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Asian Elegance
Asian Elegance
NEW THIS WEEK - August 7th, 2013

Asian Elegance brings new designs alive with color and beauty. Realistic birds perch near Asian-themed birdhouses, a cherry blossom teapot blooms with lush chrysanthemums, and bird and butterfly circles are bright with jewel tones.

Asian motifs such as a geisha, koi fish, and dragon appear with dynamic coordinating designs just right for pairing on a larger space such as a pillow.

Hungry for more? Treat yourself to fresh sushi -- tasty on aprons and towels. And add sparkle to your stitching with Sashiko borders and corners, sewn in metallic thread for a lovely shimmer. Travel down the page to see all the Asian elegance! And enjoy!


Birdhouse Beauties

Create a work of art with these birdhouse beauties! Graceful birdhouses are paired with realistic Asian birds and foliage in elegant compositions. Add to wall hangings, pillows, quilts, and more for a truly exquisite look.

Blue Rock Thrushes are finely feathered, and ready to land on your next project! The pagoda birdhouse adds a unique flair to this peaceful scene.
 
Available in four sizes:
8.59" x 10.04" and 6.68" x 7.78" and 5.85" x 6.79" and 4.86" x 5.63"


Japanese White-eyes perch in cherry blossoms, in a design sure to be a stylish addition to home decor. The birds' green feathers coordinate naturally with the bamboo leaves on the lantern-shaped birdhouse. Very pretty on a lightweight canvas tote.
 
Available in five sizes:
8.57" x 9.29" and 7.20" x 7.78" and 6.88" x 7.45" and 5.84" x 6.31" and 4.84" x 5.24"


Chrysanthemums in Teapot

Chrysanthemums so fresh you can almost smell them burst from a teapot. Cherry blossoms decorate the pot and matching teacup, creating a feeling of tranquility. A charming addition to gifts for tea-loving family and friends.
 
Available in three sizes:
6.70" x 7.80" and 5.84" x 6.79" and 4.86" x 5.64"


Birds native to Asia take center stage, in beautiful designs digitized in a soft, sketchbook style. The dreamy, classic effect of artful shading and color blending is reminiscent of storybook illustrations. Gorgeous on wall hangings, pillow shams, tote bags, and more!

A Japanese Robin (left) is a prized songbird native to many Asian countries, including China, Thailand, and Japan. The Mandarin Duck (right) is a medium-sized East Asian perching duck, closely related to the North American Wood Duck.
 
 
Available in five sizes:
7.80" x 7.30" and 6.90" x 6.46" and 6.27" x 5.87" and 5.14" x 4.80" and 3.85" x 3.61"
  Available in five sizes:
7.81" x 7.56" and 6.91" x 6.69" and 6.06" x 5.86" and 5.03" x 4.86" and 3.86" x 3.74"


The Green Pheasant (left), or Japanese Pheasant, is the national bird of Japan. It frequents farmlands, and is often seen near human settlements. The Crested Ibis (right) is a large white-plumaged ibis of pine forests that can grow up to 2 1/2 feet tall. Its head is partially bare, showing red skin, and it has a dense crest of white plumes on the nape.
 
 
Available in five sizes:
7.80" x 7.16" and 6.90" x 6.34" and 6.55" x 5.87" and 5.44" x 4.86" and 3.85" x 3.45"
  Available in five sizes:
7.81" x 7.23" and 6.85" x 6.34" and 6.33" x 5.87" and 5.26" x 4.88" and 3.86" x 3.57"


The Common Bluebottle (left) and the Common Rose are both found in South East Asia, and with their stunning colors, are anything but common. These brilliant circles make a wonderful embellishment to bath towels, as well as mini-quilts.
 
 
Available in five sizes:
7.79" x 7.23" and 6.89" x 6.40" and 6.32" x 5.87" and 5.25" x 4.87" and 3.85" x 3.56"
  Available in five sizes:
7.56" x 7.81" and 6.69" x 6.91" and 5.83" x 5.99" and 4.86" x 4.97" and 3.79" x 3.86"


Asian Tableaus

Bring a bit of history and a contemporary touch to your summer stitching with traditional Asian elements. The coordinating designs below are ideal for pairing on a larger space such as pillows. Common motifs appear in both designs for a beautifully matched addition to home decor.

A geisha opens her fan beneath the cherry blossoms, while coordinating butterflies float gracefully through the cool breezes. Geisha are traditional Japanese female entertainers who act as hostesses, and whose skills include performing various arts such as classical music, dance, and games.
 
 
Available in five sizes:
7.78" x 12.07" and 6.88" x 10.68" and 6.19" x 9.62" and 4.99" x 7.76" and 4.39" x 6.86"
  Available in three sizes:
5.86" x 6.53" and 4.86" x 5.41" and 3.48" x 3.86"

 
Add Asian flair to your decor with a beautiful pillow stitched with the Geisha and butterfly designs. The paired designs featured here are delightful together on pillows, as coordinating stylistic elements (such as the butterflies) create compositions that are truly artistic.


With a red sun rising in the background, a tiger turns mid-prowl to fix his intense gaze on the viewer. A powerful design alone, as well as paired with the lantern decorated with the kanji for tiger. Graceful leaves appear in each design as a unifying element.
 
 
Available in five sizes:
7.80" x 10.12" and 6.90" x 8.97" and 6.20" x 8.09" and 5.51" x 7.17" and 4.86" x 6.31"
  Available in three sizes:
5.86" x 5.92" and 4.86" x 4.89" and 3.85" x 3.85"


A koi fish and lotus are framed by whimsical waves, and make a delightful couple on wall hangings and pillow shams. Koi means "brocaded carp," and they are often kept for decorative purposes in outdoor ponds or water gardens. Decorate your home with these beauties!
 
 
Available in five sizes:
7.79" x 10.35" and 6.90" x 9.16" and 6.20" x 8.23" and 5.50" x 7.30" and 4.85" x 6.44"
  Available in three sizes:
5.93" x 5.85" and 4.82" x 4.75" and 3.86" x 3.81"


A dragon rises from the waves in a dramatic design. Pair with the Mount Fuji design for an electrifying look on pillows, wall hangings, quilts, and more. Mount Fuji is the highest mountain in Japan at 12,389 feet. It has an exceptionally symmetrical cone, which is snow-capped for several months a year, and is a well-known symbol of Japan.
 
 
Available in five sizes:
9.27" x 7.80" and 8.20" x 6.90" and 7.37" x 6.20" and 6.54" x 5.50" and 5.78" x 4.86"
  Available in three sizes:
8.01" x 4.71" and 6.86" x 4.03" and 3.86" x 2.27"


Designs inspired by Japanese anime illustrate the colorful graphics, vibrant characters, and fantastic themes of that style. An anime girl and her kitty are surrounded by magical stars, and are just right for livening up pillows as well as e-book covers, book bags, and towels.
 
 
Available in five sizes:
7.78" x 7.81" and 6.88" x 6.91" and 6.18" x 6.21" and 5.49" x 5.51" and 4.84" x 4.86"
  Available in three sizes:
6.59" x 5.85" and 5.47" x 4.85" and 3.85" x 3.42"


Sushi Delights

If you have a craving for something delicious and delightful, the designs below will be just the thing! The popularity of sushi is at an all time high, both for its healthy and tasty qualities as well as its artistic appeal. The bright colors and fresh ingredients translate beautifully to embroidery, and will look irresistible on aprons, potholders, towels, and mini-quilts.
 
 
Available in three sizes:
7.05" x 4.96" and 5.83" x 4.10" and 3.79" x 2.67"
  Available in three sizes:
6.77" x 5.18" and 5.60" x 4.28" and 3.64" x 2.78"


The earliest form of modern day sushi was thought of as fast food because it could be prepared relatively quickly and eaten with your hands. There are many different kinds of sushi, as seen in the selections below. All of it will be tasteful and stylish on your projects!
 
 
Available in three sizes:
7.08" x 5.85" and 5.85" x 4.83" and 3.81" x 3.15"
  Available in three sizes:
6.62" x 4.99" and 5.48" x 4.12" and 3.57" x 2.68"


Shimmering Sashiko

Sashiko embroidery is rooted in Asian culture and tradition. Sashiko stitching was used to bind layers of fabric together for extra warmth. It was also a practical and decorative way to repair worn garment areas. In machine embroidery, Sashiko brings graceful symmetry and geometry to projects, while paying tribute to the Asian tradition.

The designs below are sewn with metallic thread for a glistening shine. Project instructions give tips and tricks for embroidering with metallic thread. The natural curves of the flower petals complement the symmetry of this graceful border and corner. Run the border on lightweight towels, and tuck the corner into linen napkins. The 5" x 7" size of the border design has been formatted for the Endless Hoop; may also be used in standard hoops.

 
 
Available in four sizes:
9.41" x 2.38" and 7.80" x 1.97" and 6.00" x 1.68" and 3.87" x 0.99"

Available in three sizes:
5.87" x 5.86" and 4.87" x 4.86" and 3.86" x 3.86"


A flower pops in the center of the geometric border and corner below. Use a color that coordinates with your decor on table linens and towels. The 5" x 7" size of the border design has been formatted for the Endless Hoop; may also be used in standard hoops.
 
Available in four sizes:
9.41" x 2.69" and 7.80" x 2.23" and 6.00" x 1.86" and 3.86" x 1.11"

Available in three sizes:
5.89" x 5.85" and 4.89" x 4.86" and 3.88" x 3.84"


Soft curling waves add a shimmering touch to placemats and towels, while a curving corner brings graceful energy to linen napkins. The 5" x 7" size of the border design has been formatted for the Endless Hoop; may also be used in standard hoops.
 
Available in four sizes:
9.41" x 2.65" and 7.80" x 2.20" and 6.00" x 1.82" and 3.86" x 1.09"

Available in three sizes:
5.89" x 5.86" and 4.89" x 4.86" and 3.86" x 3.85"


An elegant border and corner dazzle on home decor! Project instructions give tips and tricks for embroidering with metallic thread. The 5" x 7" size of the border design has been formatted for the Endless Hoop; may also be used in standard hoops.
 
Available in four sizes:
9.41" x 2.38" and 7.80" x 1.98" and 6.00" x 1.73" and 3.86" x 0.99"

Available in three sizes:
5.87" x 5.86" and 4.86" x 4.86" and 3.86" x 3.86"


A Sashiko border and corner add sparkle to holiday projects. Add to table linens for dining room place settings that shine! The 5" x 7" size of the border design has been formatted for the Endless Hoop; may also be used in standard hoops.
 
Available in four sizes:
9.41" x 2.41" and 7.80" x 2.00" and 6.00" x 1.74" and 3.87" x 1.00"

Available in three sizes:
5.87" x 5.86" and 4.87" x 4.86" and 3.86" x 3.86"


Let these swirling designs dance onto pillows and totes for a very graceful look. The 5" x 7" size of the border design has been formatted for the Endless Hoop; may also be used in standard hoops.
 
Available in four sizes:
9.41" x 2.43" and 7.80" x 2.01" and 6.00" x 1.70" and 3.86" x 1.00"

Available in three sizes:
5.86" x 5.89" and 4.86" x 4.90" and 3.85" x 3.88"


Special Requests 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."

Brenda from South Africa loved the Safari Animal Silhouettes, and wanted to see animals native to South Africa in the same style. A rhinoceros, an African buffalo (or Cape buffalo), a kudu, an oryx, and an elephant are all striking in silhouette. One-color designs are fast to stitch and very attractive on towels, pillow shams, wall hangings, and animal quilts. Thanks for your request, Brenda! These animals are an excellent addition to the collection.
 
Rhinoceros African Buffalo
 
Available in three sizes:
7.83" x 5.84" and 6.51" x 4.85" and 3.84" x 2.87"
  Available in three sizes:
9.41" x 5.73" and 6.89" x 4.19" and 3.86" x 2.35"

Kudu   Oryx
 
Available in three sizes:
5.86" x 7.40" and 4.86" x 6.14" and 3.05" x 3.85"
  Available in three sizes:
5.86" x 5.89" and 4.85" x 4.88" and 3.84" x 3.85"

Elephant
Available in three sizes:
5.86" x 6.70" and 4.86" x 5.56" and 3.38" x 3.86"


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