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The Great Outdoors

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When the days are long and the weather fine, there is no greater place to be than the great outdoors. Relaxing at the cabin, fishing at the lake, hiking through the cool woods -- these are the things that make summer such a joy. New designs this week capture the spirit of lazy days and hot barbecues.

Home Away from Home samplers are rich with color and warm with hospitality, perfect for welcoming family and friends to your cabin, RV, tent, or anyplace you call home. Beautifully realistic mallard designs and stunning "scene-in-scene" animal silhouettes will bring the natural residents of the woods, lakes, and mountains into your home.

Outdoors lovers will appreciate the samplers expressing where they would rather be ... at the lake, the campsite, the fishing hole, the hiking trail, and more. Open and colorful designs are ideal for T-shirts, gear bags, and pillow shams.

Fire up the grill for hot new designs that are dedicated to the keepers of the flame, or all those who take their barbecue seriously. Stitch one for your favorite grill master or mistress!

Hike on down the page to see all of this week's new designs!

Free project instructions to make a decorative oven mitt utensil holder.

This week, Kenny shows you how to make a decorative oven mitt utensil holder. Click here for free project instructions to see how he did it, and to make one of your own!



Home Away from Home

It's cabin season! And camping season and fishing season. Time to soak up the best days of summer in the woods and on the lakes. Proclaim your love of your home away from home, whether it's a cabin, the tent, or a boat, with rustic samplers full of hospitality and good cheer! Framed embroidery, pillow shams, and terrycloth towels will be ideal spots for these friendly samplers.

"Welcome to Our Neck of the Woods" is a sweet saying whether you put it in your cabin, your RV, or just on your living room wall. Let your friends and family know they're welcome in your neck of the woods, wherever that may be!
 
Welcome to Our Neck of the Woods sampler design.
Available in three sizes:
8.99"X7.00" and 7.51"X5.86" and 6.24"X4.86"


Fish know what it means to drop a line and stay awhile, as they have been on the earth for more than 450 million years. In fact, fish were well established long before dinosaurs roamed the earth! Tell your guests you would like them to hang around awhile with this fun design.
 
Drop a Line - Stay Awhile sampler.
Available in three sizes:
9.14"X6.98" and 7.68"X5.88" and 6.39"X4.88"


A bear prowls through the lakeside forest at sunset, with "Life is Better at the Lake" framing this lush silhouette scene. Beautiful for cabin decor, and also for the home, as a reminder of your weekend paradise!
 
A "Life is Better at the Lake" sampler machine embroidery design.
Available in three sizes:
7.80"X6.68" and 6.87"X5.87" and 5.68"X4.87"


RV and tent campers will go nuts for this sweet rustic design, featuring the phrase "Happy Campers Live Here!" Stitch onto camping gear and tote bags, or frame for a fun and woodsy decoration.
 
Available in three sizes:
7.80"X6.89" and 6.67"X5.89" and 5.53"X4.89"


Home Away from Home Design Packs


Collect all the Home Away from Home designs, and stitch warm and cheerful sayings onto pillows, tote bags, wall hangings, framed embroidery, and more! Brighten cabin, home, and camper decor with homespun and heartfelt samplers.

Home Away From Home Design Pack

Order the designs individually by clicking the links above,
or get the pack with all 4 designs, priced at only $6.97!

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 7"x11.8"
**Lg - Designs smaller than 7.9"x7.9"
**Md - Designs smaller than 6"x10"
**Sm - Designs smaller than 5"x7"



Mallard Collage

Mallard ducks are dabbling ducks, which means they feed mainly at the surface of the water, rather than by diving. Male mallards have a bright green head, and grey wings and belly, while the females are brown all over. This species is the ancestor of almost all the breeds of domestic ducks.

The mallard collage, and design separations below, are attractive in their realism and composition. Stitch a mallard pair in flight, on the water, and on the shore in a handsome collage just right for lake home wall hangings and table linens, as well as towels and pillows.
 
Mallard duck collage, with mallards flying, swimming, and resting on shore.
Available in four sizes:
8.57"X9.57" and 6.94"X7.78" and 5.84"X6.55" and 4.83"X5.44"


These mallard pairs are separations from the above collage, and are ideal for stitching onto fleece jackets and vests, as well as the side chest areas of shirts.
     
A pair of mallard ducks flying machine embroidery design.   Two mallard ducks floating on a lake.
Available in two sizes:
4.52"X4.53" and 3.82"X3.79"
  Available in two sizes:
5.86"X4.11" and 3.84"X2.68"


Let this peaceful design of mallards on the shore land on wall hangings and table linens!
 
A mallard duck pair resting in the cattails.
Available in two sizes:
4.85"X6.51" and 2.86"X3.85"


Call of the Wild III

Call of the Wild I and II designs, featuring "scene-in-scene" animal and bird silhouettes have been so popular with outdoors enthusiasts, lake home dwellers, and nature lovers, that a whole new collection seemed in order. Be sure to scroll down the page to see the two previous collections of these designs featuring animals such as the bear, the mallard, and the wolf, and the bobcat, wild turkey, and bighorn sheep. Pillow shams, wall hangings, table linens, fleece jackets, and quilts are all natural places for these dramatic designs.

An elk looks alert against a backdrop of snowy mountains, with the scene repeated in miniature inside the silhouette. A fresh and handsome design for home decor and apparel!
 
A scene-in-scene elk silhouette.
Available in two sizes:
6.12"X5.86" and 5.06"X4.86"


The tail of a wild horse's silhouette blends with the lines of the landscape, in a wonderful design for jacket backs, T-shirts, fleece vests, and sweatshirts. Surprise the horse lover in your life with something truly special that will warm them body and soul!
 
A wild horse silhouette scene machine embroidery design.
Available in two sizes:
8.64"X5.85" and 6.86"X4.63"


The caribou is actually a reindeer, and both sexes grow antlers, though the rack of a male is typically larger. Stitch a stately caribou with antlers held high onto cabin pillows, table linens, and towels!
 
Caribou silhouette with scene design.
Available in two sizes:
6.53"X5.85" and 5.40"X4.86"


The mountain goat stays at high elevations and is a sure-footed climber, often resting on rocky cliffs that predators cannot get to. A stunning design for tote bags, towels, and more!
 
Mountain goat silhouette scene machine embroidery design.
Available in two sizes:
6.55"X5.86" and 5.41"X4.86"


Call of the Wild III Design Packs


Answer the call of the wild, and get all four designs in this naturally beautiful collection at the very best price! Unique animal silhouette scenes are wonderful on a wide variety of home and cabin decor, as well as apparel.

Call of the Wild III Design Pack

Order the designs individually by clicking the links above,
or get the pack with all 4 designs, priced at only $6.97!

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 6"x10"
**Sm - Designs smaller than 5"x7"



Call of the Wild - Sets 1 & 2

Create even more wild and wonderful projects with the first collections of Call of the Wild designs! Elegant animal and bird silhouettes are filled with beautiful scenes and landscapes.

Below are six of the earlier Call of the Wild designs. A wolf howls at the moon, while another stands quietly within the silhouette. Tiny mallards float on the lake inside a larger soaring mallard. A moose stands proudly at the foot of mountains inside an impressive moose outline. Be sure to see all of these stunning designs!

Stitch animal silhouette scenes onto pillow shams, wall hangings, T-shirts, and tote bags for noble and handsome embellishments. Click here to see all of the Call of the Wild designs!

     
 
     
     


Happy Trails

Sometimes it's hard to concentrate when the weather is so beautiful and the sun is shining brightly. A person's thoughts might even drift off to the lake, the cabin, the river, and the hiking trail. In these cases, it might be better to just confess that "I'd rather be at the lake" or "I'd rather be hiking" and let the world know where your heart is, even if your body isn't. The samplers below are fun expressions of the desire to be "anywhere but here," and will look great anywhere!

Stitch "I'd rather be at the lake" and "I'd rather be at the cabin" samplers onto pillow shams and wall hangings for woodsy and homespun decorations.
     
I'd Rather Be at the Lake machine embroidery sampler design.   I'd Rather Be at the Cabin machine embroidery sampler design.
Available in three sizes:
7.03"X5.86" and 5.85"X4.87" and 3.86"X3.22"
  Available in three sizes:
5.92"X5.85" and 4.91"X4.85" and 3.85"X3.81"


Hook two sweet samplers with designs celebrating camping and fishing, two favorite activities in the great outdoors. Relatively light-stitching and colorful designs are just right for T-shirts, duffle bags, wall hangings, and more!
     
I'd Rather Be Camping machine embroidery sampler design.   I'd Rather Be Fishing machine embroidery sampler design.
Available in three sizes:
5.94"X5.86" and 4.90"X4.84" and 3.86"X3.81"
  Available in three sizes:
5.88"X5.85" and 4.88"X4.86" and 3.86"X3.84"


Kayaking and canoeing are also known as paddling. Kayaking is distinguished from canoeing by the seated position of the paddler, and the number of blades on the paddle. Canoeing was at one time the primary means of long-distance transportation throughout much of North America. Back then, paddling might not have been something people would rather do!
     
I'd Rather Be Kayaking machine embroidery sampler design.   I'd Rather Be Canoeing machine embroidery sampler design.
Available in three sizes:
5.86"X7.38" and 4.88"X6.14" and 3.07"X3.86"
  Available in three sizes:
9.41"X5.88" and 6.86"X4.29" and 3.86"X2.41"


Lace up your boots and hit the trail with this sweet and simple saying.
 
I'd Rather Be Hiking machine embroidery sampler design.
Available in three sizes:
5.86"X7.49" and 4.86"X6.21" and 3.02"X3.85"


Happy Trails Design Packs


Happy Trails will be yours when you buy the whole collection and get the best deal! You'll be covered no matter what activity is favored by your family and friends, and they'll adore T-shirts, tote bags, towels, and more with these fun sayings stitched onto them.

Happy Trails Design Pack

Order the designs individually by clicking the links above,
or get the pack with all 7 designs, priced at only $10.97!

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 6"x10"
**Md - Designs smaller than 5"x7"
**Sm - Designs smaller than 4"x4"



Kabobs

Fire up the barbie and get out the skewers! 'Tis the season to put your favorite veggies, your choicest cuts of beef, and your freshest shrimp on the grill and enjoy the delicious goodness of shish kabobs! All the designs below are perfect for aprons, towels, table linens, and lots more summer projects.
 
A beef and veggie shish kabob machine embroidery design.
Available in three sizes:
9.41"X2.07" and 6.86"X1.51" and 3.86"X0.85"


A shrimp and veggie kabob is a bright and tasty design, just right for stitching a bit of the summer grilling season onto T-shirts, reusable grocery bags, and placemats.
 
A shrimp and veggie shish kabob machine embroidery design.
Available in three sizes:
9.41"X2.42" and 6.86"X1.76" and 3.86"X0.99"


For the vegetarians, we have a veggie only kabob. Those tomatoes look mouthwatering, and the colors in this design are simply delightful!
 
A veggie shish kabob machine embroidery design.
Available in three sizes:
9.41"X2.56" and 6.86"X1.87" and 3.86"X1.05"


Hot off the Grill

BBQ, barbecue, barbeque, bar-B-Q -- however you spell it, it's good! As big and bold as the charbroiled taste of the grill, the stamp designs below will be a hit on aprons, towels, oven mitts, and more. Get your grill on!

The BBQ letters stand proudly above crossed grilling tools in the design on the left, while "Grill It!" is the rallying cry of grillmasters everywhere.
     
A BBQ crest design.   A Grill It stamp design.
Available in four sizes:
7.79"X7.80" and 5.86"X5.88" and 4.86"X4.85" and 3.86"X3.86"
  Available in four sizes:
7.81"X7.78" and 5.88"X5.86" and 4.88"X4.86" and 3.86"X3.85"


Cow and pig silhouette stamp designs put a fresh spin on the age old question, "What's for dinner?"
     
A cow and stars stamp design.   A pig silhouette stamp design.
Available in four sizes:
7.73"X7.83" and 5.85"X5.94" and 4.85"X4.93" and 3.81"X3.86"
  Available in four sizes:
7.70"X7.81" and 5.86"X5.95" and 4.84"X4.91" and 3.80"X3.86"


Hot Off the Grill Design Packs


Get your saucy BBQ designs in a pack, with the Hot Off the Grill Design Packs! Stamp-style designs will look fresh and savory on aprons, picnic linens, tote bags, and more.

Hot off the Grill Design Pack

Order the designs individually by clicking the links above,
or get the pack with all 4 designs, priced at only $6.97!

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 7.9"x7.9"
**Lg - Designs smaller than 6"x10"
**Md - Designs smaller than 5"x7"
**Sm - Designs smaller than 4"x4"



Chillin' and Grillin'

Everyone knows someone who is very serious about grilling, and this design is dedicated to grillers who are not just casual backyard barbecuers, but who are Keepers of the Flame. Not everyone can claim the title, but for those who can, this is the design for them. Let your favorite grill master or grill mistress know that you respect their skills! Stitch onto aprons, towels, T-shirts, and more to honor these talented individuals.
 
A Keeper of the Flame and grill machine embroidery design.
Available in three sizes:
5.82"X6.30" and 4.85"X5.25" and 3.60"X3.89"


"Real men don't use recipes" is stamped against a background of flames and a meat fork. This is serious stuff for serious cooks. A great way to let your favorite chef know you like his style!
 
Real Men Don't Use Recipes with meat fork.
Available in three sizes:
9.04"X5.86" and 6.87"X4.45" and 3.85"X2.50"


What time is it? It's grill time! So light the fire and get cooking!
 
Grill Time design.
Available in three sizes:
9.41"X5.50" and 6.86"X4.01" and 3.86"X2.26"

 
Visit the Stitchers Showcase and check out what folks have been stitching indoors to celebrate the great outdoors! Seeing what other stitchers have done with samplers, outhouses, wildlife animals, fishing and camping designs, and more is a wonderful way to whet your own creative imagination.

From pillows to curtains, and quilts to framed embroidery, there is sure to be something to inspire you! Nine photos are shown below -- click on them to get a closer look at the projects and read more about how stitchers put them together. And, there are dozens more right here. Let your imagination wander the creative trail with new ideas as you browse the many projects sent in by stitchers like you!

Let your imagination soar, and send in photos of your work (email us: stitch@emblibrary.com). We'll admire your creativity and show off your projects to inspire others, too!
 
Cozy Camo Quilt Basket of Gifts Framed Silhouettes
 
Log Cabin Quilt Northwoods Cozy Crib A Warm Woodsy Welcome
 
Sweet and Soft Pillow Gifts Bears in the Cabin! Quilted Fishing Fun
 


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