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Midwinter Blues

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If winter is giving you the blues, we've got the solution: turn those blues into beautiful embroidery with outstanding new Delft Blue designs!

Inspired by Delftware, or Delft pottery, from the Netherlands, new quick-stitching designs in dreamy shades of blue and white are perfect for sprucing up lightweight kitchen towels, table linens, quilts, and more.

Tulips blossom from Delft Blue vases, and traditional Dutch scenes of windmills, canals, and cottages decorate fresh floral medallions.

Delft blue panels of a gorgeously plumed bird, an old-time sampler, and a barnyard scene will add charm to any project, while a Delft Blue tea party, and country cow and flowers set, are ideal for decorating table and kitchen linens.

To honor another Dutch work of art, we offer an exquisite embroidered version of Vincent van Gogh's painting, Almond Blossom, sure to impress on pillows and as framed embroidery!

Free project instructions for machine embroidery in-the-hoop utensil holders.

Keep your pots and pans from getting scratched in the cupboard with a pot protector that can also double as a trivet! Click here for free project instructions to create an elegant yet practical 2-in-1 pot protector.


 
Delft Blue Tulips

The traditional tones of Delft Blue get a color boost, with brilliant tulips bursting from stylish vases, for a classic winter look that still inspires thoughts of spring!

The vase below is a wonderful combination of the old -- Delft Blue pottery dates from the 16th century -- and the new, as what could be newer than freshly blooming flowers? Stitch onto pillow shams for a beautiful living room decoration!
 
Brightly colored tulips in a classic Delft Blue vase machine embroidery design.
Available in two sizes:
5.62"X7.81" and 4.85"X6.75"


The brilliant color of the tulips complement this elegant Delft Blue vase in a graceful design sure to please on pillows, wall hangings, quilts, and more!
 
Brightly colored tulips in a classic Delft Blue vase machine embroidery design.
Available in three sizes:
7.03"X7.81" and 5.81"X6.45" and 4.86"X5.40"

Delft Blue Medallions

Pictorial Delftware plates were made in abundance in the Netherlands in the 18th century, and often showed native Dutch scenes with windmills and fishing boats, landscapes, and floral decorations. Our new Delft Blue medallion designs carry on the tradition of this plateware, with floral medallions, and tall ship and windmill scenes reminiscent of the original popular Delftware embellishments.

Beautiful medallions are perfect for stitching onto tablecloths, pillow shams, wall hangings, and quilts, for a look rich with style and tradition!
 
Delft blue floral medallion machine embroidery design.
Available in four sizes:
7.77"X7.75" and 5.84"X5.83" and 4.85"X4.83" and 3.83"X3.82"


Pretty flowers grace a rich and symmetrically pleasing medallion. Pair with the coordinating medallion design above for a stunning set of throw pillows!
 
Delft blue floral circle machine embroidery design.
Available in four sizes:
7.77"X7.75" and 5.84"X5.83" and 4.85"X4.83" and 3.83"X3.82"

Free project instructions to create an embroidered pillow cozy.
Celebrate the traditional art form of Delft Blue and add some pizzazz to plain pillows by dressing them up with an embroidered pillow cozy. These medallions are just the size to create a fun and fashionable cozy. Mix and match designs and fabrics to add a personal touch! Soon you'll have a pillow cozy for every season, holiday, or special event.

Click here for these free pillow cozy project instructions!


A Dutch tall ship sails the seas against white puffy clouds, in a magnificent medallion design perfect for any boat lover or history buff.
 
A machine embroidered Delft blue tall sailing ship.
Available in four sizes:
7.80"X7.80" and 5.85"X5.85" and 4.85"X4.85" and 3.85"X3.85"


Of the 10,000 windmills used in the Netherlands around 1850, about 1,000 are still standing. A design this classical will endure many fashion changes, and remain a home decor favorite for years to come!
 
A classic Dutch windmill inside a floral medallion machine embroidery design.
Available in four sizes:
7.77"X7.77" and 5.80"X5.80" and 4.85"X4.85" and 3.83"X3.85"


A country cottage scene will charm on kitchen and table linens, wall hangings, quilts, and more.
 
A country cottage machine embroidery design in the classic Delft blue style.
Available in four sizes:
7.80"X7.80" and 5.85"X5.85" and 4.85"X4.85" and 3.85"X3.85"


Amsterdam, capital of the Netherlands, has been called the "Venice of the North" for its more than 62 miles of canals. Bring a touch of old Amsterdam to your home decor with a beautifully detailed canal scene!
 
A Delft blue machine embroidery design depicting a canal scene, with a boat sailing past buildings and bridges.
Available in four sizes:
7.80"X7.80" and 5.85"X5.85" and 4.85"X4.85" and 3.85"X3.85"


Delft Blue Medallions Design Packs 


Classic Delftware medallions are just right for stitching onto pillows, table linens, wall hangings, quilts, and more. Cool blue shades add beauty and grace to any project!
 

Order the designs individually by clicking the links above,
or get the pack with all 6 designs, priced at only $9.97!

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 7.9"x7.9"
**Lg - Designs smaller than 6"x10"

**Md - Designs smaller than 5"x7"
**Sm - Designs smaller than 4"x4"



With fine stitching and delicate shading, Delft Blue panel designs are richly detailed yet still relatively quick to stitch. A bird with lush plumage perches on flowering branches in a delightful example of Delft Blue beauty!

Previously released designs in this arrangement are Delft Blue Peacock and Flowers, Delft Blue Bird on Flowered Branches, and Delft Blue Bird in Flight.
 
A bird with fancy plumage sits on a flowering branch in a lovely Delft blue machine embroidery design.
Available in three sizes:
6.53"X11.80" and 5.20"X9.39" and 3.79"X6.85"


Fresh daisies bloom atop a classic Delft Blue country sampler. Stitch onto pillows, wall hangings, and quilts for a very sweet look. Also a lovely design for framing!
 
A country sampler with alphabet, butterflies, birds, flowers and more in the classic Delft blue style of machine embroidery.
Available in three sizes:
7.00"X9.69" and 5.86"X8.11" and 4.85"X6.72"

Free project instructions for framing your machine embroidery designs.
Framing your embroidery is a great way to display your beautiful handiwork, as well as treasure it year after year. Stitch these classic Delft Blue designs and display them proudly in your home, or give them as a gift!

Click here for Kenny's step-by-step embroidery framing instructions!


A rooster and hen watch over their chicks in the barnyard. A charming country design for any kitchen decor!
 
A Delft blue barnyard scene machine embroidery design, with a rooster and hen watching over their baby chicks.
Available in three sizes:
11.14"X6.97" and 9.36"X5.87" and 6.85"X4.29"

Delft Blue Fancy a Brew

Fancy a brew? Enjoy one in the handsome shades of Delft Blue! A teapot and teacup spray is perfect for warming up quilts, wall hangings, table linens, pillow shams, and more.
 
A teapot and tea cup spray in Delft blue shades machine embroidery design.
Available in three sizes:
11.58"X3.41" and 9.41"X2.75" and 6.86"X2.02"


Create a welcoming and friendly look on tablecloths, low-nap kitchen towels, tea cozies, and more with a lovely teapot and teacup border. The medium size of this design has been formatted for the Endless Hoop; may also be used in standard hoops.
 
A teapot and tea cup border in Delft blue shades machine embroidery design.
Available in three sizes:
9.40"X3.16" and 5.96"X2.21" and 3.86"X1.36"


Corners this pretty are perfect for stitching a stylish touch onto table linens, pillow cases, purses, and dresses.
 
Available in two sizes:
4.86"X4.90" and 3.83"X3.87"


Delft Blue Fancy a Brew Design Packs 


Combine teapot and teacup medleys with a fancy Delft Blue corner, ideal for stitching a touch of Dutch design to kitchen and table linens, pillows, quilts, wall hangings, and more!

Order the designs individually by clicking the links above,
or get the pack with all 5 designs, priced at only $7.97!

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 7"x11.8"

**Md - Designs smaller than 6"x10"
**Sm - Designs smaller than 5"x7"


Create a unique table setting by stitching this trio of classic designs. Tuck a corner onto a placemat or napkin, repeat a border along the bottom of a placement -- or do both! The possibilities are endless!

Kenny put together a few tutorials to help you get started. For tips on how to position and stitch on the corners of napkins and placemats, click here. If you're looking for general instructions on how to line up borders, click here!

Delft Blue Country Cow and Flowers

An already sweet cow is just that much more special when she has a flowered print, and the floral frame pulls it all together. Stitch onto table and kitchen linens, and even garments, for a very moooo-ving look.
 
Available in three sizes:
11.77"X4.38" and 9.40"X3.50" and 6.86"X2.56"


Make a plain flour sack towel fancy with a pretty flower and filigree border! The medium size of this design has been formatted for the Endless Hoop; may also be used in standard hoops.
 
Available in three sizes:
9.37"X3.41" and 6.00"X2.32" and 3.86"X1.40"


Delft Blue shades will brighten the corners of napkins, pockets, pillows, and more. For more ideas on where to stitch corners, see Kenny's free article on tips and tricks for positioning corner designs perfectly.
 
Available in two sizes:
4.85"X4.85" and 3.85"X3.86"


Delft Blue Country Cow and Flowers Design Packs 


A country cow and floral design, with fresh flower and filigree borders and corners, are just right for adding sweet charm to kitchen and table linens, curtains, pillows, quilts, wall hangings, and more!
 

Order the designs individually by clicking the links above,
or get the pack with all 5 designs, priced at only $7.97!

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 7"x11.8"

**Md - Designs smaller than 6"x10"
**Sm - Designs smaller than 5"x7"


van Gogh - Almond Blossom

Embroider your own masterpiece with a design inspired by Vincent van Gogh's painting, "Almond Blossom" (1890). Van Gogh painted this beautiful work of art as a gift for his brother Theo, to celebrate the birth of Theo's son, whom he named after the famous painter. Van Gogh chose to paint blossoming branches against a blue sky because it was Theo's favorite subject, and a symbol of new life.

Stitch our other van Gogh designs to create a brilliant collection of framed embroidery!
 
Available in four sizes:
10.70"X8.59" and 8.70"X7.00" and 7.32"X5.88" and 6.08"X4.88"

 

 
This week, we're stitching the blues! See what other crafty folk like you have created with this classic art form known as Delft Blue. We post photos of projects every weekday by stitchers just like you in the Stitchers Showcase. Check out some of these fabulous creations, and feel free to show off what you've made by sending a photo to stitch@emblibrary.com!

Click on the images below to go to the specific showcase, or click here to see them all!
 

Delft Blue Dream
 

Rosemary's Kitchen
 

Delft Blue Beauty
 
 
Quilting Cures the Blues Delft Blue Tulip Curtains
Delft Blue Table Cloth
 
 


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