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Damask

NEW THIS WEEK - May 13th, 2009

Damask

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With its fascinating history and bold, rich look, damask is popping up on everything from linens to scrapbooking paper, skirts and shirts to wallpaper. New designs this week explore the beauty of damask with a medley of traditional elements, as well as fantastic new themes with original twists and turns.

Sew an exotic and classic garden of damask flowers, each with unique and elegant swirls and curves. Simply stunning on bath towels, and magnificent as features to pillows (like the one to the left!), as well as shirts, skirts, and table linens.

Then, take traditional damask to an exciting new level, and go wild for new damask creatures. See fierce dragons, tigers, and wolves emerge from artistic whirls and twirls. Noble birds -- eagle, raven, peacock, and sparrow -- let your imagination take flight with possibilities for these designs.

Elegant damask is both a
feature and a frame in this
pillow project. Click here for
free instructions!


Floral Damask

Damask is best known as a type of fabric, where elegant patterns are formed by using a weave
that contrasts with the background fabric. Traditional shapes look much like "chandeliers," with
graceful and subtle floral undertones.

 

   

 

Available in three sizes:
5.85"X8.19" and 4.85"X6.77" and 2.77"X3.85"

  Available in two sizes:
5.19"X4.84" and 3.25"X3.05"


Damask is most commonly found on linens -- bed linens, and table linens. You'll also
recognize the patterns on flocked wallpaper, too. Damask linens were known as the
linens of kings and queens. Only the elite could afford such extravagant decor.

 

   

 

Available in three sizes:
5.86"X6.93" and 4.86"X5.73" and 3.26"X3.86"

  Available in two sizes:
6.45"X4.86" and 3.26"X2.45"


Usually damask is seen in tone-on-tone hues, and traditional damask is always white on white.
Throw tradition out of your sewing room! Use contrasting colors to make a bold and original
statement with these classic shapes.

 

 

 

 

Available in three sizes:
5.86"X6.61" and 4.86"X5.47" and 3.45"X3.85"

  Available in two sizes:
6.27"X4.86" and 3.26"X2.52"


Damask is a style that is more than 800 years old. Its origins are disputed. Some believe that the
roots of the artistic weaving are in Florence, Italy. Others claim that damask originally emerged in China. No matter where it began, almost all agree that the name "Damask" emerged from the city
that became known for its excellence in producing the fabric: Damascus.

 

 

 

 

Available in three sizes:
5.86"X7.00" and 4.86"X5.78" and 3.21"X3.85"

  Available in two sizes:
5.73"X4.85" and 3.25"X2.75"


The creative and artistic design elements of damask extend all the way from the petals down
to the graceful, elegant leaves. Beautiful on table linens, such as runners and placemats.

 

 

 

 

Available in three sizes:
5.86"X7.49" and 4.85"X6.20" and 3.01"X3.85"

  Available in two sizes:
5.43"X4.86" and 3.26"X2.91"


Whether you choose a tone-on-tone theme (inky black on deep, charcoal grey), or bright
contrasting jewel tones, the damask designs make a bold and fashionable statement.

 

 

 

 

Available in three sizes:
5.86"X7.06" and 4.86"X5.85" and 3.21"X3.86"

  Available in two sizes:
4.95"X4.86" and 3.25"X3.19"


Rounded petals flare with energy and vibrant strength. Magnificent on quilt blocks and
panels for wall hangings!

 

 

 

 

Available in three sizes:
5.85"X7.55" and 4.85"X6.24" and 3.01"X3.86"

  Available in two sizes:
5.73"X4.86" and 3.25"X2.76"


Stitch trendy towel sets that will be the talk of the town. Use a flower as an embellishment
in the corner of a bath towel, or repeat the stem-less design to form an artful border.

 

 

 

 

Available in three sizes:
5.87"X8.08" and 4.86"X6.68" and 2.83"X3.86"

  Available in two sizes:
6.69"X4.86" and 3.27"X2.38"


Damask designs use only one color thread, so stitching the designs onto towels,
linens, and garments is an absolute breeze. Fast, and fashionable too!

 

 

 

 

Available in three sizes:
5.85"X6.84" and 4.85"X5.65" and 3.30"X3.85"

  Available in two sizes:
4.86"X5.11" and 3.07"X3.26"


A Floral Damask Value Pack

 

Grow -- and sew -- a garden of these delightful damask designs. Purchase them all in value pack!
The large and medium packs contain 27 designs, priced at only $29.97!
The small pack contains 18 designs, priced at only $24.97!

Click on the images or links below 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


 

These bold shapes are perfect for dressing up bath towels. Use Kenny's tips and tricks to make them look
as neat and clean as can be!

Terrycloth is a loosely woven, loopy fabric, so it needs proper stabilizing - and a topping - to stitch designs that will hold up through repeated washing. Learn to use supplies such as water soluble stabilizer and tulle to create designs that will stay crisp, wash after wash.

Click here for tips on embroidering towels!


Daring Damask
 

Traditional damask featured abstract design elements with graceful curves and elegant lines.
As techniques and weaving technology evolved, artistic expression grew into amazing results.
Building on traditional themes, our artists "spread their wings" to bring this butterfly from its
original damask cocoon.

 

Available in two sizes:
6.84"X5.84" and 5.72"X4.84"



A coordinating corner design contains elements of the butterfly's wing. Stitch the butterfly onto
a shirt front, and place the corner design near the waistline for a beautiful effect.

 

Available in two sizes:
6.83"X4.78" and 3.86"X2.70"



A mongoose and cobra emerge from traditional damask, engaged in a deadly dance.
Masculine in its design, this motif has its roots in classic Indian folklore (like Rudyard

Kipling's Rikki Tikki Tavi).
 

Available in two sizes:
9.41"X5.63" and 6.85"X4.12"


A coordinating corner is perfect on pockets. Use with the above, or on its own.

Available in two sizes:
5.21"X4.84" and 3.87"X3.59"



A fierce dragon takes form from classic damask elements. Stitch this fiery creature
on shirts, backpacks, totes, and more!

 

Available in two sizes:
9.40"X5.54" and 6.85"X4.05"



A coordinating corner design is the perfect complement to the above design.

Available in two sizes:
5.68"X4.87" and 3.87"X3.32"



A raven has its wings and tail feathers transformed into bold and beautiful damask shapes.
Trendy tribal elements make this design a winner on shirts and totes.

Available in two sizes:
6.46"X5.85" and 5.34"X4.83"



The raven's head and wing form a creative corner. Stitch the feature design onto a shirt
front, and place this corner design on the waistline for a beautiful ensemble.

 

Available in two sizes:
6.70"X4.08" and 3.85"X2.33"



The tips of this eagle's wings flow gracefully into a damask shape with earthy, floral
undertones. The body of the eagle is composed of a traditional damask shape -- but
it's upside-down!

Available in two sizes:
7.57"X5.85" and 6.21"X4.80"



The eagle's wing makes an elegant and graceful coordinating corner.

Available in two sizes:
6.87"X4.06" and 3.86"X2.28"


 

Sleek damask designs are the perfect fit for an over-the-shoulder hobo bag. Fully lined, with roomy pockets, this project is free! Click here for instructions.

You'll find oodles of damask-print fabrics in your favorite fabric store today, so enjoy experimenting with patterns and colors to make the bag uniquely yours.


 


A wolf's face emerges from greenery -- all using damask's abstract and decorative strokes.
Use tone-on-tone earthy colors on sweatshirts for nature and animal lovers.

 

Available in two sizes:
9.41"X4.23" and 6.86"X3.09"



Sleek and smooth lines, borrowed from the above design's greenery, form the corner.
 

Available in two sizes:
6.87"X4.59" and 3.86"X2.57"



A tiger creeps slowly from a damask underbrush, muscles rippling in the flowing stitches.
 

Available in two sizes:
9.20"X5.87" and 6.87"X4.38"



A tiger's watchful eye is the focal point in this damask corner.
 

Available in two sizes:
6.38"X4.86" and 3.86"X3.12"



A Daring Damask Value Pack

 

The 7 animal designs, and their coordinating corners, are ready to let your creative side run wild!
The designs are available in a value pack -- 21 designs are in the pack, priced at only $24.97!
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


Damask Peacock


Art is very much a reflection of life and nature, and damask is found most strongly in the peacock.
Think of the bird's curvy body, its lustrous tail feathers with ornate and graceful detail. It's poetry
in motion -- it's damask!

 

Available in two sizes:
4.85"X9.40" and 3.54"X6.85"



This design features a front view of the peacock, with its tail feathers spread in a
wide damask motif.

 

Available in two sizes:
6.30"X5.85" and 5.21"X4.85"



Damask-like tail feathers compose this border. Beautiful on hemlines!

 

Available in two sizes:
9.40"X2.84" and 6.00"X1.97"



Feathers, complete with the god's eye detail, form a wonderful coordinating corner.
Add to pockets, linen napkins, wash cloths, and more!

 

Available in two sizes:
4.86"X5.01" and 3.76"X3.86"



A Damask Peacock Value Pack

 

These fabulous peacock damask designs are available in a convenient value pack!

The large pack contain 6 designs, priced at only $8.97!
The small pack contains 5 designs, priced at only $8.97!

Click on the images or links below and add the value pack to your shopping basket.

 

 

All designs smaller than 6 x 10

 

All designs smaller than 5 x 7

 

As well as stitching directly onto bath towels, you can also experiment with contrasting fabrics to add an original look. The Cozy Bath Coordinates project shows how to
stitch onto fabric and applique the embroidered pieces to a towel set.

Add splashes and dashes of color to your bath decor with this free project!


 

 

Damask Sparrow


I sing because I'm happy, I sing because I'm free.
For His eye is on the sparrow, and I know He watches me.


One of the most beloved hymns ends with those peace-filling words. This design
features a graceful little sparrow, its wings flying into a damask shape.

 

Available in two sizes:
5.85"X7.24" and 4.85"X5.98"



A top view of a sparrow, encompassed in damask.
 

Available in two sizes:
6.41"X5.85" and 5.30"X4.84"



A rich and bold border to coordinate with the sparrow damask. Striking on bath towels and
table linens.

 

Available in two sizes:
9.28"X4.67" and 6.00"X3.21"



A sparrow's head and wings form a graceful corner. Tuck this onto napkin
and placemat corners, washcloths, and pockets, too!

 

Available in two sizes:
4.86"X4.89" and 3.82"X3.87"



A Damask Sparrow Value Pack

 

Let your imagination take flight with these crafty and creative sparrow damask designs!

The large pack contain 6 designs, priced at only $8.97!
The small pack contains 5 designs, priced at only $8.97!

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

 

Damask Koi Fish


For centuries in Japan, people have been selectively breeding the common carp to bring out beautiful colors and patterns in their scales. Bring this lovely combination of art and nature to fashionable throw pillows, tote bags, shirts, or whatever you like with this intricate design.

 

Available in two sizes:
5.86"X6.06" and 4.86"X5.01"


 

Stitched in just one color, these stunning koi fish are filled with dimension and texture.

 

Available in two sizes:
9.40"X5.76" and 6.85"X4.20"


 

Accent your vibrant koi fish embroidery with this bold, lovely border design.

 

Available in two sizes:
9.35"X4.67" and 6.00"X3.27"


Detailed digitizing brings an exciting twist to this sophisticated one-color corner design.

Available in two sizes:
4.86"X4.86" and 3.86"X3.86"



A Damask Koi Fish Value Pack

 

Stitch some sophisticated Japanese flair with these stunning koi designs!

The large pack contain 6 designs, priced at only $8.97!
The small pack contains 5 designs, priced at only $8.97!

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

 

Repeating designs on table and bed linens is a wonderful way to form coordinating borders.

Use pre-made blanks, or make your own table linens with these instructions. Don't forget the cork-backed coasters, or the faux suede table runner! 


 

 

 

A lot of Embroidery Library stitchers and their families must be doctors, nurses, or other medical professionals -- because you've been sending us a healthy dose of requests for a Medical Tweet! Stitch these cheery birds on wall hangings, tote bags, or whatever you like -- they're sure to bring
a smile to health care professionals and patients alike.

 

Available in two sizes:
5.86"X8.66" and 4.62"X6.82"



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