Vintage Days of the Week
embroidery designs for handwork & machine
These sweet vintage Days of the Week embroidery designs are now available at sulky.com. Designed by Carol Ingram, this collection contains ten designs that include a motif for each day of the week, Valentine’s Day, Flag Day and Home Sweet Home. The vintage designs are illustrated in Redwork, a classic style reminiscent of 19th century hand-embroidered household items.
After the Industrial Revolution, when red dye, specifically “Turkey Red, was imported from Europe, red thread was widely used to embroider various household goods, napkins, tea towels, pillowcases and more. Redwork designs often depicted children, toys and animals, chores, state birds and flowers.
Embroidery patterns were often provided with magazine subscriptions or printed in various newspapers. They were typically simple designs that featured stem stitches, French knots and satin stitches, which were easy enough for children to learn, too.
Redwork remains a popular embroidery style today, as it reminds us of generations before us. Now we can embroider these types of designs using our embroidery machines, making even quicker work of the embroidery process. But, if you prefer to work the designs by hand we bundled the Hand Embroidery patterns together, too.
VINTAGE DAYS OF THE WEEK MACHINE EMBROIDERY DESIGNS SPECS
Each of the designs fit into a 5×7 hoop. The recommended thread is Sulky Rayon 942-1263 Red Jubilee.
However, these designs also lend themselves to a heavier weight thread, such as 30 wt. Cotton Blendables® in 733-4007 Red Brick.
Look to our Embroidery Blanks to find various tea towels, hand towels, pillow blanks and more to display this lovely collection.
VINTAGE DAYS OF THE WEEK HAND EMBROIDERY DESIGNS SPECS
The hand embroidery designs come with a full-size design template in black and white, to print onto Sulky Stick ‘n Stitch Stabilizer for easy transfer.
HOW TO HAND EMBROIDER THE DESIGNS
Print the chosen design onto a sheet of Sulky Stick ’n Stitch. Set the printer to “draft” or the lowest ink setting. Be sure to print at 100% on the fabric-like side of the stabilizer sheet.
Cut out the motif, leaving approximately a 1” border beyond the design perimeter. Remove the paper backing, and then stick the stabilizer to the fabric right side where desired.
Thread the hand sewing needle with one or two strands of Sulky Cotton Petites Thread, beginning with any color of the design. (One strand of thread equals two strands of traditional embroidery floss.)
Embroider the design using your favorite hand embroidery stitches, such as backstitches, fill or satin stitches, French knots and so on. Leave long thread tails at the beginning and end of each stitching sequence.
Grab our FREE Hand Embroidery Stitch Guide for how-tos of some basic stitches.
When stitching is complete, weave the thread tails through the stitching along the fabric wrong side; trim the thread ends.
When stitching is complete, rinse the embroidery under cool running water until the stabilizer is completely dissolved.
Roll in a towel to remove excess moisture, and then let dry. Press lightly from the wrong side, avoiding the stitches with the iron if possible.
TIP FOR HAND EMBROIDERING WITH RED THREADS
Although Sulky Threads are colorfast, it’s a good idea to take these tips into account when embroidering dark threads, specifically red threads on white or lighter fabrics and materials.
Think about red dyed cotton threads, and other really deep/dark colors, like you would a brand new T-shirt of those kinds of colors. While the manufacturing process does include rinses, it does not get all of the excess dye out. So, when you “wash” them, you need to use profuse amounts of “cold” water in order to carry the dye away from the fabric quicker/better.
Do NOT just soak the item in water or spritz the finished embroidery with water to dissolve the Stick ‘n Stitch and/or leave the wet item to sit and dry. This is possibly the worst thing you can do with darker threads. Imagining soaking a brand new red cotton T-shirt with water, then laying it on a white towel or sheet. You’ll get red dye all over! This is essentially the same and is no different with any other thread brand.
To avoid this, use lots of cold water and then dry the item quickly to avoid saturated dyed threads contacting lighter fabric for long periods.
If the red dye does transfer to your fabric, Grandma’s Spot Remover or Fels-Naptha stain remover bar works wonders to remove the excess dye. (Those are affiliate links and we may receive a commission if you decide to make a purchase through those links.)