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Ukrainian Art

NEW THIS WEEK - March 30th, 2011
 

Ukrainian Art
 

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Take a journey around the world and discover the beauty of Ukrainian folk art! Traditional themes and bright colors lend themselves perfectly to embroidery on pretty clothing and decorations for your home.

 

Stitch light and bright with Ukrainian paper cutting style designs! Poppies, roosters, and sunflowers make up open, multicolored embroidery, much like the Polish folk art of wycinanki. Cute matryoshka dolls in traditional peasant dress will be charming on decorations for the kitchen and beyond.

 

Bold, lively floral wreaths like those worn by young women in traditional Ukrainian folk dress will bring life to pillows, aprons, quilts, bags, and more. And a trio of pysanka (Ukrainian decorated Easter eggs) rounds out this cultured collection.

 

Whether or not you have Eastern European heritage, these fresh new designs are sure to delight. Browse below and imagine your favorites on worldly new creations!

It's a bird! It's a plane! It's a.... border? Learn how to use creative placement and dress up a V-neck T-shirt! Click here for free project instructions.


Ukrainian Poppies
 


Ukraine is widely known for art and culture that's rich in floral motifs. Bright and bold colors are paired with sweet symmetry, resulting in a perfect blend. This design features the hearty and magnificent poppy, styled after traditional Ukrainian paper cutting.
 
Available in three sizes:
7.00"X9.82" and 5.86"X8.21" and 4.86"X6.82"


This border coordinates beautifully with the above design. Let it dance along hemlines of skirts and jackets; repeat it along the edges of tablecloths and runners.
 
Available in four sizes:
11.79"X3.99" and 9.40"X3.17" and 6.00"X2.26" and 3.86"X1.30"


The corner design and the accessory are delightful additions to linen napkins and pockets!
 
 
Available in three sizes:
5.86"X5.86" and 4.86"X4.86" and 3.86"X3.87"
  Available in one size:
2.03"X1.47"


Ukrainian Poppies Design Packs
 


The above poppy designs are wonderful ways to add bright bursts of color to table linens, kitchen towels, tote bags, pillow shams, dresses, skirts, shirts, and more! They're available in a design pack -- get all 6 designs for only $9.97.
 
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"


 Ukrainian Roosters
 


Roosters are prominent figures in Ukrainian art. In this design, the piven is styled after traditional paper cutting techniques. Note the symmetry and open areas in the design. Wonderful as a feature to a pillow or quilt block, or stitched on a backpack or tote bag.
 
Available in three sizes:
6.86"X10.17" and 5.91"X8.77" and 4.63"X6.86"


This border features two roosters facing a stylized sunflower -- also a traditional element in Ukrainian art. Lovely and fun when stitched along the edges of tablecloths, placemats, and kitchen towels, to add country charm and fashionable flair to your decor.
 
Available in four sizes:
11.76"X4.06" and 9.38"X3.25" and 6.00"X2.34" and 3.86"X2.14"


These sunflower designs (the corner has the cornflower blues!) are delightful when tucked onto pockets, and corners of napkins and table linens, too!
 
 
Available in three sizes:
5.85"X5.86" and 4.84"X4.85" and 3.85"X3.86"
  Available in one size:
2.46"X2.51"


 Ukrainian Roosters Packs
 

Bring this pack of pivens (roosters, in Ukrainian), to your embroidery projects today! Let them crow from tote bags, quilts, wall hangings, pillows, and more. Strut your stuff with these colorful, cultural designs. The above designs are available in a design pack. Get all 6 designs, for only $9.97.
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"


 Ukrainian Sunflowers
 


Visitors to the Ukraine and neighboring parts of Eastern Europe are stunned by the endless fields of golden sunflowers, stretching out as far as the eye can see. The flowers are represented in this paper cutting design. The four flowers in the tree face forward, while the four below have their faces turned up toward the sun.
 
Available in three sizes:
6.90"X9.26" and 5.93"X7.95" and 4.86"X6.53"


This sunflower has an elegant swirling stem and rich green leaves. Beautiful when stitched along hemlines and edges. Stitch traditional sunflowers in hues of gold and yellow -- but experiment with other colors for a contemporary and vibrant look, too!
 
Available in four sizes:
11.74"X4.07" and 9.39"X3.35" and 6.00"X2.40" and 3.86"X1.35"


The corner design features the sunflower with its face turned toward the sun, while the accessory (right) has the flower facing forward. Both designs are delightful on pockets, or tucked into the corners of napkins and placemats.
 
 
Available in three sizes:
5.86"X5.88" and 4.87"X4.89" and 3.84"X3.86"
  Available in one size:
2.54"X2.51"


 Ukrainian Sunflowers Packs
 


Bring the warmth of sunflowers to your home decor with these designs! The tree, border, corner, and accessory are available in a design pack. Get 6 designs, priced at only $9.97.
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"


Matryoshka Dolls

Lovingly crafted wooden dolls, painted with traditional Ukrainian and Russian motifs, are a treasure. These designs are inspired by the traditional matryoshka or "mother" dolls that are classic to Eastern Europe. The designs below feature girls holding an apple and a basket of bread. Floral motifs add color and charm to their dresses.
 
 
Available in two sizes:
3.54"X6.86" and 1.99"X3.86"
  Available in two sizes:
3.53"X6.87" and 1.98"X3.86"


A girl holds a bouquet of poppies, and a boy holds a piven, or rooster. Many traditional matryoshka dolls feature hand-painted cultural elements -- flowers, wheat, bread, and chickens.
 
 
Available in two sizes:
3.47"X6.86" and 1.96"X3.86"
  Available in two sizes:
3.52"X6.83" and 1.98"X3.85"


On the left a Ukrainian boy doll holds a traditional instrument -- the kobza. On the right, a boy has two poppies in his lapel, and holds a sheaf of wheat.
 
 
Available in two sizes:
3.53"X6.87" and 1.99"X3.86"
  Available in two sizes:
3.53"X6.85" and 1.99"X3.86"


Matryoshka Dolls Packs
 


Bring the spirit and culture of Eastern Europe to your embroidery projects with these designs inspired by traditional matryoshka dolls. The above six designs are available in a design pack -- get all six designs for only $9.97.
 
The pack is available in 2 sizes:

**Lg - Designs smaller than 5"x7"
**Sm - Designs smaller than 4"x4"


Sweet as a framed piece in a little girl's room, or on a decorative pillow, too. Bread, butterflies, a bunny, and a squirrel represent the traditional agrarian culture. The floral motifs on the little dolls' dresses add color and charm.
 
Available in two sizes:
8.31"X5.86" and 6.86"X4.83"


This Ukrainian doll design is wonderful for little boys. The rural society is represented by natural and organic elements: wheat, rooster, sand rabbit. Traditional flowers (poppy and sunflower) make this design distinctly Ukrainian.
 
Available in two sizes:
8.38"X5.86" and 6.87"X4.81"


Sweet Symmetry Floral Wreaths
 


This wreath of daylilies is graceful and elegant in its symmetry. Flowers in various stages of bloom taper near the top of the wreath, giving perfect form to this design. Traditional blossoms of orange are complemented by teal and purple swirls.
 
Available in four sizes:
7.76"X7.76" and 5.86"X5.86" and 4.86"X4.86" and 3.86"X3.87"


The perky peony is celebrated in this design. Four open blooms are flanked by delicate younger buds. Running stitch swirls add a gentle touch; shades of pink make this design burst with spring feeling.
 
Available in four sizes:
7.76"X7.76" and 5.86"X5.86" and 4.86"X4.86" and 3.87"X3.86"


Hollyhock blossoms are the focal point in this design. Cool shades of magenta give way to bright and bold orange and gold. Bursting with color, this design is a vibrant addition to quilt blocks, tote bags, placemats, and pillow shams.
 
Available in four sizes:
7.76"X7.76" and 5.81"X5.81" and 4.81"X4.81" and 3.86"X3.86"


Good morning, morning glory! Open your eyes each morning to this design stitched on a pillow sham or quilt. Bright blue flowers are cheery additions to linens. Emerald green and hues of purple add magnificent contrast.
 
Available in four sizes:
7.76"X7.75" and 5.81"X5.80" and 4.86"X4.85" and 3.86"X3.85"


The bright, sassy poppy isn't shy about showing its colors. This design flames with bold colors. The wheat-like elements pay tribute to Ukraine and its strong agrarian-based history and culture.
 
Available in four sizes:
7.75"X7.43" and 6.05"X5.81" and 5.01"X4.81" and 3.85"X3.71"


Shades of blue, flanked by brighter green and pink, make this wreath of bluebells a cool and contemporary addition to home decor items. Use as a focal point on quilt blocks, pillow shams, placemats, and table runners. Wreaths are also a graceful addition to totes and reusable grocery bags!
 
Available in four sizes:
7.77"X7.76" and 5.82"X5.81" and 4.87"X4.86" and 3.88"X3.87"


Bright and cheerful marigolds compose this symmetrical wreath. Smaller blooms flank the larger ones, adding a delicate and gentle touch. Sweet running-stitch swirls and whirls add a whimsical flair to this vibrant and colorful design.
 
Available in four sizes:
7.77"X7.75" and 5.87"X5.85" and 4.87"X4.85" and 3.88"X3.86"


Sweet, demure periwinkle adds gentle spring color to your home decor. Purple flowers are contrasted with emerald green leaves, teal stems, and bits of summery orange and lemon yellow. Stitch a garden of these wreaths to bring sunny days to your home!
 
Available in four sizes:
7.75"X7.75" and 5.85"X5.85" and 4.85"X4.85" and 3.85"X3.85"


Hearty cornflower blossoms, designed in a contemporary fashion. Bright colors leap from the fabric, putting a big dose of spring fever in your embroidery projects. While we stitched this design in shades of blue, green, brown, and purple, you are welcome to change the colors to match your personal preference!
 
Available in four sizes:
7.77"X7.43" and 6.07"X5.81" and 5.02"X4.80" and 3.86"X3.70"


Chamomile is the national flower of Russia, and is a favorite among tea-drinkers. Chamomile is often found in "sleepytime" or "nighttime" teas, as the properties of the flower are often used as a sleep aid. Stitch this lullaby wreath onto pillow shams, or framed pieces for your bedroom, for a good night's rest.
 
Available in four sizes:
7.75"X7.76" and 5.85"X5.86" and 4.85"X4.86" and 3.86"X3.87"


Sweet Symmetry Floral Wreaths Packs
 


Stitch sweet floral symmetry on placemats, table runners, quilts, pillow shams, tote bags, and more! Add colorful, contemporary style to your wardrobe and home decor with these floral wreaths. The above designs are available in a design pack. Get all 10 wreaths for only $15.97!
 
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"


Pysanka Eggs


Ukraine is known for many things -- sunflowers, poppies, colorful art and textiles, and ultimately, the patient care and crafting of decorated eggs, known as pysanka. Eggs are decorated using a wax batik method. Pysanka is derived from the Ukrainian word pysaty, which means "to write" -- the eggs are written on with beeswax.

In ancient times, the Ukrainian people viewed birds as part of the sun god -- for birds were the only creatures that could get close to the sun. The eggs, however, could be gathered and found by humans, and they were considered to be gifts from the sun god, a magical source of life, and signs of spring, rebirth, and renewal. Eggs were cherished, and over time became beautiful and wondrous forms of art with the pysanka process.
 
Available in two sizes:
9.40"X3.82" and 6.86"X2.79"


The eggs from the above design are also available individually, without the flowers. Use them in conjunction with the larger design, or on their own in a separate project. Bring the beautiful art of pysanka to your Easter and spring projects with these designs!
 
Available in one size:
1.67"X2.16"
Available in one size:
1.75"X2.27"
Available in one size:
1.66"X2.15"


It's crafty and collectible! 2011 is a year to celebrate crafting and all the joy that it brings to our lives. To celebrate our love of sewing and embroidery, a new Crafty Collectibles design will be released every Wednesday in 2011. Check this space every week to see the new design, and add a little "crafty" to your projects!
 

The newest Crafty Collectibles design is: Stitchin' Swallow


This colorful swallow is all ready to stitch! Soaring through the air, needle firmly in his beak, colorful thread trailing behind and swirling about. A creative and colorful addition to any garment or stitching project.
 

Available in two sizes:
5.30"X4.85" and 3.85"X3.54"



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