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How the West Was Sewn

NEW THIS WEEK - March 31st, 2010

 

How the West Was Sewn

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Howdy, pardner! This week's new designs aren't just for cowboys - they're for anyone who appreciates the nostalgia and romance of Old West style. From boots and hats to pretty prairie designs, this collection brings you the best of the west!

 

The intricate floral look of leather tooling has inspired tone-on-tone designs perfect for stitching on fabric handbags, pillows, clothing, and more. A richly detailed covered wagon scene brings the color of prairie wildflowers to your projects. Quick-stitching western motifs are light and breezy, perfect for quilts and tea towels. And a detailed, colorful saloon dancer design will dazzle on wall hangings, bags, and more!

 

Let tough cowboys and lively cowgirls wear their western style with designs perfect for sweatshirts, jackets, and tote bags. An in-the-hoop "Wanted" photo frame is a fun way to accent favorite photos of family and friends. And a collection of colorful matching cowboy boots and hats are fun to mix and match on quilts or clothing for cowboys and cowgirls.

 

The Old West lives on in our imaginations because of the spirit of possibility and individuality that it represents. Let your imagination roam free and corral these designs for fun Western embroidered creations!

Stitching this trivet couldn't be simpler -- and spices hidden inside give off a delicious aroma when you set a hot dish on top. Click here for free project instructions!

 

 

Leather Tooling


This intricate floral style developed in the American West, as skilled crafters carved, stamped,
and manipulated leather from a smooth surface into an intricate pattern. Our embroidered rendition
of this well-loved look will be stunning on handbags, home decor, garments, and more.
(These designs aren't for stitching on leather - much lighter embroidery is required for that.)

 

Available in two sizes:
5.85"X5.98" and 4.86"X4.95"


A sheriff's star and lasso rope add a wild touch to this lovely leather tooling design.
 
Available in two sizes:
5.88"X6.02" and 4.88"X4.93"


Let the flowers and swirls in this compelling design stand on their own, or repeat this design as a bold border. The smaller size of this design is formatted for the Endless Hoop; may also be used in standard hoops.
 
Available in two sizes:
9.41"X4.80" and 5.98"X3.20"


A narrow border of leather tooling flowers and swirls makes a perfect embellishment for all sorts of clothing and decorations. The medium size of this design is formatted for the Endless Hoop; may also be used in standard hoops.
 
Available in three sizes:
9.40"X2.50" and 5.98"X1.73" and 3.86"X1.05"


Tuck this leather tooling design in the corners of napkins, placemats, pillows, bags, and garments.
 
Available in two sizes:
4.86"X4.86" and 3.85"X3.86"


A Leather Tooling Value Pack

 

Combine these designs for a one-of-a-kind tooled leather look! The large pack contains 8 designs, priced at only $12.97! The small pack contains 7 designs, priced at only $12.97! Click on an image or link below to see the designs included in the pack, and add the pack to your basket.

  

 
All designs smaller than 6 x 10   All designs smaller than 5 x 7

 

 

Covered Wagon

Evoke a simpler time with this richly detailed covered wagon, surrounded by colorful prairie wildflowers and a sweetly singing meadowlark. This design will be gorgeous on tote bags, pillows, and nostalgic wall hangings!
 
Available in three sizes:
7.39"X7.80" and 5.87"X6.20" and 4.87"X5.15"

 

 

Old West Quick-Stitch

Craft a light and breezy look with these quick-stitching Western motifs! They're perfect for tea towels, placemats, quilts, shirts, and anything else that could use a little embroidery and a lot of Old West flair. Your favorite cowboys and sheriffs are sure to love these designs!
 
Old West Saddle   Steer Skull
 
Available in two sizes:
6.18"X4.79" and 3.83"X2.97"
  Available in two sizes:
5.33"X4.84" and 3.85"X3.50"
 

Wagon Wheel   Cowboy Hat
 
Available in two sizes:
4.91"X4.80" and 3.85"X3.76"
  Available in two sizes:
5.12"X4.80" and 3.85"X3.61"

Cowboy Boots   Guitar
 
Available in two sizes:
4.80"X5.02" and 3.70"X3.87"
  Available in two sizes:
6.77"X3.77" and 3.85"X2.15"

Sheriff's Badge   Pistol
 
Available in two sizes:
4.85"X4.85" and 3.85"X3.86"
  Available in two sizes:
6.85"X2.62" and 3.85"X1.47"

Cactus   Horseshoes
 
Available in two sizes:
3.83"X6.85" and 2.14"X3.85"
  Available in two sizes:
6.11"X4.79" and 3.86"X3.02"


A Old West Quick-Stitch Value Pack

 

Stitch these light designs together for a big bunch of Western style! The Old West Quick-Stitch packs contain 11 designs, priced at only $14.97! Click on an image or link below to see the designs included in the pack, and add the pack to your basket.

  

 
All designs smaller than 5 x 7   All designs smaller than 4 x 4

Kitchen gone a little wild? Dress it up with basic tea towels, embroidered with Western motifs! These designs are just the thing to add some spice to your decor.

Click here for these free instructions!


 

 

Saloon Dancer

Right at home in an Old West saloon, this dancer is ready to entertain! Stitch this incredibly detailed design with its old-fashioned golden frame on bags, pillows, wall hangings, and more. Just a little risque, this design will be lots of fun!
 
Available in two sizes:
5.86"X8.71" and 4.62"X6.85"

 

 

Cowboy Samplers

His life's in the city, but his heart's in the country. Let your favorite "urban cowboy" show his independent spirit with this rugged design. Bold Western lettering and cowboy silhouettes will make this design a sure hit on jackets, sweatshirts, and more.
 
Available in two sizes:
9.40"X5.44" and 6.85"X3.96"


Let him say he's Mr. Tough Guy with this "Cowboy Up" design! A horseshoe, banner, and Old West lettering make this design a fun one for cowboy shirts and more.
 
Available in two sizes:
9.40"X5.08" and 6.82"X3.68"


Welcome one and all to your "saloon" with this classic sign! It'll be fun on creations for the kitchen, like the scented trivet in this week's new project instructions.
 
Available in two sizes:
9.40"X4.96" and 6.84"X3.63"


Welcome to the Wild West! This design will be fun on shirts and more for kids and grown-ups alike.
 
Available in two sizes:
9.41"X2.07" and 6.85"X1.52"


Offer a friendly greeting to everyone you meet with this "Howdy" design! With big bold letters on an old-fashioned banner, it'll create smiles when you stitch it on shirts, bags, and more.
 
Available in two sizes:
8.14"X3.60" and 6.81"X3.01"


Yee-haw! Share your enthusiasm with this playful design on shirts, totes, and more. You don't have to be a cowboy to appreciate this wildly fun design!
 
Available in two sizes:
9.40"X4.90" and 6.85"X3.58"

Sweatshirts are the perfect medium for these fun Western designs! Our video and written instructions will show you tips and tricks to make your sweatshirt embroidery look its best, when you stitch it and wash after wash. Yee-haw!

Click here for these free instructions!


 

 

Wanted Photo Frame (In-the-Hoop)

Turn photos of friends and family into a "Wanted" posted with this playful design! Just follow our video and written instructions to assemble the frame entirely in-the-hoop, then insert a favorite photo. Everyone will want one of these fun frames!
 
Available in two sizes:
5.83"X7.85" and 4.88"X6.32"

 

 

Cowboy Couture

Dress up your crafts in their Western best with these matching boot and hat designs! Perfect for cowboy clothing, they'll be fun to mix and match on quilts too.
 
Aces Cowboy Boot   Aces Cowboy Hat
 
Available in two sizes:
4.84"X4.84" and 3.83"X3.82"
  Available in two sizes:
4.66"X2.62" and 3.85"X2.18"

Star Cowboy Boot   Star Cowboy Hat
 
Available in two sizes:
4.84"X6.07" and 3.10"X3.86"
  Available in two sizes:
5.21"X4.84" and 3.33"X3.10"

Leather Tooled Cowboy Boot   Leather Tooled Cowboy Hat
 
Available in two sizes:
4.85"X5.72" and 3.30"X3.89"
  Available in two sizes:
5.24"X3.54" and 3.58"X2.42"

Paisley Cowboy Boot   Paisley Cowboy Hat
 
Available in two sizes:
4.84"X6.36" and 2.96"X3.88"
  Available in two sizes:
6.54"X4.84" and 3.86"X2.86"

Cactus Flower Cowboy Boot   Cactus Flower Cowboy Hat
 
Available in two sizes:
4.84"X5.39" and 3.49"X3.85"
  Available in two sizes:
5.61"X2.86" and 3.85"X1.98"

Swirls Cowboy Boot   Swirls Cowboy Hat
 
Available in two sizes:
4.36"X6.85" and 2.45"X3.85"
  Available in two sizes:
5.54"X4.84" and 3.10"X2.71"


A Cowboy Couture Value Pack

 

Stitch a whole wardrobe of these fun boot and hat designs. The Cowboy Couture packs contain 12 designs, priced at only $19.97! Click on an image or link below to see the designs included in the pack, and add the pack to your basket.

  

 
All designs smaller than 5 x 7   All designs smaller than 4 x 4

 

 

Half the fun of Western stitching is the wild fabrics you can use! From denim and canvas to faux suede and corduroy, certain textiles combined with your favorite western design are just the thing to create some serious cowboy style. Click on the images below to learn about embroidering on these fabrics.
 

Denim is a classic for a reason - it's easygoing and looks good with everything. It's easy to embroider, too! Faux suede is cleverly made to look and feel like real leather, but it's much easier to stitch on. Burlap is great for creating a rough and primitive look, and it holds solid stitched embroidery designs beautifully!

Corduroy is practical and warm, and it gives instant character to clothing and more. Learn to make the "cords" and embroidery look their best together! Canvas can lend a feel of rugged simplicity to  your creations, and this heavy cotton fabric is wonderfully easy to embroider on. None of the new designs on this page is suitable for embroidering on leather - choose sheer, toile, redwork, or trapunto designs;
avoid heavy fills and satin stitch.

 


Sunbonnet Sue and Fisherman Fred set off across the prairie for the Wild West! Fred dons a big cowboy hat and practices with his lasso, while Sue plays in her prairie dress with a little toy horse. These colorful designs are fun on their own or combined with other Sue and Fred designs!
 

Fisherman Fred

  Sunbonnet Sue

 

Available in three sizes:
5.81"X7.55" and 4.81"X6.24" and 2.99"X3.85"

 

Available in three sizes:
8.01"X5.80" and 6.68"X4.86" and 3.86"X2.81"



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