I’m very excited about the latest additions to my Etsy shop, Sutton Place Designs. I just listed pillow covers made from vintage redwork and blue ticking. Vintage redwork is quickly becoming one of my favorite antique linens. The name Redwork comes from the red cotton thread that was used to create this style of embroidery. Redwork is believed to have originated in Europe in the 1800’s and came to America before the Civil War. Redwork was a favorite of immigrants and the middle class, because of it’s simplicity and the availability of the red cotton thread.
Pieces of Redwork are hard to come by now. Many times smaller pieces, called Penny Squares, can be found but it’s hard to repurpose them into anything useful. Most pieces I find are either tablecloths or table scarves. Occasionally I find old fashioned pillow shams which were made to simply lie over the pillows on a bed.
I combined some of the Redwork with vintage red gingham. I found a very large curtain panel that was faded and wonderful. Sometimes I see pieces of vintage linen and have a hard time deciding if they are worth buying or not. When I picked up this curtain panel, there was no doubt in my mind. After laundering, it became even softer and I was able to brighten the color just a bit.
Not long ago I happened across a full sized, vintage ticking mattress cover. I was at my antique mall and nearly fainted when I realized what I had found. I was disappointed to find that it had a large tear on one side and several very dark stains. I decided to purchase it anyway and see what I could come up with. After washing it twice and cutting around all the stains, I was able to come up with just 5 pieces. I put them in a shop section of their own called Vintage Blue Ticking.
The Redwork and Blue Ticking pieces are very limited. What is listed is truly what is available. I do have some pieces of the ticking cut out to make lavender sachets. Hopefully I will get to that this week.
For my fellow vintage linen lovers, I am offering a 15% shop discount just for one day. Use the code VINTAGE15 when you check out. (All caps, no spaces.) Code will expire at midnight on September 9, 2013.
I’ll be back tomorrow evening with Fall Mantel inspiration. See you then…thank you for stopping by!