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A Journey Through Japan

NEW THIS WEEK - July 30th, 2008


A Journey Through Japan

Free Project Instructions!

 

With its rich history, natural beauty, and stunning artistry, Japan
is a country full of amazing imagery and intriguing themes. Journey through Japan this week with new designs -- they're enchanting souvenirs to liven up home decor and wardrobes!

The first stop on your travels is Sashiko, an 18th century quilting and embroidery style. With swirling stitches and repeating motifs, the energetic designs are wonderful on all quilted items.

Next, trek over to quick-stitching, one-color Bluework designs of splendid Japanese motifs such a crane, fan, koi fish, dragons, and cherry blossoms. So speedy, these embellishments will stitch up in a flash onto any item in need of an exotic touch.

Finally, gaze upon tranquil Japanese panels awash with natural elements and soft colors. The elegant scenes will have wall-hangings, pillows, shirts, and jackets blooming with radiance.

Enjoy your journey through Japan, and the new designs!

Make everyday errands and exciting travel adventures more manageable and stylish with
 the Quilted Town Tote!


Japanese Sashiko

The quilting and embroidery style of Japanese Sashiko began in the 18th century as a method of reinforcing and insulating fabrics and garments. For their farmer, fishermen, or lumberjack husbands, Japanese women would use an elaborate running stitch to combine heavy materials for warm clothing
 and to repair damaged apparel. Eventually the stitches became more fanciful and developed into a
form of decorative embellishment. These beautiful Sashiko designs lend themselves beautifully to
 quilts, blankets, table linens, clothing and more!
 


Against a sea splash of Sashiko, a pair of vibrant koi fish swim about.
 Add this lively aquatic design to beach totes and bathroom decor.
 
Available in four sizes:
7.80"X7.80" and 5.85"X5.85" and 4.85"X4.85" and 3.85"X3.85"


Alluring orchids bloom amidst a background of Sashiko botanicals. Bring a touch of the exotic
 into your home by embellishing throw pillows for couches, patio furniture, and guest beds
 with this captivating design.
 
Available in four sizes:
7.80"X7.80" and 5.85"X5.85" and 4.85"X4.85" and 3.85"X3.85"

 

A night out on the town calls for a dainty, yet dynamic purse. Fabulous Sashiko designs provide just the right touch for a stylish, fashion forward pocketbook.

Complete any outfit with a charming carryall dancing with Sashiko designs. Pair the striking designs with the Quilted Purse project for a wonderful combination. Click here for free project instructions.



Charming cherry blossoms flourish on Sashiko branches and
 are a wonderful match for quilted jackets, vests, and totes.
 
Available in four sizes:
7.80"X7.80" and 5.85"X5.85" and 4.85"X4.85" and 3.85"X3.85"


Little birds in a kaleidoscope of colors twitter and chirp from their perches on Sashiko bamboo
 stalks. Your favorite birdwatcher will love any item embellished with this energetic design!
 
Available in four sizes:
7.80"X7.80" and 5.85"X5.85" and 4.85"X4.85" and 3.85"X3.85"


Colorful butterflies ride along twirling Sashiko wind currents. Let these graceful
 garden friends settle onto gardening totes, aprons, and patio table linens.
 
Available in four sizes:
7.80"X7.80" and 5.85"X5.85" and 4.85"X4.85" and 3.85"X3.85"


Traditional Sashiko designs use running stitches of repeating motifs, and are stitched in
white thread onto indigo blue fabric. To get a hearty, handmade effect from these Sashiko
designs, we stitched them in 30 weight cotton thread. You can use them to quilt through
layers of fabric and batting, or use them as "Redwork" designs to add fast and subtle
accents to clothing, pillows, totes, and more.
 

Tsuro Sashiko Square
 
Mikado Sashiko Square
 
Available in four sizes:
7.80"X7.80" and 5.85"X5.85" and 4.85"X4.85"
and 3.85"X3.85"
  Available in four sizes:
7.80"X7.80" and 5.85"X5.85" and 4.85"X4.85"
and 3.85"X3.85"


Uroko Sashiko Square
 
Shin-tai Shi Sashiko
 
Available in four sizes:
7.80"X7.80" and 5.85"X5.85" and 4.85"X4.85"
and 3.85"X3.85"
  Available in four sizes:
7.80"X7.80" and 5.85"X5.85" and 4.85"X4.85"
and 3.85"X3.85"


Houkou Sashiko Square
 
Wakaba Sashiko Square
 
Available in four sizes:
7.80"X7.80" and 5.85"X5.85" and 4.85"X4.85"
and 3.85"X3.85"
  Available in four sizes:
7.80"X7.80" and 5.85"X5.85" and 4.85"X4.85"
and 3.85"X3.85"


Inazuma Sashiko Square
 
Yarai Sashiko Square
 
Available in four sizes:
7.80"X7.80" and 5.85"X5.85" and 4.85"X4.85"
and 3.85"X3.85"
  Available in four sizes:
7.80"X7.80" and 5.85"X5.85" and 4.85"X4.85"
and 3.85"X3.85"


Nishikigoi Sashiko Square
 
Aki No Hi Sashiko Square
 
Available in four sizes:
7.80"X7.80" and 5.85"X5.84" and 4.85"X4.84"
and 3.85"X3.85"
  Available in four sizes:
7.80"X7.80" and 5.85"X5.84" and 4.84"X4.85"
and 3.85"X3.85"


Sayagata Sashiko Square
 
Kapitan Sashiko Square
 
Available in four sizes:
7.80"X7.80" and 5.85"X5.85" and 4.85"X4.85"
and 3.85"X3.85"
  Available in four sizes:
7.80"X7.80" and 5.85"X5.85" and 4.85"X4.85"
and 3.85"X3.85"


Mizu Sashiko Square
 
Kokoro Sashiko Square
 
Available in four sizes:
7.80"X7.79" and 5.85"X5.84" and 4.85"X4.84"
and 3.85"X3.84"
  Available in four sizes:
7.80"X7.80" and 5.85"X5.85" and 4.87"X4.87"
and 3.85"X3.85"


Kawa Sashiko Square
 
Hasu Sashiko Square
 
Available in four sizes:
7.80"X7.80" and 5.85"X5.85" and 4.85"X4.85"
and 3.84"X3.85"
  Available in four sizes:
7.80"X7.80" and 5.85"X5.85" and 4.85"X4.85"
and 3.85"X3.85"


Ta-Tu Tail Sashiko Square
 
Utsukushii Sashiko
 
Available in four sizes:
7.80"X7.80" and 5.85"X5.85" and 4.85"X4.86"
and 3.85"X3.85"
  Available in four sizes:
7.80"X7.80" and 5.85"X5.85" and 4.85"X4.85"
and 3.85"X3.85"


Honoo Sashiko Square
 
Hebi Sashiko Square
 
Available in four sizes:
7.80"X7.80" and 5.85"X5.85" and 4.85"X4.85"
and 3.85"X3.85"
  Available in four sizes:
7.80"X7.80" and 5.85"X5.85" and 4.84"X4.85"
and 3.84"X3.85"


A Japanese Sashiko Value Pack

 With so many sensational Sashiko designs to choose from, you can add them throughout your
home and wardrobe! The Sashiko design pack contains 25 designs, priced at only $29.97!

Click on the images or links below to see the designs included in the pack,
and add the value pack to your shopping basket.
 

All designs smaller than 7.9 x 7.9 All designs smaller than 6 x 10 All designs smaller than 5 x 7

   
  All designs smaller than 4 x 4  


Geisha in Japanese Garden

Recognizable by their elaborate kimonos, white make-up, and intricate hairstyles, the geishas of Japan provided entertainment of the Japanese arts, such as classical music and dance. Talented, stunning, and colorful, the amazing women trained extensively for the honored positions.

This gorgeous geisha strolls through a lush garden and in the company of a majestic crane.
 The vivid, detailed design is beautiful when used on sweatshirts, pillows, totes, and framed art.
 

Available in three sizes:
10.93"X9.01" and 7.15"X5.87" and 5.94"X4.86"

 

The amazing details and colors of the Geisha in Japanese Garden scene makes it incredibly eye-catching and a fantastic way to add zest to any wall or tabletop in house.

A frame will give the beautiful design a neat, polished look. Use the Framing Embroidery instructions for guidance. Click here to find the directions.


Japanese Quick-Stitch (Bluework)

Quick-stitching, one-color designs of Japanese imagery and motifs are a fantastic way to add
 striking Asian flair to almost any item. Created in a Bluework style, the speedy-stitch designs
 make it easy to create sensational sets of towels, tees, table linens and bed linens. They also
 look superb on quilts, tea towels, pillows, curtains, and so much more!
 


Spinning so quickly he could catch his own tail, this scaled dragon proves to be a
 powerful serpent. Add this mystical creature to pockets and plackets for a fierce look.
 
Available in two sizes:
5.06"X4.85" and 3.86"X3.69"


This marvelous fan opens to reveal a bevy of blooms -
 a great choice for jazzing up any number of garments.
 
Available in two sizes:
4.85"X5.13" and 3.64"X3.85"


Wings spread, a regal crane prepares to take flight amidst swirling water currents.
 Such a wing span is lovely on throw pillows and matching blankets.
 
Available in two sizes:
5.08"X4.85" and 3.85"X3.67"


With the flip of her fins, a mysterious koi fish surrounds herself with bubbles. Create
 fashion forward purses and stylish travel totes with this wonderful water creature.
 
Available in two sizes:
4.85"X4.85" and 3.85"X3.85"


Tail snapping, a sinewy dragon weaves and winds along. Let him
 climb up curtains and bedroom decor for sons and grandsons.
 
Available in two sizes:
9.40"X2.47" and 6.85"X1.80"


Botanicals blooms out from a crane-embellished vase
 and directly onto framed embroidery and wall-hangings.
 
Available in two sizes:
9.40"X4.04" and 6.85"X2.95"


Dainty cherry blossoms wink prettily as they reach for the sky. Light and airy,
 these flowers are a perfect match for spring and summer tees and garments.

 
Available in two sizes:
9.40"X3.18" and 6.85"X2.32"


Gently swaying florals have found a friend in a tiny grasshopper. Stitch these
 exquisite sprouts onto kitchen tea towels, cozies, and table runners.

 
Available in two sizes:
9.40"X5.24" and 6.78"X3.77"


A Japanese Quick-Stitch (Bluework) Value Pack

 Quick-stitching and one-color, dash the Japanese Bluework designs easily onto attire, home decor and last minute gifts! The Japanese Quick-Stitch (Bluework) design pack contains 8 designs, priced at only $11.97!

Click on the images or links below to see the designs included in the pack,
and add the value pack to your shopping basket.
 

 
All designs smaller than 6 x10   All designs smaller than 5 x 7

 

Japanese Panels

Soft tones and refreshing natural elements create gorgeous, detailed Japanese panels. Brimming
 with elegance and serenity, the designs will beautify home decor and wardrobes alike when added
 to wall-hangings, framed embroidery, pillows, shirts, jackets, totes, and more!

 


A delicate dragonfly weaves to and fro
 through tall, reedy bamboo shoots. This peaceful scene is a wonderful match for bathroom or sunroom decor.
 
  Pretty cherry blossoms bloom brightly; a few drift
 softly to the ground. The little flowers will make a
 big impact on button-down shirts and vests.
 
Available in two sizes:
9.41"X5.51" and 6.87"X4.03"
  Available in two sizes:
9.24"X5.86" and 6.89"X4.37"

 

While the pretty Japanese panel designs will look amazing on a variety of home decor items such as pillows, wall-hangings, table linens, and more, adding them to screens will wonderfully enhance their Asian theme.

Use the Japanese Garden designs with the Folding Screen project for a unique table or mantle display. Click here for project instructions.



A soaring bird skims across the top of a maple tree. Let her land directly onto placemats and table runners.
 
  Dancing on the breeze, an enchanting butterfly looks for the perfect flowery branch to rest on. Add a fluttery touch to curtains with this delightful design.
 
Available in two sizes:
9.08"X5.86" and 6.86"X4.43"
  Available in two sizes:
8.64"X5.86" and 6.86"X4.66"


A Japanese Garden Value Pack


 Plant Japanese Garden designs onto spring and summer items, such as sundresses and patio
 table linens, for a touch of lovely Asian flair. The Japanese Garden design pack contains 4 designs,
 priced at only $6.97!

Click on the images or links below to see the designs included in the pack,
and add the value pack to your shopping basket.
 

 
All designs smaller than 6 x 10   All designs smaller than 5 x 7