Embroidery Library
Asian Inspiration

NEW THIS WEEK - October 14th, 2009

 

Asian Inspiration

Free Project Instructions!

This week, look to the east for a world of inspiring embroidery! These new designs are inspired by the traditional arts and cultures of China and Japan. Stitch them on elegant and sophisticated pillows, blankets, and even fashions!

 

Hanakotoba, the Japanese language of flowers, is the basis for a collection of floral designs extolling virtues such as kindness, patience, and sincerity. Stitch them on gifts of appreciation and love for friends and family! An elaborate crane scene incorporates all the flowers into one beautifully detailed design.

 

For centuries, sumi-e ink painting has captured the essence and spirit of natural subjects in light, graceful brushstrokes. Bring this classic look to embroidery with a koi, panda, dragon, and more! Chinese butterflies in an open, light-stitching style lend another beautiful look to shirts, tea towels, and more.

 

Fuse the ancient and the modern with geisha and samurai designs, each available in applique and stitch-filled versions. Their cute anime style will make them a hit with the kids, and they're a great start of a project for any aficionados of Asian culture. Scroll down and enjoy some Asian inspiration!

Keep the tea in your favorite teapot piping hot with this lovely Asian-inspired tea cozy! Fancy brocade fabric and your choice of designs make it a one-of-a-kind work of art.
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Japanese Flower Language

 

You may be familiar with the Victorian language of flowers - now stitch more beautiful messages with these graceful designs! Based on hanakotoba, a separate Japanese language of flower symbolism, these designs will be gorgeous on quilts, pillows, and wall hangings. They're a unique and beautiful way to show your appreciation for friends and loved ones. Bold, colorful zinnias represent loyalty.

 

Available in two sizes:
5.85"X7.63" and 4.86"X6.31"



Pretty, delicate cherry blossoms bloom for just a short time, representing the beauty of kindness.
 
Available in two sizes:
5.86"X7.68" and 4.85"X6.35"


The tiny, bell-shaped flowers of the lily of the valley represent sweetness.
 
Available in two sizes:
5.83"X7.46" and 4.83"X6.16"


Colorful, delicate azalea blossoms bloom for just a few weeks in spring, flourishing in the shade of larger trees. Stitch this pretty design to celebrate the virtue of patience.
 
Available in two sizes:
5.84"X7.25" and 4.85"X5.99"


Fragrant jasmine flowers open only at night, displaying their unique beauty and gracefulness.
 
Available in two sizes:
5.84"X7.39" and 4.85"X6.11"


Stitch a sincere message of appreciation with these pretty-petaled anemone blooms.
 
Available in two sizes:
5.86"X7.51" and 4.85"X6.21"


A Japanese Flower Language Value Pack

 

Pick a bouquet of hanakotoba designs and stitch them together on a quilt or wall hanging, or one at a time on pillows and totes! The Japanese Flower Language design packs contain 6 designs - priced at only $12.97! 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

Display a bouquet of beautiful Japanese flowers on this big and bold bamboo clutch! Slim and elegant in appearance, it's made of brocade and canvas for a dazzling Asian look.

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Japanese Crane Scene


All six flowers represented in the Japanese Flower Language designs above bloom in this gorgeous crane scene. Full of color and detail, it'll make a gorgeous centerpiece for a flower language quilt, or an embellishment for pillows or bags. Complete your garden with this stunning design!
 
Available in three sizes:
8.98"X8.61" and 6.12"X5.85" and 5.08"X4.87"

 

 

Asian Elegance


Craft some Asian elegance with embroidery designs inspired by sumi-e, the East Asian art of brush painting. Sumi-e artists in Japan, China, and Korea use finely practiced brushstrokes to capture the spirit and essence of natural subject matter. The soft colors and delicate shapes of designs like this cat will be gorgeous on sophisticated fashions and decor alike.
 
Available in two sizes:
5.10"X4.85" and 3.86"X3.69"


A koi fish swims among flowers in a pond in this delicate brushstroke design.
 
Available in two sizes:
5.17"X4.86" and 3.85"X3.57"


China's beloved gentle giant, the panda, enjoys its diet of bamboo in this beautiful sumi-e design.
 
Available in two sizes:
4.87"X5.38" and 3.51"X3.85"


The tiger's bold stripes stand out in this soft Asian design.
 
Available in two sizes:
4.86"X5.34" and 3.50"X3.85"


Colored autumn leaves surround a strong, graceful horse in this delicate brushstroke design.
 
Available in two sizes:
4.86"X5.40" and 3.45"X3.85"


The fierce dragon has long been an important, benevolent symbol in Asian countries. Stitch this one on shirts, pillows, bags, and more!
 
Available in two sizes:
4.87"X5.37" and 3.50"X3.85"


A Asian Elegance Value Pack

 

Paint gorgeous surroundings with these graceful sumi-e inspired designs! The Asian Elegance design packs contain 6 designs - priced at only $12.97! 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

Lend instant Asian flair to your home decor with this elegant folding screen. Constructed out of bamboo, it's a beautiful piece on which to display your graceful brushstroke designs. Display it on a cabinet, bookshelf, or table!

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A Fluttering Fancy Design Pack

Bold butterflies in a fancy Chinese style are framed by delicate cherry blossoms. Light and open, these designs will stitch beautifully on lightweight fabrics such as T-shirts, as well as elegant pillows, quilts, and more home decor items.

 
 
Available in three sizes:
6.54"X5.84" and 5.42"X4.83" and 3.85"X3.44"
  Available in one size:
3.86"X3.33"


An ornate Chinese butterfly and a gentle lotus flower make up this pretty design. Stitch it on tea towels, shirts, sheets, and more!

 
 
Available in three sizes:
6.53"X5.85" and 5.40"X4.84" and 3.87"X3.45"
  Available in one size:
3.48"X3.85"


A branch of bamboo forms the backdrop for this pretty butterfly design. Girls of all ages will adore it!
 
 
Available in three sizes:
5.82"X6.12" and 4.81"X5.05" and 3.66"X3.84"
  Available in one size:
3.61"X3.84"


Soft golden clouds frame a burgundy butterfly in this lovely design inspired by Chinese art.

 
 
Available in three sizes:
7.16"X5.82" and 5.92"X4.82" and 3.86"X3.14"
  Available in one size:
3.86"X3.60"


A Fluttering Fancy Value Pack

 

Stitch some Chinese beauty with a whole flock of gorgeous butterflies! The Fluttering Fancy design packs contain 8 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 All designs smaller than 4 x 4

Be the talk to the town with this gorgeous Mandarin dress purse! Use luxurious fabrics and Asian-inspired designs to create this beautiful bag, then finish it off with frog closures and bamboo handles.

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Graceful Geisha

Geisha are Japanese women who entertain with traditional arts - music, dance, conversation, even poetry. The word "geisha" means "artist," and these women have had a treasured role in Japanese culture for centuries. A playful anime style brings these designs up to date, and each is available in applique and stitch-filled versions - click here for applique embroidery instructions.
 

Gregarious Geisha (Applique)   Gregarious Geisha (Stitch-Filled)
 
Available in one size:
3.39"X3.87"
  Available in one size:
3.37"X3.87"

Gracious Geisha (Applique)   Gracious Geisha (Stitch-Filled)
 
Available in one size:
2.56"X3.87"
  Available in one size:
2.56"X3.86"

Gorgeous Geisha (Applique)   Gorgeous Geisha (Stitch-Filled)
 
Available in one size:
2.65"X3.86"
  Available in one size:
2.61"X3.86"

Glad Geisha (Applique)   Glad Geisha (Stitch-Filled)
 
Available in one size:
2.53"X3.86"
  Available in one size:
2.50"X3.86"

Glorious Geisha (Applique)   Glorious Geisha (Stitch-Filled)
 
Available in one size:
2.47"X3.87"
  Available in one size:
2.41"X3.86"

Gentle Geisha (Applique)   Gentle Geisha (Stitch-Filled)
 
Available in one size:
2.38"X3.87"
  Available in one size:
2.33"X3.86"

 

A Graceful Geisha (Stitch-Filled) Value Pack
 

Stitch all six geishas on cute bags, shirts, and more! The Graceful Geisha design pack contains 6 designs - priced at only $10.97! Click on the image or link at left to see the designs included in the pack, and add the pack to your basket.

All designs smaller than 4 x 4

   

 

A Graceful Geisha (Applique) Value Pack
 

Dress up your geisha designs with applique fabric! The Graceful Geisha (Applique) design pack contains 6 designs - priced at only $10.97! Click on the image or link at left to see the designs included in the pack, and add the pack to your basket.

All designs smaller than 4 x 4

   

 

 

Striking Samurai

Brave and honorable, Japanese upper-class warriors called samurai are known as much for their appreciation of arts such as the tea ceremony, painting, and poetry as for skills in battle. Each of these playful anime-style designs is available in applique and stitch-filled versions - click here for applique embroidery instructions.
 

Sanguine Samurai (Applique)   Sanguine Samurai (Stitch-Filled)
 
Available in one size:
3.27"X3.86"
  Available in one size:
3.22"X3.85"

Strong Samurai (Applique)   Strong Samurai (Stitch-Filled)
 
Available in one size:
2.95"X3.87"
  Available in one size:
2.85"X3.85"

Serene Samurai (Applique)   Serene Samurai (Stitch-Filled)
 
Available in one size:
3.74"X3.80"
  Available in one size:
3.72"X3.85"

Stunning Samurai (Applique)   Stunning Samurai (Stitch-Filled)
 
Available in one size:
2.94"X3.86"
  Available in one size:
2.89"X3.85"

Super Samurai (Applique)   Super Samurai (Stitch-Filled)
 
Available in one size:
2.53"X3.85"
  Available in one size:
2.42"X3.84"

Silent Samurai (Applique)   Silent Samurai (Stitch-Filled)
 
Available in one size:
2.69"X3.88"
  Available in one size:
2.62"X3.86"

 

A Striking Samurai (Stitch-Filled) Value Pack
 

Stitch these adorable designs on playful shirts, bags, and more! The Striking Samurai design pack contains 6 designs - priced at only $10.97! Click on the image or link at left to see the designs included in the pack, and add the pack to your basket.

All designs smaller than 4 x 4

   

 

A Striking Samurai (Applique) Value Pack
 

Outfit your samurai in unique applique fabric! The Striking Samurai (Applique) design pack contains 6 designs - priced at only $10.97! Click on the image or link at left to see the designs included in the pack, and add the pack to your basket.

All designs smaller than 4 x 4

   

 

 

Celebrate your love of scrapbooking with this scrap-happy design! Five crafty birds transform paper and photos into memorable keepsakes. Scrapbooking friends will adore this design on tote bags, wall hangings, sweatshirts, and more!

 

Available in two sizes:
5.70"X9.41" and 4.13"X6.82"



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