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Southwestern Stitches
Southwestern Stitches
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NEW THIS WEEK - July 3rd 2013
This week's new designs bring the rugged beauty and strength of the southwest to your embroidery projects.

Blooming desert cactus are brought to life in a variety of vintage stitches. The brilliant flowers are a lively and surprising contrast to the spiny cactus plants!

Chili pepper medleys and classic western silhouette shapes are awash in fabulous color blends. Horses are represented in realistic portraits and sketches, and cowboy motifs are highlighted in timeless southwestern-style diamonds.

Traditional southwestern elements set in artful welcome signs, and a desert cactus decor set will bring beautiful southwestern fashion to your summer stitching.
A fringed purse makes a fabulous accessory year-round! Click here for free project instructions!


Vintage-style cactus designs bloom with color! A variety of stitches give these desert beauties a lot of appeal. Add to towels, pillows, wall hangings, and quilts for a refreshingly new floral motif.

A prickly pear (left) and barrel cactus (right) are a marvelous combination of "spines" and blossoms. Approach with caution in real life, and stitch freely on your machine!
 
 
Available in five sizes:
7.09" x 7.80" and 6.27" x 6.90" and 5.87" x 6.46" and 4.80" x 5.28" and 3.51" x 3.86"
  Available in five sizes:
7.80" x 7.06" and 6.90" x 6.24" and 6.48" x 5.86" and 5.33" x 4.82" and 3.86" x 3.50"


Bring a touch of the desert to kitchen decor with a pair of towels embellished with the beavertail cactus and the rainbow cactus. Very pretty on tea towel and flour sack towels!
 
Available in five sizes:
7.79" x 7.64" and 6.88" x 6.75" and 5.98" x 5.87" and 4.87" x 4.79" and 3.85" x 3.78"
  Available in five sizes:
7.80" x 7.51" and 6.90" x 6.64" and 6.10" x 5.87" and 5.02" x 4.83" and 3.89" x 3.74"


These two cacti have the greatest names -- hedgehog (left) and peanut (right). Add to table linens for summery southwestern-style table settings.
 
Available in four sizes:
7.80" x 6.65" and 6.89" x 5.87" and 5.66" x 4.82" and 3.87" x 3.30"
  Available in five sizes:
7.50" x 7.81" and 6.63" x 6.91" and 5.86" x 6.11" and 4.84" x 5.04" and 3.71" x 3.86"


Heat up your summer projects with hot pepper medleys! A blend of stitch-filled peppers and silhouettes with the words "Spicy" and "Salsa" create a fiery combination. The background squares have a painterly look, making these fresh designs as tasty as they can be. Red-hot on potholders and placemats!
 
Available in five sizes:
7.82" x 7.77" and 6.85" x 6.82" and 5.87" x 5.84" and 4.90" x 4.87" and 3.87" x 3.85"
  Available in five sizes:
7.78" x 7.74" and 6.89" x 6.85" and 5.91" x 5.87" and 4.90" x 4.87" and 3.88" x 3.85"


Expert digitizing gives these classic southwestern silhouettes a "patina," meaning the shapes look to be covered with a variety of colors in a wash, or in multiple layers. It's a beautiful effect that makes these designs a unique combination of classic symbols and contemporary style.

Satin stitches form stylized southwestern symbols inside pepper and coyote silhouettes. Warm up kitchen decor with these designs on potholders and trivets!
 
Available in three sizes:
5.86" x 6.44" and 4.84" x 5.32" and 3.55" x 3.86"
  Available in three sizes:
6.16" x 5.86" and 5.10" x 4.87" and 3.88" x 3.70"


You can almost feel the warmth of the pots as the sun shines on them! The "patina" look of these designs is so lovely, and gives them unique coloring rarely seen in embroidery.
 
Available in three sizes:
6.14" x 4.75" and 5.12" x 3.97" and 3.88" x 2.98"
   Available in three sizes:
5.85" x 5.89" and 4.83" x 4.86" and 3.84" x 3.90"


A bear and a lizard are filled with classic patterns from western art. Create your own "art gallery" on wall hangings and pillow shams!
     
 Available in three sizes:
8.00" x 5.08" and 6.86" x 4.38" and 3.84" x 2.51"
   Available in three sizes:
6.71" x 5.86" and 5.56" x 4.86" and 3.88" x 3.40"


A pair of feathers and a cactus in silhouette lend the grace and beauty of the southwest to your decor and apparel.
 
Available in three sizes:
4.62" x 8.25" and 3.85" x 6.86" and 2.19" x 3.86"
  Available in three sizes:
3.67" x 8.25" and 3.06" x 6.86" and 1.74" x 3.85"


A buffalo skull is traditional symbol of the Old West. Add to jacket backs and tote bags for a classic western look.
 
Available in three sizes:
6.11" x 5.89" and 5.01" x 4.85" and 3.84" x 3.76"


An American Paint Horse portrait is impressively realistic. Framed against a blue sky, this handsome horse looks out over the pasture from a satin stitch frame. A real beauty on wall hangings, pillow shams, and canvas totes. And a delightful treat for horse lovers of any age!
Available in four sizes:
8.57" x 12.06" and 6.89" x 9.68" and 5.87" x 8.23" and 4.89" x 6.84"


A herd of American Paint Horses are sketched in a variety of poses. The strength and grace of these horses is captured in the light stitches -- just right for lightweight towels, shirts, and on a variety of fabric for framed embroidery.
Available in four sizes:
7.80" x 7.24" and 6.90" x 6.40" and 6.29" x 5.84" and 5.22" x 4.84"


Create rugged fashion with diamonds shapes and coordinating elements. The subtle desert palette used in these designs accent the western motifs, making them a natural fit for jacket backs and wall hangings.
 
Available in five sizes:
7.79" x 7.78" and 6.90" x 6.89" and 5.87" x 5.86" and 4.88" x 4.88" and 3.89" x 3.88"
  Available in two sizes:
5.05" x 4.37" and 3.80" x 3.29"


Let this American Painted Horse -- with or without the diamond frame -- gallop onto jacket backs, tote bags, and pillow shams for gifts any horse lover will adore.
 
Available in five sizes:
7.79" x 7.76" and 6.88" x 6.86" and 5.88" x 5.86" and 4.89" x 4.87" and 3.88" x 3.87"
  Available in two sizes:
4.31" x 5.54" and 3.00" x 3.86"


Stitch a bit of luck with a pair of horseshoes. With the rustic diamond background or without, a classic addition to terry cloth towels, western-themed quilts, and pillow shams.
 
Available in five sizes:
7.80" x 7.78" and 6.90" x 6.89" and 5.88" x 5.87" and 4.88" x 4.87" and 3.88" x 3.88"
  Available in two sizes:
5.05" x 4.86" and 3.86" x 3.72"


A cactus blooms with color in a decorated pot. Bold geometric patterns in turquoise and russet tones complement the dusky green cactus and bright blossoms. Gorgeous on wall hangings and pillow shams! Coordinate with the border and corner designs below to bring a bit of desert beauty to your decor.
Available in four sizes:
7.13" x 7.80" and 5.87" x 6.42" and 4.87" x 5.33" and 3.52" x 3.85"


Run a geometric border on table linens and towels for a bit of southwestern flair.
Available in three sizes:
9.39" x 3.11" and 5.95" x 2.33" and 3.86" x 1.29"


Corners are a great way to embellish pillow shams, and tote bags, too.
Available in three sizes:
5.86" x 5.86" and 4.86" x 4.86" and 3.86" x 3.86"


Stitch a warm western welcome for friends with a wrought-iron style sign. The classic old time letters, the cactus, and the horse silhouette lend an elegant yet rugged look to this design. Homespun and heartfelt on banners, wall hangings, pillow shams, and more!
Available in four sizes:
10.90" x 6.91" and 9.24" x 5.86" and 7.81" x 4.95" and 6.86" x 4.35"


The night stars and moon frame a howling coyote in the desert. With just one color, you can match your decor with ease. Perfect for back patio and front porch.
Available in four sizes:
11.69" x 5.95" and 9.41" x 4.79" and 7.81" x 3.98" and 6.87" x 3.50"


Special Request of the Week

Embroidery Library is always inspired by your design suggestions, and we thank you for sending us your terrific ideas, which we regularly incorporate into the weekly design themes. This space is dedicated to the "Request of the Week."

This week's special request comes from Susan, who is working on a woodland animal stacks quilt. She really needed a raccoon stack and a skunk stack to make her quilt's collection of forest animals complete, and so here they are! The Rocky Raccoon Stack and the Smiling Skunk Stack are ready to bring their merry mischief-making to Susan's quilt, and to your projects, too. Bibs, shirts, totes -- all are natural habitats for these sweet critters. Thanks, Susan, for the excellent stacks suggestion!
     
 
Available in three sizes:
5.85" x 8.33" and 4.82" x 6.86" and 2.71" x 3.86"
  Available in three sizes:
5.86" x 8.32" and 4.83" x 6.85" and 2.71" x 3.85"


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