NEW THIS WEEK - February 21st,
Free Project Instructions!
A mini folding
screen makes a charming buffet table backdrop.
Cherished by generations,
Blue Willow tableware sets have graced
dining tables for more than two
centuries. And, the Chinese legend
depicted in the familiar blue and white
designs is more than 2,000 years old.
The charm of this
timeless china pattern inspires the
designs this week. Excellent for
embroidering exquisite dining room
decor, the intricate storied scenes,
borders, and individual designs will
also be dashing on garments, quilts, and
other accessories as well.
Plain white dishes will be so enchanting set off by the
cobalt Blue Willow scenes on placemats, napkins, and tablecloths.
Designs in shapely ovals, circles, square, rectangle, sprays and borders
are superb on table linens, chair-back covers, seat cushions, pillows,
Enjoy a new look at a legendary design!
The First Blue Willow
The Willow pattern was
designed by Thomas Minton in 1770 for
the Coalport Pottery Works in
Staffordshire, England. European
artisans, influenced by imports of
Eastern art, were busy creating many
oriental designs for home decoration.
Minton's popular blue and white patterns
inspired many copies. Variations are oft
in the details, like the number of
apples, figures on the bridge, and
Blue Willow Oval
The apple tree, bridge, and Chinese boat, all elements of
the ancient stories,
are beautifully captured in this delicate oval border with its artful
Ever fascinated by the intricate designs on each piece of their popular
generations of British children have sung this familiar rhyme, passed
down to them
from grandparents and parents, as they helped set the family dinner
Two birds flying high, a Chinese vessel, sailing by.
A bridge with three men, sometimes four, a willow tree, hanging o'er.
A Chinese temple, there it stands, built upon the river sands,
An apple tree, with apples on, a crooked fence to end
Blue Willow Story
Willow in Cobalt Blue
Willow patterns of old can be found in other colors -- shades of
lighter blue, or even brown -- but
the most popular, down through the ages, remained the same -- an
exquisite cobalt blue.
Blue Willow Circle
A dashing border of flowers and leaves encircle the
symbolic willow, apple tree, temple, and
doves in flight. Perfect for a trivet or dining table accessory.
Blue Willow Rectangle
A tranquil scene, perhaps reflective of an island
where life is at its simplest, in the very best sense of the word.
The rectangular shape of this design will lend itself to table runners,
pieces, and even totes.
Blue Willow Square
Doves from the legend,
symbols of eternal love, are framed together in flight.
A shapely square for table linens, chair back covers, decorator pillow,
or quilt block.
Blue Willow Bridge and Willow Tree
The willow from which the original pottery pattern takes
its name, bends over the river by the bridge.
Blue Willow Boat
A seaworthy boat for a life of adventure.
Blue Willow Island
The peaceful scene of an island retreat.
The next morning, the spirits of the pair rise, phoenix-like from
the ashes, in the form of two doves.
With outstretched wings, they fly off into other realms to find eternal
Blue Willow Doves
Captured in flight, the Blue Willow doves are graceful and
Delicate Blue Willow Sprays
A whisper of flowers and vines, mirrored, will
beautifully frame any of the scenes or designs above.
Willow Floral Spray
Blue Willow Floral and
Doves flit among the vines and flowers of this
This border coordinates beautifully with the divinely delicate spray of
vines and flowers above.
Bold Blue Willow Sprays
Boldly expressive, these graceful spray designs will
frame a scene or a monogram,
or lay horizontally giving beauty to a hemline, perhaps along the hem of
a tablecloth or placemat.
Blue Willow Spray
Blue Willow Arch and
A bold and expressively regal border, perfect
for tea towel or table runner.
Blue Willow Corner
Pristine dove on the branch of apple tree.
Use singly or team it with a mirror image to accent the corners of a
Blue Willow Accessory Designs
Handy little individual designs echoing the scenes above can be used
to create your own scenes
add a little pizzazz to another principal project, such as napkins or
napkin rings to match
a set of Blue Willow placemats or tablecloth.
Blue Willow Boat accessory
Blue Willow Apple Tree accessory
Blue Willow Bridge accessory
Blue Willow Doves accessory
Blue Willow Tree and Fence accessory
Dollar Delight Drum Kit
- only $1.00
Dollar Delight Bass Guitar
- only $1.00
Dollar Delight Harmonica
- only $1.00
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:
A note from Rose enrolled our assistance for the work she wants to
do for autism awareness.
"Autism is a tragic disease," she said. "My grandson suffers from it,
and it is heartbreaking.
At four he is just walking and is still non-verbal, yet he is so smart."
Rosie asked for a freestanding lace design depicting a
jigsaw puzzle piece, the symbol for this
complex malady that is
affecting so many youngsters today. "I would be able to make them
for the Center of Learning in Colorado," she explained. "They could sell
them to raise money for research."
We are happy to help with both a freestanding lace as
well as a design for garments and accessories.
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