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NEW THIS WEEK - January 29th, 2014

Embroiderers have the very best ideas for new designs, and every day we are treated to crafty and creative suggestions for new motifs. We're celebrating you and your excellent ideas with a special Request-fest design series!

Each new design is based on a stitcher's idea or special design request. The result is a fun and colorful group of new designs, ready to bring life to your projects. You'll find light-and-lovely sketched flowers, a playful day of the week Redwork designs, wreaths that are delightful for monogramming, and more.

Scroll down the page to see these new designs!

Monogram tips and tricks: Combine new wreaths with your favorite lettering styles for a unique look. Click here for project instructions!

Winter Flowers in Mason Jar

Lush roses and delicate lilies bloom in frosty hues. Embroiderers fell in love with previous Mason jar bouquets, and thanks to Carolyn's suggestion, a stunning winter version joins the collection. Gorgeous on pillow covers, wall hangings, tote bags, and quilts!
Available in three sizes:
6.92" x 9.67" and 5.88" x 8.23" and 4.86" x 6.80"

Sketched Flowers

The sheer and graceful beauty of sketched flowers have won fans among embroiderers all over the world. A new garden of blooms joins previous sketched flower designs: daisies, hibiscus, lilies, poppies, rhododendron, roses, and Texas bluebonnets. These subtly shaded flower arrangements are light and lovely on tea towels, quilts, shirts, linens, and more!
Calla lilies - requested by Kim   Nasturtium - requested by Kathy
Available in five sizes:
7.79" x 7.79" and 6.90" x 6.89" and 5.84" x 5.84" and 4.86" x 4.85" and 3.88" x 3.88"
  Available in five sizes:
7.76" x 7.79" and 6.89" x 6.92" and 5.85" x 5.87" and 4.85" x 4.87" and 3.83" x 3.85"

Add beauty to lightweight towels and linens with the cheerful "faces" of pansies and frangipani. The petals in the sketch style seem to glow with light. Let them shine on your projects this winter!
Pansies - requested by Leslie   Frangipani - requested by Lizzi
Available in five sizes:
7.77" x 7.80" and 6.88" x 6.90" and 5.85" x 5.87" and 4.85" x 4.87" and 3.87" x 3.88"
  Available in five sizes:
7.76" x 7.78" and 6.86" x 6.88" and 5.83" x 5.85" and 4.85" x 4.87" and 3.84" x 3.86"

Azaleas bring an early taste of spring. Delightful on tote bags, quilts, pillow shams, and more!
Azaleas - requested by Shelley
Available in five sizes:
7.80" x 7.79" and 6.90" x 6.89" and 5.87" x 5.86" and 4.87" x 4.86" and 3.89" x 3.89"

Red-headed Woodpecker

This handsome red-headed woodpecker was requested by Gini. The breeding ground for this distinctive bird is open country across southern Canada and the eastern-central United States. Their bold patterning has led them to be called a "flying checkerboard," with an entirely crimson head, a snow-white body, and half white, half inky black wings.
Available in four sizes:
7.29" x 7.79" and 6.89" x 7.37" and 5.85" x 6.26" and 4.86" x 5.19"

Manistee North Pierhead Lighthouse

Michigan has more lighthouse than any other state! Each one has a unique look, and form a "stellar constellation" along the Michigan coastline. The request for an embroidery design starring the Manistee North Pierhead Lighthouse on the Manistee River in Michigan's Lower Peninsula came from Laurie. The long pier and distinctive catwalk make this lighthouse a handsome addition to tote bags, pillow covers, and framed embroidery.
Available in three sizes:
9.25" x 5.80" and 6.80" x 4.26" and 3.90" x 2.45"

Vintage Signs

Country-style or farmer's market-style signs are a big hit with embroiderers. They're so fresh as kitchen wall art, as well as embellishments on pillow covers and tote bags. The suggestion for these "simply delicious" honey designs came from Francis, who actually raises honeybees! Vintage-style signs are timeless on wall hangings, quilts, reusable grocery bags, and anywhere you want a touch of sweet nostalgia.
Available in four sizes:
10.88" x 6.91" and 9.23" x 5.86" and 7.81" x 4.96" and 6.87" x 4.37"

Pure honey makes a purely irresistible design. A bee hive nestles among roses in a "Queen's Quality Pure Honey" sign. Stitch onto wall art, tote bags, towels, mini-quilts and more for a natural, fresh, and delicious look that even the honey bee queen herself would love!
Available in four sizes:
11.70" x 5.99" and 9.41" x 4.82" and 7.78" x 3.99" and 6.86" x 3.52"

Rooster and Roses

Nancy requested designs inspired by the classic rooster and roses china pattern from the 1940s and '50s. A combination of country style and traditional elegance fills these designs with the spirit of the time, and will dress up table linens, towels, tote bags, wall hangings, and much more with color and charm. This bold rooster has a lot of personality, and that's something to crow about!
Available in five sizes:
7.80" x 7.79" and 6.92" x 6.90" and 5.86" x 5.85" and 4.86" x 4.84" and 3.85" x 3.85"

Lovely roses encircle this rooster, with their soft pink hues matching his wing feathers. Gorgeous on pillow covers as well as wall hangings, quilts, and tote bags.
Available in five sizes:
7.80" x 7.78" and 6.91" x 6.90" and 5.87" x 5.86" and 4.88" x 4.87" and 3.86" x 3.85"

A rooster and roses vertical spray is a fabulous shape for wall hangings and banners. It's also excellent for table runners and the borders of pillow cases, too!
Available in four sizes:
5.21" x 11.75" and 4.17" x 9.41" and 3.46" x 7.80" and 3.04" x 6.86"

Available in four sizes:
11.75" x 5.42" and 9.41" x 4.34" and 7.80" x 3.60" and 6.00" x 3.03"

Roses bloom elegantly in this charming border. Stitch onto towels, table linens, and quilts for classic yet contemporary style. The 5" x 7" size of this design has been formatted for the Endless Hoop; it may also be used in standard hoops.
Available in five sizes:
11.75" x 3.35" and 9.41" x 2.68" and 7.80" x 2.22" and 5.98" x 1.91" and 3.87" x 1.11"

A colorful rooster struts his stuff inside a blooming rose corner. Perfect for sprucing up kitchen decor on potholders, towels, and linens!
Available in three sizes:
5.86" x 6.15" and 4.87" x 5.11" and 3.68" x 3.87"

Rooster and Roses Design Packs

Create distinctive home decor with the Rooster and Roses Design Packs. Inspired by the traditional rooster and roses china pattern, these designs are sure to become new classics in their own right. Get the design pack to have the square, circle, vertical spray, border, and corner, beautiful for a wide range of projects.

Rooster and Roses Design Packs

The designs are sold singly (use the links above), or get several in a pack! Five sizes are available to suit your projects. Click on a link to a pack to see the designs included, and add the pack to your basket.

The pack is available in 5 sizes:

**XXL - 12 Designs smaller than 7.9" x 10"
**XL -   11 Designs smaller than 7.9" x 7.9"
**Lg -   12 Designs smaller than 7" x 11.8"
**Md -  12 Designs smaller than 6" x 10"
**Sm -   8 Designs smaller than 5"x 7"

Days of the Week Redwork Puppies

Playful puppies -- quick to stitch in Redwork! -- bring a colorful and energetic look to kitchen towels and baby bibs. The designs shown below have the day of the week so you can make a charming set. The text is on a separate color stop, so you can leave it off if you prefer. 
Available in two sizes:
6.69" x 4.86" and 3.85" x 2.80"
  Available in two sizes:
4.85" x 5.03" and 3.72" x 3.86"

Every day is a play day for this active puppy. Even when he's helping with the laundry, it's all a game to him! Whimsical designs are adorable on baby quilts and nursery wall hangings.
Available in two sizes:
4.80" x 5.38" and 3.44" x 3.86"
  Available in two sizes:
6.80" x 4.71" and 3.85" x 2.67"

Puppy gets a bath on Thursday and flies a kite on Friday. Include him as part of a Days of the Week towel, shirt, and napkin set!
Available in two sizes:
4.80" x 5.20" and 3.55" x 3.86"
  Available in two sizes:
4.80" x 5.01" and 3.69" x 3.86"

Fast-stitching Redwork designs on towels make great gifts! A towel set with these quick-stitching designs is a fabulous homemade item for silent auctions and gift exchanges, too.
Available in two sizes:
5.27" x 4.86" and 3.85" x 3.55"

Days of the Week Redwork Puppies Design Packs

A Days of the Week Redwork Puppies Design Pack is perfect for stitching a classic look onto lightweight towels, shirts, linens, and more. Get all 7 designs for the complete set of puppy adventures!

Days of the Week Redwork Puppies Design Packs

Order the designs individually by clicking the links above, or get the pack with all 7 designs, priced at only $9.97! Two sizes are available to suit any project.

Click on a link below to see the designs in the pack, and add the pack to your basket.

The pack is available in 2 sizes:

**Lg - Designs smaller than 5" x 7"
**Sm - Designs smaller than 4" x 4"

Crafty Love

Laurie requested a "Love to Tat" design with a tatting shuttle. Tatting is a technique for handcrafting a particularly durable lace constructed with a series of knots and loops, and dates all the way back to the early 19th century.
Available in four sizes:
9.40" x 4.48" and 7.80" x 3.71" and 6.84" x 3.26" and 3.85" x 1.83"


Sugar gliders show off in a sketched medley, requested by Kathy whose granddaughter is lucky enough to have one for a pet. Their common name refers to its preference for sugary foods, and ability to glide through the air, much like a flying squirrel. Let these adorable marsupials land on tote bags, pillow covers, wall hangings, and more!
Available in four sizes:
7.74" x 7.79" and 6.87" x 6.90" and 5.82" x 5.85" and 4.84" x 4.86"

Stitch something snappy with a crawfish, as fresh as can be in a two-color sketch. Annette asked for this design to spice up dish towels. Also very tasteful on beach bags, shirts, nautical-themed quilts, and more!
Available in three sizes:
5.85" x 5.85" and 4.83" x 4.83" and 3.85" x 3.85"

Monogram Wreaths

Many stitchers have requested wreath designs for monogramming elegant wedding and anniversary gifts, towels, pillow shams, and quilts. Choose your initial from dozens of alphabets, found here! Pick the size of the wreath for your project, and peek at the description to see the size letter to choose. Step-by-step project instructions demonstrate how to place a letter within the open area. Monograms are a fabulous way to personalize items, and wreath accents set off your letters in grand style!

A wheat wreath and a wreath of laurel make classic and graceful frames for letters.
Available in five sizes:
7.80" x 7.20" and 7.48" x 6.90" and 6.39" x 5.90" and 5.27" x 4.86" and 3.87" x 3.56"
  Available in five sizes:
7.80" x 7.06" and 7.62" x 6.90" and 6.51" x 5.90" and 5.36" x 4.86" and 3.85" x 3.49"

Make homemade gifts even more personal with initials! One-color wreath accents are a fast and elegant way to highlight initials with fashion and flair. Click here for project instructions and see how easy it is to place a letter within the wreath.
Available in five sizes:
7.80" x 7.09" and 7.59" x 6.90" and 6.49" x 5.90" and 5.34" x 4.86" and 3.86" x 3.51"
  Available in five sizes:
7.80" x 7.10" and 7.58" x 6.90" and 6.48" x 5.90" and 5.33" x 4.86" and 3.85" x 3.52"

A contemporary floral wreath with a monogram makes a lovely centerpiece for a quilt, wall hanging, tote bag, and pillow sham. Perfect for wedding gift sets, too.
Available in five sizes:
7.80" x 7.09" and 7.60" x 6.90" and 6.49" x 5.89" and 5.35" x 4.86" and 3.87" x 3.51"

Special Request of the Week

But wait -- there's one more request to be featured! Each week this space is reserved for the Special Request of the Week. This week's request comes from Kirsten. Peace Love Scuba adds a breath of fresh air to beach towels and totes, wall hangings, pillow covers, sweatshirts, and more! This design will appeal to anyone who loves to dive into the ocean's wondrous depths.
Available in five sizes:
9.41" x 3.99" and 7.81" x 3.31" and 6.86" x 2.91" and 5.26" x 2.26" and 3.86" x 1.68"

Brightly colored fish swim around a mask and fins in the Peace Love Snorkel design. Thanks for these fabulous design suggestions, Kirsten!
Available in five sizes:
9.42" x 3.70" and 7.82" x 3.07" and 6.90" x 2.71" and 5.27" x 2.07" and 3.87" x 1.52"

Thank you for all your great ideas, and keep those suggestions coming! It's so fun to see your ideas
and suggestions come to life on the sewing machine. If you have an idea for new designs, send an email to stitch@emblibrary.com.

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