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April Showers to May Flowers

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This week's designs abound with the umbrellas and blooms of April showers and May flowers! The traditional embroidery icon Umbrella Girl is lovely in Battenburg lace skirts, light and vintage days of the week designs perfect for kitchen towels, and lush designs including candlewicking and richly detailed flowers. She also takes a leisurely stroll along a garden's cobblestone path in a lovely Southern Belle scene.

For a touch of springtime whimsy, we have floral silhouettes flowing with ribbon and filigree, and bright with spangles. Perfect for adding colorful fun to garden and yard flags, wall hangings, T-shirts, and more!

Scroll down the page to see all these wonderful new designs!

Free project instructions for making an envelope pillow!

An envelope pillow is a great addition to any home decor! A unique shape and decorative ribbon give it a very stylish look. Click here for free project instructions!



Light and Lacy Umbrella Girl

Umbrella Girl has been a popular design in the embroidery world in various forms for decades.  A southern belle design began appearing on dresser scarves and bed linens in the 1920s. Known as Umbrella Girl, Southern Belle, or Colonial Lady, she was frequently depicted holding a sun umbrella, posing beneath a floral arbor, or standing next to a southern gentleman. We are featuring Umbrella Girl in three beautiful new designs, with an optional coordinating Battenburg lace skirt to make her even lovelier!

The Umbrella Girl designs below are holding flower or butterfly print umbrellas, which coordinate with the designs in the Battenburg lace skirts appearing next to each. See Kenny's project instructions for attaching the lace skirt to the Umbrella Girl design! With a skirt or in her bloomers, Umbrella Girl is a sweet design for pillow shams, wall hangings, quilts, and more.
   
Iconic Umbrella Girl design in bloomers.   Coordinating Battenburg lace skirt to match Umbrella Girl design.
Available in two sizes:
3.95"X9.40" and 2.89"X6.88"
  Available in two sizes:
5.53"X4.76" and 3.82"X3.31"


Butterflies decorate this Umbrella Girl's umbrella, and pair beautifully with the lace skirt on the right. Encircle her with flowers on a pillow or wall hanging for a fabulous spring look!
     
Machine embroidered Umbrella Girl design.   Coordinating Battenburg lace skirt to match Umbrella Girl design.
Available in two sizes:
4.23"X9.42" and 3.07"X6.85"
  Available in two sizes:
5.48"X4.18" and 4.01"X3.05"


Tulips are the motif for this Umbrella Girl design. Add the Battenburg lace skirt for a perfectly coordinated design, top to bottom. A very sweet design for the centerpiece of a quilt.
     
Machine embroidered Umbrella Girl design.   Coordinating Battenburg lace skirt to match Umbrella Girl design.
Available in two sizes:
3.89"X9.40" and 2.85"X6.88"
  Available in two sizes:
4.73"X4.16" and 3.44"X3.04"


The pictures below show just how adorable the Umbrella Girls are all decked out in their Battenburg lace skirts! To see how easy it is to dress them up, see Kenny's Light and Lacy Umbrella Girl project instructions.
 
Machine embroidery Umbrella Girl design with coordinating Battenburg lace skirt. Machine embroidery Umbrella Girl design with coordinating Battenburg lace skirt. Machine embroidery Umbrella Girl design with coordinating Battenburg lace skirt.
 


Light and Lacy Umbrella Girl Design Packs


Don't force yourself to choose between the beautiful Umbrella Girl designs -- get all three! Put them together in framed embroidery, or on a wall hanging, for an absolutely stunning decoration.
 

Light and Lace Umbrella Girl Design Pack

Order the designs individually by clicking the links above,
or get the pack with all 6 designs, priced at only $9.97!

Click on a link below to see the designs in the pack, and add the pack to your basket.


The pack is available in 2 sizes:

**Lg - Designs smaller than 6"x10"
**Sm - Designs smaller than 5"x7"



Days of the Week Umbrella Girl

What better way to ring in spring than with a fresh new set of days of the week towels? Celebrate the showers that bring May flowers with a set of days of the week Umbrella Girl designs. With delicate colors and a vintage look, these light-stitching designs are perfect for tea towels and flour sack towels. The "day" is conveniently located on a separate color stop, making it easy to stitch the design with or without the word.

Get a fresh start on the week with sweet Umbrella Girl Sunday and Monday designs! Each girl's umbrella, bonnet, and skirt are decorated differently for different days of the week.
     
Days of the week Umbrella Girl machine embroidery designs--Sunday.   Days of the week Umbrella Girl machine embroidery designs--Monday.
Available in three sizes:
5.86"X8.64" and 4.65"X6.86" and 2.61"X3.86"
  Available in three sizes:
5.85"X8.96" and 4.47"X6.86" and 2.51"X3.86"


Delicate flowers grow up around these sweet Umbrella Girls, making Tuesday and Wednesday special and sweet.
     
Days of the week Umbrella Girl machine embroidery designs--Tuesday.   Days of the week Umbrella Girl machine embroidery designs--Wednesday.
Available in three sizes:
5.85"X8.50" and 4.71"X6.86" and 2.64"X3.86"
  Available in three sizes:
5.85"X7.85" and 4.85"X6.51" and 2.87"X3.86"

Stitch a tea towel tote using machine embroidery designs with this free tutorial.
Fresh and light Umbrella Girl days of the week designs are perfect for embroidering onto tea towels and flour sack towels. Shower your kitchen with sweet vintage designs, every day of the week!

Click here Kenny's Fabrics 101 article for embroidering on tea towels and flour sack towels.


Tulips on Thursday and fringe on Friday make the end of the week a festive affair!
     
Days of the week Umbrella Girl machine embroidery designs--Thursday.   Days of the week Umbrella Girl machine embroidery designs--Friday.
Available in three sizes:
5.73"X9.41" and 4.18"X6.86" and 2.35"X3.86"
  Available in three sizes:
5.00"X9.40" and 3.65"X6.85" and 2.04"X3.86"


Pastel stripes make a vintage-style design even more charmingly old fashioned.
 
Days of the week Umbrella Girl machine embroidery designs--Saturday.
Available in three sizes:
5.71"X9.41" and 4.16"X6.86" and 2.34"X3.86"


Days of the Week Umbrella Girl Design Packs


Enjoy airy and pretty Umbrella Girl designs every day of the week! Stitch these perennially popular and fashionable ladies to lightweight towels for a lovely days of the week set. Classic and chic, they'll be the hit of any kitchen!
 

Days of the Week Umbrella Girl Design Pack

Order the designs individually by clicking the links above,
or get the pack with all 7 designs, priced at only $9.97!

Click on a link below to see the designs in the pack, and add the pack to your basket.


The pack is available in 3 sizes:

**Lg - Designs smaller than 6"x10"
**Md - Designs smaller than 5"x7"
**Sm - Designs smaller than 4"x4"



Candlewick Showers to Flowers

"Candlewicking" was a form of hand embroidery popular during Colonial times. In the past, these designs were really stitched with unwaxed thread used in candles. Today, the candlewicking effect is achieved with satin stitch "dots" that are digitized as part of the design. The techniques may have changed, but the effect still adds a great deal of elegance and  interest!

In each of the designs below, you can see Umbrella Girl and flower designs including a candlewicking frame, and the same design without the candlewicking. The flower designs coordinate with the flowers featured on the Umbrella Girls' skirts and umbrellas. Pair them together for wonderful accents on pillows, quilts, wall hangings, towels, table linens, and more!

Peach blossoms decorate the skirts and umbrellas of these sweet Umbrella Girls.
   
Umbrella Girl machine embroidery design with candlewicking.   Umbrella Girl machine embroidery design.
Available in three sizes:
6.73"X11.80" and 5.34"X9.40" and 3.91"X6.85"
  Available in three sizes:
5.86"X9.26" and 4.33"X6.86" and 2.43"X3.86"


Let pretty peach blossoms bloom on your next project!
     
Peach blossoms machine embroidery design with candlewicking border.   Peach blossoms machine embroidery design.
Available in three sizes:
6.73"X11.76" and 5.34"X9.33" and 3.89"X6.79"
  Available in three sizes:
5.30"X9.30" and 3.88"X6.82" and 2.22"X3.86"


Forget-me-nots decorate these Umbrella Girls designs. Stitch onto tote bags and table linens for an unforgettable look!
     
Umbrella Girl machine embroidery design with candlewicking frame.   Umbrella Girl machine embroidery design.
Available in three sizes:
6.97"X11.66" and 5.60"X9.40" and 4.09"X6.87"
  Available in three sizes:
5.36"X9.27" and 3.98"X6.86" and 2.23"X3.86"


Realistic shading and subtle colors make these forget-me-nots as fresh as they can be.
     
Forget-me-nots machine embroidery design with candlewicking border.   Forget-me-nots machine embroidery design.
Available in three sizes:
6.91"X11.66" and 5.56"X9.34" and 4.07"X6.83"
  Available in three sizes:
5.56"X9.32" and 4.06"X6.83" and 2.36"X3.86"

Stitch a tea towel tote using machine embroidery designs with this free tutorial.
Fresh flower and Umbrella Girl designs, with or without candlewicking, are perfect for stitching onto a decorative wall hanging. Stitch two or more designs for the Switch in a Stitch Wall Hanging project, and enjoy a different look within one project!

Click here for free project instructions.


Roses, with or without a delicate candlewicking frame, bloom sweetly on these Umbrella Girl designs.
     
Umbrella Girl machine embroidery design with candlewicking border.   Umbrella Girl machine embroidery design.
Available in three sizes:
7.00"X10.30" and 5.85"X8.61" and 4.65"X6.85"
  Available in three sizes:
5.67"X8.42" and 4.62"X6.86" and 2.60"X3.86"


Stitch a stunning rose centerpiece onto pillows, wall hangings, quilts, and more! Coordinate with the rose-decorated Umbrella Girl design above for a truly wonderful set.
     
Machine embroidery Rose design with candlewicking border.   Machine embroidered rose and leaves design.
Available in three sizes:
6.98"X11.77" and 5.85"X9.87" and 4.06"X6.85"
  Available in three sizes:
5.48"X9.40" and 3.99"X6.85" and 2.24"X3.85"


Also known as Southern Belle, Umbrella Girl is right at home with magnolia blossoms as her decorative motif.
     
Umbrella Girl machine embroidery design with candlewicking.   Umbrella Girl machine embroidery design.
Available in three sizes:
6.44"X11.80" and 5.11"X9.40" and 3.73"X6.86"
  Available in three sizes:
5.47"X9.27" and 4.05"X6.86" and 2.27"X3.86"


Lush magnolia blossoms and curling leaves make sprucing up decor for spring a snap!
     
Magnolia blossom machine embroidery design with candlewicking border.   Magnolia blossom machine embroidery design.
Available in three sizes:
5.63"X11.75" and 4.50"X9.40" and 3.29"X6.88"
  Available in three sizes:
5.79"X9.39" and 4.22"X6.84" and 2.39"X3.86"


Candlewick Showers to Flowers Design Packs


Get all the beautiful Candlewick Showers to Flowers designs, and mix and match them on pillows, tote bags, wall hangings, quilts, and more. Explore the many gorgeous decorating ideas possible with these coordinating and colorful designs!
 

Candlewick Showers to Flowers Design Pack

Order the designs individually by clicking the links above,
or get the pack with all 16 designs, priced at only $24.97!

Click on a link below to see the designs in the pack, and add the pack to your basket.


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"



Southern Belle Scene

Also known as "Southern Belle", Umbrella Girl was frequently depicted underneath a floral arbor. This scene continues the tradition, as a lovely Southern Belle strolls on a cobblestone walk through the fragrant garden and enjoys the blooming trees. A beautiful design on wall hangings, pillows, and tote bags.
 
Umbrella Girl or Southern Belle machine embroidered garden scene.
Available in four sizes:
7.00"X10.53" and 5.88"X8.86" and 5.18"X7.80" and 4.56"X6.87"


Blooming Spangled Silhouettes

Colorful ribbons, bright spangles, and a fun filigree frame make blooming spangled flower silhouettes! Add a touch of whimsy to your next project with these delightful spring designs.

Tulips and lilies are reliable early bloomers. Let them bloom on wall hangings and pillows for a very sweet look.
   
Tulip silhouettes with ribbon, spangles, and filigree frames.   Lily silhouettes with ribbon, spangles, and filigree frames.
Available in two sizes:
5.86"X5.98" and 4.86"X4.96"
  Available in two sizes:
5.86"X6.24" and 4.86"X5.18"


Stitch a daffodil or daisy spangled silhouette design onto spring garden flags to give guests a warm and stylish welcome!
   
Daffodil silhouettes with ribbon, spangles, and filigree frames.   Daisy silhouettes with ribbon, spangles, and filigree frames.
Available in two sizes:
6.51"X5.86" and 5.35"X4.82"
  Available in two sizes:
6.40"X5.86" and 5.32"X4.87"

Stitch a tea towel tote using machine embroidery designs with this free tutorial.
Stitch any of the Blooming Spangled Silhouettes to a Springtime Garden flag to give a bright and warm welcome to family and guests!

Click here for Kenny's step-by-step instructions on how to make a garden flag of your own.


Irises and forget-me-nots are delicate silhouettes inside festive springtime frames.
   
Iris silhouettes with ribbon, spangles, and filigree frames.   Forget-me-not silhouettes with ribbon, spangles, and filigree frames.
Available in two sizes:
5.95"X5.86" and 4.95"X4.88"
  Available in two sizes:
6.30"X5.86" and 5.17"X4.81"


Blooming Spangled Silhouettes Design Packs

Blooming Spangled Silhouettes Design Pack

Order the designs individually by clicking the links above,
or get the pack with all 6 designs, priced at only $9.97!

Click on a link below to see the designs in the pack, and add the pack to your basket.


The pack is available in 2 sizes:

**Lg - Designs smaller than 6"x10"
**Sm - Designs smaller than 5"x7"



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