Redwork and Stitching: Kinderfolk


I’ll admit—I’ve been waiting for the Kinderfolk collection to come out as long as I’ve known about it. So, when it came time to volunteer to sew projects, I knew I had to take on at least one. It was definitely a no-brainer when Jenni’s amazing set of embroidery patterns she designed to go with Kinderfolk made their way to my desk. We needed the “Love” embroidered for the catalog, but I do plan on stitching up the chicken, windmill, and tulip-filled clogs—with my Dutch roots and my full Dutch in-laws, it’s kind of imperative.




I jumped at the chance to stitch up this pillow, though. The redwork really shines on the crisp whiteness of the pillow.


I had a lot of fun working this piece, I started with the center words and systematically worked my way out, finishing with all of the colonial knots.


The reversible apron was another little project that was just too appealing to pass up. When I originally volunteered for it, I actually thought it was full-size and was looking forward to wearing it and hanging it in my mint-colored kitchen. I collect vintage aprons, but they’re all waist aprons, so what a treat—right?

Well, after getting the pattern and fabric, I quickly realized this was, in fact, a child-size apron and I had to readjust my plans for it. Thankfully, I know some small children and one of them will be very pleased to own it! 🙂


(We actually borrowed this adorable toy stove from Winthur, doesn’t it go perfectly?)

Since this apron is reversible, it would be very easy to add slash pockets to one or both sides to continue the contrast of the panel and the small red “Gooseberries” print.


All in all, two very satisfying projects with a very satisfying fabric collection. The patterns are a great deal, give them a try. 🙂


  1. Ann - October 20, 2015

    Lovely embroidery! Red and white are so crisp together. Great job!

  2. Dawn - October 20, 2015

    Thank you, Ann! Embroidery is my favorite craft, so it was a real treat to be able to do it for CT. 🙂

  3. Jenni - October 20, 2015

    Thanks so much for embroidering the pillow! You did a fantastic job! I’m so excited you were excited about this collection!

  4. Judith Green - October 20, 2015

    Wow, love the collection!

  5. Norma - October 20, 2015

    Love the red. I would like to see this in blue as well.

  6. Linda - October 26, 2015

    Is this pattern for hand or machine embroidery? Seems like it is strictly hand done. Thank you

    • Dawn - October 27, 2015

      Hi Linda, Jenni designed these to be stitched by hand. 🙂