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Modern Blackwork
Modern Blackwork

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NEW THIS WEEK - January 8th, 2014


New designs pay tribute to the beauty of classic Blackwork, while getting a stylish update making them as contemporary as can be.

Dazzling patterns fill snowflakes, giving them a unique and beautiful kaleidoscope look. Modern Blackwork squares bring energetic elegance to your embroidery projects, and birds and animals are bold and wild in swirling Blackwork.

Pops of color jump from multi-color Blackwork, and sumptuous decor designs are just right for updating towels and table linens.

Start off a new year with the timeless grace of Blackwork!

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Modern Blackwork Snowflakes

Embroider snowflakes in a fresh modern Blackwork style! Delicate designs are filled with vibrant patterns and swirls, and are perfect for low-nap towels, linens, winter shirts, pillow covers, and more. The wintry look everyone loves is stunningly elegant in Blackwork.
     
 
Available in four sizes:
6.86" x 7.79" and 5.82" x 6.61" and 4.85" x 5.51" and 3.39" x 3.86"
Available in four sizes:
6.90" x 7.79" and 5.85" x 6.60" and 4.83" x 5.45" and 3.41" x 3.85"


With just one color thread, Blackwork snowflakes make it a breeze to dress up winter decor. Everything from pillow covers to placemats are lovely with these refined yet simple beauties.
     
 
Available in four sizes:
6.90" x 7.66" and 5.85" x 6.50" and 4.85" x 5.39" and 3.47" x 3.86"
  Available in four sizes:
6.53" x 7.80" and 5.85" x 6.99" and 4.84" x 5.78" and 3.22" x 3.85"


Just as no two snowflakes that fall from the sky are exactly alike, Blackwork snowflakes are individually patterned so all six designs have their own special appeal. Fleece scarves and blankets are natural spots for these elegant symbols of winter.
     
 
Available in four sizes:
6.85" x 7.80" and 5.86" x 6.67" and 4.86" x 5.53" and 3.39" x 3.85"
  Available in four sizes:
6.86" x 7.80" and 5.85" x 6.65" and 4.85" x 5.51" and 3.39" x 3.85"


Blackwork Snowflakes Design Packs

Let gorgeous Blackwork snowflakes fall onto winter decor and apparel! Light and airy snowflakes bring the beauty of winter to shirts, tote bags, pillow covers, placemats, and more.
 

Blackwork Snowflakes Design Packs

Order the designs individually by clicking the links above, or get the pack with all 6 designs, priced at only $9.97! Four sizes are available to suit any project.

Click on a link below to see the designs in the pack, and add the pack to your basket.


The pack is available in 4 sizes:

**XL - Designs smaller than 7" x 7.9"
**Lg - Designs smaller than 6" x 10"
**Md - Designs smaller than 5" x 7"
**Sm - Designs smaller than 4" x 4"



Modern Blackwork Squares

Modern Blackwork squares are filled with energy and elegance. Flowers bloom among swirling lines and paisley patterns, and a variety of stitches adds depth and dimension. Pillow shams, wall hangings, table linens, and tote bags are all ideal places for dynamic square designs.
     
 
Available in five sizes:
7.77" x 7.75" and 6.92" x 6.90" and 5.86" x 5.85" and 4.87" x 4.86" and 3.89" x 3.89"
  Available in five sizes:
7.79" x 7.72" and 6.96" x 6.89" and 5.88" x 5.83" and 4.90" x 4.85" and 3.90" x 3.86"


Choose two of your favorite Blackwork squares and stitch coordinating pillow covers for an eye-catching pair of toss pillows. Vibrant whirling stitches and complimentary lighter stitches give these designs a unique look from any angle!
     
 
Available in five sizes:
7.78" x 7.78" and 6.90" x 6.90" and 5.84" x 5.84" and 4.87" x 4.86" and 3.90" x 3.89"
  Available in five sizes:
7.80" x 7.78" and 6.92" x 6.90" and 5.85" x 5.84" and 4.87" x 4.86" and 3.85" x 3.84"


Create a bold look with modern Blackwork squares. Hearts in the design on the left are perfect for Valentine's day projects, while the peacock on the right will shake his tail feathers in great fashion anywhere you stitch him.
     
 
Available in five sizes:
7.80" x 7.79" and 6.91" x 6.90" and 5.86" x 5.85" and 4.87" x 4.86" and 3.85" x 3.85"
  Available in five sizes:
7.80" x 7.77" and 6.92" x 6.90" and 5.84" x 5.82" and 4.87" x 4.85" and 3.90" x 3.89"


Flowing lines and curling shapes make natural partners for fancy feathers and soaring wings. Let these beautiful birds land on table linens for stunning dining decor. Also a fantastic feathered embellishment for tote bags!
     
 
Available in five sizes:
7.79" x 7.74" and 6.93" x 6.89" and 5.89" x 5.86" and 4.90" x 4.88" and 3.86" x 3.84"
  Available in five sizes:
7.80" x 7.80" and 6.90" x 6.91" and 5.85" x 5.86" and 4.86" x 4.86" and 3.86" x 3.86"


A flower and a fish get a new look in Blackwork squares. Abstract shapes draw the eye in multiple directions, while still outlining familiar shapes. Very striking on pillow shams and wall hangings.
     
 
Available in five sizes:
7.79" x 7.76" and 6.91" x 6.89" and 5.88" x 5.86" and 4.87" x 4.86" and 3.86" x 3.85"
  Available in five sizes:
7.80" x 7.80" and 6.91" x 6.90" and 5.86" x 5.85" and 4.85" x 4.85" and 3.85" x 3.85"


Change the thread color to match decor and project needs. Using multiple colors will create a brilliant multi-color Blackwork effect. Or stick with black thread for a classic look. The versatility of these designs is limited only by your imagination!
     
 
Available in five sizes:
7.80" x 7.77" and 6.91" x 6.88" and 5.86" x 5.83" and 4.83" x 4.83" and 3.86" x 3.87"
  Available in five sizes:
7.80" x 7.80" and 6.91" x 6.90" and 5.86" x 5.86" and 4.86" x 4.86" and 3.86" x 3.86"


Modern Blackwork Squares Design Packs

Modern Blackwork squares add unique appeal to home decor. Stitch onto pillow shams, table linens, tote bags, towels, and more for a dazzling look!
 

Modern Blackwork Squares Design Packs

Order the designs individually by clicking the links above, or get the pack with all 12 designs, priced at only $19.97! Five sizes are available to suit any project.

Click on a link below to see the designs in the pack, and add the pack to your basket.


The pack is available in 5 sizes:

**XXL - Designs smaller than 7.9" x 7.9"
**XL - Designs smaller than 7" x 11.8"
**Lg - Designs smaller than 6" x 10"
**Md - Designs smaller than 5" x 7"
**Sm - Designs smaller than 4" x 4"



Wild for Blackwork

Blackwork brings bird, animal, and butterfly shapes to life with sensational lines and gorgeous geometry, as simple patterns repeat to form impressively detailed ornamentation. An owl and a butterfly are bold and beautiful in Blackwork. Add to decor and apparel for resplendent style!
     
 
Available in three sizes:
5.85" x 8.30" and 4.82" x 6.84" and 2.72" x 3.86"
  Available in three sizes:
5.86" x 6.10" and 4.84" x 5.03" and 3.71" x 3.86"


A cat and a wolf have a slightly formal look in their Blackwork finest. Spectacular on tablet and E-reader covers as well as shirts and fleece pullovers. Wild on pillowcases, too!
     
 
Available in three sizes:
7.10" x 5.85" and 5.87" x 4.83" and 3.85" x 3.17"
  Available in three sizes:
8.46" x 5.86" and 6.86" x 4.76" and 3.86" x 2.68"


Blackwork freshens familiar friends such as this dashing dog and exquisite bird. Both are good-looking on lightweight towels and tote bags, and would dress up shirts in style as well.
     
 
Available in three sizes:
6.62" x 5.86" and 5.47" x 4.85" and 3.86" x 3.45"
  Available in three sizes:
6.29" x 5.85" and 5.21" x 4.84" and 3.86" x 3.58"


Wild for Blackwork Design Packs

Whirls and swirls highlight the natural elegance of the animal kingdom in Wild for Blackwork designs. Add to shirts, fleece, tote bags, towels, and more for a look you'll be wild about!
 

Wild for Blackwork Design Packs

Order the designs individually by clicking the links above, or get the pack with all 6 designs, priced at only $9.97! Three sizes are available to suit any project.

Click on a link below to see the designs in the pack, and add the pack to your basket.


The pack is available in 3 sizes:

**Lg - Designs smaller than 6" x 10"
**Md - Designs smaller than 5" x 7"
**Sm - Designs smaller than 4" x 4"



Multi-Color Blackwork

Pops of color are dynamic in multi-color Blackwork panels. Flowers burst with energy and animation on towels, linens, tote bags, and wall hangings. Add new life to winter stitching with these bright designs!
     
 
Available in four sizes:
5.30" x 11.75" and 4.24" x 9.40" and 3.52" x 7.80" and 3.09" x 6.85"
  Available in four sizes:
6.12" x 11.75" and 4.90" x 9.41" and 4.06" x 7.80" and 3.58" x 6.87"


Butterflies whirl and swirl with pretty paisley, creating a pleasing look for table runners, wall hangings, pillow shams, and more.
 
Available in four sizes:
6.38" x 11.75" and 5.10" x 9.40" and 4.23" x 7.80" and 3.72" x 6.85"


Blackwork Beauty

Add Blackwork beauty to decor with coordinating feature, spray, border, and corner designs. Horizontal and vertical shapes are versatile enough to meet a wide array of project needs, and rich designs create a timeless and classic look. Pick a bouquet of Blackwork flowers for an early taste of spring! Very stylish on table linens, towels, pillow covers, and more.
 
Available in three sizes:
6.90" x 9.63" and 5.60" x 7.81" and 4.86" x 6.78"


Curling shapes and a variety of stitches make this horizontal spray seem almost three dimensional. Embellish decor with this design for a simple yet sophisticated look. Add distinctive flair to shirts and sweatshirts, too!
 
Available in four sizes:
10.30" x 6.90" and 8.75" x 5.86" and 7.80" x 5.23" and 6.86" x 4.60"


Black and white lends a classic look to flour sack towels and tea towels. Create a new look for your kitchen with a contemporary Blackwork spray.
 
Available in five sizes:
11.75" x 4.67" and 9.40" x 3.74" and 7.80" x 3.10" and 6.00" x 2.53" and 3.87" x 1.54"


Vertical sprays and borders are elegant shapes to run along pillow shams, placemats, linen napkins, table runners, and pillowcases. Their versatility makes them well-suited for a wide variety of decor items. Add a bit of color to change the look if you like!
     
 
Available in three sizes:
6.90" x 9.79" and 5.49" x 7.80" and 4.84" x 6.88"
  Available in five sizes:
4.51" x 11.75" and 3.61" x 9.41" and 3.00" x 7.80" and 2.64" x 6.86" and 1.50" x 3.87"


A Blackwork corner adds timeless style to towels, potholders, pillow covers, and more. Stitch two for geometric glamour!
 
Available in three sizes:
6.81" x 5.86" and 5.65" x 4.86" and 3.87" x 3.33"


Blackwork Beauty Design Packs

Blackwork gets a fresh update in beautiful decor designs. Get the design pack to have a variety of shapes to mix and match on towels, pillow covers, linens, and more!
 

Blackwork Beauty Design Packs

Order the designs individually by clicking the links above, or get the pack! The XL, Lg, and Md sizes include 12 designs, priced at only $19.97! The Sm size includes 9 designs, priced at only $16.97! Four sizes are available to suit any project.

Click on a link below to see the designs in the pack, and add the pack to your basket.


The pack is available in 4 sizes:

**XL - Designs smaller than 7" x 11.8"
**Lg - Designs smaller than 6" x 10"
**Md - Designs smaller than 7.9" x 7.9"
**Sm - Designs smaller than 5" x 7"



Special Request of the Week

Embroidery Library is always inspired by your design suggestions, and we thank you for sending us your terrific ideas. This week's request comes from Sue, who wanted to see the French Bulldog in silhouette and sketched medley form. Noble in appearance, French Bulldogs are playful and affectionate companions. As sturdy as they are, they were originally bred by lace makers in 19th century Nottingham, England, as lap pets. They're perfect for showing off on towels, tote bags, sweatshirts, and fleece. Thank you, Sue, for your excellent suggestion!
     
 
Available in three sizes:
5.85" x 7.16" and 4.87" x 5.93" and 3.17" x 3.86"
  Available in three sizes:
6.88" x 7.63" and 5.87" x 6.50" and 4.85" x 5.38"


Want to see more? Click here to see designs released in previous weeks!