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French Boutique

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Take a trip overseas with new designs this week, as contemporary, international embroidery kindles the spirit of a fashionable French boutique.

Sketch-style flourishes highlight richly colored flowers, peacock, rooster, butterflies, and more. The lush colors and light filigree make a stunning contrast.

Elegant laurel designs feature crowns, a fleur de lis, bee, and more within delicate flower wreaths. Regal birds perch on a vanity and a breadbasket -- very stylish on towels and aprons.

The French love their dogs, and you will, too, as a poodle and bulldog stand proudly against fancy filigree. Ooh La La L'Animals present a rooster, hen, fox, hound, and more high-styling in fine French fashion, in crowns, scarves, and berets.

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French Beauty

Paris has many nicknames, but its most famous is "La Ville-Lumiere," or "The City of Light," owing first to its fame as a center of ideas and education during the Age of Enlightenment, then to its early adoption of street lighting. Brighten your projects with elegant designs full of chic beauty, just like Paris itself.

Gorgeous Gourdon flowers are native to Paris, and blooming fully in the design on the left. On the right, a classic fleur de lis centers a lovely tribute to the country of France.
 
 
Available in three sizes:
7.00"X9.75" and 5.59"X7.80" and 4.82"X6.75"
  Available in three sizes:
7.80"X6.70" and 6.86"X5.88" and 5.63"X4.85"


French Flourish

Color contrasts draw the eye and create a lot of interest. The designs below are a study in artistic contrasts, with brilliantly colored centerpieces highlighted against black and white backdrops. The flourishes are open and flowing, creating a light feeling for these designs even while the colored elements are beautifully detailed. Add to towels, wall hangings, pillow shams, and more for a unique and contemporary look.
 
 
Available in four sizes:
7.00"X10.42" and 5.85"X8.68" and 5.25"X7.82" and 4.62"X6.85"
  Available in three sizes:
7.00"X7.49" and 5.86"X6.24" and 4.85"X5.18"


Vivid monarch butterflies stand out against their ornamental backdrop, while a tasteful arrangement of wine bottle, glass, and grapes pays tribute to the historic French wine-making tradition.
 
   
Available in four sizes:
6.99"X10.79" and 5.82"X8.98" and 5.06"X7.81" and 4.45"X6.87"
  Available in four sizes:
7.00"X10.11" and 5.85"X8.43" and 5.40"X7.81" and 4.74"X6.86"


The lavender fields of Provence are simply incredible, with the heady scent of lavender strongest in the heart of the summer, from mid-June to early August, when the blue lavender prairies stretch as far as the eye can see. A topiary bundle on the right grows from a fleur de lis-decorated pot, with a bed of flowers adding a touch of color.
 
     
 Available in three sizes:
6.86"X7.79" and 5.85"X6.49" and 4.84"X5.36"
  Available in three sizes:
6.67"X7.80" and 5.85"X6.83" and 4.86"X5.68"


Stitch a sheaf of wheat and a French Napoleonic bee onto table linens, towels, shirts, tote bags, and more for a classic yet contemporary look!
 
     
Available in four sizes:
8.66"X7.00" and 7.80"X6.32" and 7.22"X5.85" and 6.02"X4.87"
  Available in four sizes:
11.80"X5.64" and 9.40"X4.48" and 7.81"X3.70" and 6.85"X3.26"


French Laurels

Delicate laurel wreaths surround classical French elements in designs that are a perfect blend of contemporary style and French tradition. On the left is the crown of Louis the XV and on the right is Napoleon's crown. Both are noble yet fast additions to lightweight towels, table linens, pillow shams, and more. Bring a touch of French royalty to your next project!
 
 
Available in four sizes:
7.80"X6.21" and 7.35"X5.85" and 6.10"X4.85" and 3.86"X3.07"
  Available in four sizes:
7.79"X6.41" and 7.11"X5.85" and 5.90"X4.85" and 3.86"X3.17"


Craft a regal look with one-color designs sure to add fashionable flair to shirts, tote bags, quilts, and wall hangings.
 
 
Available in four sizes:
7.79"X6.80" and 6.70"X5.85" and 5.56"X4.85" and 3.86"X3.36"
  Available in four sizes:
7.80"X6.20" and 7.36"X5.85" and 6.10"X4.85" and 3.86"X3.06"


Bring the famous French wine harvest to aprons, table linens, and low-nap towels with this simple yet intoxicating design!
 
Available in four sizes:
7.79"X7.68" and 5.92"X5.86" and 4.92"X4.86" and 3.85"X3.79"


Napoleon Birdaparte

French style has gone to the birds, as these two regal wrens bring a unique flair anywhere they land.
 
 
Available in four sizes:
5.85"X8.27" and 5.52"X 7.80 and 4.84"X6.86" and 2.71"X3.84"
  Available in four sizes:
7.79"X7.09" and 6.43"X5.85" and 5.30"X4.83" and 3.84"X3.50"


Les Chiens (The Dogs)

A poodle and a bulldog are a study in contrasts, with the poodle showing off its long, elegant lines and magnificently trimmed fur, and the bulldog sturdy and handsome with its black and white coloring. Dog lovers will appreciate these glamorous canine designs.
 
 
Available in four sizes:
7.80"X7.70" and 7.07"X7.00" and 5.94"X5.88" and 4.87"X4.85"
  Available in three sizes:
8.89"X7.00" and 7.44"X5.85" and 6.15"X4.85"


Ooh La La L'Animals

Sketchy designs are fast to stitch and bring a trendy look to lots of projects. The animals in these sketches strike a pose, and draw the eye with whimsical yet artistic appeal. Below, a rooster and a hen strut their stuff. Very cute on kitchen towels, potholders, and more.
 
 
Available in four sizes:
6.64"X7.45" and 5.51"X6.18" and 4.84"X5.43" and 3.44"X3.85"
  Available in four sizes:
5.29"X6.24" and 4.39"X5.16" and 3.86"X4.53" and 3.28"X3.85"


The fox and the hare are ready to bring a naturally chic look to your next project.
 
 
Available in four sizes:
4.64"X9.33" and 3.85"X7.74" and 3.38"X6.80" and 1.92"X3.85"
  Available in four sizes:
5.15"X8.45" and 4.27"X6.98" and 3.75"X6.12" and 2.36"X3.85"


These two fashion plates look anything but domesticated, in designs that are a breath of fresh air for pet lovers.
 
 
Available in four sizes:
5.85"X7.11" and 5.48"X6.67" and 4.82"X5.86" and 3.16"X3.85"
  Available in four sizes:
5.85"X8.35" and 5.27"X7.52" and 4.63"X6.61" and 2.69"X3.85"


Ready to walk on a chilly early spring day, a hound and a bulldog are striking in their stylish outerwear. Dress up towels and tote bags with these dashing dogs.
 
 
Available in four sizes:
7.13"X5.85" and 6.09"X4.98" and 5.35"X4.37" and 3.85"X3.15"
  Available in four sizes:
5.66"X5.98" and 4.70"X4.94" and 4.13"X4.33" and 3.68"X3.85"


A squirrel cuts a dapper figure in his French beret and scarf.
 
Available in four sizes:
6.59"X5.81" and 5.47"X4.82" and 4.80"X4.24" and 3.85"X3.40"


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. This space is dedicated to the "Request of the Week."

We received a request for a sketch of Italian Greyhounds, so we got to work on that as quickly as we could. The Italian Greyhound has a bloodline extending back over 2,000 years. These fleet animals can achieve a top speed of up to 25 miles per hour. They love to run, and need lots of exercise to be happy. To all who admire this graceful dog, we hope this light-stitching medley makes you happy!
 
Available in three sizes:
7.37"X7.80" and 5.84"X6.17" and 4.84"X5.12"


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