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MSU Museum's 'Redwork' inspires new fabric line

Monday, October 1, 2007

The MSU Museum is working with fabric designer Susie Osburn to create "Redworks," a reproduction fabric line from Windham Fabrics that will be available in stores in October.

Redwork is a style of decorative needlework named for the technique that usually entails using red thread to embroider designs onto a plain white background. It is also the focus of a special exhibition, "Redwork: A Textile Tradition in America," through Jan. 2, 2008 in the Heritage Gallery at the museum. Visit a preview of the exhibit and additional information.

The "Redworks" reproduction fabric line includes designs drawn from four quilts in the MSU Museum's Kitty Clark Cole Collection made circa 1890-1900, the time period when Redwork was most popular. Samples of the "Redworks" reproduction fabric and the MSU Museum quilts that inspired them can be viewed online at

The MSU Museum is home to the Great Lakes Quilt Center, which includes a collection of more than 500 historical and contemporary quilts and reflects a long-standing interest in preserving and presenting traditional arts history. Nationally, 21.3 million active quilters spend an estimated $2.27 billion each year on quilting and quilt-related activities.

Special programs like this, and others, are also presented as part of MSU's Year of Arts & Culture in 2007-2008, with performances, exhibitions and activities throughout campus and community that showcase creative vitality and excellence at MSU.

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