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Chinoiserie

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Art from one culture often influences art from another, and in this way style and fashion is passed around the world. An example of this artistic admiration occurred in 17th- and 18th-century Europe, where a love for all things Chinese led to a new hybrid style of interior decorating, furniture, pottery, and textiles known as Chinoiserie. "Chinoiserie" is French for "Chinese-esque," and it was a way for Europeans to appreciate and to re-imagine Asian decorative art and culture.

We offer this week's new designs in the spirit of Chinoiserie, which is coming into fashion once again. Exquisite bird and floral panels echo the style and themes of Chinoiserie wallpaper, lotus blossoms are paired with kanji symbols in peaceful Asian-inspired designs, and brilliantly colored birds native to Asian countries are painted in calligraphy-style brushstroke stitches. Finally, the tiger and the dragon make fiercely elegant new additions to our Intricate Ink designs.

Scroll down the page to see these intriguing new designs!

Free project instructions for an Asian style fan-shaped purse embellished with machine embroidery design.

Create a gorgeous Asian Fanfare Purse! Its unique fan shape combined with beautiful embroidery is truly a fashion sensation. Click here for project instructions!


Garden of Chinoiserie


Brilliant colors and rich details are hallmarks of Chinoiserie, and these vibrant panels depicting classic Asian scenes carry on that tradition in fine style. Chinoiserie embroidery makes an impressive accent on pillows, purses, tote bags, and quilts.

 
Chinoiserie-style bird and floral machine embroidery design panel.
Available in three sizes:
6.08"X11.78" and 4.86"X9.44" and 3.50"X6.85"


The green peafowl is a large yet elegant forest bird which nests on the ground, laying three to six eggs. Feather your nest with this graceful design!

 
Chinoiserie-style bird and floral machine embroidery design panel.
Available in three sizes:
5.86"X11.77" and 4.65"X9.38" and 3.39"X6.87"


A gorgeous mandarin duck floats peacefully among lotus blossoms. His brilliant back feathers, also called "sails," match the blooms on the tree, in a charming design for any home decor project.

 
A Mandarin Duck floats with lotus blossoms in a Chinoiserie style machine embroidery design.
Available in three sizes:
7.00"X11.47" and 5.76"X9.41" and 4.20"X6.86"

Free project instructions for framing machine embroidery designs.
Let your garden grow with beautifully detailed Chinoiserie scenes. Just the right size, these colorful designs are perfect for framing up your embroidery. Display your work proudly throughout your home, or even give a framed piece as a gift to friends and loved ones!

Click here for Kenny's step-by-step instructions on how to frame your embroidery!


A lovely swan and a couple enjoying a boat ride share a tranquil scene. A bridge in the background, overhanging leaves, and blooming lotus make for a richly detailed panel, just right for a wall hanging or framed embroidery.

 
A swan and boat on a serene pond machine embroidery design.
Available in three sizes:
6.45"X11.80" and 5.16"X9.42" and 3.77"X6.86"


Since ancient times, Chinese pagodas have been praised for the spectacular views they offer. This pagoda looks out onto a lush flowering tree and manicured garden. Stitch onto pillows and quilts for a lovely look in your home.

 
An Asian pagoda machine embroidery design.
Available in three sizes:
7.00"X9.79" and 5.90"X8.23" and 4.85"X6.75"


A woman sits in peaceful meditation as a butterfly floats nearby. A blooming bush adds color to the scene, and her flowing dress and robe contribute to the design's softly flowing lines. Add to tote bags and purses for a stylish embellishment!

 
A woman and a butterfly under a flowering tree machine embroidery design.
Available in three sizes:
6.99"X7.41" and 5.87"X6.24" and 4.85"X5.18"


Garden of Chinoiserie Design Packs 


Classic Asian scenes are rich with color and detail, in lovely designs for any project. Enhance pillows, quilts, wall hangings, tote bags, and more with Chinoiserie style and beauty!
 

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 3 sizes:

**Lg - Designs smaller than 7"x11.8"
**Md - Designs smaller than 6"x10"
**Sm - Designs smaller than 5"x7"


Blooming with Kanji

The lotus flower is known by several names, including Indian Lotus, Sacred Lotus, and Bean of India. They grow deep in the mud, and blossom on thick stems above the surface of the water. Lotus and kanji symbols together make beautifully balanced designs.

Let lotus flowers and the kanji symbols for "faithful" and for "hope" bloom on wall hangings and quilts for classic Asian style!
     
The kanji symbol for faithful with a blooming lotus flower machine embroidery design.   The kanji symbol for hope with a blooming lotus flower machine embroidery design.
Available in four sizes:
7.76"X7.05" and 6.49"X5.86" and 5.37"X4.85" and 3.82"X3.50"
  Available in three sizes:
5.85"X7.61" and 4.86"X6.29" and 2.97"X3.86"

Free project instructions to make a beautifully embroidered triple comfort pillow.
Give yourself three times the comfort and lots of style with this fun and fashionable pillow. Three soft panels provide cozy support for your lower back. When not in use, it's a lovely and elegant accent to any couch or chair. The beautiful lotus flowers and kanji symbols will make your decor bloom with Asian ambiance.

Click here for Kenny's free project instructions on how to make this triple comfort pillow.


Kanji symbols for "peace" and "strength" are perfect for framed embroidery. Make a pair!
     
The kanji symbol for peace with a blooming lotus flower machine embroidery design.   The kanji symbol for strength with a blooming lotus flower machine embroidery design.
Available in four sizes:
7.80"X7.49" and 6.12"X5.86" and 5.05"X4.86" and 3.86"X3.70"
  Available in four sizes:
7.15"X7.79" and 5.86"X6.37" and 4.85"X5.27" and 3.55"X3.86"


Blooming with Kanji Design Packs 


Lotus blossoms and kanji symbols create beautiful and classical Asian-inspired designs. Stitch onto pillows, wall hangings, and quilts, or frame for a tasteful home decor embellishment.
 

Order the designs individually by clicking the links above,
or get the pack with all 4 designs, priced at only $6.97!

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"


Asian Inspirations

Open stitches in the beautiful bird and floral scenes below create an unusual calligraphy-style brushstroke appearance. Bring a unique Asian flair to your next project with gorgeously feathered birds amid rich foliage and flowers!

The Red Junglefowl resembles a rooster but is actually a tropical member of the pheasant family. These birds were first domesticated in Asia at least several thousand years ago. The Mandarin Duck is closely related to the North American Wood Duck. No matter which family they are in, both birds make beautiful embroidery designs, just right for brightening your home decor!
     
A Red Junglefowl amid foliage machine embroidery design.   A Mandarin Duck and flowers machine embroidery design.
Available in four sizes:
7.29"X7.79" and 5.84"X6.24" and 4.83"X5.16" and 3.60"X3.84"
  Available in four sizes:
7.00"X7.79" and 5.83"X6.50" and 4.87"X5.42" and 3.47"X3.85"


The elaborately plumed bird on the left has the interesting name of Lady Amherst's Pheasant. The name commemorates the wife of William Pitt Amherst, Governor General of Bengal, who was responsible for sending the first specimen of the bird to London in 1828.

The Red Crowned Crane is also called the Japanese Crane, or Mandarin Crane. Stitch both for an impressive set of framed embroidery! The pink flowers in each design make for a lovely matched pair.
     
A Lady Amherst's Pheasant and flowers machine embroidery design.   A Red Crowned crane and flowers machine embroidery design.
Available in four sizes:
7.80"X7.14" and 6.36"X5.82" and 5.41"X4.86" and 3.86"X3.54"
  Available in four sizes:
6.85"X7.79" and 5.85"X6.65" and 4.86"X5.53" and 3.37"X3.85"

Free project instructions for an embroidered tote bag.
Adding these Asian inspiration designs to a tote bag is a stroke of genius. Stitch these colorful brushstroke designs on a tote bag of your choice -- choose from a Traditional Tote, Round Pop-up Tote, Favorite Things Tote, Go Green Tote, and much more!

Dozens of tote bag projects are featured on our projects website -- www.embroiderylibraryprojects.com. Click here to see them all! Free project instructions for our most recent tote bag addition, the Traditional Tote Bag, can be found by clicking here!


Lotus flowers bloom on a still pond, and a butterfly enjoys the bright chrysanthemums. Add elegance to pillows, purses, and table linens with delicate floral designs!
     
Lotus blossoms machine embroidery design.   Butterfly and chrysanthemums machine embroidery design.
Available in three sizes:
7.71"X5.41" and 6.85"X4.82" and 3.87"X2.76"
  Available in three sizes:
5.48"X7.79" and 4.83"X6.85" and 2.94"X3.85"


Asian Inspirations Design Packs 


Get inspired by elaborately plumed Asian birds and blooming flowers, perfect for adding a touch of elegant style to purses and tote bags, home decor items, and garments. Vibrant calligraphy-style brushstroke stitches really bring these graceful designs to life!
 

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"


Intricate Ink Tigers


Our Intricate Ink designs are a marvelous blend of calligraphy, tattoo, and tribal style. One color and quick-stitching, they're perfect for adding a unique decoration to low-nap towels, fleece pullovers and blankets, T-shirts, table linens, and many other items.

An inky tiger crouches and coils, ready to pounce onto your next project!

 
Intricate Ink tiger machine embroidery design.
Available in three sizes:
5.82"X6.78" and 4.86"X5.66" and 3.31"X3.84"


Let a powerful tiger run on handbags, table linens and sweatshirts; flowing lines give this design a real feeling of movement. The medium size of this design has been formatted for the Endless Hoop; may also be used in standard hoops.

 
Intricate Ink tiger machine embroidery design border.
Available in three sizes:
9.42"X3.10" and 6.00"X2.22" and 3.87"X1.29"


A fierce tiger peers over his shoulder in a corner design, and races in pursuit of prey in an accessory size. Both make excellent accents for napkins, pockets, pillows, and more!
     
Intricate Ink tiger machine embroidery corner design.   Intricate Ink tiger machine embroidery design.
Available in two sizes:
4.82"X4.84" and 3.86"X3.88"
  Available in one size:
3.85"X1.49"


Intricate Ink Tigers Design Packs 


Delicate lines in an "inky" style capture the movement and power of the tiger. Stitch onto lightweight towels and linens, fleece, tote bags, and more for a truly wild effect!

Order the designs individually by clicking the links above, or get the pack with all the designs!
 

The large and medium packs contain 6 designs, priced at only $9.97! The small pack contain 4 designs, priced at only $6.97!

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 6"x10"
**Md - Designs smaller than 5"x7"
**Sm - Designs smaller than 4"x4"


Free project instructions for embroidering on tea towels.
Add some Asian flair to your kitchen decor by sewing the Inky Tigers or Inky Dragons onto classic tea towels or flour sack towels. A kitchen necessity, these handy dish towels are quick to stitch, plus they make a delightfully simple way to give the perfect gift to friends and family.

Read Kenny's tips and tricks for stabilizing, needle choice, design choice, and more in his Fabrics 101 article for embroidering on tea towels and flour sack towels.

Intricate Ink Dragons


This is the Year of the Dragon, according to the 12-year cycle of animals which appear in the Chinese zodiac. The Year of the Dragon is considered the luckiest year in the Chinese zodiac. Stitch some good fortune with flowing one color dragon designs, perfect on flour sack and tea towels, table cloths and placemats, quilts and wall hangings, and more! And be sure to see our other graceful Intricate Ink designs.

 
Intricate Ink dragon machine embroidery design.
Available in three sizes:
5.85"X8.12" and 4.83"X6.71" and 2.75"X3.85"


Flame-shaped stitches make it seem as if this dragon were on fire! Heat up your fleece pullover or sweatshirt with this fiery fellow. The medium size of this design has been formatted for the Endless Hoop; may also be used in standard hoops.

 
Intricate Ink dragon machine embroidery design.
Available in three sizes:
9.40"X3.45" and 6.00"X2.30" and 3.85"X1.42"


Stitch an open and airy dragon corner or accessory onto home decor and garments for a legendary look!
     
Intricate Ink dragon machine embroidery design.   Intricate Ink dragon machine embroidery design.
Available in two sizes:
4.86"X5.00" and 3.74"X3.85"
  Available in one size:
2.45"X3.86"


Intricate Ink Dragons Design Packs 


Stitch a powerful and mythical creature onto your next project! Graceful one-color Intricate Ink dragon designs are fast yet fabulous on low-nap towels, table linens, quilts, tote bags, and more.

Order the designs individually by clicking the links above, or get the pack with all the designs!
 

The large and medium packs contain 6 designs, priced at only $9.97! The small pack contain 4 designs, priced at only $6.97!

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 6"x10"
**Md - Designs smaller than 5"x7"
**Sm - Designs smaller than 4"x4"


 

Designs that explore art styles and cultures from around the world have been among the
most popular with embroiderers. The above new designs join Embroidery Library's growing
collection of designs that celebrate Asian art. If you haven't yet explored this group
of designs, we invite you to do that now. Links below will take you to designs that were
added to the collection in years past, and were inspired by beautiful Asian art.

Thousands of designs at Embroidery Library celebrate the grace and beauty of Asian art. For Japanese art, visit the Brushstroke and Blossoms Alphabet, Japanese Dragons, Japanese Brushstroke, Japanese Crane & Koi Fish, Japanese Geisha & Samurai, Japanese Gardens & Cherry Blossoms, Japanese Art, Japanese Lucky Cats, Japanese Sashiko, Japanese Applique, Japanese Fans, and Kanji departments. For Chinese art, visit the Blue Willow, Chinoiserie, and Dragons & Chinese Art departments.

Below you'll find links to all of our Asian-themed departments available at Embroidery Library. Click on a name or image to see the beautiful designs included in that department. Enjoy the designs, and send any requests for new designs to stitch@emblibrary.com!
 

Blue Willow
 

Brushstroke & Blossoms Alphabet
 

Chinoiserie
 

     
Dragons & Chinese Art Japanese Art
Japanese Art (Applique)
 
     

Japanese Brushstroke

 
Japanese Cranes
& Koi Fish

Japanese Dragons
 
 

Japanese Fans (In-the-Hoop)
 
Japanese Gardens
& Cherry Blossoms
Japanese Geishas
& Samurai
     

Japanese Lucky Cats
 
Japanese Sashiko Kanji
     

Korean Dragons
 
   
   
     


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