Embroidery Library
Ships Ahoy!

NEW THIS WEEK - April 30th, 2008


Ships Ahoy!

Free Project Instructions!

 

You can never go overboard with maritime merriment. Like a fish to water, sea-themed and nautical designs are great match to a variety items. Add an ocean spray of fun to your home with designs from the Ships Ahoy series!

Colorful and exotic Jacobean-style coral reef designs of fish and sea foliage come in many shapes so that the aquatic theme can be carried throughout linen sets and summer ensembles. Realistic lighthouses from around the United States have a majestic quality that lends beautifully to wall-hangings, framed embroidery, and tote bags.

One-color, quick-stitching sailing designs such as ships, an anchor, a compass, and lighthouses are appealing to the skipper in all of us. Sweet, sailor pals like an octopus, starfish, and seal, will swim right into your favorite tot's heart and directly onto their attire, pajamas, and blankets.

Dive right into the wonderful water designs below!

Add a splash of color to your bathroom decor with Cozy Bath Coordinates.

Click here for project instructions!



Jacobean Coral Reef Designs

Under the sea; Under the sea
Darling it's better; Down where it's wetter
Take it from me
~ Under the Sea - The Little Mermaid
 

Slip under the waves, and into the fantastically colorful landscape that exists along the ocean
floor. Jacobean-style coral reef designs, full of swirling corals and fascinating creatures, bring a
sublime sea allure to all sorts of items. In this design, a colorful fish plays hide and seek among brilliant corals with his starfish and sand dollar buddies. The square shape of the designs works wonderfully with quilts and blankets.
 
Available in three sizes:
 7.81"X7.80" and 5.86"X5.85" and 4.86"X4.85"


Splash this vibrant circular sea scene across shirts and tote bags.
 
Available in three sizes:
 7.80"X7.81" and 5.85"X5.86" and 4.85"X4.86"

  Adventuresome aquatic designs are a great match for
bathroom decor and towels. The Jacobean Coral Reef
designs, awash with color and fishy fun, are delightful choice!

Click here for the Cozy Bath Coordinate instructions, or
here for additional information on Embroidering on Towels.



Splendid sea creatures and vegetation mingle together to make up this
 Jacobean-style oval that is sure to make sweatshirts and jackets dazzle.
 
Available in two sizes:
5.86"X8.23" and 4.87"X6.86"


Repeat this lively rectangular seascape across the hems of skirts, blankets and tablecloths for a spectacular border. The small size of this design has been formatted for the Endless Hoop; may
 also be used in standard hoops.
 
Available in two sizes:
 9.41"X4.75" and 6.00"X3.35"


Charming sand dollars and lush sea sprouts are lovely when
 flowing down the plackets of shirts, vests, and jackets.
 
Spray   Mirror
 
Available in two sizes:
 2.48"X9.40" and 1.82"X6.85"
  Available in two sizes:
 2.48"X9.40" and 1.82"X6.85"


Tuck this exotic underwater corner onto pockets and napkins.
 
Available in two sizes:
4.86"X4.85" and 3.86"X3.86"


These adorable starfish and sand dollar designs make fabulous
 accents when paired with the larger designs above.
 
Available in one size:
3.01"X2.89"
Available in one size:
2.76"X2.64"
Available in one size:
 2.50"X2.17"


A Jacobean Coral Reef Value Pack

All of the Jacobean Coral Reef designs are available in a value pack, priced at only $16.97!

Click on the images or links below to see the designs included in the pack, and add the
value pack to your shopping basket.
 

All designs smaller than 8 x 10 All designs smaller than 7.9 x 7.9 All designs smaller than 6 x 10
All designs smaller than 5 x 7


Lighthouses - Requests of the Week
 
Nauset Lighthouse - Massachusetts
 
The Nauset Lighthouse is not only known as a symbol for Cape Cod Potato Chips, but also as one
 of Cape Cod's most recognizable landmarks.
Barbara S. grew up a mile from the lighthouse on the Cape. She says, "I have been looking at the Nauset lighthouse all my life. I love that lighthouse, it is
 a special part of my childhood." Now living in Virginia, she has plans to make a wall-hanging an
d pillows with the lighthouse design for her family, whom she visits in Massachusetts every summer. "Cape Cod is a little bit of heaven on Earth!" enthuses Carol.
 
Available in three sizes:
 6.83"X5.84" and 5.63"X4.85" and 3.88"X3.33"

Old Point Loma Lighthouse - California

Built in 1854, Point Loma's light was the highest in the nation at 462 feet. Unfortunately, the
 light's lofty perch on the point meant it was often shrouded in fog, rendering it useless to
 mariners. In 1891, after only a few decades of service, the lighthouse was declared inactive,
 and a new metal tower light was constructed at the foot of Point Loma.

Sharon N. wanted this lighthouse for her sister. She says, "I requested the Old Point Loma
 Lighthouse design to use in a quilt or wall hanging for my sister and her husband in memory
 of their honeymoon. My sister had reminisced that shortly after her honeymoon, her husband
 gave her a charm bracelet with 5 charms representing
special life-changing events in their
 relationship. One of the charms was Point Loma Lighthouse, representing their honeymoon
 in San Diego, CA. I know that my sister considers the bracelet one of her most cherished
 and sentimental gifts from her husband."
 

Available in three sizes:
 9.39"X4.77" and 6.85"X3.49" and 3.85"X2.00"

West Quoddy Lighthouse - Maine

Sonja B. wrote in with a request of this distinctive striped lighthouse and included some
 interesting facts too. She explains, "West Quoddy Lighthouse is my favorite. I was born
 in Maine, but moved to Oklahoma at the age of three. However, my mother's family still lives
 close to this lighthouse. West Quoddy Lighthouse is the most eastern point of the United
 States. It was built in 1807 and rebuilt in 1858. The West Quoddy Head Light is most
 remembered by its bright bands of red and white (six of each). Its flashing white light every
 fifteen seconds would tell sea fairing men their location. West Quoddy Light got its "West"
 name from being west of East Quoddy Head Light (which is nearby in Canada)."

 

Available in three sizes:
 8.30"X5.85" and 6.81"X4.80" and 3.88"X2.74"

  Bring a beacon of light to a friend or family member
 by presenting them a gift with a beautiful, realistic
 lighthouse. These detailed designs are fabulous for
 framed art and wall-hangings.

Click here for instructions on Framing Embroidery.


Holland Harbor Lighthouse (Big Red) - Michigan

 Located in Ottawa County, Michigan at the entrance of a channel connecting Lake Michigan
 with Lake Macatawa, the Holland Harbor Lighthouse (named Big Red for its bright crimson
 exterior) gives access to the city of Holland, Michigan. Carol C. and her family were introduced
 to 'Big Red' by their family doctor. An avid painter and photographer of the scarlet lighthouse,
 his interest eventually made a fan out of Carol. She has big plans for the design, including a
 framed wall-hanging, towels, an apron, shirt, and tote bag. She says, "I am looking forward to
 working with 'Big Red!'"
 

Available in three sizes:
 5.88"X6.82" and 4.88"X5.64" and 3.32"X3.86"

Biloxi Lighthouse - Mississippi
 
Within her request for a Biloxi Lighthouse design, Nia provided some fascinating facts about the
 first cast-iron lighthouse in the South. She says, "The lighthouse itself has some unique features -
 the only lighthouse to stand in the middle of a 4-lane highway, the first lighthouse to have a woman keeper, and most recently, withstanding Hurricane Katrina. An American flag has been draped
 over the railing as a tribute. I am anxious to use the Biloxi Lighthouse on a pillow and shirt for my daughter's birthday as she was born in Biloxi, Mississippi."
 
Available in three sizes:
 5.72"X9.40" and 4.14"X6.80" and 2.35"X3.85"

Round Island Lighthouse - Michigan

Both Alberta L. and Donna H. have had requests to embellish projects with realistic lighthouses. Wanting to use them to create nautical items and quilts, the Round Island Lighthouse design is a
 great choice! Built in1896, the Round Island Lighthouse marks the channel between Round Island
 and Mackinac Island - the shortest distance from northern Lake Huron to the Straits of Mackinac Island. Originally equipped with a Fourth Order Fresnel lens, a lens commonly used on the Great Lakes, the lamp showed steady white with a flash of red every twenty seconds. Because shipping ceased during the winter, this lighthouse was dark part of the year.

 

Available in three sizes:
 7.82"X5.85" and 6.41"X4.80" and 3.85"X2.88"


A Lighthouses IV Value Pack

All of the Lighthouses designs above are available in a value pack, priced at only $10.97!

Click on the images or links below to see the designs included in the pack, and add the
value pack to your shopping basket.
 

All designs smaller than 6 x 10 All designs smaller than 5 x 7 All designs smaller than 4 x 4


Out to Sea

Mix and match marvelous maritime designs full of traditional sailing motifs such as
 lighthouses, ships, a compass, and an anchor. The one-color, quick-stitching designs are
 a breeze to embroider across wall-hangings, pillows, tote bags, blankets, and more!


Over the centuries, lighthouses have emitted light from sources such as
 open fire, candles, lamps, and more recently, a system of lenses.
 
Available in four sizes:
 7.80"X6.96" and 6.58"X5.85" and 5.44"X4.85" and 3.85"X3.44"


The study of lighthouses and signal lights is called "pharology,"
 and the scholars are referred to as "pharologists."
 
Available in four sizes:
 6.14"X7.80" and 5.85"X7.42" and 4.85"X6.13" and 3.01"X3.85"


Open frame lighthouse towers are referred to as skeletal frame light towers. They are
popular with Congress as they cost considerably less to construct than a stone tower of
the same height, and they can be assembled quickly, including at remote locations.
 
Available in four sizes:
 7.37"X7.80" and 5.85"X6.17" and 4.80"X5.06" and 3.65"X3.85"


Many lighthouses are in built in a cylindrical shape to reduce
 the effect of wind on a tall structure perched on less stable soil.
 
Available in four sizes:
7.80"X7.66" and 5.85"X5.94" and 4.85"X4.91" and 3.78"X3.85"

  Make ordinary home decor items superbly ship-shape with
 a touch of nautical charm. Pillows, table and bed linens,
 and curtains are made sea-worthy with the addition of
 quick-stitching, Out to Sea designs.

Stitch up your own sea-savvy decor with these projects: Zipperless Pillow Sham and  Reversible Pillow Cover.



Hoping to ensure a safe voyage, a variety of ceremonies have historically been performed before a launch such as blessings and prayers, the sprinkling of holy water on the deck, and breaking a
 bottle of wine or champagne across the ship's bow.
 
Available in four sizes:
 7.80"X7.20" and 6.32"X5.85" and 5.22"X4.85" and 3.85"X3.59"


One way commonly used to determine whether a vessel is a boat or a ship is by verifying
 if the vessel can carry another vessel. The larger of the two is a considered a ship.
 
Available in four sizes:
 7.80"X6.26" and 7.25"X5.85" and 6.03"X4.85" and 3.85"X3.10"


The 15th to mid-19th century is referred to as the Age of Sail - a period in
 history when sailing ships dominated international trade and naval warfare.
 
Available in four sizes:
7.80"X4.59" and 9.39"X5.53" and 6.85"X4.04" and 3.85"X2.26"


The directions of North, East, West, and South, are referred to as the
 Cardinal Directions, and often indicated with points on a compass rose.
 
Available in four sizes:
 7.55"X7.81" and 5.85"X6.08" and 4.85"X5.03" and 3.73"X3.86"


A ship's wheel, along with the rest of the steering mechanism, is referred to as the 'helm'.
 
Available in four sizes:
 7.80"X7.61" and 5.97"X5.85" and 4.99"X4.84" and 3.85"X3.74"


The phrase "weigh anchor" means to bring the anchor aboard the ship and prepare for departure. "Anchor's aweigh" is the term used to let the captain know that the anchor has been pulled up
 and the ship is underway.
 
Available in four sizes:
5.97"X7.79" and 5.50"X7.15" and 4.85"X6.29" and 2.96"X3.84"


A Out to Sea Value Pack

All of the Out to Sea designs are available in a value pack, priced at only $15.97!

Click on the images or links below to see the designs included in the pack,
and add the value pack to your shopping basket.
 

All designs smaller than 7.9 x 7.9 All designs smaller than 6 x 10 All designs smaller than 5 x 7
All designs smaller than 4 x 4


Sailor Animals - Dollar Delights

These darling sea mates in sailor gear are ready to report for duty on children's attire and decor!  Available in a stitch-filled and applique formats, they are excited to splish-splash across shirts, pajamas, robes, blankets, and towels. Click here for applique embroidery instructions.


Leap and bound through the waves with darling Dominic Dolphin.
 
Applique - only $1.00!   Stitch-filled - only $1.00!
 
Available in two sizes:
3.85"X3.08" and 3.35"X2.68"
  Available in two sizes:
3.85"X3.11" and 3.35"X2.68"


Sweet Olivia Octopus waves 'Hello' times six!
 
Applique - only $1.00!   Stitch-filled - only $1.00!
 
Available in two sizes:
3.85"X3.85" and 3.35"X3.35"
  Available in two sizes:
3.85"X3.85" and 3.35"X3.35"

  Introduce your very own little minnow to a whole school of sensational sea friends by adding the Sailor Animal designs (available in stitch-filled and applique formats) to a bevy of bath items such as robes and towels.

To learn more, click on the following project instructions
 and articles: Applique Embroidery Instructions,
 Embroidering on Towels, After-Bath Wrap, and
 Hooded Bath Towels.



With his trusty telescope, Sigmund Starfish is on the lookout.
 
Applique - only $1.00!   Stitch-filled - only $1.00!
 
Available in two sizes:
3.90"X3.66" and 3.39"X3.19"
  Available in two sizes:
3.90"X3.66" and 3.39"X3.19"


Frisky Farley Fish zips and darts about through the water.
 
Applique - only $1.00!   Stitch-filled - only $1.00!
 
Available in two sizes:
3.88"X3.65" and 3.39"X3.18"
  Available in two sizes:
3.88"X3.65" and 3.39"X3.18"


Pepin Penguin looks dapper in his sporty sailor suit.
 
Applique - only $1.00!   Stitch-filled - only $1.00!
 
Available in two sizes:
 3.14"X3.87" and 2.75"X3.39"
  Available in two sizes:
 3.16"X3.89" and 2.75"X3.39"


Lionel Lobster tips his hat to say 'Good Day!'
 
Applique - only $1.00!   Stitch-filled - only $1.00!
 
Available in two sizes:
3.68"X3.85" and 3.21"X3.35"
  Available in two sizes:
 3.68"X3.85" and 3.21"X3.35"


With her curled tail, Sonya Seahorse glides through the sea.
 
Applique - only $1.00!   Stitch-filled - only $1.00!
 
Available in two sizes:
2.20"X3.85" and 1.92"X3.35"
  Available in two sizes:
2.20"X3.85" and 1.92"X3.35"


Sylvie Seal can't wait to snuggle onto pajamas and robes.
 
Applique - only $1.00!   Stitch-filled - only $1.00!
 
Available in two sizes:
3.89"X3.07" and 3.40"X2.68"
  Available in two sizes:
3.89"X3.07" and 3.40"X2.68"


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