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Sassy Symmetry

NEW THIS WEEK - February 14th, 2007:


Sassy Symmetry

Free Project Instructions!

This Patchwork Purse is more than pretty. Make this dreamy tote with these free instructions.

Symmetry appeals to our sense of order. We're instinctively drawn to the beauty of visual balance, attracted by art forms that offer a perfect sense of harmony and serenity.

 

Symmetric structure creates the stage for many of the designs this week, so that color can take the spotlight, beckoning you to play with its infinite possibilities. Whether you choose dramatic splashes of color or a blend of tone-on-tones for these designs, you are sure to create a visual masterpiece.

 

Sew pillows, totes, quilts, jackets, and more with your favorite geometric patterns this week, from tile-like mosaics to classic kaleidoscope, fancy folk art, fans and flourishes, and a beautiful geometric wild rose.

 

Then turn to sheer floral designs for something different. Produce stunning results with these sheer and colorful designs (perfect for leather!). Enjoy the art of perfection and enjoy the new designs this week!


 
Geometric Mosaic Patterns
Tiny pebbles, cut stone cubes, clay tiles, and glass fragments have been used to decorate floors and walls since ancient times.  From the early art forms of mosaics found in Greek, Roman, and Middle Eastern architecture to contemporary baths and kitchen backsplashes, mosaic patterns make bold statements in home decor. Dramatic on dark background fabrics, a full spectrum of colors for play.
 

Mosaic - Square
In colorful patterns of harmonic splendor, these contemporary, tile-like designs will jazz up
home decor and light up garments and accessories. The geometric forms lend themselves to
every color combination imaginable. There's no limit to the fun you can have with these designs.

Available in four sizes:
7.80"X7.80" and 5.90"X5.90" and 4.90"X4.90" and 3.90"X3.90"


Mosaic Border
A string of light, bright, and colorful tiles play along this border, so suitable for everything from
towels to tote handles, tablecloths to placemats, and curtain to shirt hems.

Available in three sizes:
9.41"X1.41" and 6.00"X1.00" and 2.04"X0.89"


Mosaic Corner
In a suggestion of movement, colorful tiles flair from a corner.

Available in two sizes:
4.85"X4.85" and 3.86"X3.83"


A Geometric Mosaic
Value Pack

The Geometric Mosaic designs above are available in a value pack, priced at only $6.97!
The small pack includes three designs and is priced at only $3.97!

Click on the links or images below to see the designs included in the pack, and add this value
pack to your shopping basket!
 
     
All designs smaller than 8 x 10 All designs smaller than 7.9 x 7.9 All designs smaller than 6 x 10
     
 
All designs smaller than 5 x 7   All designs smaller than 4 x 4


Kaleidoscope Color Play
The perfect symmetry of this fascinating design owes its beauty to multiple mirror images.
The classic kaleidoscope was known to the Greeks, but reinvented by Sir David Brewster, a Scottish scientist who was working on experiments in light polarization with mirrors and objects in a tube.
The word kaleidoscope comes from the Greek words for "beautiful form watcher."
These designs will sew out in an infinite number of color combinations.
 

Kaleidoscope - Octagon
The perfect symmetry of this fascinating design owes its beauty to multiple mirror images,
much like the brilliant, colorful objects that tumble inside the familiar, optical toy.
 Lovely, centered inside a square shape, the octagon is a natural for a trivet, pillow, quilt, or tote.

Available in four sizes:
7.81"X7.80" and 5.89"X5.89" and 4.89"X4.89" and 3.85"X3.85"


Kaleidoscope - Border
Create a parade of color on garments or home decor with patterns reflective of kaleidoscope charm.

Available in three sizes:
9.41"X2.14" and 6.00"X1.51" and 3.06"X1.36"


Kaleidoscope - Corner
Inspired by the mirrored image of tumbling beads and cut glass pieces,
this corner design will make an attractive accent on placemats and towels.

Available in two sizes:
4.85"X4.86" and 3.85"X3.86"


A Geometric Kaleidoscope
Value Pack

The Geometric Kaleidoscope designs above are available in a value pack, priced at only $6.97!
The small pack includes three designs and is priced at only $3.97!

Click on the links or images below to see the designs included in the pack, and add this value
pack to your shopping basket!
 
     
All designs smaller than 8 x 10 All designs smaller than 7.9 x 7.9 All designs smaller than 6 x 10
     
 
All designs smaller than 5 x 7   All designs smaller than 4 x 4


Geometric Turkish Fantasy

Reminiscent of folk art of the Mediterranean region the geometric patterns in these designs
honor nature in a suggestion of ferns, flowers, birds, or butterflies.
 


Turkish Fancy -
Circle
The mirrored images are a delightful composition in the ever-widening patterns embraced by this timeless circle. The selection of bright primary colors in this example imbue a happy, stylish flair.
 For a touch of elegance, try it with subtler tones, as used in the patchwork purse project shown above.
 

Available in four sizes:
7.81"X7.83" and 5.89"X5.89" and 4.88"X4.88" and 3.90"X3.91"


Turkish Fancy - Border
Geometric folk art elements create an intricate border for a delightful and stylish hem.

Available in three sizes:
9.41"X1.97" and 6.00"X1.35" and 3.06"X1.25"


Turkish Fancy - Corner
Plumes or ferns, blooms and birds -- a dash of elements from the
Turkish Fancy Circle combine to create a corner with flourish.

Available in two sizes:
4.86"X4.86" and 3.86"X3.86"


A Turkish Fancy Geometric
Value Pack

The Turkish Fancy Geometric designs above are available in a value pack, priced at only $6.97!
The small pack includes three designs and is priced at only $3.97!

Click on the links or images below to see the designs included in the pack, and add this value
pack to your shopping basket!
 
     
All designs smaller than 8 x 10 All designs smaller than 7.9 x 7.9 All designs smaller than 6 x 10
     
 
All designs smaller than 5 x 7   All designs smaller than 4 x 4

Fans and Flourishes
In every culture, the design principle of symmetry is demonstrated in everything human beings have constructed, from architecture to the artful patterns in oriental rugs. Let the arts of antiquity inspire your sewing with the patterns of fans and flourishes. See how the geometric square was used in the patchwork purse project shown this week.

 

 

Fans and Flourishes Geometric Square
A fan and a flourish times four! Mirror images come together to form perfect squares again and again -- from the center petals to the elegant curved flourishes to the outside corner fans -- each as perfect as the others, and framed in the geometry of a softly undulating square.

Available in four sizes:
7.82"X7.83" and 5.90"X5.89" and 4.88"X4.88" and 3.90"X3.91"


Fans and Flourishes Geometric Border
 

Available in three sizes:
9.41"X2.22" and 6.00"X1.71" and 2.98"X1.42"


Fans and Flourishes Geometric Corner

Try mixing and matching a corner with a border design to frame a placemat or tablecloth.

Available in two sizes:
4.86"X4.87" and 3.83"X3.84"


A Fans and Flourishes Geometric
Value Pack

The Fans and Flourishes Geometric designs above are available in a value pack, priced at only $6.97!
The small pack includes three designs and is priced at only $3.97!

Click on the links or images below to see the designs included in the pack, and add this value
pack to your shopping basket!
 
     
All designs smaller than 8 x 10 All designs smaller than 7.9 x 7.9 All designs smaller than 6 x 10
     
 
All designs smaller than 5 x 7   All designs smaller than 4 x 4


Wild Rose Geometric

 Colors charm the eye, but it is the wholly proportioned design that creates serene perfection.
No mirror images here, the beauty is created by a harmonious order of repeating elements in this circle and the accompanying set of designs. The geometric shapes call to mind the essence of a wild rose.

 

Wild Rose Geometric - Circle
The eye and the heart resonate to the beauty of the perfect circle. In most cultures, the circle is an image filled with symbolism. This one is filled with whatever you care to imagine.

Available in four sizes:
7.81"X7.81" and 5.90"X5.90" and 4.89"X4.88" and 3.90"X3.90"


Wild Rose Geometric - Border
Echoing the intricacies of the Wild Rose circle, the festive patterns appear to dance
like petals on the wind or ocean waves.

Available in three sizes:
9.41"X2.32" and 6.00"X1.65" and 2.32"X1.49"


Wild Rose Geometric - Corner
An elegant corner, designed to harmonize with the Wild Rose Circle.

Available in two sizes:
4.86"X4.86" and 3.86"X3.86"


A Wild Rose Geometric
Value Pack

The Wild Rose Geometric designs above are available in a value pack, priced at only $6.97!
The small pack includes three designs and is priced at only $3.97!

Click on the links or images below to see the designs included in the pack, and add this value
pack to your shopping basket!
 
     
All designs smaller than 8 x 10 All designs smaller than 7.9 x 7.9 All designs smaller than 6 x 10
     
 
All designs smaller than 5 x 7   All designs smaller than 4 x 4


Embroidering on Leather - Free Project Instructions!
 

Make embroidered bookmarks, personalized keychains, and add embellishments to purses and jackets with light and sheer designs digitized specifically for leather!

For free instructions and video demonstrating how to embroider on leather, click here.

 


Sheer Floral Designs for Leather
This collection of soft and sheer floral designs will produce stunning results on all kinds of fabrics,
but they were especially designed so you can sew them on leather, as shown in the project above.
The light touch of the needlework in these designs is what sets them apart. Delicate outlines, light shading, and negative space that borrows color from the background fabric are a winning combination. 
 

Sheer Floral Shapes - Rectangle
With the flourish of a Jacobean design, but the light touch of sheer stitchery,
these enchanting flower buds are captured in symmetrical splendor.
The rectangular shape is well-suited for totes, purses, and shirts.

Available in four sizes:
7.80"X5.44" and 8.36"X5.85" and 6.85"X4.82" and 3.90"X2.75"

Sheer Floral - Square
Fanciful frangipani buds and flower bring a sense of balance to the glorious large blossom
in the foreground of this composition, creating the essence of harmony. A festive design for leather
book cover, tote, or jacket pocket.

Available in four sizes:
7.80"X7.80" and 5.90"X5.90" and 4.90"X4.90" and 3.90"X3.90"


Sheer Floral Shapes - Circle

Graceful leaves embrace a singular tulip in an enchanting design.
Try it on washable ultra suede placemats or leather garments.

Available in four sizes:
7.26"X7.80" and 5.52"X5.90" and 4.58"X4.90" and 3.66"X3.90"


Sheer Floral Shapes -
Octagon
A pair of breezy posies team up to swirl sassily about on light and airy fabrics,
 and they'll sew equally well on dense materials like leathers and ultra suede.

Available in four sizes:
7.80"X7.80" and 5.89"X5.88" and 4.90"X4.90" and 3.90"X3.90"


Sheer Floral Shapes - Border
A graceful line for trimming belts, bookmarks, or hems.

Available in three sizes:
9.40"X1.30" and 6.80"X0.94" and 2.28"X0.92"


Sheer Floral Shapes -
Corner
The perfect design for hanging out solo or coordinating with the sheer florals above.

Available in four sizes:
3.01"X3.02" and 2.28"X2.29" and 1.90"X1.90" and 1.50"X1.51"


A Sheer Floral
Value Pack

The Sheer Floral designs above are available in a value pack, priced at only $13.97!

Click on the links or images below to see the designs included in the pack, and add this value
pack to your shopping basket!
 
     
All designs smaller than 8 x 10 All designs smaller than 7.9 x 7.9 All designs smaller than 6 x 10
     
 
All designs smaller than 5 x 7   All designs smaller than 4 x 4



Special Request of the Week
Embroidery Library is always inspired by your design suggestions, and we thank you for sending
us tons of terrific ideas, which we regularly incorporate into the weekly design themes. As a way
to expand on designs for specific quests, this space is dedicated to the "Request of the Week."
Here is this week's request:
 

Three Strikes Turkey Bowler


Mary is a bowling league secretary and a bowler. She explained her idea for this whimsical turkey bowler design: "Our league is a 'fun' league. We don't worry so much about winning, but focus on individual achievements. We have lots of beginner bowlers, and it is a big deal for them the first time they get a 'turkey.'  At our year-end banquet, I present them with a bowling towel reflecting their success."

Mary has been searching for a whimsical turkey to represent the three strikes. So here is Terrie
Turkey fully outfitted with bowling shoes, shirt, and ball, giving us the High Five, errrr, we mean
Three!  You can join Mary in sewing it on towels and shirt, and maybe a bowling sling.

Available in two sizes:
5.59"X4.86" and 3.86"X3.36"