All my red threads…

A new stashbuster design.

When I was working on ‘LT 1909’, it struck me how many red threads I keep returning to, as well as how many I had waiting for me to pick up. An idea sparked with me, and the result is this pin pillow: a homage to one of my favourite colours to stitch.

Now, while not all of my favourite threads are red (allow me some poetic license!), many of them are. This design is a chance for you to pull out your favourites, or perhaps to discover some new ones. It is designed to be easy to customise – for you to swap out for your best reds. Oh, and the chart comes with a variation for the US-spelling of ‘favourite’ too…

In my model, I used the beautiful Cottage Garden Threads ‘Brontë’ and ‘Leather Bound’ from the Bookshelf collection, as well as Gentle Arts ‘Cinders’ and ‘Old Red Paint’, Classic Colorworks ‘Barn Door’ and Weeks Dye Works ‘Raspberry’ and ‘Turkish Red’. I’m particularly partial to deep, blue-based reds, and I’d been wanting to use ‘Cinders’ for ages! But if your favourites are orange-based reds, you could easily use those. Or, of course, DMC or silk – whatever you’ve been itching to try.

While I used 37-count ‘Wild Honey’ by Legacy Linen for my model, you can use a piece of whatever you have in stash. These smaller designs are fabulous to use up offcuts. I’ve also used recycled sari silk trim (available in my Etsy store) to finish the pillow, which is another way to reduce waste.

Of course, you can use the reds I chose (and Cottage Garden Threads ‘Brontë’ and ‘Leather Bound’ are available in my Etsy store), but I’m also really looking forward to seeing your conversion using your best reds. If you’re converting the design, I recommend making sure you have some reds that show some variation: at least one should be quite dark, one quite bright, some mid-range and some lighter. If you follow the DMC conversion on the chart, you will be able to swap out your reds for the red of the similar tone in the pattern (i.e. use your darkest one in place of “Cinders”).

I hope you enjoy exploring the reds that you love and make sure to tag me on Instagram (@mojostitches) – I’d love to see!

The chart is available to order from your favourite online or brick-and-mortar needlework store now, and will be up in my Etsy store in hard-copy and PDF in a few weeks. Happy red stitching!