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NEW THIS WEEK - March 26th, 2014


Request-fest celebrates the creative, excellent ideas that flow into our inbox every day from stitchers just like you. This week's new designs feature a fabulous variety, including fresh, colorful flowers, His and Hers flamingos, and sunglasses-wearing owls.

Sailor Sunbonnet Sue and Fisherman Fred, a new lighthouse, fun "Peace Love" designs, fancy breed rabbit sketches, and more excellent treats make up this outstanding selection.

Enjoy these marvelous designs!

 

Fly down the page to see all the fabulous designs - feathered and otherwise - inspired by crafty and creative stitchers!


Debora loved the Petal Potpourri designs, and suggested a design in the same style with this inspirational quote from Mother Teresa inside the flowers. She plans to embroider the wreath onto a wall hanging, and onto the center circle of a Dresden Plate. "Do small things with great love" is a beautiful sentiment for us all!
 
Available in five sizes:
7.80" x 7.38" and 7.30" x 6.90" and 6.19" x 5.85" and 5.12" x 4.85" and 3.90" x 3.69"


An uplifting quote from Mother Teresa fills the center of a graceful floral wreath. Stitch onto pillow shams, wall hangings, quilts, and more for a colorful and comforting addition to home decor. The encouraging words read, "Love is a fruit in season at all times, and within reach of every hand."
 
Available in four sizes:
7.66" x 6.90" and 6.49" x 5.85" and 5.38" x 4.85" and 3.90" x 3.52"


Sketched Flowers

Spring flowers may not have bloomed just yet depending on where you live. Until they do, let gorgeous sketched flowers blossom with color on your embroidery projects! Daffodils (requested by Dorothy) and fuchsia (requested by Jerilynn) are sheer and lovely on flat-nap towels, curtains, pillow covers, table linens, quilts, and more.
     
 
Available in five sizes:
7.74" x 7.80" and 6.85" x 6.90" and 5.81" x 5.85" and 4.81" x 4.85" and 3.82" x 3.85"
  Available in five sizes:
7.78" x 7.78" and 6.88" x 6.88" and 5.85" x 5.85" and 4.85" x 4.85" and 3.86" x 3.86"


Add vivid and elegant splashes of color to spring totes, towels, and quilts with early-blooming crocuses (requested by Nancy) and delicate irises (requested by Peggy).
     
 
Available in five sizes:
7.78" x 7.76" and 6.90" x 6.88" and 5.84" x 5.82" and 4.85" x 4.83" and 3.84" x 3.83"
  Available in five sizes:
7.78" x 7.70" and 6.94" x 6.87" and 5.89" x 5.83" and 4.89" x 4.84" and 3.86" x 3.83"


Cheerful morning glories (requested by Kim) and sweet tulips (requested by Margaret) have a hand-sketched look that makes them really stand out on spring projects. Bring their charming and unique appeal to your spring stitching!
     
 
Available in five sizes:
7.77" x 7.77" and 6.88" x 6.88" and 5.84" x 5.84" and 4.85" x 4.85" and 3.86" x 3.85"
  Available in five sizes:
7.79" x 7.80" and 6.90" x 6.91" and 5.85" x 5.86" and 4.85" x 4.86" and 3.85" x 3.85"


Crocuses in Mason Jar

Mason jar flower bouquets have quickly become a huge favorite of embroiderers. Spring-fresh crocuses join the collection, thanks to a request from Carolyn. Bring blooming beauty to seasonal projects with bright yellow and pretty purple blossoms, all wrapped up with a bow!
 
Available in three sizes:
6.88" x 9.14" and 5.83" x 7.75" and 4.87" x 6.47"


Add country charm to flat-nap towels, wall hangings, pillow covers, and more with fast-stitching one-color toile outhouses, requested by Debra. These rustic designs are also great for cabins and Northwoods decor!
     
 
Available in three sizes:
6.88" x 8.80" and 5.83" x 7.44" and 4.85" x 6.20"
  Available in three sizes:
6.88" x 8.60" and 5.85" x 7.31" and 4.85" x 6.06"


Flamingo-lovers have Bert to thank for requesting these bright pink birds in His and Hers versions for bath towels. A tropical tie and a bow decorate these finely feathered friends. Perfect for wedding and anniversary gifts, and for creating a bright and whimsical look in the powder room!
     
 
Available in four sizes:
5.17" x 7.81" and 4.71" x 7.11" and 3.84" x 5.80" and 2.56" x 3.86"
  Available in four sizes:
6.36" x 7.80" and 5.86" x 7.18" and 4.86" x 5.96" and 3.15" x 3.87"


Dress up bath towels with the natural beauty of these elegantly plumed flamingos! The text is on a separate color stop, so if you wish, you can stitch the designs without the word (or, add your own for a personal touch). The realistic feathers and graceful long legs of these amazing birds are impressive on pillow covers and tote bags as well as bath towel sets.
     
 
Available in three sizes:
5.09" x 7.80" and 4.48" x 6.86" and 2.52" x 3.86"
  Available in three sizes:
5.64" x 7.80" and 4.88" x 6.76" and 2.80" x 3.87"


Moluccan Cockatoo

Let a fabulous Moluccan Cockatoo shake his tail feathers onto your embroidery projects! Cyndi was inspired by the Hyacinth Macaw Panel, and suggested a design with the Moluccan Cockatoo inside the graceful bamboo frame and palm fronds. This bird is also known as the Salmon-crested Cockatoo, and is a gorgeous sight in its native Indonesia, as well as on wall hangings, pillow covers, and quilts.
 
Available in four sizes:
6.90" x 10.87" and 5.88" x 9.28" and 4.95" x 7.80" and 4.36" x 6.86"


Summer Owls

Sue stitched the Winter Owl Trio onto a gift for her sister-in-law, whooo loved it so much she just had to have summer owls, too! So Sue wisely suggested a warm weather version of these feathered friends, looking cool in their sunglasses. Add this fun design to beach bags, towels, and cover-ups for a delightful embellishment.
 
Available in three sizes:
9.40" x 4.95" and 7.80" x 4.11" and 6.85" x 3.61"


Sunglasses-wearing owls are just right for perching on shirts, summer-themed table linens, wall hangings, and more. They're a smart addition to bookmarks and e-reader covers, too!
         
   
Available in one size:
1.85" x 2.86"
  Available in one size:
2.98" x 3.85"
  Available in one size:
1.85" x 3.12"


Ready for an adventure at the shore, Sunbonnet Sue and Fisherman Fred don their nautical apparel at the request of Donna. About to launch their sailboats for a turn around the lake, Sue and Fred have dressed for the occasion in sweet sailor-themed outfits. This maritime pair is perfect on wall hangings, quilts, and pillow shams for a sweet addition to home decor.
     
 
Available in three sizes:
5.85" x 8.87" and 4.53" x 6.86" and 2.55" x 3.86"
  Available in three sizes:
5.37" x 8.88" and 4.14" x 6.85" and 2.27" x 3.75"


White Shoal Light

Anna requested a design of the unique White Shoal Light. Located in northern Lake Michigan, 20 miles west of the Mackinac Bridge, this lighthouse is an active aid to navigation in a hazardous part of the lake. First lit in 1910, the station is located on a massive concrete base with a small octagonal building. The light's construction was considered a major engineering feat at the time because of its remote location. It is the only red and white striped "barber pole" lighthouse in the United States. All in all, a most handsome and distinctive design for wall hangings, pillow covers, quilts, and more.
 
Available in three sizes:
5.85" x 6.04" and 4.84" x 5.01" and 3.75" x 3.86"


Seven Seas Tweet

Ahoy! Ruth requested a sailor tweet, and so this tree is filled with tiny seafarers all set to sail the seven seas. These sweet birds are adorable in their sailor hats and bandanas, and are ready to navigate onto wall hangings, quilts, and pillows for a look that will bring to mind the high seas and the bounding main. Fair winds and following seas to you!
 
Available in two sizes:
5.86" x 7.13" and 4.86" x 5.91"


Peace Love designs are a fun way to share your passions with the world, and to embroider personal gifts for family and friends tailored to their favorite things. Susan and Debbie requested the Peace Love Horses design, and many stitchers will welcome this new addition to the stable. An excellent design for horse lovers of all ages on sweatshirts, tote bags, pillow covers, jacket backs, and more.
 
Available in five sizes:
9.41" x 4.23" and 7.81" x 3.51" and 6.86" x 3.08" and 5.26" x 2.37" and 3.86" x 1.74"


Debbie requested a Peace Love Rodeo design, and this bucking bronco is a wild design for western-themed shirts, jackets, and bags. Ride 'em cowboy (and cowgirl)!
 
Available in five sizes:
9.41" x 3.54" and 7.81" x 2.94" and 6.86" x 2.58" and 5.26" x 1.98" and 3.86" x 1.46"


Stitch a look that positively sizzles with a Peace Love Bacon design, requested by Kathie. A tasty addition to aprons, towels, and market bags, this design should satisfy bacon-lovers of all ages.
 
Available in five sizes:
9.42" x 3.46" and 7.82" x 2.87" and 6.87" x 2.52" and 5.27" x 1.94" and 3.87" x 1.42"


Charming rabbit sketches, requested by Deanna, will have you hopping lickety-split to your embroidery machine! Fast tri-color sketchbook-style designs are impressive in their realism while also being as cute as they can be.

The Checkered Giant is known as the Giant Papillon in the UK, and usually weighs around 11 or 12 pounds. The English Lop is a fancy breed of domestic rabbit that was developed in England in the 19th century. Look at those ears! These rabbits are pleased to join the ever-growing collection of Animal Sketches.
 
Checkered Giant   English Lop
 
Available in four sizes:
7.57" x 7.78" and 6.89" x 7.08" and 5.84" x 6.00" and 4.86" x 4.99"
  Available in four sizes:
7.80" x 7.59" and 7.10" x 6.91" and 6.01" x 5.84" and 4.98" x 4.84"


Dwarf Hotots are also referred to by the poetic nickname "eyes of the fancy." They are generally calm and very loving, can play by themselves but also enjoy human interaction. This tiny rabbit with the dramatic eyes is a natural for the sketchbook style, and makes a beautiful and unique addition to embroidery projects.
 
Dwarf Hotot
Available in three sizes:
6.89" x 7.80" and 5.84" x 6.61" and 4.85" x 5.48"


Valerie requested American Staffordshire Terriers, also known as pit bulls, in the Graceful style. One design appears with cropped ears and the other shows the dog with full ears. These terriers are courageous and strong. A people-oriented breed, they thrive when made a part of the family and given a job to do. Classic one-color silhouettes are best in show on shirts, wall hangings, and quilts, and are sure to be winners with dog lovers everywhere.
 
American Staffordshire Terrier (Cropped Ears)   American Staffordshire Terrier (Full Ears)
 
Available in two sizes:
6.31" x 4.85" and 3.86" x 2.98"
  Available in two sizes:
6.33" x 4.81" and 3.86" x 2.94"


Special Request of the Week

And there's one final request! Each week this space is dedicated to the Special Request of the Week, where one customer's design suggestion is featured for everyone to enjoy.

This week's Bullmastiff silhouettes were suggested by Heather. The Bullmastiff is courageous and confident, and also sweet-natured and devoted to family. They are natural guardians of the home but do not bark much. They can live happily in a house or an apartment, and require little grooming. All in all, the Bullmastiff is an excellent companion! Stitch one-color silhouettes onto tote bags, wall hangings, quilts, and more for a noble look.
 
 
Available in three sizes:
5.86" x 7.47" and 4.84" x 6.16" and 3.03" x 3.86"
  Available in two sizes:
6.67" x 4.83" and 3.87" x 2.80"