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Christmas Cheer
Christmas Cheer

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NEW THIS WEEK - December 4th, 2013


With three weeks until Christmas, 'tis the season to spread holiday cheer throughout our homes. New designs this week are sure to add color and charm to decor and gifts!

There's an excellent variety this week, from Christmas cats and dogs to birds in Chinoiserie branches. Holiday sprays are a wonderful way to dress up shirts, and aprons, while Battenburg lace ornaments add style and sophistication to trees and windows.

Scroll down the page to see these new designs!

Christmas towel toppers dress up kitchen decor! Project instructions show how to make three different toppers: a gingerbread girl, Mrs. Claus' dress, and a wrapped gift.  


Christmas Cat's Meow

Christmas is the cat's meow! Inspired by the popular Cat's Meow designs, these fashionable felines are all dressed up in holiday glitz and glam. A kitty in a Santa hat poses on a wrapped gift, ornaments dangling from her tail. On the right, a Christmas sweater keeps this kitty warm as she stretches under her own mistletoe.
     
 
Available in two sizes:
2.98" x 6.84" and 1.68" x 3.85"
  Available in two sizes:
3.70" x 5.79" and 2.47" x 3.87"


Striped leg warmers and scarf keep this kitty cute and cozy. Purr-fect for stockings, gift bags, and holiday shirts.
 
Available in two sizes:
6.16" x 4.54" and 3.86" x 2.85"


Christmas Canines

Elegant, sophisticated, sleek, and stylish! Christmas canines join their Dapper Dog cousins to show off their holiday spirit. Stitch these delightful designs on totes, quilts, wall hangings, shirts, and more for a breed of Christmas decoration no one can resist!

A dapper dog is all tangled up in Christmas lights, while his debonair friend gets an early start on unwrapping presents. Who could tell him no, in his sweet Santa hat?
     
 
Available in two sizes:
4.86" x 5.36" and 3.50" x 3.86"
  Available in two sizes:
4.27" x 6.31" and 2.62" x 3.86"


Ornaments take flight as this dog dashes away with them. Doggone darling on stockings!
 
Available in two sizes:
5.72" x 4.36" and 3.87" x 2.95"


Branching Out with Christmas

Stitchers love the Branching Out with Chinoiserie designs featuring delicate sketched branches reminiscent of the traditional Chinoiserie style. New designs highlight beautiful birds perched in winter branches, with brilliant pops of Christmas color. Festive and fabulous on pillow shams, seasonal totes, linens, and more!

A male cardinal and a female cardinal rest among bright ornaments. The sketched branches contrast with the colorful birds and holiday elements for a unique and fashionable look.
     
 
Available in five sizes:
7.80" x 7.39" and 7.28" x 6.90" and 5.87" x 5.56" and 4.87" x 4.61" and 3.87" x 3.67"
  Available in five sizes:
7.80" x 7.39" and 7.28" x 6.90" and 5.86" x 5.55" and 4.86" x 4.60" and 3.86" x 3.66"


A European Robin is framed by vivid poinsettia, while at right two chickadees share a quiet moment on berry branches. Lovely on holiday towels and linens!
     
 
Available in five sizes:
7.80" x 7.47" and 6.90" x 6.61" and 5.86" x 5.62" and 4.86" x 4.66" and 3.86" x 3.70"
  Available in five sizes:
7.80" x 7.71" and 6.98" x 6.90" and 5.92" x 5.85" and 4.91" x 4.85" and 3.85" x 3.80"


Bright Holiday Sprays
 
Available in three sizes:
9.38" x 4.34" and 7.80" x 3.61" and 6.85" x 3.17"

 
Available in three sizes:
9.38" x 4.34" and 7.80" x 3.61" and 6.85" x 3.17"


Christmas spirit rings out in a classic holiday spray for lightweight towels, table linens, pillow shams, and more.
 
Available in three sizes:
9.38" x 4.27" and 7.78" x 3.55" and 6.85" x 3.12"


Rudolph pulls a sleigh chock full of presents over the magical words, "I Believe!"
 
Available in three sizes:
9.38" x 4.28" and 7.79" x 3.55" and 6.85" x 3.12"


Make the holidays "Merry and Bright" with a trio of candles and elegant filigree. Graceful and classic on seasonal apparel and decor!
 
Available in three sizes:
9.38" x 5.12" and 7.79" x 4.25" and 6.85" x 3.74"


The words "A Child is Born" capture the spirit of the season, with bright stars shining in the firmament above. A beautiful yet fast-stitching design for special holiday wall hangings, mantle runners, and more.
 
Available in three sizes:
9.38" x 4.80" and 7.78" x 3.98" and 6.85" x 3.51"


Delicate snowflakes are cool and stylish on decor items for Christmas, and all winter long.
 
Available in three sizes:
9.40" x 4.59" and 7.80" x 3.81" and 6.85" x 3.35"


Tweet Christmas Ornaments

Bright birds hold one Christmas ornament and perch on another in oh-so-tweet designs. Let them land on towels, pillow covers, wall hangings, and more for adorable holiday decor!
     
 
Available in three sizes:
5.86" x 7.79" and 4.86" x 6.46" and 2.90" x 3.85"
  Available in three sizes:
5.86" x 8.57" and 4.69" x 6.86" and 2.63" x 3.85"


Whimsical birds and ornaments are bright with color and good cheer. Stitch onto seasonal sweatshirts and tote bags for a delightful Christmas embellishment.
     
 
Available in three sizes:
5.86" x 8.10" and 4.89" x 6.79" and 2.79" x 3.85"
  Available in three sizes:
5.86" x 9.11" and 4.41" x 6.85" and 2.48" x 3.85"


Meet Me Under the Mistletoe

Holiday couples meet under the mistletoe in sweet designs for wall hangings, stockings, linens, towels, and more. Santa and Mrs. Claus share a smooch, while reindeer hold their mistletoe on their antlers. Stitch some love this Christmas with these fun designs!
     
 
Available in three sizes:
5.86" x 6.77" and 4.84" x 5.60" and 3.34" x 3.86"
  Available in three sizes:
5.86" x 6.13" and 4.86" x 5.08" and 3.69" x 3.86"


A gingerbread couple are all smiles under the mistletoe, and a couple of dachshunds are filled with love from head to tail. That's a lot of love! Completely adorable on stockings.
     
 
Available in three sizes:
5.95" x 5.85" and 4.93" x 4.85" and 3.86" x 3.79"
  Available in three sizes:
9.41" x 5.49" and 6.86" x 4.00" and 3.86" x 2.25"


Battenburg Lace Ornaments

Battenburg lace ornaments get a fresh look with these designs! Soft lace circles surround beautiful holiday elements. The inside decorations hang from the top of the circle, and the whole ornament is made completely in the hoop. Click here for instructions on stitching Battenburg lace. Add a graceful look to holiday decor with these special designs!

A star and a dove appear to float in the heavens inside a circle of lovely lace.
     
 
Available in three sizes:
5.87" x 5.88" and 4.89" x 4.90" and 3.88" x 3.89"
  Available in three sizes:
5.87" x 5.88" and 4.89" x 4.90" and 3.88" x 3.89"


Battenburg lace is a traditional lace style with a long history. Bring this tradition to your holiday decor with a delicate Christmas bell and tree. So pretty!
     
 
Available in three sizes:
5.87" x 5.88" and 4.89" x 4.90" and 3.88" x 3.89"
  Available in three sizes:
5.87" x 5.88" and 4.89" x 4.90" and 3.88" x 3.89"


An ornament pops with color and a snowflake is cool and elegant inside Battenburg lace circles. See the project instructions for tips on using cotton thread, needle choice, and more to stitch these unique decorations.
     
 
Available in three sizes:
5.87" x 5.88" and 4.89" x 4.90" and 3.88" x 3.89"
  Available in three sizes:
5.87" x 5.88" and 4.89" x 4.90" and 3.88" x 3.89"


Lace Ornaments

The Christmas pickle is a tradition in the United States. A decoration in the shape of a pickle is hidden on a Christmas tree, with the finder receiving either a reward or good fortune the following year. Stitch a freestanding lace pickle ornament to share this fun tradition!

A lace gingerbread ornament is a classic. Put his smiling face on your tree! Click here for project instructions about stitching freestanding lace designs.
     
 
Available in one size:
1.42" x 3.88"
  Available in one size:
2.73" x 3.87"

 Only $1.00!
Available in four sizes:
5.85" x 3.63" and 4.85" x 3.03" and 3.85" x 2.41" and 2.50" x 1.57"


Special Request 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."

Sandie is a proud and happy owner of a Shih Tzu, and wants to share her love for her dog with a medley of this noble breed. Sandie, we are happy to obey! The word Shih Tzu means "lion" and although this dog is sweet and playful, he is not afraid to stand up for himself. One of the most popular dogs in the United States, this intelligent dog has a distinctively proud carriage, with head up and tail curved over the back. Thank you, Sandie, for this excellent request!
 
Available in three sizes:
7.77" x 6.89" and 6.60" x 5.86" and 5.47" x 4.85"


And there's more! New In-the-Hoop Ornaments

You may recognize some of the designs below, as popular holiday designs get a new look on in-the-hoop ornaments and in a versatile accessory size. The in-the-hoop ornaments are fa-la-la-fabulous on the tree, as well as on wreaths and gift bags. Click here for project instructions to make these ornaments, completely in the hoop! And small coordinating designs look terrific on stockings, napkins, and tucked into the corners of towels.

Decorate for Christmas with beautifully intricate poinsettias! This design is not freestanding lace; it can be stitched directly onto fabric.
     
 
Available in one size:
3.51" x 3.51"
  Available in one size:
2.74" x 2.61"


A one-color avant garde ornament adds a whimsical yet graceful touch to holiday decor.
     
 
Available in one size:
3.51" x 3.51"
  Available in one size:
2.04" x 2.52"


Let this quick-stitching avant garde star ornament brighten your holidays!
     
 
Available in one size:
3.51" x 3.51"
  Available in one size:
2.27" x 2.81"


The Baby Reindeer designs are perennial Christmas favorites, as Baby Rudolph and friends spend their early years playing and frolicking before they grow up to pull Santa's sleigh.
     
 
Available in one size:
3.51" x 3.51"
  Available in one size:
2.05" x 2.80"

     
 
Available in one size:
3.51" x 3.51"
  Available in one size:
2.07" x 2.81"


Baby Blitzen practices leaping into the air! A cozy scarf wards off the North Pole chill.
     
 
Available in one size:
3.51" x 3.51"
  Available in one size:
2.25" x 2.88"


Baby Cupid munches on a peppermint candy cane. Very sweet on the tree or a stocking.
     
 
Available in one size:
3.51" x 3.51"
  Available in one size:
2.38" x 2.64"


Baby Dancer has been playing in the elf stockings! Stitch on the chest area of a shirt or sweatshirt for a fun touch of holiday flair.
     
 
Available in one size:
3.51" x 3.51"
  Available in one size:
2.32" x 2.81"


Baby Dasher looks positively dashing in a festive top hat. Tie the ornament to packages for a nice extra treat on Christmas morning. Click here to see how to make in-the-hoop ornaments.
     
 
Available in one size:
3.51" x 3.51"
  Available in one size:
2.41" x 2.65"


Baby Donner munches on a gingerbread cookie. Tuck the small designs onto napkins for a fun addition to holiday dinners.
     
 
Available in one size:
3.51" x 3.51"
  Available in one size:
2.07" x 2.81"

     
 
Available in one size:
3.51" x 3.51"
  Available in one size:
1.64" x 2.83"

     
 
Available in one size:
3.51" x 3.51"
  Available in one size:
2.10" x 2.81"

     
 
Available in one size:
3.51" x 3.51"
  Available in one size:
1.73" x 2.79"

     
 
Available in one size:
3.51" x 3.51"
  Available in one size:
2.53" x 2.54"

     
 
Available in one size:
3.51" x 3.51"
  Available in one size:
2.53" x 2.50"

     
 
Available in one size:
3.51" x 3.51"
  Available in one size:
2.53" x 2.51"

     
 
Available in one size:
3.51" x 3.51"
  Available in one size:
3.51" x 3.51"


Add style to the tree with Art Nouveau ornaments. Simple lines are classic and contemporary.
     
 
Available in one size:
3.51" x 3.51"
  Available in one size:
3.51" x 3.51"


Ornaments are fun to attach to gifts, too! Add a special touch with these festive designs.
     
 
Available in one size:
3.51" x 3.51"
  Available in one size:
3.51" x 3.51"


Snowflake and Santa hat designs add color and charm to the Christmas tree.
     
 
Available in one size:
3.51" x 3.51"
  Available in one size:
3.51" x 3.51"


Make spirits bright with candy cane and candle ornaments! Click here for in-the-hoop project instructions.
     
 
Available in one size:
3.51" x 3.51"
  Available in one size:
3.51" x 3.51"


Stitch a little in-the-hoop Christmas spirit with jingle bells and a sleigh!
     
 
Available in one size:
3.51" x 3.51"
  Available in one size:
3.51" x 3.51"


A gingerbread man and holly add a sweet touch to trees, wreaths, and gift bags.
     
 
Available in one size:
3.51" x 3.51"
  Available in one size:
3.51" x 3.51"


Ornaments make great stocking stuffers, too! With so many styles, it's easy to find one to delight everyone on your list. Project instructions show how to make these ornaments, right in the hoop.
     
   
Available in one size:
3.51" x 3.51"
  Available in one size:
3.51" x 3.51"


Bright ornaments and holiday greetings warm up these in the-hoop-ornaments.
     
 
Available in one size:
3.51" x 3.51"
  Available in one size:
3.51" x 3.51"


Pretty ornaments pop with Christmas color. Very eye-catching on the tree!
     
 
Available in one size:
3.51" x 3.51"
  Available in one size:
3.51" x 3.51"


Music lovers will adore a treble clef (left) and bass clef (right) adorned with holly.
     
 
Available in one size:
3.51" x 3.51"
  Available in one size:
3.51" x 3.51"


Stitch holiday smiles this season with Santa and a bright Christmas bulb!
     
 
Available in one size:
3.51" x 3.51"
  Available in one size:
3.51" x 3.51"


Christmas brings bright lights in all colors -- and expressions!
     
 
Available in one size:
3.51" x 3.51"
  Available in one size:
3.51" x 3.51"


A winking bulb and a grinning bulb will make Christmas trees shine even brighter! Click here for project instructions to make colorful in-the-hoop ornaments.
     
 
Available in one size:
3.51" x 3.51"
  Available in one size:
3.51" x 3.51"


Whimsical faces make these bulbs a fun addition to wreaths and gifts!
     
 
Available in one size:
3.51" x 3.51"
  Available in one size:
3.51" x 3.51"



Oh no! This bulb is broken. Never fear, broken bulbs happen to everyone, every year.
 
Available in one size:
3.51" x 3.51"


In-the-Hoop Bottle Aprons

Bottle aprons are a fabulous way to give a special gift! Stitch a classic holiday design you love onto fabric, then attach with ribbon around a goodie jar, a jar of homemade pickles, or a wine bottle to add a special touch. Bottle aprons can also dress up dishwashing detergent to bring a splash of holiday color to the kitchen. Click here for project instructions to see how easy it is to create a fun and festive look for bottles!
     
 
Available in one size:
4.85" x 6.22"
  Available in one size:
4.85" x 6.22"


Cups of hot cocoa with whipped cream and a cinnamon stick warm everyone's heart, especially when the cups are decorated with a smiling snowman and a blooming poinsettia.
     
 
Available in one size:
4.85" x 6.22"
  Available in one size:
4.85" x 6.22"


Refresh holiday spirits with a cool Yule cocktail and a cup of mint cocoa. Delicious!
     
   
Available in one size:
4.85" x 6.22"
  Available in one size:
4.85" x 6.22"


Bottle aprons on wine bottles make excellent hostess gifts. Wish your gracious hosts a "Merry Christmas" or a "Happy Christmas."
     
 
Available in one size:
4.85" x 6.22"
  Available in one size:
4.85" x 6.22"


Brighten bottles of sparkling cider for the "kid table" with Christmas lights and a Santa hat!
     
 
Available in one size:
4.85" x 6.22"
  Available in one size:
4.85" x 6.22"


A sled and jingle bells are classic and beloved holiday symbols of Santa and his reindeer. Dash to the project instructions to see how to whip up a bottle apron.
     
 
Available in one size:
4.85" x 6.22"
  Available in one size:
4.85" x 6.22"


Let a frolicking reindeer and peppermint candy cane spruce up your holiday entertaining!
     
 
Available in one size:
4.85" x 6.22"
  Available in one size:
4.85" x 6.22"


A oh-so-sweet gingerbread man and a slightly retro "Joy" ornament design please a wide range of tastes.
     
   
Available in one size:
4.85" x 6.22"
  Available in one size:
4.85" x 6.22"


Start a new holiday tradition with holiday bottle aprons! A candy cane in a bow and a bright ornament hanging from a holly branch bring to mind happy holidays of years past.
     
 
Available in one size:
4.85" x 6.22"
  Available in one size:
4.85" x 6.22"


A light and lovely poinsettia and antique ornaments add a classic look to holiday festivities.
     
 
Available in one size:
4.85" x 6.22"
  Available in one size:
4.85" x 6.22"


A jubilant Santa and snowman bottle aprons are delightful additions to the kitchen or dining room. Click here for project instructions to make your own holiday bottle apron.
     
 
Available in one size:
4.85" x 6.22"
  Available in one size:
4.85" x 6.22"


An abstract Christmas tree is a bold dash of holiday color, and a fancy wreath will dress up any bottle with style.
     
 
Available in one size:
4.85" x 6.22"
  Available in one size:
4.85" x 6.22"


Let ornaments shine and bells ring on holiday bottles! Colorful designs will light up holiday dinners. 
     
 
Available in one size:
4.85" x 6.22"
  Available in one size:
4.85" x 6.22"


Bottle aprons can also dress up bottles of dish detergent for festive kitchen decor.
     
   
Available in one size:
4.85" x 6.22"
  Available in one size:
4.85" x 6.22"


Delft blue designs give these bottle aprons cool and elegant style. A bell and a Christmas tree are refreshing in multiple blue hues.
     
 
Available in one size:
4.85" x 6.22"
  Available in one size:
4.85" x 6.22"


Wrap an elegant Delft blue apron around a bottle of olive oil for your favorite chef! Step-by-step project instructions show how to make one in a snap.
     
 
Available in one size:
4.85" x 6.22"
  Available in one size:
4.85" x 6.22"


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