Asian Animals - Out of Asia
Come on safari with Embroidery Library this
week and create embroidery art to honor the wildlife of
Asia. Classic scroll designs feature some of the world's
favorites: majestic tiger, giant pandas, and proud peacock,
each digitized and sewn with colors that were inspired by the
beautiful watercolor scrolls from Japan and China.
Triptych designs feature an animal in three poses, along
with characteristics of the creature. These designs position
well on bags, shirt fronts, towels, and are also quite
lovely as a framed piece to accent an Asian-themed room.
Distinctive medallion designs represent the circle and
balance of life, with a two-color scheme, and graceful,
sloping design. Plus, animal frames, and a new jacketback
featuring Asia's exotic and beautiful creatures!
Hear the roar of the tiger, and the call of the wild - enjoy
the new designs!
On scroll or screen,
wildlife comes alive in these scroll designs, reminiscent of
the watercolor style
found in Japan and China.
design depicts a tiger stalking during the night. The design brings
to mind the famous poem by William Blake: "Tiger, tiger
burning bright in the darkness of the night, What immortal hand or
eye Could frame thy fearful symmetry?"
The peacock, known for the metallic
green "eyes" of its magnificent outspread tail, is a significant
symbol for many cultures around the world. In Hinduism, Indra,
the god of thunder, rains, and war, was depicted in the form of a
peacock. In Christianity,
the peacock is a symbol of the
Available in two sizes:
4.42"X 9.40" and
Available in two sizes:
4.43"X 9.38" and
Everyone knows and loves
the panda, even though the black and white bear is a rare sight. Few in number, pandas lead a secret life in misty
forests in the central mountain ranges of China. Their comical
expressions, striking coloration, and human-like way of sitting up
to eat their steady diet of bamboo have endeared them to us. And, in
turn, we have made them the subject of our toys, books, legends, and
Available in two sizes:
4.54"X 9.41" and
Recognized for his ferocity and
unmistakable beauty, the tiger has captured people's imaginations for
centuries and has played a variety of roles in the legends of many
cultures. Three designs, arranged together horizontally, form a triptych
showing the tiger in repose and on the prowl. The tiger print frames add
more color and interest to this design.
The alert tiger prowls outside the
triptych design for those who want a smaller design
or to use as an accent to the larger design.
This giant panda triptych with bamboo
frames is great for shirtfronts, yokes, bags, or a lovely
Although we might think that the distinct
black and white coloration of the panda would be easy to spot, this
secretive bear actually blends in well with the rocky terrain and
shadowy forest of his habitat. Extracted from the triptych, this smaller
version of the handsome panda takes on a life of its own.
As elephants go, Asian elephants are more
easily domesticated than their African counterparts. They have been used as beasts of
burden, movers of heavy objects, as transportation, and even in the
battles of war. They differ from their African cousins in several other
ways: Asian elephants have smaller ears, their backs are convex, and
their heads have two domes, whereas the African has a concave back and
head with even curvature.
The cultures of Asia revere their elephants; a
Japanese legend alleges that a bedside elephant
figurine will keep nightmares away. Intelligent animals, they
communicate with one another,
constantly chatting, and their alarm sounds can be heard by other
elephants five kilometers away.
The Bactrian camel of Asia has two humps,
double that of the Dromedary of the Mid-East. Wild Bactrian camels live
in the grasslands and desert regions of northwestern China and Mongolia.
Camels were first domesticated more than 4,000 years ago. They can eat
almost any vegetation, drink salty or brackish water, and carry hundreds
of pounds of cargo. Ready for any weather, they can live in extreme
temperatures from 40 degrees F. below zero to 100 degrees F. above.
Fun fact: Unlike most animals, camels
walk by moving both legs on one side of their
bodies at the same time.
Wouldn't this fellow look great on the flap of your safari shorts?
Infamous for their intimidating behavior
and deadly bite, cobras literally take a stand when
they are disturbed
or riled, warning intruders away with an erect stance, and flaring their
"hoods" by extending loose skin behind their heads. The king is found in
the watery regions from the Philippines to Malaysia, and southern China
to Thailand and India.
The king cobra grows to an average length
of 12 feet, but it can attain 18 feet, making it the longest venomous
snake in the world. Its cousin, the common cobra is smaller -- so it can
fit nicely in the baskets of snake charmers.
The great one-horned rhinoceros is
gray-brown with skin folds that give him an armored appearance. Also
called the Indian rhino, this is the largest of the Asian rhinos. Hunted
for their prized horns, used in traditional Chinese medicines, and
driven from their grassland habitat by the extension of agriculture, the
rhinos survive today mainly in Indian wildlife parks.
rhino-ceros comes from the Greek words for "nose-horn." Rhinos are the
only mammals with horns on their noses rather than on top of their
heads. True to its prehistoric appearance, this animal's ancestors
stretch back 60 million years, five million years after the reign of the
dinosaurs. A symbol of strength, a charging
rhino is a formidable animal. As the old joke goes, the only way to keep
from charging is to take away his credit card.
Yes, this little guy with the sweet face
and ringed tail is a panda -- the red or "lesser" panda, to be
exact. Although they look more like raccoons, they have a bear-like
body. They live in the forested mountain slopes of southern Asia and
feed on bamboo, acorns, roots, berries, and an occasional egg
bird. Unlike other bears, their claws are partly retractable, and they
are remarkably agile in trees. Their thick, furry tails make a wonderful
blanket for curling up in for much of the day.
The panda from the above design is also sold
separately. Use it by itself, or as
an accent to the above triptych design!
Some of world's most unique and
fascinating animals, depicted with their natural habitats, are
represented in this mural-like setting. See how the background
environments are graphically melded to create a map of countries
that comprise the Asian continent.
Note: This design is a large jacket back design. It may be
larger than your machine's hoop. If the design
is larger than your machine's sewing field, you will need to
split it, and sew it in multiple hoopings, or have it split
for you. There are fantastic folks who can help you split
designs - here is a list, contact one for more information:
Marian (Murphy) Ecker:
Living in the forests of Malaysia
and Indonesia, the orangutan is the only great ape to be found
in Asia. With short, relatively weak legs but powerful hands and
arms, this shy, red "man of the forest" is most at home in the
trees, and avoids climbing down to the ground. Orangutans make
shelters of vegetation and nests to sleep in, and they use
sticks as digging tools as they forage for foods, like honey.
Peacocks, related to
the American pheasant, are found wild in India, where they
travel in groups through forest lands near water. They can also
be spotted in villages and fields. In India, people believe that
whenever the cock spreads its ornamental tail, rain is sure to
follow. The peacock's strutting movements have been imitated in
many traditional Indian folk dances in which the dancers wear
elaborate costumes adorned with peacock feathers.
The komodo dragon, the largest
living lizard, can grow to more than ten feet and weigh more
than 300 pounds. Living only on a few volcanic islands in
Indonesia, they will range from beach to ridge tops. From May to
August, the males can be seen in wrestling matches, attempting
to vanquish their rivals and win the attention of the females.
Well-equipped for bitter cold,
the snow leopard sports a dense wooly fur coat with dark
rosettes and spots that serve as camouflage in high, rocky
mountain terrain. Incredible jumpers, their long hind legs can
propel them 20 feet straight up in the air to a cliff or tree
branch. What a great mascot for a high jump or pole vaulting
The marks on the tiger's forehead
were emulated for the Chinese pictogram, Wang, which means
"king." In the Chinese zodiac, those born in the year of the
tiger are thought to be courageous, generous, and commanding.
Once thought to be solitary
animals, pandas have now been found living in small groups in
remote Chinese provinces.
Asian art often
animals that are important symbols in Asian culture. The following
animal medallions feature animals that play prominent roles
in legends. These medallions use only two colors. Special
shading and unique pattern fills produce a fantastic result.
Red crowned cranes are known for their
spectacular and elaborate courtship dances. The paired birds circle one
another, spreading their wings and leaping and calling, with much
head-bobbing and bowing. Ranging from Japan to Korea and Manchuria to
Siberia, the birds mate for life. In Japan, they are the symbol for long
life, peace, happiness, and fidelity.
Koi, or wild carp, have figured
impressively in Asian pottery, paintings, and carvings since ancient
times. The Japanese considered Koi the most spirited fish, and it became
the symbol for courage, strength, and perseverance toward
success in both Chinese and Japanese cultures. This design
pairs the fish in a symbolic form of yin yang, the ancient
symbol of Taoism, and imagery for the balance of life.
In Chinese legend, the
healing power of the tiger is coupled with the spirit of
courage and strength. This two-color medallion depicts a
tiger creeping forward. The graceful lines of the circle
accent the shape of the tiger's body and direction of his
Thousands of years ago,
Chinese emperors kept pandas as a sort of good-luck charm.
The creatures were believed to ward of evil spirits and
These animal frames
captures elements unique to great cats. Portions of each cat
extends outside of the frame, indicating that Big Cats are wild and
free, beyond confining.
The clouded leopard is
the only cat that can descend from a tree head first! In this design,
the clouded leopard prances boldly down the branch, his tail swishing
outside of the frame.
The tiger's distinctive stripes are used
to frame this majestic beast. The three-dimensional
qualities of this design bring this cat to life. Great on jackets and
shirts, or as a framed piece
for animal lovers.
A snow leopard's tail is thick and warm
- he uses it as a blanket in
the cold snowy regions of the Himalayan
A peacock, framed in the characteristic
"eyes" of his own magnificent
feathers, is made all the more real as his
tail trails outside this artistic frame.
A panda is framed by the bamboo plant,
which is the principal delicacy of his diet.
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