Embroidery Library
Hop To It!

NEW THIS WEEK - March 14th, 2007:


Hop to it! 

Free Project Instructions!

Make an embroidered, Fabric Easter Basket! For instructions, click here.

And, click here to learn how to make eggs-cellent lace egg holders!

In just a few weeks the Easter bunny will be hopping down the bunny trail, and excited children will be searching for brightly colored eggs and sweet treats. It's time to "hop to it" and add to the fun at sewing time.

 

This week is all about festive surprises! Hunt for treasures in the form of Easter baskets, the story of animal Easter Bunny-wannabes, and Dollar Delight Trapunto designs.

 

Surprise brunch or dinner guests with charming, lacy egg holders. So easy to make to beautify your Easter table.

 

Intrigue the youngsters and young at heart with colorful drawstring bags, and hide Easter treats inside. Make a whole basketful of cute, cuddly Easter critters for kids' play or lighthearted decorations for wreaths and trees.

 

Check out the designs in Requests of the Week, where you'll find kids' cell phones, and designs for Passover, too.

 

Spring is on its way. Here's "hopping" you'll enjoy every minute of sewing for the vernal holidays.


 

Wannabe Bunnies for a Day
Once upon a time, the Easter bunny caught a cold -- just as the spring holiday season was approaching. Now, this had never happened before. So, to prepare for just such an emergency,
it was decided that an understudy might be needed. And, all the little animals were eager to audition
for the job. To play the part, they practiced coloring eggs and hiding them. To look the part, they each
donned a pair of bunny ears!  They'll surely be a big help to the Easter bunny this year!
(And, they'll be so sweet as they go onstage on everyone's favorite projects, from shirts and
sweats to bibs and baskets, quilts and entertaining table runners.)
 
Gold Fish Bunny-Wannabe
Goldie cleverly hid her colorful eggs under the sand at the bottom of her pond...but who will find them?
  Kitten Bunny-Wannabe
Kitty was happiest when she was finding
everyone else's hidden treasures.
 
Available in two sizes:
 4.85"X5.54" and 3.40"X3.86"
  Available in two sizes:
 4.85"X6.06" and 3.10"X3.86"

Puppy Bunny-Wannabe
Peter Pup wanted to guard his treasures.
  Chick Bunny-Wannabe
Chuck and his egg were not soon parted.
 
Available in two sizes:
 4.76"X6.84" and 2.67"X3.86"
  Available in two sizes:
 4.87"X5.88" and 3.22"X3.86"

Turtle Bunny-Wannabe
Tommy was persistent, but he might still have been coloring those eggs until May or June!
  Duckling Bunny-Wannabe
No doubt about it, Quacker was quicker,
and he was happy to talk about it!
 
Available in two sizes:
 5.57"X4.85" and 3.85"X3.36"
  Available in two sizes:
 4.83"X6.18" and 2.99"X3.86"


A Bunny Wannabes Value Pack

Perhaps the Easter egg hunt is best left to the real Easter bunny, but in the
meantime, we can have such fun with the cute little animals "who thought they could."

The six Bunny-Wannabe designs above are available in a value pack, priced at only $7.97!
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 5 x 7   All designs smaller than 4 x 4

 

Easter Egg Holders of Freestanding Lace
Set a pretty holiday table with an egg holder at each place. These freestanding embroidered lace
Easter characters will fascinate the children and delight the adults, as they show off a beautifully
dyed egg or present a colorful plastic egg filled with candy or treasures. So easy to make, too.
Just embroider the designs onto a piece of water-soluble stabilizer, then soak, dry, and assemble. For those who have a smaller hoop, the lace holder is divided into two pieces.
Click here for instructions.
 
Chick and Egg Lace Holder   Duckling and Egg Lace Holder
 
Available in two sizes:
 5" x 7" and 4" x 4"
  Available in two sizes:
 5" x 7" and 4" x 4"

Easter Bunny Lace Holder   Lamb with Flower Lace Holder
 
Available in two sizes:
 5" x 7" and 4" x 4"
  Available in two sizes:
 5" x 7" and 4" x 4"


A Lace Easter Egg Holders Value Pack


The four lace egg holders above are available in a value pack, priced at only $4.97!
Click on the links or images below to see the designs included in the pack, and add this
value pack to your shopping basket!

Click here for free project instructions.
 
 
All designs smaller than 5 x 7   All designs smaller than 4 x 4

 


 Sew-in-the-hoop Drawstring Gift Bags for Easter

Everyone loves surprises. And, whether it's for Easter candy, a trinket or toy, jewelry or perfume,
these special little bags make eggs-cellent hiding places. Loved ones and special friends will be delighted when they open the little drawstring tops to see what you (or the Easter Bunny)
have hidden inside. Make several, quick as a wink! 
For free instructions for making these little sew-in-the-hoop bags, click here.

 
Easter Bunny and Chick - Drawstring Gift Bag
In a garden of spring tulips, Bunny greets a new little friend on her rounds of delivering a
colorful gift. Sew this little gift bag design quickly and easily as an in-the-hoop project.
Available in two sizes:
 6" x 10" and 5" x 7"

Easter Basket - Drawstring Gift Bag
Daisies don't tell, and neither will we, about the little gift you can hide so neatly inside
this pretty drawstring bag. A little bag so versatile, a little girl might find this to be just the right size
to carry as her own special purse when she's all dressed up in her new Easter Sunday outfit.
Available in two sizes:
 6" x 10" and 5" x 7"

Easter Bunny Painting Eggs - Drawstring Gift Bag
Spring butterflies flit happily around the Easter Bunny as she puts the finishing touches on
a colorful Easter egg. Sew this little drawstring bag in the hoop, and tuck surprises for Easter giving inside. Or, fill it with spring-scented potpourri for a wonderfully decorative sachet.
Available in two sizes:
 6" x 10" and 5" x 7"

 

Designs to Mix and Match with Drawstring Bags
The Easter bunny and and chick are so cute, the basket so beautiful, and the Artist Bunny so
joyful, they just wanted to hop off the bags and land on any number of projects you might
have in mind. So coordinate them with the bags, or sew them as solos on clothing and gifts...
 because they're just too precious not to.
 
Easter Bunny and Chick in garden of tulips
Available in two sizes:
 6.41"X4.86" and 3.85"X2.92"

Easter basket filled with colorful eggs in a bed of daisies.
Available in two sizes:
 5.69"X4.86" and 3.86"X3.31"

Easter Bunny painting eggs while butterflies flit by.
Available in two sizes:
5.72"X4.85" and 3.87"X3.31"

Happy Critters for Easter
In-the-hoop critters sew up so quickly for the spring holidays. They'll make cute and
cuddly surprises for the kids...and delightful ornaments for decorating an Easter wreath or
tree. Easy instructions for each design will show you how to cut and assemble the pieces --
from the little critters' embroidered bright eyes and happy smiles to their felt ears, feet,
wings or arms, and fluffy tails.  Make one or make them all!
To see free project instructions to sew these critters in the hoop, click here.
Bunny Easter Critter   Chocolate Bunny Easter Critter
 
Available in two sizes:
 5" x 7" and 4" x 4"
  Available in two sizes:
 5" x 7" and 4" x 4"

Lamb Easter Critter   Ducky Easter Critter
 
Available in two sizes:
 5" x 7" and 4" x 4"
  Available in two sizes:
 5" x 7" and 4" x 4"

Chick Easter Critter   Easter Egg Easter Critter
 
Available in two sizes:
 5" x 7" and 4" x 4"
  Available in two sizes:
 5" x 7" and 4" x 4"


Easter Critters Value Pack


Make a basketful of these Easter critters. They'll keep the youngsters entertained, and everyone
will be smiling. The six Easter critter designs above are available in a value pack, priced at only $7.97! 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 5 x 7   All designs smaller than 4 x 4



Easter Trapunto Squares - Dollar Delights
- only $1 each
With texture and panache, these festive trapunto squares are full of fun and elegance, too.
They'll sweeten quilts, shirts, table linens, bibs, and more. Each Easter Trapunto Square is
just $1.

Trapunto, a centuries old style of whole-cloth quilting, uses running stitches and negative space to create a rich, high-relief design. The batting tucked between fabric and stabilizer "puffs up" the fabric between the stitching for a technique that turns embroidery into "outstanding" art.
 Click here to see trapunto technique tips and free project instructions.

 
Easter Chick popping out of Easter egg -
Trapunto design - only $1
  Busy Bunny painting Easter eggs -
 This trapunto design - only $1
 
Available in three sizes:
5.85"X5.85" and 4.85"X4.85" and 3.85"X3.85"
  Available in three sizes:
5.85"X5.85" and 4.84"X4.83" and 3.85"X3.85"

 Easter Bunny with egg
Trapunto design - only $1
  Easter Basket full of treats
Trapunto design - only $1
 
Available in three sizes:
5.85"X5.85" and 4.84"X4.83" and 3.85"X3.85"
  Available in three sizes:
5.85"X5.85" and 4.84"X4.84" and 3.85"X3.85"

Easter Bunny with wheelbarrow of eggs
Trapunto design - only $1
  Bunny bringing Easter egg to Lamb
Trapunto design - only $1
 
Available in three sizes:
5.85"X5.85" and 4.82"X4.81" and 3.85"X3.85"
  Available in three sizes:
5.85"X5.85" and 4.85"X4.85" and 3.85"X3.85"

 


Special Requests 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 are this week's requests:
 

Boy's and Girl's Cell Phones
With "two adventurous kids (3 and 5)," Bernice is ready for the possibility that they might wander
off during one of their family outings. When visiting an attraction park nearby their home, she goes prepared. "I always put little notes in their clothing (with their names and my mobile phone number),"
she said.

 

 Her request: "I thought it might be fun to make them a 'special park shirt' with a colourful mobile
phone [one for a boy and one for a girl] with my mobile number on it.... So if they run off and get
lost, they can explain that mummy can be reached on that specific number."


Whatever your project, we agreed it was time for all children to have their own little cell phone
designs, so here they are...and we threw in one more for the "little stars," who sometimes get lost, too.
 

Cell Phone with Soccer Ball   Cell Phone with Daisies
Available in two sizes:
2.24"X3.84" and 1.46"X2.50"
Available in two sizes:
2.34"X3.86" and 1.52"X2.51"

"Call My Agent" with Star's Cell Phone
Available in two sizes:
6.18"X4.86" and 3.85"X3.03"


Passover Designs
Susan's request for Judaic designs brought Passover to mind, so our artists have created two designs: the Kiddush Cup and Matzah, or unleavened bread. Suggesting that the Kiddush Cup could be sewn on a coaster to put under the cup -- Elijah's cup or Miriam's cup -- Susan explained she would use her Artista software's Hebrew fonts to add the text. "For the Passover dinner," she explained, "unlike regular holidays or Friday nights, each person has their own wine glass, because one drinks four cups of wine." 

"The Matzah could be used in a variety of ways," she said. "It can be put onto dish towels, so that people know they are for Passover if they are observant; on a bag for the afikoman, which is hidden
[and last piece to be eaten], or on a matzah cover.... It can also be sewn on napkins for the Passover table, or used in a wall hanging with other symbols of Passover or Jewish holidays."
Thank you, Susan for the wonderful ideas and suggestions. We hope you enjoy the designs.
 

Kiddush Cup   Matzah
 
Available in two sizes:
4.63"X6.82" and 2.64"X3.86"
  Available in two sizes:
6.81"X3.77" and 3.86"X2.15"


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