Redwork encompasses any type of embroidery worked in red thread on white or natural-colored fabric (usually muslin). This style of embroidery is most commonly worked in basic surface embroidery stitches and cross stitch. Redwork has been commonly used in folk embroidery since stable dyes were developed in Turkey (hence the old name of Turkey Work), and was very popular from 1880 through the early 1900’s.
Most stitchers use cotton embroidery floss when working Redword. DMC floss, in colour number 321, is the most popular colour used for Redwork. But, other embroidery threads can be used as well, including perle cotton, linen, bamboo and silk threads.
Redwork patterns can also be worked in blue threads on white fabric, and is then referred to as Bluework.
As you explore the different Redwork patterns and instructions available in print or on the internet, you’ll find there are a lot of different ways of doing things. However, most of these things come down to personal preference.