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NEW THIS WEEK - May 14th, 2014


Keep it simple! New designs celebrate simplicity in embroidery, with open and airy vintage-style days of the week designs featuring tea time birds, northwoods motifs, and farm life scenes just right for creating classic kitchen towel sets.

Delicate quick-stitch flowers bloom with color in a breezy and lovely style. And, saltbox houses are paired with sage rules for living that make life simple and oh-so-sweet.

Scoop 'em up today! Enjoy!
 

Spruce up your kitchen with days of the week towel sets, and share your favorite embroidery with family and friends, too!


Days of the Week Tea Time Birds (Vintage)

Days of the week towels bring to mind simpler times, with delightfully delicate vintage designs reminiscent of hand-stitched embroidery. Sweet birds enjoy tea time in bright scenes that are perfect for flour sack towels and tea towels. But they'll also perch prettily on other projects, too! The words are on a separate color stop, so if you would like to stitch the designs without the day, it's easy to do that.
     
 
Available in two sizes:
6.88" x 4.86" and 3.89" x 2.75"
  Available in two sizes:
6.72" x 4.86" and 3.80" x 2.75"


Add a classic look to your kitchen with a colorful days of the week towel set! Flowers bloom and birds sing in tea time designs delightful to stitch and to savor on lightweight towels.
     
 
Available in two sizes:
6.79" x 4.86" and 3.84" x 2.75"
  Available in two sizes:
6.89" x 4.77" and 3.90" x 2.70"


The light stitches of vintage-style designs are popular choices for smooth cotton, linen, and flour sack towels. Let these pretty birds perch on your kitchen towels and curtains!
     
 
Available in two sizes:
6.89" x 4.86" and 3.90" x 2.76"
  Available in two sizes:
6.70" x 4.86" and 3.79" x 2.75"

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Tea time birds look lovely on these flour sack towels! Smooth and delicate stitches pop with color on the flat-nap fabric. Create a set of days of the week towels for yourself and for your friends, too. Everyone can use a new set of beautifully embroidered dishtowels!

For tips on stitching onto lightweight towels with beautiful results, see Fabrics 101: Embroidering on Tea Towels and Flour Sack Towels.


A pair of roses, a brilliant bluebird, and an antique teapot are colorful and breezy on days of the week towel sets as well as on trivets, table linens, aprons, and more.
 
Available in two sizes:
6.83" x 4.87" and 3.86" x 2.76"


Days of the Week Tea Time Birds (Vintage) Design Packs

Kitchen towel sets are bright and easy with Days of the Week Tea Time Birds (Vintage) designs. Table linens, pillow shams, curtains, and more are also natural perching places for these sweet tea time tweets!
 

Days of the Week Tea Time Birds (Vintage) Design Packs

Order the designs individually by clicking the links above, or get the pack with all 7 designs, priced at only $10.97! Two sizes are available to suit any project.

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" x 7"
**Sm - Designs smaller than 4" x 4"



Days of the Week Walk in the Woods (Vintage)

Create a subtle nostalgia with the woodland hues of these designs. Charmingly rustic motifs are just right for cabins and campers, with pine trees, forest creatures, and marshmallows roasting over a campfire. The words are on a separate color stop, so it's easy to stitch the designs without them if you like for excellent project versatility.
     
 
Available in two sizes:
6.08" x 4.85" and 3.42" x 2.74"
  Available in two sizes:
6.87" x 4.28" and 3.88" x 2.41"

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These cabin-themed dishtowels will add a wild look to your rustic getaway! The thread color contrasts beautifully with the fabric, making the stitches stand out from the waffle weave.

Fabrics 101: Embroidering on Waffle Weave is a helpful guide to stitching onto this textured towel fabric.


Whooo loves northwoods towel sets? Create a fast and fabulous towel set everyone will love. Light design are quick and easy to add to flour sack towels for a special homemade touch.
     
 
Available in two sizes:
6.17" x 4.84" and 3.47" x 2.73"
  Available in two sizes:
6.18" x 4.87" and 3.49" x 2.75"


Campers know nothing is more peaceful than a walk in the woods. Create an outdoorsy effect inside the house with these homespun designs on towels, trivets, linens, and more.
     
 
Available in two sizes:
6.34" x 4.85" and 3.57" x 2.73"
  Available in two sizes:
5.27" x 4.85" and 2.99" x 2.75"

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Homespun embroidered towel sets are the catch of the day with these woodsy designs! Waffle weave is a popular fabric for towels and linens, and is a great surface for embroidery.

The towel at left had a smoother texture, and no topping was necessary. See Fabrics 101: Embroidering on Waffle Weave for tips and tricks.


Warm up kitchen towels, tote bags, shirts, and camping linens with a sweet marshmallow and campfire design that will have everyone asking for s'more.
 
Available in two sizes:
6.52" x 4.86" and 3.67" x 2.76"


Days of the Week Walk in the Woods (Vintage) Design Packs

Stitch a wild and woodsy look on towels for the kitchen, camper, and cabin with Days of the Week Walk in the Woods (Vintage) designs. Also quick-to-stitch onto shirts, tote bags, table linens, pillow covers, quilts, and more for the outdoors lovers in your life!
 

Days of the Week Walk in the Woods (Vintage) Design Packs

Order the designs individually by clicking the links above, or get the pack with all 7 designs, priced at only $10.97! Two sizes are available to suit any project.

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" x 7"
**Sm - Designs smaller than 4" x 4"



Days of the Week Farm Life (Vintage)

Farm life designs are a delightful way to harvest a classical hand-embroidered look with all the speed and convenience of the home embroidery machine. A classic barn and an antique tractor in a cornfield add a cozy country look to kitchen decor and more.
     
 
Available in two sizes:
6.89" x 4.72" and 3.87" x 2.66"
  Available in two sizes:
6.75" x 4.85" and 3.80" x 2.73"

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Quick-stitch designs are light and lively with plenty of open areas. They make excellent additions to your favorite lightweight or delicate fabrics: flat-nap towels, Jersey knit, T-shirts, linens, quilter's cotton, and more!

Leave the "Sunday" off (it's on a separate color stop) and the design in the photo at left would make a fabulous Tea Towel Pillow! Other projects to showcase these classic designs are the Tea Towel Tote, Let's Dish Kitchen Towel, and the Topsy Towel.


The cow is milked on Tuesday and a pig contemplates his reflection in a puddle on Wednesday. It's all just life on the farm! Sweetly rustic on towel sets as well as grocery totes.
     
 
Available in two sizes:
6.85" x 4.48" and 3.85" x 2.52"
  Available in two sizes:
6.81" x 4.86" and 3.83" x 2.74"


Cheerful and bright, these light designs are fast and fun to embroider on days of the week towel sets as well as curtains, aprons, trivets, reusable grocery totes, and more.
     
 
Available in two sizes:
6.90" x 4.82" and 3.90" x 2.73"
  Available in two sizes:
6.22" x 4.89" and 3.49" x 2.76"


You and your embroidery machine will be off to the races with this speedy horse design -- perfect for lightweight fabrics like Jersey knit, quilter's cotton, linen, and more.
 
Available in two sizes:
6.12" x 4.86" and 3.44" x 2.73"


Days of the Week Farm Life (Vintage) Design Packs

Life on the farm is sunny and sweet with these light and simple designs! Farm animals, a barn, and a tractor are fast and fun on tea towels, flour sack towels and other smooth fabrics.
 

Days of the Week Farm Life (Vintage) Design Packs

Order the designs individually by clicking the links above, or get the pack with all 7 designs, priced at only $10.97! Two sizes are available to suit any project.

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" x 7"
**Sm - Designs smaller than 4" x 4"



Simply Sweet Flowers

Warmer days bring lighter stitches! Light running stitches add a classic hand-stitched look to flour sack towels, tea towels, and other low-nap fabrics. Morning glories have a little sunshine in the center of every flower -- add their good cheer to your springtime projects!

The medium size of the border designs below have been formatted for the endless hoop; they may also be used in standard hoops.

     
 
Available in five sizes:
4.32" x 4.12" ** 3.46" x 3.30"
2.87" x 2.74" ** 2.21" x 2.11"
1.42" x 1.36"
  Available in five sizes:
11.75" x 4.10" ** 9.41" x 3.29"
  7.80" x 2.72" ** 5.99" x 2.30"
  3.85" x 1.35"

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Light-and-lovely flowers are ready to bloom from your embroidery projects! When you're embroidering really light designs like these, then tear-away stabilizer can be used.

If using tear-away stabilizer, use a sharp sewing needle to make the smallest, finest perforations. An embroidery needle may cause shifting or gapping. See Fabrics 101: Embroidering on Tea Towels and Flour Sack Towels for more about stabilizer and needle options.


Graceful bleeding heart flowers have such a recognizable shape. Their distinctive profile is a soft and subtle addition to tea towels and flour sack towels.
     
 
Available in five sizes:
4.14" x 4.23" ** 3.32" x 3.39"
2.75" x 2.81" ** 2.12" x 2.17" 1.37" x 1.40"
  Available in five sizes:
11.75" x 3.37" ** 9.41" x 2.70"
  7.80" x 2.24" ** 6.00" x 1.91"
  3.85" x 1.12"

     
 
Available in five sizes:
4.90" x 4.86" ** 3.92" x 3.89"
3.25" x 3.23" ** 2.50" x 2.48"
1.61" x 1.60"
  Available in five sizes:
11.75" x 3.84" ** 9.41" x 3.07"
  7.80" x 2.55" ** 6.00" x 2.16"
  3.86" x 1.26"

     
 
Available in five sizes:
4.12" x 4.16" ** 3.30" x 3.33"
2.74" x 2.76" ** 2.11" x 2.12"
1.36" x 1.37"
  Available in five sizes:
11.75" x 3.90" ** 9.41" x 3.12"
  7.80" x 2.59" ** 5.99" x 2.18"
  3.86" x 1.29"


One legend says that when the Creator thought all the flowers had been given their colors, one whispered "Forget me not!" The only color left was a very small amount of blue, but the forget-me-not was happy to wear such a beautiful shade.
     
 
Available in five sizes:
4.26" x 4.40" ** 3.42" x 3.52"
2.83" x 2.92" ** 2.18" x 2.25"
1.41" x 1.45"
  Available in five sizes:
11.75" x 3.35" ** 9.41" x 2.68"
  7.80" x 2.22" ** 6.00" x 1.92"
  3.86" x 1.10"


Dress up tea towels and flour sack towels with delightful daisies! They stitch up lickety-split yet add long-lasting beauty to kitchen towel sets.
     
 
Available in five sizes:
4.15" x 4.23" ** 3.32" x 3.39"
2.75" x 2.81" ** 2.12" x 2.16"
1.36" x 1.39"
  Available in five sizes:
11.75" x 3.69" ** 9.41" x 2.96"
  7.80" x 2.45" ** 6.00" x 2.07"
  3.86" x 1.21"


Stitch easy breezy irises onto shirts, skirts, and purses for a refreshing addition to your spring wardrobe!
     
 
Available in five sizes:
3.48" x 3.70" ** 2.79" x 2.96"
2.31" x 2.46" ** 1.78" x 1.89"
1.15" x 1.22"
  Available in five sizes:
11.75" x 3.96" ** 9.41" x 3.18"
  7.80" x 2.63" ** 6.00" x 2.24"
  3.86" x 1.31"


Low color changes and stitch counts make these pretty poppies a fast-stitching addition to projects. Let your creativity bloom with all the possibilities, like quilts, pillow shams, table linens, tote bags, and more!
     
 
Available in five sizes:
4.60" x 4.60" ** 3.68" x 3.68"
3.06" x 3.05" ** 2.35" x 2.35"
1.51" x 1.51"
  Available in five sizes:
11.75" x 4.24" ** 9.41" x 3.40"
  7.80" x 2.82" ** 6.00" x 2.35"
  3.86" x 1.40"


Lovely wood violets are perennials that grow well in cool shady places, but they'll blossom with beauty anywhere you stitch them. Very pretty on shirts for spring and summer.
     
 
Available in five sizes:
4.13" x 4.10" ** 3.30" x 3.28"
2.74" x 2.72" ** 2.11" x 2.10"
1.35" x 1.35"
  Available in five sizes:
11.75" x 3.65" ** 9.42" x 2.93"
  7.80" x 2.43" ** 6.00" x 2.07"
  3.86" x 1.20"


Create a classic hand embroidered effect with gorgeous tulips. Add the border to a lightweight kitchen towel and the corner to a trivet for a quick kitchen decor refresh.
     
 
Available in five sizes:
3.57" x 3.54" ** 2.86" x 2.84"
2.38" x 2.36" ** 1.83" x 1.82"
1.18" x 1.17"
  Available in five sizes:
11.75" x 3.92" ** 9.40" x 3.14"
  7.80" x 2.61" ** 6.00" x 2.23"
  3.86" x 1.29"


The showy lady's slipper orchid is the state flower of Minnesota, and the pink lady's slipper is the official flower of the Canadian province of Prince Edward Island. They are some of the easiest orchids to cultivate -- and to stitch!
     
 
Available in five sizes:
3.93" x 3.99" ** 3.15" x 3.20"
2.61" x 2.65" ** 2.01" x 2.04"
1.30" x 1.31"
  Available in five sizes:
11.75" x 4.10" ** 9.41" x 3.28"
  7.80" x 2.72" ** 6.00" x 2.27"
  3.86" x 1.35"


Charming crocuses are always one of the first signs of spring. Add their optimistic spirit to lightweight towels, table linens, reusable grocery bags, and more.
     
 
Available in five sizes:
4.14" x 4.17" ** 3.32" x 3.34"
2.75" x 2.77" ** 2.12" x 2.13"
1.37" x 1.38"
  Available in five sizes:
11.75" x 4.17" ** 9.41" x 3.34"
  7.80" x 2.77" ** 6.00" x 2.32"
  3.86" x 1.38"


Sweet Homespun Charm

Family, friends, faith, and love -- these are the simple yet essential ingredients for a happy home. The designs below highlight heartfelt sentiments in charming frames, with historic saltbox houses adding a classic touch. Stitch as a marvelous focal point onto quilts, wall hangings, pillow shams, and more!
     
 
Available in three sizes:
6.90" x 9.66" and 5.57" x 7.80" and 4.84" x 6.77"
  Available in three sizes:
6.90" x 9.46" and 5.69" x 7.80" and 4.86" x 6.67"


Caring words and simple colonial-style saltbox houses combine to create a nostalgic look just right for adding warmth and good cheer to home decor projects.
     
 
Available in three sizes:
6.90" x 9.73" and 5.52" x 7.80" and 4.85" x 6.85"
  Available in three sizes:
6.89" x 9.85" and 5.46" x 7.80" and 4.82" x 6.89"


Love rules the day in designs highlighting the affection and devotion that fill a happy home. Very sweet on quilts, wall hanging, towels, pillow cover, and more!
     
 
Available in three sizes:
6.90" x 9.90" and 5.43" x 7.79" and 4.80" x 6.89"
  Available in three sizes:
6.90" x 9.80" and 5.49" x 7.80" and 4.84" x 6.88"


Sweet Homespun Charm Design Packs

Create a charming homespun look on home decor and more with Sweet Homespun Charm designs. Get the design pack for the very best price, and have all the designs on hand to embellish pillow covers, tote bags, wall hangings, quilts, and more with heartfelt sayings!
 

Sweet Homespun Charm Design Packs

Order the designs individually by clicking the links above, or get the pack with all 6 designs, priced at only $9.97! Three sizes are available to suit any project.

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" x 11.8"
**Md - Designs smaller than 6" x 10"
**Sm - Designs smaller than 5" x 7"



Special Request of the Week

We're so inspired by the great ideas we receive from stitchers every day! To highlight some of those excellent ideas, each week this space is dedicated to a customer's suggestion. This week's request is from Cathy, who scored a hole-in-one when she suggested golf-themed clotheslines. "His" and "hers" versions are aces on towels, T-shirts, golf bags, pillow covers, and more. Thanks for the fun idea, Cathy!
     
 
Available in three sizes:
9.38" x 5.00" and 7.78" x 4.15" and 6.85" x 3.66"
  Available in three sizes:
9.38" x 5.00" and 7.78" x 4.15" and 6.85" x 3.66"


Stitch a winning round for your favorite golfer with this classic argyle-patterned golf clothesline.
 
Available in three sizes:
9.38" x 4.75" and 7.78" x 3.94" and 6.85" x 3.47"


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