Embroidery Library
Natural Curiosities

NEW THIS WEEK - August 11th, 2010

 

Natural Curiosities

Free Project Instructions!

Halfway between a rich natural history museum and an attic full of treasures is this week's new Natural Curiosities series. Explore every nook and cranny where anything is possible, and find a delightful medley of designs full of carefree Victorian charm. Step inside and discover the wonders that await your crafty imagination!

 

Loved the Victorian Flower Language designs? Then you'll adore a new flock of Victorian Feathers -- brilliantly detailed birds rich with traditional symbolism. Stitch the lovely look of vintage scientific nature illustrations with a quartet of Antique Botanicals. A light, colourful look makes collages of Timeless Treasures charming on totes, tea towels, and more decor. A Shadowbox puts a collection of romantic trinkets and found objects on display. And lively Nature Notes mingle music and writing with vibrant creatures in a fresh, sentimental style.

 

Let this infinitely mix-and-match-able embroidery surround you in a look that's part shabby chic, part Victorian nostalgia, and all enchantment. Explore the page below and discover delightful new embroidery to inspire your natural curiosity!

Craft a pincushion with a handy twist -- a jar to hold little notions and tools. Click here for free project instructions!

 

 

Victorian Feathers


Probably as long as humans have watched birds, they've associated them with rich meaning -- the owl with wisdom, the dove with peace, the bluebird with happiness. These designs, modeled on the Victorian flower language embroidery you know and love, illustrate six of these popular pairings in rich, joyful colour. Let them inspire a crafty flight of fancy -- stitch them on pillows, tote bags, quilts, or anything else your heart desires, and feather your nest with old-fashioned flair.

The bluebird of happiness is an idea that recurs in cultures throughout the world. Its appearance is a delightful symbol of youth, innocence, and all-around cheerfulness.
 

Available in two sizes:
5.85"X7.79" and 4.85"X6.44"

Without Text:
3.86"X3.44"


Light, speedy, and summery, hummingbirds remind us to hum a joyful tune.
 
Available in two sizes:
5.86"X8.17" and 4.86"X6.75"

Without Text:
3.86"X3.52"


Craft a romantic gift with a stitched swallow -- a symbol of true love and endless devotion.
 
Available in two sizes:
5.87"X7.64" and 4.86"X6.31"

Without Text:
3.91"X3.22"


Poets from Virgil to Keats have associated the nightingale with the mystery of poetic inspiration.
 
Available in two sizes:
5.86"X7.68" and 4.86"X6.36"

Without Text:
3.85"X3.49"


The "wise old owl" dates back to the ancient Greeks, who associated it with the goddess Athena.
 
Available in two sizes:
5.87"X7.98" and 4.88"X6.59"

Without Text:
3.86"X3.45"


After the Great Flood, Noah released a dove from the ark, and it returned carrying an olive branch -- showing that the storm was over and casting itself as a symbol of peace.
 
Available in two sizes:
5.85"X6.98" and 4.84"X5.77"

Without Text:
3.84"X3.04"


A Victorian Feathers Value Pack

 

Stitch a symbolic flock of beautiful birds. The Victorian Feathers design packs contain 12 designs, priced at only $14.97! Click on an image or link below to see the designs included in the pack, and add the pack to your basket.

  

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

Sometimes all it takes is imagining a project in different fabrics and colours to give you a whole new style. This Rag Quilt Table Runner was made with a sashiko applique design and brightly coloured prints. Imagine: switch the Asian fabrics for soft pastel cottons, and stitch a favourite Victorian bird on the centerpiece before you assemble it. Instant shabby chic elegance, made one-of-a-kind by your creativity!

Click here for these free project instructions!


 

 

Antique Botanicals


Botanical illustrations are a delightfully unexpected decor element. We've crafted gorgeous botanical designs before, but these take the look a step further, labelling and diagramming familiar flowers in new, artistic views. Stitch these brilliant designs one at a time on totes or pillows, or combine them all in a pretty table topper or wall hanging.

A brilliant butterfly perches on the deep orange, speckled petals of the tiger lily, a favourite North American garden flower.
 

Available in two sizes:
7.88"X5.81" and 6.57"X4.84"


The dainty petals of the wild rose are brightly coloured in this delicate, romantic design.
 
Available in two sizes:
7.35"X5.85" and 6.05"X4.82"


Take a close-up look at the bleeding heart's unusual shape in this detailed design.
 
Available in two sizes:
5.84"X7.32" and 4.83"X6.05"


The flowers, seeds, leaves, and roots of the common dandelion paint a fascinating picture.
 
Available in two sizes:
5.85"X7.11" and 4.84"X5.87"


A Antique Botanicals Value Pack

 

Add an illustrative touch to your decor with these incredible designs. The Antique Botanicals design packs contain 4 designs, priced at only $6.97! Click on an image or link below to see the designs included in the pack, and add the pack to your basket.

  

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

Here's another exercise in imagination. This Ribbon Ruffle Pillow is made with bright, exotic fabric and trims -- but swap them for something a little softer, and you'll have the perfect project to showcase these delicate botanical designs. Stitch on a white or pastel home-decor-weight cotton, then add silky ribbons and cotton eyelet trim -- maybe even a few buttons and charms!

Click here for these free project instructions!


 

 

Timeless Treasures


Embellish chic tea towels, quilter's cotton, and lots more with an enchanting collage of antique trinkets! Very light, almost like redwork, this design is a perfect pick for delicate fabrics. Each romantic element is available as a separate design below, to give you endless creative possibilities!
 
Available in two sizes:
5.85"X6.32" and 4.84"X5.23"

Rose   Feather
 
Available in one size:
3.12"X3.70"
  Available in one size:
2.07"X3.44"

Skeleton Key   Lock
 
Available in one size:
1.77"X2.64"
  Available in one size:
1.61"X2.20"

Crystal   Locket
 
Available in one size:
1.27"X2.58"
  Available in one size:
1.60"X1.49"

Cameo
Available in one size:
1.52"X2.64"


Classic sewing tools make a practical and pretty design to embellish lots of creations. From an ornate thimble to dainty scissors, these crafty trinkets will inspire some fresh new stitching!
 
Available in two sizes:
5.84"X7.66" and 4.83"X6.33"

Scissors   Sewing Machine
 
Available in one size:
2.84"X3.20"
  Available in one size:
2.83"X2.89"

Dress Form   Pin Cushion
 
Available in one size:
1.02"X3.85"
  Available in one size:
2.09"X2.27"

Thread   Thimble
 
Available in one size:
2.23"X1.99"
  Available in one size:
1.31"X1.47"

Needle
Available in one size:
1.85"X1.84"


Feminine finery clustered together in this old-style design will be charming on a pillow for the bedroom or a little travel bag.
 
Available in two sizes:
5.85"X7.15" and 4.85"X5.87"

Necklace   Earring
 
Available in one size:
3.65"X2.54"
  Available in one size:
1.26"X2.17"

Fan   Glove
 
Available in one size:
2.03"X3.84"
  Available in one size:
2.37"X3.22"

Comb   Ring
 
Available in one size:
1.62"X1.71"
  Available in one size:
1.41"X1.02"


An array of old-fashioned "things that go" makes up this light, nostalgic collage.
 
Available in two sizes:
5.85"X7.71" and 4.85"X6.39"

Train   Balloon
 
Available in one size:
2.68"X3.63"
  Available in one size:
2.85"X3.24"

Penny Farthing   Automobile
 
Available in one size:
2.75"X2.11"
  Available in one size:
3.03"X2.25"

Horseback
Available in one size:
3.00"X3.25"


A Timeless Treasures Value Pack

 

Get all four fancy collages -- plus each separate element from them -- together in a pack. The Timeless Treasures design packs contain 29 designs, priced at only $24.97! Click on an image or link below to see the designs included in the pack, and add the pack to your basket.

  

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

These antique collage designs are full of delightful detail -- but they're still open and airy, perfect for stitching on light fabrics such as tea towels. These chic designs are sure to be a hit in a special present for a friend or at a craft fair, and tea towels are the perfect place to display them. (They'll work beautifully on quilter's cotton, too!)

Click here for free tips and tricks for embroidering on tea towels!


 

 

Victorian Shadowbox

A gathering of natural and manmade curiosities make up a pretty composition in this shadowbox design! Display it on a wall hanging or pillow for an antiquated, romantic atmosphere.
 
Available in two sizes:
7.58"X5.86" and 6.27"X4.86"

Skeleton Key   Cameo
 
Available in one size:
2.36"X3.86"
  Available in one size:
3.11"X3.27"

Feather   Robin's Egg
 
Available in one size:
3.15"X3.86"
  Available in one size:
3.85"X2.74"

Here's a project worthy of your treasured Victorian embroidery! A fancy fabric-covered keepsake box is a perfect place to stash mementos and special treasures. Embroider your favourite design, then add beads and embellishments to finish it off beautifully.

Click here for these free project instructions!


 

 

Nature Notes

Soft music floats behind a graceful butterfly in this sweet design. Stitch it in a cheerful rainbow of colours, or create dramatic contrast with brown "notes" on a tan fabric, juxtaposed with brilliantly coloured wings.
 
Available in two sizes:
6.88"X4.19" and 3.85"X2.35"


Craft a soft seaside look with a colourful starfish on top of delicate handwriting.
 
Available in two sizes:
 6.06"X4.84" and 3.88"X3.10"


A spiraling seashell makes a peaceful center to this design, framed by colourful writing.
 
Available in two sizes:
6.40"X4.84" and 3.85"X2.90"


Music floats in the air, accompanying a vibrant blue damselfly.
 
Available in two sizes:
5.99"X4.81" and 3.85"X3.10"


The tuneful European robin sings a summery song in this colourful design.
 
Available in two sizes:
4.85"X5.18" and 3.59"X3.87"


A Nature Notes Value Pack

 

Add fashionably decorative writing and music to your stitching repertoire. The Nature Notes design packs contain 5 designs, priced at only $8.97! Click on an image or link below to see the designs included in the pack, and add the pack to your basket.

  

 
All designs smaller than 5 x 7   All designs smaller than 4 x 4

 


Have a look at these sweet specimens! This pair of Sunbonnet Sue and Fisherman Fred designs have a special twist -- they're styled just like this week's gorgeous Victorian bird designs! Dressed to the nines in fabulous Victorian fashions, they'll be charming on quilts, totes, wall hangings, and more.
 

 Sunbonnet Sue

  Fisherman Fred

 

Available in two sizes:
5.82"X8.22" and 4.85"X6.84"
Without Text:
 3.79"X3.87"

  Available in two sizes:
5.85"X8.32" and 4.85"X6.88"
Without Text:
3.69"X3.85"


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