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This week we take a stroll through the past, and what's old is new again! First we have fresh flowers that are ready to roll -- on an old-fashioned bicycle, a classic cruising bike, a vintage scooter, and the childhood favorite little red wagon. A bright pitcher holds a stationary, but no less beautiful, bouquet of flowers perfect for a wall hanging or pillow.

Classic cars get a tune-up with two new designs, and coordinating vintage gas pumps to get them on the road. Continuing with an antique look, light-stitching nostalgic treasures include sketchbook-style renditions of a pocket watch, sleek perfume bottles, a fainting couch, and more!

Finally, a collection of bitters bottles will bring back memories. Combine with a pretty heirloom border for a unique look on towels and table linens.

Scroll down the page to see all these wonderful old new designs.

Free project instructions to make a chatelaine, or sewing kit attached to a belt hoop.

Create a chatelaine -- a set of short "chains" worn on a belt -- perfect for carrying a sewing kit. Click here for free project instructions!



Flowers on the Go

Rolling wheels and bright flowers go together in fun combinations featuring bicycles, a scooter, and a wagon, and the fresh blooms they carry.

A penny-farthing is an old-fashioned bicycle that has a very large front wheel and a much smaller back wheel. They were the first machines to be called "bicycles." A sweet design for tote bags, wall hangings, quilts, and more!
 
A penny-farthing or old fashioned bicycle machine embroidery design.
Available in three sizes:
7.06"X7.80" and 5.84"X6.43" and 4.84"X5.31"


A 1933 Ladies Schwinn is ready to roll with a basketful of fresh flowers.
 
A classic Ladies Schwinn bicycle machine embroidery design.
Available in three sizes:
8.97"X5.85" and 7.80"X5.10" and 6.85"X4.47"

Stitch a patchwork pillow using machine embroidery designs with this free tutorial.
A patchwork pillow is the perfect place to highlight one of the Flowers on the Go designs. A mixture of fabrics gives a great opportunity to pick up multiple colors in the designs, and to create a lovely home decor item!

Click here for free project instructions for creating a patchwork pillow.


Let this design scoot its way into your heart, and onto your next project! This 1959 Vespa has sleek lines that pair magically with the floral displays that frame it.
 
A vintage 1959 Vespa scooter machine embroidery design.
Available in two sizes:
7.77"X5.52" and 6.83"X4.81"


This classic little red wagon is filled with flowers and ready to add cheer to your home!
 
A machine embroidered little red wagon with flowers.
Available in three sizes:
7.80"X6.85" and 6.65"X5.86" and 5.48"X4.85"


Flowers on the Go Design Packs


Get fresh-blooming Flowers on the Go Design Packs, and add a charming look to pillows, wall hangings, towels, tote bags, and more! The vintage bicycles, scooter, and wagon are all delightfully framed by flowers in designs sure to please on any project.
 

Flowers on the Go Design Pack

Order the designs individually by clicking the links above,
or get the pack with all 4 designs, priced at only $6.97!

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 7.9"x7.9"

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


Stitch a tea towel tote using machine embroidery designs with this free tutorial.
For a cute look on wall hangings, tote bags, and quilts, coordinate one or more of the Flowers on the Go designs with the Bicycle Built for Bloom. It's a natural match with the designs above!

Click here to see all sizes of the design.


Blooming Pitcher

Create a beautiful centerpiece for your home with a Fiesta pitcher bursting with fresh and colorful flowers! A bright and spring-like design just right for pillows, quilts, wall hangings, and more.
 
A Fiestaware pitcher filled with flowers machine embroidery design.
Available in three sizes:
5.86"X8.80" and 5.19"X7.79" and 4.55"X6.86"


Vintage Cars and Gas Pumps

The Ford truck and vintage gas pump below are from the 1940s, a decade during which gasoline was frequently rationed because of World War II. This pickup reflects the car-like styling that Ford trucks took on for that decade, when gas prices hovered around 18 cents a gallon.
     
A 1940's Ford pickup truck machine embroidery design.   A vintage gasoline pump machine embroidery design.
Available in two sizes:
9.39"X5.70" and 6.87"X4.16"
  Available in two sizes:
3.61"X9.40" and 2.64"X6.87"


This 1940 Cadillac is all luxury and style! Pair with the vintage gas pump for a classic look on shop towels, workshop wall hangings, jacket backs, and more.
     
A 1940 Cadillac 62 machine embroidery design.   A vintage gasoline pump machine embroidery design.
Available in two sizes:
9.34"X4.82" and 6.87"X3.55"
  Available in two sizes:
3.51"X9.40" and 2.56"X6.88"

Learn how to frame your favorite machine embroidery designs with this free tutorial.
Stitch the coordinating vintage automobiles and gasoline pumps, then put them together in a frame! It will be a huge hit for auto enthusiasts, and a great way to add a touch of style to any workshop or home office. Great decorations for campers and RVs, too!

Click here for Kenny's step-by-step tutorial for framing your embroidery.


Nostalgic Treasures

They don't make them like they used to! Many people believe that, and this week's light stitching nostalgic treasures will make you a believer, too. Classic lines, solid design, and long-lasting value were the hallmarks of many products of the past, including pocket watches and the reliable Ford Model T. Spruce up your decor by stitching these enduring symbols of a simpler past onto flour sack and tea towels, quilts, pillow shams, T-shirts, wall hangings, and more!
 
   
A light-stitching antique pocket watch machine embroidery design.   A Ford Model T machine embroidery design.
Available in two sizes:
6.85"X4.85" and 3.85"X2.73"
  Available in two sizes:
6.86"X4.75" and 3.85"X2.66"


Cosmetic bags and handbags are ideal for showcasing the classic lines of these vintage perfume bottles. Elegant and sleek, they are as contemporary today as they were when they were first designed! Also pretty on framed embroidery for powder rooms.
     
A vintage perfume bottle machine embroidery design.   Vintage perfume bottles machine embroidery design.
Available in two sizes:
4.76"X6.86" and 2.67"X3.85"
  Available in two sizes:
4.85"X6.85" and 2.73"X3.85"


Fainting couches are characterized by the higher back on one end. These were very popular in the 19th century, where they sometimes were found in separate fainting rooms. The fainting couch below is a lovingly detailed example, with attractive flowing lines, a bolster pillow, and claw-type feet. The antique cuckoo clock on the right will chime the hour beautifully on your next project!
   
A fainting couch machine embroidery design.   A vintage cuckoo clock machine embroidery design.
Available in two sizes:
6.85"X3.91" and 3.85"X2.20"
  Available in two sizes:
3.76"X6.85" and 2.11"X3.85"

Stitch an e-reader cover using machine embroidery designs with this free tutorial.
E-readers are the height of technological innovation, but the books they display are a very traditional form of entertainment. Blend the old and the new by stitching a lovely nostalgic treasure onto an e-reader cover for a very cute look for your Kindle or Nook!

Click here for free project instructions for making your very own E-Reader Cover


A vintage gasoline pump reminds us that people have been filling up their tanks for a very long time. Speaking of the past, the phonograph was invented by Thomas Edison in 1877, and was the first device that could reproduce recorded sound. Reproduce it on your next project!
     
A vintage gasoline pump machine embroidery design.   A phonograph machine embroidery design.
Available in two sizes:
2.22"X6.82" and 1.25"X3.85"
  Available in two sizes:
4.80"X6.83" and 2.70"X3.85"


Sailors used sextants, the instrument on the left, to navigation vast oceans using the stars above. It was most commonly used to measure the angle between a celestial object, such as Polaris, or the North Star, and the horizon. The diving helmet on the right is a deep design for water enthusiasts of all ages!
     
A sextant machine embroidery design.   An antique diving helmet machine embroidery design.
Available in two sizes:
5.16"X4.85" and 3.85"X3.62"
  Available in two sizes:
4.85"X6.85" and 2.73"X3.85"


It's time for a lesson in geography! The classic globe on the left brings the pre-Internet age to mind when one of these beauties sat at the front of every classroom, while a crystal chandelier will bring elegance to any project.
     
A classic globe machine embroidery design.   An antique chandelier machine embroidery design.
Available in two sizes:
4.85"X5.45" and 3.43"X3.85"
  Available in two sizes:
4.85"X6.54" and 2.85"X3.85"


Nostalgic Treasures Design Packs


Take a trip back in time with all the designs in the Nostalgic Treasures Design Packs! Reminders of a time when things were built to last a lifetime, these designs will bring you years of pleasant memories.
 

Nostalgic Treasures Design Pack

Order the designs individually by clicking the links above,
or get the pack with all 12 designs, priced at only $16.97!

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 5"x7"

**Sm - Designs smaller than 4"x4"



Antique Bitters Bottles

In the past, bitters were marketed as patent medicines for digestive and circulatory disorders. Because bitters live up to their name, and are indeed bitter, they were mixed with other spirits to make them taste better, and the cocktail was born! These days bitters are used primarily for drinks, and not for medicinal purposes.

In 19th century United States, bitters were commonly expensive, and came in fancy, colorful bottles shaped like log cabins or fish, which were often kept as decorative objects. The fish-shaped bottle design was patented in 1806, and held "Doctor Fisch's Bitters."
     
An antique bitters bottle machine embroidery design.   An antique fish-shaped bitters bottle machine embroidery design.
Available in three sizes:
4.00"X9.41" and 2.91"X6.86" and 1.64"X3.85"
  Available in three sizes:
3.12"X9.40" and 2.28"X6.85" and 1.30"X3.85"


Some of the most commonly used herbs and spices in bitters include orange rind, gentian, angelica root, artichoke leaf, thistle, and yarrow flowers. They might be flavored by juniper, cinnamon, caraway, chamomile, or cloves. Spice up your next project with this handsome vintage bitters bottle!
 
An antique bitters bottle machine embroidery design.
Available in three sizes:
4.34"X9.41" and 3.17"X6.86" and 1.79"X3.86"


Stitch a vintage border design to towels, pillow shams, quilts and more for a delicate antique look. The medium size of this design has been formatted for the Endless Hoop; may also be used in standard hoops.
 
An antique looking machine embroidery design border.
Available in three sizes:
9.41"X3.15" and 6.00"X2.20" and 3.86"X1.30"

Stitch a stay-put kitchen towel using machine embroidery designs with this free tutorial.
The coordinating border design above has some delicate running stitches, so it is not a good choice for terry cloth towels. However, it will give a terrific look to lighter fabrics such as cotton. The Stay-Put Kitchen Towel project is a great way to use this design on a towel because you can stitch the border on a piece of cotton fabric, and then attach it to the towel.

Click here for free project instructions for Kenny's Stay-Put Kitchen towel.


Antique Bitters Bottles Design Packs


Stitch a bit of the past with the Antique Bitters Bottles Design Pack. Pair one or more with the vintage border for excellent combinations for bar towels, wall hangings, and picnic tote bags!

Order the designs individually by clicking the links above, or get the pack with all the designs!
 

Antique Bitters Bottles Design Pack

The large and medium packs contain 5 designs, priced at only $7.97! The small pack contains 4 designs, priced at only $6.97!

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"


 

At www.EmbroideryLibraryProjects.com there are over 500 free projects and tutorials that are a perfect fit with today's new designs (and the designs on the SALE page.) Get inspired by all the exciting ways you can showcase your beautiful embroidery on stunning as well as practical projects!

Below are three fun projects that have been very popular
-- click on them to get a closer look at the project details and read more about how Kenny put them together. Incorporate this week's new designs and let your imagination grow with new ideas as you browse the many projects available for free at www.EmbroideryLibraryProjects.com!

iPad Sleeve
 
Insulated Lunch Bag Traditional Tote
A machine embroidered quilt with farm designs. Framed machine embroidery design. Vintage farm fresh eggs sign embroidered on tote bags.
 


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