NEW THIS WEEK - May 24th, 2006:
Home is never sweeter nor more comfortable than when it's decorated
with one's personal "finds," favorite images, and colors. Enter
"Country Living," a most affable decorating scheme. The look can be
old-world, but it can also be casual and contemporary in a rustic, eclectic
sort of way.
The designs this week feature a variety of homey touches that
perfectly suit such a country theme. Warm tiles of lace framed in hexagons and
squares are beautiful as freestanding lace or sewn directly on a practical
country fabric like denim.
Comfortable, and convenient! Click here to see
how to make a pincushion with a wrist strap.
When you think "Country Living," think color! The palette is
warm, but the spectrum is wide: from sunny yellow to soft gold, fiery red to
dark rust, soft ocean hues to cobalt blue. And the result is lively, vibrant,
and happy. See how this plays out in the designs of the Gingham Rooster and Hen
Medley, framed in shapes of circle, oval, square, and rectangle, with corner,
spray, and single accessories. These will be so spectacular for that cozy
kitchen, a casual dining space, or family room.
"House Rules" is a set of words to live by, artfully
crafted in colorful frames -- gentle reminders of time-honored
"rules" for happy family life. Choose one or more to frame or fashion
for your wall, and warm the kitchen hearth with love. This week, let color
brighten your home. Enjoy sewing the new designs!
Tiles of Floral Lace
Popular shapes of lace embroidery are very versatile. They have an air of
old-world about them, yet they can seem uniquely contemporary. Framed as
hexagons and squares, these tile designs are beautiful sewn as freestanding
lace, and they can also be embroidered directly on a fabric.
Striking as individual accents, they can be even more extraordinary
when they are sewn together in groupings for centerpieces (as illustrated at
For freestanding embroidery, sew the design onto water-soluble stabilizer, then
soak away the stabilizer and dry. For instructions for making freestanding
**These designs were tested with both 40 weight rayon and 50 weight cotton
thread. The cotton thread works great! The result is a cozy and hearty look.
Want to see more? Click here to see designs released in