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African Sew-fari
African Sew-fari

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NEW THIS WEEK - May 28th, 2014


The glorious natural wonders of Africa are waiting for you and your embroidery machine with an African Sew-fari! Stitch your way through African woodland and savanna with exciting new designs.

African violets and parrots bring brilliant color to embroidery projects. Sketched medleys of safari animals are realistic wonders, while flowers bloom in softly-sketched designs. And, colorful animal squares are perfect for children's items.

Enjoy a Sew-fari today!

 

Create an African Sew-fari with beautiful flowers and wild animals from this vast and diverse continent!


African Violets

African violets are popular indoor plants because of their beauty and easy care. They're also fabulous subjects for embroidery due to their velvet-like petals and intense colors. Planted in pots decorated with African motifs, blooming violets are picture-perfect on towels, totes, pillow covers, quilts, and more.
 
Available in three sizes:
7.80" x 6.31" and 7.22" x 5.84" and 6.03" x 4.87"


Create a colorful focal point for home decor by stitching African violets onto a wall hanging, pillow sham, and framed wall art. Also lovely on reusable grocery totes and book bags!
 
Available in three sizes:
7.79" x 6.85" and 6.64" x 5.84" and 5.55" x 4.88"


Pots of African violets on a windowsill are a reminder of family and home. Embroider violets that will bloom continuously with any amount of light and heat! Very pretty on pillow shams.
 
Available in three sizes:
7.79" x 6.91" and 6.60" x 5.86" and 5.50" x 4.90"


Senegal Parrots

Senegal Parrots inhabit the open woodland and savanna. A very social and talkative species, these birds chatter continuously with a wide range of whistling and squawking calls. Senegal Parrots live an average of 25-30 years in the wild, and have been to known to live up to 50 years in captivity. A medley of Senegal Parrots is stunning on wall hangings, pillow covers, table runners, tote bags, and more.
 
Available in four sizes:
8.30" x 11.75" and 6.86" x 9.71" and 5.52" x 7.81" and 4.86" x 6.88"


The green feathers forming a V-shape on this parrot are called a "vest" and are longer in the females, extending down over the chest between the legs. This parrot's gorgeous feathers will really shine on wall hangings and in framed wall art.
     
 
Available in two sizes:
4.78" x 6.85" and 2.65" x 3.80"
  Available in two sizes:
5.32" x 4.85" and 3.86" x 3.52"


A Senegal Parrot spreads its wings, revealing its full range of feather color. Let this large, impressive bird land on your next project!
 
Available in two sizes:
4.85" x 5.89" and 3.21" x 3.90"


African Animal Sketches

Sketch designs have become a hit with embroiderers, as amazing details are drawn in light stitches and just a few color changes. The wild animals below are as impressive in sketch form as they are in real life. Bring their magnificent profiles to your embroidery projects!
 
Available in three sizes:
7.48" x 6.90" and 6.36" x 5.85" and 5.27" x 4.85"


These designs are fabulous showcases for the amazing diversity of Africa's animal life. Stitch an artistic effect with charcoal-style sketches on tote bags, jacket backs, and pillow covers.
     
 
Available in four sizes:
8.58" x 6.85" and 7.80" x 6.26" and 7.33" x 5.85" and 6.07" x 4.85"
  Available in three sizes:
9.94" x 6.90" and 8.45" x 5.85" and 6.84" x 4.75"


A sleek leopard's fur shines in the African sun, and a water buffalo displays its massive horns and powerful physique. Bring the beauty of the safari to towels, quilts, wall hangings, and more with these exciting designs.
     
   
Available in three sizes:
7.63" x 6.90" and 6.47" x 5.85" and 5.36" x 4.85"
  Available in four sizes:
8.43" x 6.90" and 7.80" x 6.40" and 7.18" x 5.87" and 5.96" x 4.89"


Stitch a medley of magnificent rhinos onto your embroidery projects for a look both unique and awe-inspiring.
 
 
 Available in four sizes:
9.85" x 6.90" and 8.37" x 5.85" and 7.80" x 5.44" and 6.88" x 4.80"


African Beauty in Bloom

Softly shaded colors bring dimension and depth to flowers in the Beauty in Bloom style. Now this popular look comes to African flowers! Stitch their silky petals and fresh colors onto low-nap towels, table linens, quilts, and more for a uniquely lovely look.
 
Geissorhiza   Protea
 
Available in five sizes:
7.37" x 7.78" and 6.87" x 7.26" and 5.84" x 6.17" and 4.85" x 5.12" and 3.65" x 3.85"
  Available in four sizes:
7.50" x 6.90" and 6.36" x 5.85" and 5.27" x 4.85" and 3.85" x 3.54"


Gazania is a hardy plant that can stand up to poor soil and drought, yet still produce gorgeous daisy-like flowers from summer to frost. Osteospermum is a tongue-twister of a name for a pretty flower with a bold look that is unlike any other type of daisy. The blue center has an almost metallic appearance, making this flower really stand out from the crowd.
 
Gazania   Osteospermum
   
Available in five sizes:
7.63" x 7.78" and 6.88" x 7.01" and 5.86" x 5.97" and 4.86" x 4.96" and 3.80" x 3.87"
 
  Available in five sizes:
7.78" x 7.60" and 7.04" x 6.88" and 5.99" x 5.86" and 4.97" x 4.86" and 3.87" x 3.78"


Jewel-toned petals shine with natural light, making these flowers look as if they are blooming in a garden on a sunny day. Stitch a little sunshine onto your next project!
 
Sparaxis   African Star Flower
 
Available in five sizes:
7.36" x 7.80" and 6.90" x 7.31" and 5.85" x 6.19" and 4.85" x 5.13" and 3.67" x 3.89"
  Available in five sizes:
7.78" x 7.80" and 6.90" x 6.92" and 5.85" x 5.87" and 4.86" x 4.87" and 3.89" x 3.90"


African Beauty in Bloom Design Packs

Embroider a garden of brilliant blossoms with the African Beauty in Bloom design packs! Bring their unique petals and vivid colors to towels, tote bags, quilts, wall hangings, and more.
 

African Beauty in Bloom Design Packs

Order the designs individually by clicking the links above, or get the pack with all 6 designs, priced at only $9.97! Five 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 5 sizes:

**XXL - Designs smaller than 7.9" x 7.9"
**XL - Designs smaller than 7" x 11.8"
**Lg - Designs smaller than 6" x 10"
**Md - Designs smaller than 5" x 7"
**Sm - Designs smaller than 4" x 4"



Wild About Africa

Embroiderers have been Wild About Australia, Autumn, Winter, and Spring. Now charming squares in this sweet style feature the flora and fauna of Africa. An impala stands among exotic tiger orchids, while adorable meerkats pause a moment among the savanna grasses. Delightful on children's quilts, totes, and wall hangings as well as pillow covers, tote bags, and more!
     
 
Available in five sizes:
7.80" x 7.78" and 6.92" x 6.90" and 5.88" x 5.86" and 4.87" x 4.85" and 3.86" x 3.85"
  Available in five sizes:
7.80" x 7.79" and 6.91" x 6.90" and 5.87" x 5.86" and 4.85" x 4.84" and 3.86" x 3.85"


This zebra's stripes don't help him blend into a patch of clivia, or bush lily, but his black and white colors contrast beautifully with their bright blooms. An African lion rests in the tall savanna grass, waiting for the cool of nightfall to begin his travels.
     
 
Available in five sizes:
7.79" x 7.80" and 6.90" x 6.91" and 5.85" x 5.86" and 4.84" x 4.84" and 3.85" x 3.86"
  Available in five sizes:
7.79" x 7.80" and 6.90" x 6.92" and 5.86" x 5.87" and 4.84" x 4.84" and 3.85" x 3.85"


African animal and flower squares add a cute and colorful look to quilts, wall hangings, tote bags, and more. Lush impala lilies form a pretty backdrop for a rhino, and a hippo stops to smell the water hyacinths.
     
 
Available in five sizes:
7.80" x 7.80" and 6.90" x 6.90" and 5.86" x 5.86" and 4.85" x 4.85" and 3.87" x 3.87"
  Available in five sizes:
7.80" x 7.79" and 6.90" x 6.90" and 5.86" x 5.85" and 4.84" x 4.83" and 3.85" x 3.85"


Dress up children's items with a sweet chimpanzee swinging from the branches of a banana tree, and a giraffe standing tall beneath an acacia tree. Delightful on baby quilts!
     
 
Available in five sizes:
7.80" x 7.78" and 6.92" x 6.90" and 5.87" x 5.86" and 4.85" x 4.84" and 3.86" x 3.85"
  Available in five sizes:
7.79" x 7.80" and 6.90" x 6.91" and 5.85" x 5.86" and 4.85" x 4.86" and 3.86" x 3.87"


The African elephant is the largest animal walking the earth. Their large ears allow them to radiate excess heat. In central African forests, up to 30 percent of tree species may require elephants to help with their spread and germination.
 
Available in five sizes:
7.80" x 7.79" and 6.90" x 6.90" and 5.87" x 5.86" and 4.87" x 4.87" and 3.87" x 3.86"


Wild About Africa Design Packs

Create a wild look on pillow covers, wall hangings, tote bags, and quilts with the Wild About Africa design pack! Animals in their natural habitats are especially fun and fabulous on children's items, but grown-ups will love them, too.
 

Wild About Africa Design Packs

Order the designs individually by clicking the links above, or get the pack with all 9 designs, priced at only $16.97! Five 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 5 sizes:

**XXL - Designs smaller than 7.9" x 7.9"
**XL - Designs smaller than 7" x 11.8"
**Lg - Designs smaller than 6" x 10"
**Md - Designs smaller than 5" x 7"
**Sm - Designs smaller than 4" x 4"



African Wildflowers (Vintage)

African wildflowers are delightful in light-and-lively vintage style. Delicate stitches and few color changes make them an easy-breezy addition to everything from flat-nap towels and lightweight canvas totes to quilts and summer T-shirts. A freesia and an African Daisy bring fresh color and charm to your summer stitching!
 
Freesia    African Daisy 
 
Available in four sizes:
5.51" x 9.40" and 4.57" x 7.80" and 4.03" x 6.87" and 2.26" x 3.85"
  Available in four sizes:
4.54" x 9.41" and 3.76" x 7.80" and 3.32" x 6.88" and 1.86" x 3.86"


You don't have to travel to Africa to enjoy the beautiful flowers that grow in the woodlands and savanna. Stitch a sparaxis and impala lily onto lightweight towels and table linens for a fast and fabulous home decor update.
 
Sparaxis    Impala Lily 
 
Available in four sizes:
4.15" x 9.41" and 3.44" x 7.80" and 3.03" x 6.87" and 1.71" x 3.85"
  Available in four sizes:
5.13" x 9.41" and 4.26" x 7.80" and 3.75" x 6.86" and 2.11" x 3.86"


The southern tip of Africa is blessed with an amazing variety of wildflowers. Jamesbrittenia Aurantiaca, also called Cape saffron, is a slender perennial herb of the South African summer rainfall grassland. Aristea Africana is an evergreen short plant with blue flowers found on sandy flats and mountain slopes in the winter rainfall area of South Africa.
 
Jamesbrittenia Aurantiaca    Aristea Africana 
 
Available in four sizes:
4.21" x 9.41" and 3.49" x 7.80" and 3.08" x 6.89" and 1.73" x 3.86"
  Available in four sizes:
4.56" x 9.41" and 3.78" x 7.80" and 3.33" x 6.86" and 1.88" x 3.86"


A Guernsey lily and a geissorhiza are ready to bloom onto tea and flour sack towels for a brilliant floral display on kitchen decor. The long slender shape of these flowers make them a natural for these spacious towels -- a beautiful way to brighten the kitchen!
 
Guernsey Lily    Geissorhiza 
 
Available in four sizes:
5.29" x 9.41" and 4.38" x 7.80" and 3.87" x 6.88" and 2.17" x 3.87"
  Available in four sizes:
4.98" x 9.41" and 4.13" x 7.80" and 3.64" x 6.87" and 2.04" x 3.86"


Native to South Africa, nemesia are also popular plants in countries like the United States. Gardeners like their ability to thrive in cooler weather, making these pretty little snapdragon-shaped flowers an early spring favorite. Plant some on your projects today!
 
Nemesia 
Available in four sizes:
5.27" x 9.41" and 4.37" x 7.80" and 3.84" x 6.86" and 2.17" x 3.86"


African Wildflowers (Vintage) Design Packs

Bring the grace and elegance of light-and-lively African wildflowers to your projects! Brilliant pops of color in the flowers are highlighted by fresh green stems. Lovely on flat-nap towels, quilts, wall hangings, table linens, and more!
 

African Wildflowers (Vintage) Design Packs

Order the designs individually by clicking the links above, or get the pack with all 9 designs, priced at only $14.97! Four 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 4 sizes:

**XL - Designs smaller than 6" x 10"
**Lg - Designs smaller than 7.9" x 7.9"
**Md - Designs smaller than 5" x 7"
**Sm - Designs smaller than 4" x 4"



Special Request of the Week

One crafty and creative design request from an Embroidery Library customer is featured here every week. This week's request for designs featuring the Alaskan Klee Kai comes from Bonnie. The Alaskan Klee Kai is an "apartment-sized" dog resembling the Alaskan Husky. Intelligent and full of energy, the breed was developed in Alaska and has only been available to the public since 1988. Stitch this adorable dog onto totes, quilts, towels, and more! Thanks for suggesting this unique breed, Bonnie!
     
 
Available in four sizes:
7.82" x 7.56" and 7.11" x 6.89" and 6.04" x 5.87" and 5.01" x 4.86"
  Available in three sizes:
5.85" x 7.43" and 4.85" x 6.16" and 3.04" x 3.86"


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