This cute little Elf (see the pattern here) in redwork is from the Wee Wonderfuls blog of Hillary Lang, who always has something fun and cute in the works!
The design set is a girl-elf and boy-elf and her pattern shows these bits of stitchery on a pair of stockings. I may just follow suit with mine! Or it could be a cute bib, or maybe a little wall hanging, or christmas ornament, or...
Have you never done redwork? Have no fear!
This little elf-girl is my first attempt and it only took me about 90 minutes.
Redwork is a good introduction to hand embroidery and this pattern is a great start, and won't take you long at all.
If you would like more specific information about redwork, look here. And here is a good primer on the basic stitches you should know. (But basically, you just trace the pattern onto a fabric and use a needle and floss and sew it on!)
Happy Gift Making!