Embroidery Library
Country Roads

NEW THIS WEEK - October 17th, 2007


Country Roads

Free Project Instructions!

 

In the country, away from the hustle and bustle of the city, is a world less complicated.  A place where the inhabitants have forged relationships with the wilderness and nature that is so abundant around them. Wander down any rural road and witness the unexpected beauty and charm of farm scenes, in which the boundary between domestic and wild life is often blurred as the only barrier is often a simple wooden fence and the nearest neighbor is miles away.  It is quiet and peaceful.

Bring this serene mood directly into your home with this week's series of realistic Rustic Country Scenes, Farm and Country Quick-Stitch designs, and primitive, stitch-filled and applique Country Time designs.

Continuing on the country theme is a set of Pennsylvania Dutch hex symbols, often found decorating the sides of barns, and the Request of the Week featuring Redwork Days of the Week on the Farm. Stroll down the page and take in the sights!

Create a fashionable denim purse from recycled jeans.
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Pennsylvania Dutch Hex Symbols

Pennsylvania Dutch hexes are colorful, circular patterns that can be found on the sides of barns, stables, and houses, painted on candles; on household good such as kitchen utensils and racks;
and on wooden and metal disks which can be hung in windows. Found primarily in Southeastern Pennsylvania, the origin and purpose of hexes is still in question. It may be simply an error in
linguistics that they were ever referred to as "hexes" and that they were strictly for decorative
purposes. Or, they may have been used for protection against heverei (Witchcraft), and used to
bring about good spells.

Whatever their purpose may be, hexes are lovely, brightly colored decorations that would be a
gorgeous addition to tote bags and purses, tea towels, cozies, table linens, quilts, and bedding.
 

"Distelfinks," German for "Goldfinch," are one
of the most prominent motifs in hexes.

 

Bold colors such as purple and blue express feelings of protection, peace, calmness and sacredness.

 

Available in four sizes:
7.82"X7.80" and 5.87"X5.87"
and 4.82"X4.82" and 3.87"X3.86"

 

Available in four sizes:
7.81"X7.79" and 5.87"X5.85"
and 4.84"X4.84" and 3.87"X3.87"



Chock full of clovers, this hex is rife with
luck and good fortune.

 


Swirling leaves bring tidings of strength and endurance.

 

Available in four sizes:
7.78"X7.77" and 5.87"X5.88"
and 4.87"X4.86" and 3.87"X3.84"

 

Available in four sizes:
7.79"X7.79" and 5.87"X5.88"
and 4.83"X4.82" and 3.87"X3.86"



Stars in hexes can stand for many things: protection against fires, good fortune, hope,
love, fertility, energy, and harmony.

 


These vivid turquoise Birds of Paradise and magenta heart represent friendship.

 

Available in four sizes:
7.80"X7.81" and 5.87"X5.88"
and 4.87"X4.86" and 3.87"X3.84"

 

Available in four sizes:
7.83"X7.82" and 5.88"X5.89"
and 4.88"X4.87" and 3.88"X3.85"



Brilliant colors bring to life a hex of tulips and a scalloped border, symbolizing waves and the
wish for smooth sailing in life.

 


The beautifully combined heart and tulip patterns conjure up feelings of faith, hope and camaraderie.

 

Available in four sizes:
7.82"X7.81" and 5.87"X5.88"
and 4.87"X4.86" and 3.87"X3.84"

 

Available in four sizes:
7.82"X7.79" and 5.87"X5.86"
and 4.87"X4.85" and 3.87"X3.84"



The symbol for hospitality, a golden pineapple encircled with vivid flowers, is welcoming.

Available in four sizes:
7.82"X7.84" and 5.87"X5.90" and 4.87"X4.88" and 3.87"X3.86"



A Pennsylvania Dutch Hex Symbols Design Pack
 
The above 9 Pennsylvania Dutch Hex designs are available in a value pack, priced at only $14.97!
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  


Rustic Country Scenes

Gorgeously detailed, these beautiful landscapes would be an
amazing addition to quilts, jackets, and wall hangings.
 

A regal doe quietly strolls near a mill of stone.

Available in three sizes:
8.83"X7.01" and 7.36"X5.85" and 6.03"X4.80"


A winter-y scene with a pheasant pair and snow-covered barn.

Available in three sizes:
9.54"X7.00" and 7.98"X5.85" and 6.66"X4.87"


A bushy-tailed fox contemplates a silent church.

Available in three sizes:
8.00"X7.00" and 6.68"X5.85" and 5.57"X4.86"


Farm and Country Quick-Stitch

Quick, simple designs in farm and country scenes are fast embellishments to tea towels, cozies,
quilts, wall hangings and tote bags. These following designs use only one color, making them quick-
stitching motifs. The art style is reminiscent of "etchings," where scenes were engraved into sheets
of metal.
 
Cows graze in a pasture as a pick-up
truck lies silent in the adjacent field.
  With slowly turning blades, a stout
windmill generates power.

 
Available in two sizes:
6.21"X5.85" and  5.09"X4.80"
  Available in two sizes:
6.43"X5.86" and 5.27"X4.80"


Surrounded by a silo and haystack, a
tractor waits patiently to get moving.
 
A simple one room schoolhouse with a bell
for announcing the beginning of class.
 
Available in two sizes:
7.59"X5.85" and 6.22"X4.81"
  Available in two sizes:
7.59"X5.85" and 6.27"X4.82"


A wagon wheel rest alongside a fence and against the backdrop of stoic horses and the setting sun.
 
To "lock the barn door after the horse is gone" implies that one is trying to be careful or fix a problem after it is too late.
 
Available in two sizes:
6.84"X5.85" and 5.65"X4.84"
  Available in two sizes:
6.86"X5.85" and 5.67"X4.85"


Here's the church, and here's the steeple;
Open the door and see all the people.
 
Plump pheasants explore the farm.
 
Available in two sizes:
6.17"X5.85" and 5.06"X4.80"
  Available in two sizes:
5.88"X5.85" and 4.82"X4.81"


A mill's waterwheel turns under the moon-filled sky.
Available in two sizes:
5.85"X6.40" and 4.85"X5.29"


A Farm & Country Quick-Stitch Design Pack
 
The above 9 quick-stitching designs are available in a value pack, priced at only $13.97!
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


Country Time - Stitch-filled and Applique

The "primitive" style of art has long been popular on kitchen, table, and bath linens.
Simple lines paired with chunky and bold shapes evoke the feelings of a good and
quiet life.  The following designs are available in both an applique and a stitch-filled
version for your embroidery projects.
 
A woolly sheep frolics about merrily.
Applique Version   Stitch-filled Version

 

Available in two sizes:
3.85"X3.15" and 3.35"X2.73"
  Available in two sizes:
3.85"X3.15" and 3.35"X2.73"


Keep the doctor away with a richly ripened apple.
Applique Version   Stitch-filled Version

 

Available in two sizes:
2.15"X3.87" and 1.86"X3.37"
  Available in two sizes:
2.15"X3.87" and 1.86"X3.37"


Red-crested and proud, a tan rooster struts its stuff.
Applique Version   Stitch-filled Version

 

Available in two sizes:
3.08"X3.85" and 2.67"X3.34"
  Available in two sizes:
3.08"X3.85" and 2.67"X3.34"


The familiar black and white pattern of a Holstein cow.
Applique Version   Stitch-filled Version

 

Available in two sizes:
3.86"X2.68" and 3.36"X2.33"
  Available in two sizes:
3.86"X2.68" and 3.36"X2.33"


A cute pink piglet with a curly corkscrew tail.
Applique Version   Stitch-filled Version

 

Available in two sizes:
3.86"X2.17" and 3.37"X1.88"
  Available in two sizes:
3.86"X2.17" and 3.67"X1.88"


Happiness is a warm puppy. ~Charles Schultz
Applique Version   Stitch-filled Version

 

Available in two sizes:
3.87"X3.11" and 3.37"X2.71"
  Available in two sizes:
3.87"X 3.11" and 3.67"X2.71"


A gleeful kitten romps playfully on bibs and kitchen towels.
Applique Version   Stitch-filled Version

 

Available in two sizes:
3.88"X2.98" and 3.37"X2.59"
  Available in two sizes:
3.88"X2.98" and 3.67"X2.59"


Dramatically flapping it's wings, an ebony-plumed crow prepares for take-off.
Applique Version   Stitch-filled Version

 

Available in two sizes:
3.53"X3.87" and 3.08"X3.37"
  Available in two sizes:
3.53"X3.87" and 3.08"X3.37"


A giddy pony gallops with joy.
Applique Version   Stitch-filled Version

 

Available in two sizes:
3.66"X3.85" and 3.19"X3.36"
  Available in two sizes:
3.66"X3.85" and 3.19"X3.36"


Gloriously scarlet, a tidy barn is topped with a rooster weather vane.
Applique Version   Stitch-filled Version

 

Available in two sizes:
3.85"X3.48" and 3.35"X3.03"
  Available in two sizes:
3.85"X3.48" and 3.35"X3.03"


Duck, duck, duck....goose!
Applique Version   Stitch-filled Version

 

Available in two sizes:
3.24"X3.87" and 2.82"X3.36"
  Available in two sizes:
3.24"X3.87" and 2.82"X3.36"


A bountiful harvest gathered up in a rustic cart.
Applique Version   Stitch-filled Version

 

Available in two sizes:
3.86"X2.96" and 3.37"X2.58"
  Available in two sizes:
3.87"X2.96" and 3.37"X2.58"


A Country Time (Applique) Design Pack
 
The above 12 Country Time (Applique) designs are available in a value pack, priced at only $16.97!
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 4 x 4   All designs smaller than 4 x 4


A Country Time Design Pack
 
The stitch-filled designs are also available in a value pack, priced at only $16.97! 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 4 x 4   All designs smaller than 4 x 4


Request of the Week:  Days of the Week on the Farm!

Allene sent in a request for a set of  Days of the Week designs. But instead of the traditional tasks that one normally sees on such designs, she asked for a set specifically for farm chores. We were delighted by her suggestion, and immediately conjured up a group of redwork animals hard at work in each scene.

In addition to providing suggestions for the individual chores, Allene also included personal tidbits about her Grannie's method of completing the tasks. "My Grannie stirred her white clothes with a wooden paddle and made sure the water was really hot."

What a fun and wonderful way to keep track of the days of the week, Allene! Thanks for the great suggestion. They're perfect for a set of flour-sack kitchen towels, or on a table topper, too. Each design has two color changes. The text is on the second color change so that you can easily sew the designs with or without the day of the week.
 
Rest and relax   Time for washing

 

Available in two sizes:
6.40"X4.86" and 3.85"X2.92"
  Available in two sizes:
6.16"X4.89" and 3.85"X3.04"


Plow the field
 
Churn butter

 

Available in two sizes:
6.69"X4.86" and 3.85"X2.82"
  Available in two sizes:
6.85"X4.50" and 3.85"X2.53"


Feed the hens
 
New shoes

 

Available in two sizes:
5.88"X4.81" and 3.85"X3.16"
  Available in two sizes:
5.55"X4.87" and 3.85"X3.36"


Planting day

Available in two sizes:
6.34"X4.84" and 3.85"X2.96"


A Days of the Week Redwork Barnyard Design Pack
 
The above 7 Redwork Barnyard designs are available in a value pack, priced at only $8.97!
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 5 x 7   All designs smaller than 4 x 4


Country Roads, Take Me Home Decor

Add a little country to your home with these fun projects from www.EmbroideryLibraryProjects.com. Just scroll through all of these free projects and be inspired to take on a new home decor project! Spruce up your living room and family room with embroidered wall hangings, pillows, and lamp shades. Or, add country flair to your kitchen with dish towels, oven mitts, and hot pads. You can also create table runners, cloth napkins, and placemats for your dining room. There is a even a special project for your favorite feline!
 
         
   
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Want to see more? Click here to see designs released in previous weeks!