Linework began as the most of basic hand embroidery and has evolved into a very versatile form of machine embroidery. From standard Redwork to vintage style and quilting, these designs are the work horses of the industry.
Tea Sets from Odileâ€™s
Whether it is Redwork,
and Bluework, the premise is much the same.
Jacoby by All
Sorts of Embroidery
stitch as a single color on a solid background. Most often, they are a running
stitch or a triple stitch to imitate hand embroidery.
Blackwork Owls 2 by Ace Points Embroidery
even contains a touch of color. Of course, you
could stitch any of these in any thread color that you like.
Fonts, such as the Paper
Stipple Monogram from My
Fair Lady, provide elegant and clean lines. Their light stitch count makes
them ideal for stitching on paper.
Sunbonnet Alphabet from Kreative
Kiwi turns Redwork style into a clean, decorative font.
from France from Outback
Embroidery turn heavier designs into artistic sketchwork.
As thread colors
evolved over time, embroidery options did as well. Bright colors were common in
vintage embroidery like Colorwork
Fruit and Vegetables by Hatched
designs, digitized with subtle color variations like the Henna
Quilt Blocks from Kreations
by Kara. You could stitch it out in a single color, but the effect would be
Fishing from Erinaâ€™s
Linework designs can be used for quilting whether they are
designated as a â€œquilt blockâ€ or not. Monotone and tone-on-tone fabrics, like pair
up nicely. They can be framed or stitched up as a quilt
block, pillow top, or wall hanging.
Jacobean Quilt from Sweet
For quilting-specific designs, the open areas, contrasting
color, and continuous stitching really make both the embroidery design, and the
blockâ€™s batting/wadding stand out.
What is your favorite way to use linework embroidery?