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Wild & Woodsy

NEW THIS WEEK - June 27th, 2007


Wild & Woodsy

Free Project Instructions!

 

Take a walk along a woodland trail and let nature's inspirations transform your habitat when everyday garments, bedding, linens and more become spirited gifts and decor with wildlife flair.

A dash of Northwoods style lends a hand in designs, perfect to show off a love of nature or outfit a cabin get-away. Check out new stencil designs that use white space and simple color to create a hearty style echoing lakeside splendor in chickadees, loons, bears and more.

Stitch the beauty of Northwoods animals in their natural settings on jacket backs, throw pillows and more. New animal spirit designs are available in a range of sizes for an array of striking projects on tote bags and denim shirts, or canvas covers for grills and patio chairs.

Make a camping travel kit to carry essentials for s'mores and weinie roasts!  Click here for free project instructions!


Forest friends in applique gather to welcome campers and woodland guests. These charming critters will play the day away on children's quilts, T-shirts, sweatshirts, placemats, picnic blankets and more. Plus, applique canoe and cabin designs will complete a sweet scene of rustic charm, sure to bring out the child in anyone when stitched on hand towels, napkins, patio cushions, and clothing.

Stitch your own outdoor adventure with the spirit of the Northwoods!



Composites of Northwoods Animals


We begin our walk in the woods with magnificently realistic thread art depicting the spirit of a moose, loon, wolf and bear. These designs showcase the solitude and luscious landscapes where each animal makes its home, creating snapshots of the majesty and wonder tucked away in nature's playground.
 
Spirit of the Moose
He thrives in the peaceful coolness of a wooded glen, and stops midstream for a drink. This serene scene features the mighty creature, who is often recognized by its large size and dramatic antlers. The moose, often referred to as "King of the Forest," is a national animal for Canada, Sweden and Norway.

Available in three sizes:
11.00"X10.19" and 6.32"X5.86" and 5.26"X4.86"



Spirit of the Loon
These dashing birds are at home in the water with an uncanny ability to swim and dive. The sound of their plaintive calls over solitary lakes is unmistakable, and many who hear it may characterize it as a cry of sorrow. In many cultures birds, as spirits of the air, symbolize the soul, communication with higher powers, a transcending of the physical world,
and freedom.

Available in three sizes:
11.02"X10.66" and 6.09"X5.85" and 5.04"X4.85"



Spirit of the Wolf
A distant relative of domestic canines, this handsome creature also has its place in different cultural folklore, literature, and film. The howl of wolves is a fascinating and wonderful call of the wild used to keep the communion of the pack together as they roam for food. In Native American cultures, the
spirit of the wolf was called upon to be a teacher, leader, and pathfinder.

Available in three sizes:
10.57"X11.01" and 5.88"X6.12" and 4.86"X5.08"



Spirit of the Bear
Quite the mighty creature in size, stature, and reputation, bears can be intimidating when met on
a mountain trail. Paradoxically, in American Indian legends, although the bear spirit was a mighty protector, the bear was also respected for having a gentler side. The bear was assigned the
spiritual contemplation from which noble or foretelling dreams arise.

Available in three sizes:
10.06"X11.00" and 5.86"X6.37" and 4.81"X5.23"



Northwoods Decor 

Our walk in the woods continues with new stencil designs. Stenciling is as old as cave dwelling art
and as young as the arts and crafts revival of the 21st century. The art of cutting a template to repeat an exact pattern in ink or paint has long been used as a method of decorating interior walls, furniture, and fabrics. It is a simple art form that reveres tradition.

Ever so much easier than applying paint to a template, the thread art in the following six Northwoods themes is inspired by stencil patterns. The edges of the elements in these designs are defined by white space, as if their "fills" resulted from a template cut from surrounding material. All the white
areas will take on the color of your background fabric as the solid colors bring form to shape.
 

Northwoods Bear Feature
Details abound in this template-like thread art. The shape of the bear with fresh-caught fish emerges
as she wades through a forest stream flanked by wilderness pine trees. Create a striking motif for a woodsy retreat with matching designs for pillows or chair cushions, wall hangings, and towels.

Available in three sizes:
8.73"X5.85" and 6.77"X4.54" and 3.86"X2.60"



Northwoods Bear Border

The unmistakable signature of the bear -- a single paw print is surrounded by fish leaping
from a rushing forest stream. Elements that will be singly superb for a sweatshirt or repeated
along the border of a cabin tablecloth, valance, or curtains.

The medium size of this border is formatted for an Endless Hoop; may also be used in standard hoops.

Available in three sizes:
9.41"X2.38" and 6.00"X1.67" and  3.86"X0.97"



Northwoods Bear Corner

The mere shadow of a bear and the suggestion of a mountain stream and pine trees form a
majestic corner. Elegant on placemats and napkins, pillows and quilts, garment pockets, and more.

Available in two sizes:
3.86"X2.37" and 2.76"X1.69"



A Northwoods Bear Value Pack


The bear went over the mountain to see what he could see...
...And he found roaring savings!
The Northwoods Bear stencil designs above are available in three value packs.

The 6 x 10 pack contains 6 designs - priced at only $7.97!
The 5 x 7 pack contains 5 designs - priced at only $6.97!
The 4 x 4 pack contains 4 designs - priced at only $5.97!

Click on the links or images below to see the designs included in each pack,
and add one or more of these value packs 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


Canada Goose Feature
Colorful leaves swirl about the geese in their wetland habitant with cattails nearby.

Available in three sizes:
7.44"X5.86" and 6.15"X4.85" and 3.86"X3.07"



Canada Goose Border

Colorful leaves bob and blow in the wind along a border that coordinates with the Canada geese.

The medium size of this border is formatted for an Endless Hoop; may also be used in standard hoops.

Available in three sizes:
9.41"X1.86" and 6.00"X1.45" and 3.86"X0.76"



Canada Goose Corner
A single goose takes to the air in this corner design, elegant on placemats and napkins,
and pillows and quilts. And, equally elegant as embellishment for a shirt or hat.

Available in two sizes:
3.85"X3.23" and 2.75"X2.31"



A Northwoods Canada Goose Value Pack


Fly high in the sky with soaring savings -- right at your fingertips (or wingtips!).
The Northwoods Canada Goose designs above are available in three value packs.

The 6 x 10 pack contains 6 designs - priced at only $7.97!
The 5 x 7 pack contains 5 designs - priced at only $6.97!
The 4 x 4 pack contains 4 designs - priced at only $5.97!

Click on the links or images below to see the designs included in each pack,
and add a 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


Chickadee Feature
The little black mask and stout little body are familiar characteristics of the friendly little
chickadee on his pine bough perch. A "must" for birders' shirts, totes, and towels.

Available in three sizes:
7.33"X5.86" and 6.11"X4.87" and 3.85"X3.07"



Chickadee Border

Oak leaves and acorns, pine boughs and cones -- simple statements to
coordinate with the chickadee feature for table linens, towels, and bedding.

The medium size of this border is formatted for an Endless Hoop; may also be used in standard hoops.

Available in three sizes:
9.41"X2.23" and 6.00"X1.49"
and 3.85"X0.94"



Chickadee Corner

The shape of a corner emerges when the chattering chickadee hops into
white oak leaves and candles of forest pine reaching for the sun.

Available in two sizes:
3.86"X3.78" and 2.76"X2.70"



A Northwoods Chickadee Value Pack


Sing a sweet song of savings and check out the Northwoods Chickadee
designs available in three value packs!

The 6 x 10 pack contains 6 designs - priced at only $7.97!
The 5 x 7 pack contains 5 designs - priced at only $6.97!
The 4 x 4 pack contains 4 designs - priced at only $5.97!

Click on the links or images below to see the designs included in the pack,
and add this 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


Loon Feature
Loons nest at the very edge of calm and undisturbed waters. Their plaintive call, diving ability,
and faithful ways have endeared them to all wildlife enthusiasts. The subject of artists of all
media, the image of the loon has been recreated in oil paint, watercolors, batiks, sculpture,
wood and stone carvings, and, of course, thread.

Available in three sizes:
8.57"X5.86" and 6.86"X4.70" and 3.86"X2.64"



Loon Border
 A mother loon leads a parade of her brood among the cattails of their wetland habitat.
A sweet design for repeating along the edge of towels or placemats.

The medium size of this border is formatted for an Endless Hoop; may also be used in standard hoops.

Available in three sizes:
9.41"X2.51" and 6.00"X1.83"
and 3.86"X1.04"



Loon Corner

One can almost hear the call of the loon as he readies for flight.
His wings form the perfect triangle for a corner design.

Available in two sizes:
3.86"X3.29" and 2.76"X2.35"



A Northwoods Loon Value Pack


Hear the call of the wild and stitch the whole loon family from border to corner.
The Northwoods Loon designs above are available in three value packs!

The 6 x 10 pack contains 6 designs - priced at only $7.97!
The 5 x 7 pack contains 5 designs - priced at only $6.97!
The 4 x 4 pack contains 4 designs - priced at only $5.97!

Click on the links or images below to see the designs included in the pack,
and add one or more of these value packs 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


Moose Feature
The figure of a stately moose and towering pines is a natural for a woodsy theme.

Available in three sizes:
6.12"X5.85" and 5.06"X4.83" and 3.86"X3.67"



Moose
Border
Evergreens and distant mountains form a border that coordinates well with the moose motif.

The medium size of this border is formatted for an Endless Hoop; may also be used in standard hoops.

Available in three sizes:
9.40"X2.53" and 6.00"X1.81" and 3.85"X1.04"



Moose
Corner
Distant mountain range and lone pine tree extend the artful shape of
a corner with the distinctive shape of a Northwoods moose.

Available in two sizes:
3.86"X2.70" and 2.76"X1.93"



A Northwoods Moose Value Pack


Follow a pack of moose to great deals! The Northwoods Moose designs
above are available in three value packs:

The 6 x 10 pack contains 6 designs - priced at only $7.97!
The 5 x 7 pack contains 5 designs - priced at only $6.97!
The 4 x 4 pack contains 4 designs - priced at only $5.97!

Click on the links or images below to see the designs included in each pack, and add a
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


Mallard Feature
The mallard duck, with its distinctive markings, is a popular and welcome visitor at lakes and
wetlands along its many migratory pathways. This majestic design captures him in flight in the
misty light of a full moon. Dashing as a central element on pillows or shirts, totes, or gear bags.

Available in three sizes:
9.40"X4.44" and 6.85"X3.24" and 3.85"X1.81"



Mallard
Border
The simplicity of stencil art captures just the essence of duck, cattails, and leaves. A wonderful
design to embellish table linens or cabin bedding, and to coordinate with other stencil designs.

The medium size of this border is formatted for an Endless Hoop; may also be used in standard hoops.

Available in three sizes:
9.41"X1.77" and 6.00"X1.42" and 3.86"X0.72"



Mallard Corner

The drake adjusts his wings for a landing in a marsh, among reeds and cattails. Captured
thus, this design makes a lovely corner design for placemats and napkins, towels, and more.

Available in two sizes:
3.86"X3.39" and 2.75"X2.42"



A Northwoods Mallard Value Pack


It's a bargain hunter's dream. The Northwoods Mallard designs above are available
in three value packs:

The 6 x 10 pack contains 6 designs - priced at only $7.97!
The 5 x 7 pack contains 5 designs - priced at only $6.97!
The 4 x 4 pack contains 4 designs - priced at only $5.97!

Click on the links or images below to see the designs included in each pack,
and add a 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


A Walk in the Woods -- Leaves
As we walk through the woods today, listen to the wind rustling through the leaves, and look
around to see all of nature's beautiful colors on display. See the delicate, intricate structures
of the leaves. These leaf and branch designs will make clever quilts and wall hangings.
 

American Beech
The beech tree grows best in mountain coves with other hardwoods. Its edible nuts, easily
recognized by their prickly husks, are excellent food for wildlife. The saw-toothed leaves turn
bright yellow in autumn and remain on the tree over winter. Beech trees grow to 80 feet tall
with broad round crowns. Their wood makes excellent furniture and flooring.

Available in three sizes:
5.85"X5.58" and 5.09"X4.84" and 3.86"X3.67"



White Ash
Northern hardwood forests are home to the familiar leaves in sets of seven. And sports fans may recognized this tree as the sturdy medium for baseball bats. These rapid-growth trees provide
excellent shade on summer days.

Available in three sizes:
5.85"X6.06" and 4.85"X5.02" and 3.73"X3.86"



Paper Birch
Considered to be one of the most attractive North American landscaping trees, the paper birch once was used by American Indians for building canoes. The birch's
triangular dark green leaves have saw-toothed edges, and the leaves turn to sunny yellow in early autumn. The fruits of the birch are mature seed "catkins" that are two to three inches long.

Available in three sizes:
5.95"X5.85" and 4.96"X4.86" and 3.86"X3.79"



Norway Pine
Its name may be deceptive as the tree isn't native to Norway, and many may know it as the Red Pine, however, this hearty evergreen brightens our cold winter days with its greenery splashed again the white snow. We admire it year round, especially with its intricate and nearly symmetrical pine cones, and its slender and graceful needles.

Available in three sizes:
5.82"X6.95" and 4.82"X5.75" and 3.24"X3.85"



Sugar Maple
Renowned for its brilliant autumn colors, the sugar maple is a dense shade tree native to New England and the Upper Midwest. It is tapped for its syrup, which we relish on our pancakes and waffles. The fruit is the two-winged samara. Maple wood makes fine furniture and musical instruments. The slow-growing and long-lived sugar maple can attain 40 to 80 feet in height.

Available in three sizes:
5.85"X7.87" and 4.85"X6.50" and 2.87"X3.85"



Red Oak
Known for its strength and brilliant fall colors, the Northern red oak also dresses up for spring. Its new leaves have a reddish tinge. Its leaves range from 4 to 8 inches long, with 7 to 11 spiny-tipped lobes. This common oak produces a multitude of seeds -- capped acorns -- which are a feast for wild animals.

Available in three sizes:
5.85"X7.55" and 4.85"X6.24" and 3.01"X3.85"



A Walk in the Woods Leaves Value Pack


These realistic and luscious designs are sprouting with unbe-leaf-able savings.
The 6 leaf designs above are available in a value pack - priced at only $7.97!

Click on the links or images below to see the designs included in the pack, and add this
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


Wild and Woodsy Photo Frame
Record your memories of walks in the woods, and capture moments of thrilling outdoor adventures
with this Northwoods style photo frame. Hearty birch logs create a rustic look perfect for cabins
and cottages, or the offices and homes of outdoorsy friends and family. It's a stitcher's cure for
cabin fever all year round. Click here to watch a free video tutorial on making photo frames!

Available in two sizes:
8.61"X5.87" and 6.88"X4.89"


 

Dollar Delights in Applique

Applique is just another word for cozy, and life in the Northwoods wouldn't be the same without it.
A little down-home country applique is delightful on everything from sweatshirts and jacket pockets
to pillows, wall hangings, and quilts. Canoe, cabin, and fish designs add to a delightful woodsy motif.
The soulful eyes of a rascally raccoon, friendly bear, or moose make charming apparel for animal
lovers of all ages. And their faces are perfect for baby bibs and blankets, too.

Have fun choosing your favorite prints or coordinating fabrics for these quick-to-sew applique embroidery designs. Fast and frugal, too -- the price for each is only $1 each. Just click on the images or links
below and add the designs to your basket. So perfect for sewing up before vacation time arrives.
 

Ricky Raccoon (applique) - only $1   Raccoon applique - only $1

 

Available in two sizes:
6.86"X4.71" and 3.86"X2.64"

  Available in two sizes:
4.86"X5.02" and 3.74"X3.87"

Morrie Moose (applique) - only $1   Moose applique - only $1

 

Available in two sizes:
4.87"X5.10" and 3.71"X3.87"

  Available in two sizes:
4.55"X6.87" and 2.56"X3.87"

Benny Bear (applique) - only $1   Bear (applique) - only $1

 

Available in two sizes:
5.05"X4.87" and 3.87"X3.75"

  Available in two sizes:
3.54"X6.89" and 1.99"X3.87"

Jumping Fish (applique) - only $1   Cabin Sweet Log Cabin  (applique) - only $1

 

Available in two sizes:
5.49"X4.86" and 3.87"X3.46"

  Available in two sizes:
5.16"X4.84" and 3.87"X3.64"

Canoe and Paddles (applique) - only $1

Available in two sizes:
6.88"X3.45" and 3.87"X1.94"



Design Request of the Week: Northwoods Lace

Carla, an embroiderer in Maine, wrote to say that she has a camp on a local lake there. "I have
a fondness for anything with a Northwoods theme," she said. Her request is for woodsy lace
bookmarks. "My best friend has a camp near me and is an avid reader. My sister-in-law was born in Maine and moved to the northwest, but collects anything that reminds her of Maine," she explained.

"It is because of these two people that I want to have a Northwoods themed book mark to make as a special gift," she said. How appropriate for this week's theme! And for everyone who's looking forward to some relaxing summer reading in a woodsy environment. If you haven't trying your hand at lace yet,
click on this link for Freestanding Lace instructions, and tether these wild things with a little satin cord.
 

 Moose (Lace)    Bear (Lace) 
 
Available in one size:
3.08"X3.27"
  Available in one size:
3.27"X3.12"

Fish (Lace)
    Loon (Lace)
 
Available in one size:
3.26"X2.19"
  Available in one size:
3.27"X2.28"

 

Here's an exciting look at projects that embroiderers have made that have a Northwoods or cabin flair. Click on any image below to see a larger picture and to read more about the project:
   

Lampshades

 

Wall Hangings

 

Wall Hangings

   

Picture Frames

 

Towel Toppers

 

Picture Frames

   

Denim Shirts

 

Sweatshirts

 

Sweatshirts

   
Pillows   Pillows   Pillows