This is a nice simple embroidery swap for us redwork lovers! You will stitch 2 redwork 'penny squares' approx 6"x6" in size and send them to your partner. Nothing fancy, just a nice simple swap in the hectic holiday season. Plenty of time to sign up and send out in the new year. Stitch away your Christmas stress!!

Whats a penny square? "In America, dry goods stores sold 6 inch muslin squares marked with a variety of designs for a penny each. These "penny squares" are often seen incorporated into old Redwork bedspreads and linens. The patterns are usually simple line drawings."

No newbies, no no-sends, no ratings below 4.7. Embroider on muslin, calico, white cotton, anything within that definition.

Discussion

CrosonFarms 11/20/2007 #

Thanks for telling me about this. It sounds really fun. I never work with just one color, so this should be a great challenge of creativity.

frankcheez 11/20/2007 #

I think this sounds really neat. Always cool to learn something new. However, I'm going to sit this one out, due to the overwhelming amount of schoolwork and I have due in the next few weeks, and going home for Christmas and all. Maybe some other time! :)

CADLady 11/20/2007 #

My paternal grandmother did 100s of these (as pillowcase decoration) for her family. I just recently discovered the "iron-on" patterns are STILL TO BE FOUND in my local Wal-mart (on the bottom shelf, near the embroidery storage stuff) and I picked up a half-dozen designs -- just out of sentiment.

MUST'VE BEEN FATE. ;)

lulu 11/20/2007 #

Am I right in thinking that what you call muslin is what we call calico here in the U.K? I would like to join this swap and need to make sure that I have the correct fabric.

CADLady 11/26/2007 #

lulu: check this definition. I suspect you are correct. I've always considered muslim to be any fine-woven 100% cotton, bleached or unbleached.

muslim

JudyP 12/ 3/2007 #

Oh how I wish I could join this swap. I've got too many embroidery projects promised to even consider another, when I know I'd never finish in time. My mom has a bunch of cotton dish towels with redwork in the corners that my great grandmother made. Those were the "special" towels, and my mom could actually use them to bribe us into helping with the dishes when we were little.

lovestitches 12/ 4/2007 #

lulu muslin is like calico, using either is fine for this swap. It's not the time of year for swaps that fry your brain thinking about what to use!

Lauri 12/ 5/2007 #

Whew! Just made the date for this one! I love redwork and embroidery, so this is perfect!

lulu 12/ 8/2007 #

Thanks, lovestitches, for reassuring me about the calico/muslin.

lulu 12/ 8/2007 #

Sorry! Thank you too, CADlady. I went onto the link you provided. What we call muslin here in the U.K. is a fine gauzy fabric, not siutable for this kind of embroidery.

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