Embroidery Library
Japanese Art

NEW THIS WEEK - February 23rd, 2011

Ikebana and Japanese Art

Free Project Instructions!

Japan, the Land of the Rising Sun, provides endless inspiration in this week's new designs. Celebrating the traditional art and culture of this eastern land, these new designs are perfect for any Asian-themed project.

Begin with ikebana, the art of Japanese flower arranging. Richly detailed designs bring color and grace to tote bags, framed pieces, table linens, and pillow shams.

Kokeshi and Maneki Neko are crafty and fun! See them knit, stitch, and serve cupcakes too. These designs are delightful additions to kitchen towels and aprons. Ikebana and calligraphy are combined in a new collection of "brushstroke" designs. These simple motifs use bold strokes of color, yet remain simple in their stitches.

All this, and an alphabet, too! Cherry blossoms are perfectly paired with letters that are reminiscent of brushstroke calligraphy.

Explore the beauty of Japan this week, and enjoy the new designs!

Craft a three-panel pillow with three times the style! We used beautiful brocade fabric and a letter from the new Brushstroke & Blossoms Alphabet to decorate this pretty pillow -- perfect for supporting your lower back. Click here for free project instructions!

Ikebana - Giving Life to Flowers

Ikebana, or the Japanese art of flower arrangement, is derived from two Japanese
words: ikeru and hana. Together they translate into the artful phrase, "giving life
to flowers." And indeed, the careful and detailed practice of pairing and bringing
 natural elements together really does bring a new life and look to flowers.
Available in three sizes:
6.49"X7.80" and 5.88"X7.08" and 4.87"X5.85"

Ikebana arrived in Japan with Buddhism -- around the 6th century. Artful, yet
minimal, flower arrangements were placed on religious altars, and over time,
became a part of Buddhist worship.
Available in three sizes:
7.55"X7.82" and 5.85"X6.06" and 4.85"X5.03"

As ikebana became more widespread in Japan, different schools began to
emerge. Ikenobo is the oldest school of ikebana, and it began to teach this
beautiful art in the early 1500s. Since that time, other schools emerged. The
first students were Buddhist priests and members; over time, ikebana has
become an important part of Japanese culture, and a celebrated art form.
Available in three sizes:
7.22"X7.81" and 5.87"X6.36" and 4.87"X5.26"

Krafty Kokeshi Dolls

For four hundred years, a charming wooden doll has made its way from northern
Japan into the hearts of doll-lovers around the world. Kokeshi dolls are simple in
form, but big in personality and decoration. These designs celebrate the craft
of making these precious dolls -- and are a fantastic and crafty addition to your
 embroidery projects, too!

A crafty kokeshi doll with
a tasty cupcake!

  A shy and demure kokeshi
doll with a pot of tea.


Available in two sizes:
3.34"X6.84" and 1.87"X3.85"

  Available in two sizes:
3.14"X6.84" and 1.76"X3.86"

Celebrate the craft of
knitting with this doll!

  An adorable kokeshi doll
celebrates the craft of crocheting!


Available in two sizes:
3.23"X6.57" and 1.91"X3.84"

  Available in two sizes:
3.21"X6.56" and 1.88"X3.84

A kokeshi doll holds
a delicate origami crane.

  A graceful kokeshi doll with
a Japanese folding fan.

Available in two sizes:
2.92"X6.85" and 1.64"X3.84"
  Available in two sizes:
4.04"X6.16" and 2.55"X3.86"

A kokeshi doll holding a colorful bouquet
of flowers. The flower is repeated in her
hair, and on her kimono.
Available in two sizes:
4.85"X5.89" and 3.15"X3.85"

A Krafty Kokeshi Design Packs

Seven lovely kokeshi dolls are available in a design pack for your stitching pleasure! Add these
sweet designs to tote bags, wall hangings, quilts, dish towels, and any place you'd like to
add a dash of color, and a splash of Asian flair. Click on the link or image below to the size
that is appropriate to your machine or project, and add the pack to your basket.

7 designs - only $9.97!  
designs - only $9.97!

Designs smaller than 5 x 7


Designs smaller than 4 x 4

Maneki Neko, the Lucky Cat

Maneki Neko, also known as the "lucky" or "welcome" cat, is believed to bring good
luck to his owner. Traditionally a ceramic sculpture of a Japanese bobtail is placed
in retail stores, restaurants, and homes. You can stitch this lucky fellow on any
crafty project, from shirts to totes, pillow shams to bath towels.


Maneki Neko plays with yarn and
knitting needles!

  Maneki Neko plays with yarn and
crochet needles!


Available in two sizes:
4.84"X5.86" and 3.19"X3.86"

  Available in two sizes:
4.84"X5.86" and 3.19"X3.86"

Maneki Neko hand-embroiderers
a crafty heart.

  Maneki Neko holds a delicious
cupcake. Adorable on kitchen
towels and aprons!


Available in two sizes:
4.85"X6.06" and 3.08"X3.86"

  Available in two sizes:
4.71"X6.56" and 2.77"X3.86"

Maneki Neko holds a steaming
cup of coffee (or hot chocolate!).
  Maneki Neko enjoys a glass
of wine, and holds a bunch of
grapes. Clever on wine bags!
Available in two sizes:
4.86"X6.58" and 2.87"X3.86"
  Available in two sizes:
4.82"X6.26" and 3.00"X3.86"

Maneki Neko with a colorful piece
of sushi. Fun on placemats, towels,
and aprons.

Available in two sizes:
4.82"X6.09" and 3.05"X3.85"

A Lucky Cat Design Packs

Bring this crafty kitty to your embroidery projects! The above seven designs are available
in a value pack. Stitch this delightful fellow on quilts, wall hangings, tote bags, towels, to add
a lucky message with Asian appeal. Click on the link or image below to the size that is right
for your machine or project, and add the pack to your basket.

7 designs - only $9.97!  
designs - only $9.97!

Designs smaller than 5 x 7


Designs smaller than 4 x 4

Brushstroke Ikebana

The elegance of Japanese flower arranging is combined with a classic
Asian calligraphy style. Add color and grace to tote bags, pillow shams,
and more. Change the colors of the petals or vase or stems in these
designs to match your personal preference and taste.
Available in two sizes:
7.56"X5.80" and 6.24"X4.79"

The "brushstroke" style is evident in the way that the leaves
and vase fade out into thinner stitches. Areas in the flowers
and vase are left open, mimicking the negative space that
is left by traditional calligraphy.

Available in two sizes:
5.86"X7.56" and 4.84"X6.16"

Traditional ikebana uses many types of organic elements to make
a beautiful scene. Oftentimes ikebana is done on a small scale,
nearly miniature, and the result both elegant and understated.

Available in two sizes:
5.80"X6.43" and 4.80"X5.31"

This brushstroke design emphasizes the graceful,
curving lines that are mastered in the art of ikebana.

Available in two sizes:
5.81"X8.10" and 4.80"X6.69"

This ikebana design is playful with color, featuring large
blossoms on the right, and delicate leaves in a different
hue on the left. Change the colors to match your project
and home decor.

Available in two sizes:
5.80"X6.45" and 4.79"X5.33"

Ikebana explores many shapes and textures of plants and flowers.
This brushstroke design showcases the incredible variety of plants
found in nature, all arranged together in an artful style.

Available in two sizes:
5.80"X6.02" and 4.81"X5.02"

This design features tall lilies, with grass arching taller still!
Beautiful on tote bags for all occasions, from the library to
the farmer's market!


Available in two sizes:
5.82"X8.63" and 4.59"X6.79"

The "brushstroke" style in these designs not only
bring to mind classic calligraphy, but also mean
that there's minimal shading. These designs are
not only fun to stitch, but they're fast(er), too!

Available in two sizes:
5.20"X8.83" and 4.00"X6.79"

A Brushstroke Ikebana Design Packs

Bring the beauty of ikebana to all of your embroidery projects. Add Asian-influenced artwork,
elegant in its grace, to quilts, wall hangings, table linens, tote bags, pillows, bed linens, and
more! The above brushstroke ikebana designs are available in a value pack. Click on the link
or image below to the size that is right for your project, and add the pack to your basket.

8 designs - only $12.97!  
designs - only $12.97!

Designs smaller than 6 x 10


Designs smaller than 5 x 7


Brushstroke & Blossoms Alphabet

Delicate cherry blossoms and brushstroke calligraphy letters are the perfect blend for
any project with an Asian theme. Use these letters to monogram totes, towels, linens,
and more! Letters are available for individual purchase for only $1 each, or buy the
pack for only $19.97!
For single letters, click on the A, B, or C below and scroll
through the department, selecting the letters that you need.

36 designs - only $19.97

36 designs - only $19.97

36 designs - only $19.97

5 Inch Height

4 Inch Height

3 Inch Height

Even More Asian Designs Are Only a Click Away!

Designs that explore art styles and cultures from around the world have been among the
most popular with embroiderers. The above new designs join Embroidery Library's growing
collection of designs that celebrate Japanese art. If you haven't yet explored this group
of designs, we invite you to do that now. Links below will take you to designs that were
added to the collection in years past, and were inspired by Japan's art and beauty.

Like the brushstroke ikebana designs above, these brushstroke animals are
elegant and graceful. You'll find them in the Asian Elegance Design Pack.
They can be purchased individually, or as part of the design pack.


Young-at-heart geishas and samurai are colorful additions to any Asian-inspired project.
These adorable designs are available in a stitch-filled version, as well as an applique style!
Click here for the stitch-filled samurai, and here for the stitch-filled geishas. Click here for
the applique samurai, and here for the applique geishas.


Virtues paired with flowers compose the Japanese Flower Language designs.
Beautiful as a series of framed pieces, on quilts, totes, pillow shams, and
towel sets.

Quick-stitching bluework adds fast and traditional Asian motifs to flat-nap
fabrics, like quilter's cotton, linen, canvas, and Jersey knit.

Sashiko designs bring intricate geometric patterns to your projects. Traditional sashiko
embroidery was used to bind several layers of fabric together to add warmth to clothing.
Today the simple, single-run Sashiko designs are popular in quilting (the designs can
be used to bind a quilt top, batting, and back together), or as a simple embellishment,
such as redwork.

Thousands of designs at Embroidery Library celebrate the grace and beauty of Asian art. For Japanese art, visit the Japanese Dragons, Japanese Brushstroke, Japanese Crane & Koi Fish, Japanese Geisha & Samurai, Japanese Gardens & Cherry Blossoms, Japanese Art, Japanese Lucky Cats, Japanese Sashiko, Japanese Applique, Japanese Fans, and Kanji departments. For Chinese art, visit the Blue Willow, Chinoiserie, and Dragons & Chinese Art departments. Enjoy the designs, and send any requests for new designs to stitch@emblibrary.com!

It's crafty...it's collectible...it's new! 2011 is a year to celebrate crafting and all of the joy that
it brings to our lives. As a way to celebrate our love of sewing and embroidery, a new Crafty Collectibles design will be released every Wednesday in 2011. Check this space every week to see the new design,  and add a little "crafty" to your projects!

Bring the luck o' the Irish embroiderers to your projects with this little leprechaun. He's
stitching up a storm for St. Patrick's Day! Add him to a fun towel set for your bath, or
a shirt to wear on the 17th.

Available in two sizes:
5.11"X4.66" and 3.86"X3.53"

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