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Chinoiserie

NEW THIS WEEK - September 1st, 2010

 

Chinoiserie

Free Project Instructions!

No matter where we are, we can't help but be fascinated by what's somewhere else. Such was the case in 17th- and 18th-century Europe, where a craze for everything Chinese led to a new hybrid style of interior decorating, furniture, pottery, and textiles known as "Chinoiserie" -- French for, approximately, "Chinese-esque." It's ornate and imaginative, reflecting "exotic" Asian decorative art and culture as seen through European eyes.

 

This week's new designs capture the spirit of Chinoiserie, coming back into fashion once again. Fanciful birds and lush flowers make up a collection of traditional Chinoiserie embroidery. Teapots and teacups bring this beautiful style into the kitchen and dining room. Bright birds perch on subtle branches in a contemporary set of designs that's light and flexible. And several rectangular panels will make a big impact on Asian decorations, including a set of four that you can arrange into one big scene. Scroll down the page to discover these intriguing new designs!

Give your home a bit of lighthearted Asian flair with this simple bureau scarf. Pointed and tasseled ends, rich satins and brocades, and Chinoiserie embroidery make a perfect mix. Click here for free project instructions!

 

 

Chinoiserie Birds & Blooms

Vibrantly colored, beautifully detailed Chinoiserie embroidery is an impressive way to accent projects from pillows to purses to totes to quilts. These designs are imaginative yet refined, and always classy.
 
Available in three sizes:
6.91"X7.81" and 5.86"X6.64" and 4.86"X5.50"


A colorful bird perches in a branch of cherry blossoms while another swoops in the background. Lots of open space gives this design a classic Chinoiserie look -- and makes it flow beautifully on lots of fabrics.
 
Available in three sizes:
6.74"X7.81" and 5.86"X6.81" and 4.83"X5.63"


A colorful bird and a dainty butterfly pose among the flowers of this feminine design.
 
Available in three sizes:
6.97"X7.81" and 5.86"X6.58" and 4.84"X5.44"


A lovely pair of birds play together in branches full of lively blooms.
 
Available in three sizes:
6.80"X7.80" and 5.86"X6.73" and 4.87"X5.60"


Bold blooms in a soft pinkish-red frame a curious bird and butterfly.
 
Available in three sizes:
6.56"X7.81" and 5.85"X6.96" and 4.86"X5.74"


A crane rests in a pond, surveying the beautiful Chinoiserie landscape.

 
Available in three sizes:
5.83"X6.61" and 4.86"X5.49" and 3.41"X3.86"


Colorful, fantastical flowers make up a design that'll look equally beautiful on its own or repeated as a border along the edge of curtains, pillowcases, and more. This design has been formatted for the Endless Hoop; may also be used in standard hoops.
 
Available in three sizes:
9.37"X4.23" and 6.00"X2.85" and 3.87"X1.74"


Versatile corner designs are useful for clothing, napkins, placemats, and so much more.
 
Available in two sizes:
4.86"X4.86" and 3.86"X3.87"


A Chinoiserie Birds & Blooms Value Pack

 

Stitch stunning Chinoiserie decorations with this whole collection. The Chinoiserie Birds & Blooms design packs contain 10 designs, priced at only $16.97! 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 7.9 x 10   All designs smaller than 7.9 x 7.9

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

 

 

Chinoiserie Tea


Dress up teatime with beautiful Chinoiserie designs! Placemats, decorative towels, and more will be lovely decorated with Chinoiserie-style teapots and teacups. A pair of swallows give this teapot a romantic look.
 
Available in two sizes:
5.86"X6.07" and 4.86"X5.02"


Branches full of blooms decorate this teacup to match the teapot above.
 
Available in two sizes:
3.34"X2.36" and 2.77"X1.95"


A stylized jade and gold peacock shows off on the side of an ornate teapot.
 
Available in two sizes:
7.31"X5.86" and 6.03"X4.86"


Soft pink flowers accent a teacup to match the peacock teapot.
 
Available in two sizes:
3.31"X2.40" and 2.76"X2.00"

 

 

Branching Out with Chinoiserie


Stitch a light, fashionable twist on Chinoiserie with these designs. Colorful birds sing out against a background of one-color branches in embroidery that's very breezy and open. Try this contemporary look on T-shirts and tea towels, as well as quilts, pillows, and more!
 
Available in three sizes:
7.54"X7.80" and 5.80"X6.00" and 4.85"X5.00"


A single blue bird perches on a light background branch. Stitch a wall hanging using these designs and Asian print fabrics, to echo the look of Chinoiserie wallpaper.
 
Available in three sizes:
7.31"X7.80" and 5.80"X6.18" and 4.85"X5.15"


A sweet pair of birds perch in nearby flowering branches.
 
Available in three sizes:
7.77"X7.78" and 5.77"X5.78" and 4.82"X4.84"


A bright green little bird is framed by upper and lower branches. With just a few thread colors, these designs are easy to adapt to any color scheme you like.
 
Available in three sizes:
7.79"X7.25" and 6.21"X5.80" and 5.17"X4.85"


A cheery, chubby golden bird takes a rest from a fanciful flight.
 
Available in three sizes:
7.80"X6.84" and 6.60"X5.80" and 5.51"X4.85"


Bare branches reach up and out, creating a perfect perching nook for this violet bird.
 
Available in three sizes:
7.54"X7.80" and 5.80"X6.00" and 4.85"X5.00"


Stitch this horizontal design on its own, or repeat it as a border. The light stitching will ensure your fabric still flows. This design has been formatted for the Endless Hoop; may also be used in standard hoops.
 
Available in three sizes:
9.40"X3.39" and 6.00"X2.35" and 3.85"X1.37"


Tuck this little Chinoiserie accent into corners and more.
 
Available in two sizes:
4.85"X4.95" and 3.78"X3.85"


A Branching Out with Chinoiserie Value Pack

 

Stitch an updated Chinoiserie look with all these designs. The Branching Out with Chinoiserie design packs contain 10 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 7.9 x 10   All designs smaller than 7.9 x 7.9

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

 

 

Chinoiserie Panel Scene


Stitch some Chinese-looking style with these intricately embroidered panels! They'll look great individually, or group them together...
 
Mountain Pagoda Panel   Crane Panel
 
Available in two sizes:
5.41"X9.41" and 3.96"X6.86"
  Available in two sizes:
5.42"X9.40" and 3.96"X6.86"

River Pagoda Panel   Peacock Panel
 
Available in two sizes:
5.42"X9.40" and 3.96"X6.86"
  Available in two sizes:
5.41"X9.41" and 3.96"X6.86"


... to create one continuous design!
 


A Chinoiserie Panel Scene Value Pack

 

Craft a magical look when you stitch these designs together. The Chinoiserie Panel Scene 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

 

 

Chinoiserie Panels


Simple black with touches of metallic gold thread makes these panel designs a rare treasure. Stitch them one at a time on home decor and more, or group the three together.

Peaceful lotus blossoms float on top of a rippling pond.
 

Available in two sizes:
5.74"X9.26" and 4.25"X6.86"


A graceful branch of cherry blossoms is framed by sparkling scrollwork.

 
Available in two sizes:
5.80"X9.41" and 4.25"X6.86"


A thin stalk of bamboo glistens with touches of golden thread.
 
Available in two sizes:
5.80"X9.41" and 4.25"X6.86"


 

Picture Chinoiserie embroidery on...
 

...a rag quilt table runner! This version is quilted with sashiko, but you can easily adapt it to any designs you like by stitching on the top piece, then assembling. ...a ribbon ruffle pillow! Different fabrics will give this simple project lots of different looks. Try sleek satins or homey cottons! ...a drawstring tea cozy! The insulated lining helps keep your tea warm and your table cool, and it's simple to adjust to fit any teapot.

 


Bowl a perfect game with these sporty designs! Sunbonnet Sue and Fisherman Fred hit the lanes, dressed in cute bowling outfits and red and white shoes. Fun on tote bags, sweatshirts, and more, these designs are a fun way to show off your love of the game!
 

Sunbonnet Sue

  Fisherman Fred

 

Available in three sizes:
6.59"X5.80" and 5.48"X4.85" and 3.85"X3.39"

  Available in three sizes:
6.59"X5.80" and 5.48"X4.85" and 3.86"X3.39"


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


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