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Shapely Silhouettes

NEW THIS WEEK - March 7th, 2007:

Shapely Silhouettes

Free Project Instructions!

Start with a shapely silhouette, add the dimension of silk flowers and polished stones, and pop into a shadow box!
Click here for full project instructions.

In embroidery art, the silhouette goes beyond its simplest form. Much like classic pen and ink drawings, silhouette designs can be rendered with dramatic depth and texture to make thread art and a simple project, a masterpiece.


New designs this week feature versatile, shapely scenes that can be expressed in either monochromatic silhouette form or a mix of colorful threads. Nature scenes are at their best -- in sun or shadow -- deer, birds and flowers,  butterflies and dragonflies..


Graceful fantasy flowers sew in lighthearted textures and vibrant color to inspire spring fashions and luscious linens.


Daylight is growing longer each day; enjoy time to sew.

Shapely Scenes in Silhouette
Whether a project calls for elegant monochromatic silhouettes or a rich palette of colors, these
designs offer choice!  The nature scenes below are digitized for both artful expressions --
they simply await your artful thread selections.  See how the color-stops in each design enable
you to select dramatic, tri-tone texture shading or a vibrant, lively mix of colors.
Bird and Nest in Shapely Silhouette
Delicate spring blossoms adorn the tree branches surrounding a songbird's new nest.
A joyful medley of color or a pen and ink masterpiece, it's a perfect design for embellishing
projects for informal dining, kitchen accessories, fingertip towels, lampshades, and more.
Available in four sizes:
6.41"X7.80" and 5.80"X7.02" and 4.78"X5.81" and 3.15"X3.85"

Tulips in Shapely Silhouette

Graceful tulips sway in gentle spring breezes on garden accessories, aprons, placemats, and more.
Available in four sizes:
4.63"X7.81" and 5.57"X9.41" and 4.04"X6.82" and 2.31"X3.86"

Hummingbird in
Shapely Silhouette

Everyone's favorite, the tiny hummingbird is a welcome guest in any dining room.
A beautiful addition to dining and bedroom linens, this design will grace a shirt or skirt equally well.
Available in four sizes:
7.25"X7.80" and 5.80"X6.24" and 4.80"X5.15" and 3.60"X3.85"

Dragonflies in Shapely

Unmistakable harbingers of spring, fast-flitting dragonflies hover above a pond.
A delicate design delightful for bath or kitchen accessories and a scene perfect for shadowbox framing.
Available in four sizes:
7.81"X6.78" and 6.72"X5.81" and 5.55"X4.81" and 3.86"X3.32"

Bird of Paradise in Silhouette

Native to Australia, New Zealand, and nearby Pacific islands, the Bird of Paradise is known for its extravagant plumage -- distinctive long and elaborate feathers extending from the tail and wings.
Its unique form makes a beautiful silhouette for special projects.
Available in four sizes:
7.54"X7.80" and 5.80"X5.98" and 4.84"X4.98" and 3.73"X3.85"

White-tailed Deer in Silhouette

As different as day and night, this scene captures a white-tailed buck leaping along a forest path.
A lovely scene for cabin decor projects and garments for wildlife fanciers.
Available in four sizes:
7.80"X6.28" and 7.32"X5.86" and 6.00"X4.83" and 3.85"X3.09"

Flying Pheasant
in Silhouette

The surprise of a pheasant taking flight can be captured in soft colors of the dawn or the elegance of a silhouette in evening light. Create the atmosphere of a country setting when you sew this design on pillows, blankets, totes, shirts, and more.
Available in four sizes:
7.81"X4.93" and 9.21"X5.80" and 6.86"X4.32" and 3.86"X2.43"

Field of Butterflies in Silhouette

Dreaming of a spring project in dramatic black and white or dynamic living color is easy when the
butterflies are free to fly among the flowers. A scene of endless fascination for spring table linens.
Available in four sizes:
7.81"X5.94" and 7.63"X5.81" and 6.36"X4.83" and 3.86"X2.94"

A Shapely Silhouettes

Click on the links or images below to see the designs included in the pack, and add this
pack to your shopping cart!
All designs smaller than 8 x 10 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

Floral Fashions with Flair

Graceful fantasy flowers are sitting pretty on new designs that just beg to be sewn
on everything from bright spring pillows to light linens, skirt pockets to tote bags.

Lighter cousins of popular Jacobean embroidery, these designs owe their exotic beauty to artful contrasts and stitching variety -- delicate, sheer shadow fills for wispy blossoms, satiny structure for stems and fronds, and vintage running stitches for the mere suggestion of translucent leaves. These sublime textures will be captivating on jackets, towels, and totes for the sunny days ahead.

Fancy Free - Floral Fashions
An exotic flourish for spring, this delectable design comes in so many sizes, it will
easily pop on a pillow, pepper a placemat, or punctuate a pocket.
Available in four sizes:
7.80"X6.85" and 6.67"X5.85" and 5.51"X4.84" and 3.84"X3.36"

Tulip - Floral Fashion

Sew these graceful tulip-inspired flowers on a set of placemats and table linens and your
luncheon guests will be spellbound. Or embellish a tote for your next fashionable lunch on the town. 
Available in four sizes:
7.14"X7.80" and 5.85"X6.39" and 4.83"X5.28" and 3.53"X3.85"

Lily - Floral Fashions

Amidst curls and swirls, perfect lilies will play breezily on luscious linens
for fresh springtime decor in bed and bath.
Available in four sizes:
7.61"X7.80" and 5.86"X6.01" and 4.84"X4.97" and 3.73"X3.84"

Rose - Floral Fashions

One might say that a rose has never seemed so sweet. The simplicity of this rose offers lighthearted texture for a spring fantasy. Pair with an elegant monogram on linens and towels.
Available in four sizes:
7.14"X7.80" and 5.85"X6.40" and 4.84"X5.29" and 3.53"X3.85"

A Floral Fashions

Click on the links or images below to see the designs included in the pack, and add this 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  

Animals in Silhouette

The art is in the details! More than a simple outline, these silhouettes are packed full of
delightful texture and elegant shading. The secret lies in the "ingredients" -- threads in
shades of grey, with a shot of deepest black to bring out the essence of each favored animal.

Just click on the images or links below, and add the designs to your basket.

Silhouette Hen   Silhouette Rooster
Available in two sizes:
3.13"X3.85" and 2.03"X2.51"
  Available in two sizes:
3.86"X3.40" and 2.51"X2.22"

Silhouette Poodle   Silhouette Collie
Available in two sizes:
3.88"X3.86" and 2.53"X2.52"
  Available in two sizes:
3.85"X3.56" and 2.51"X2.31"

Silhouette Labrador   Silhouette Golden Retriever
Available in two sizes:
3.85"X2.77" and 2.51"X1.80"
  Available in two sizes:
3.83"X2.64" and 2.48"X1.72"

Silhouette Scottish Terrier   Silhouette Dachshund
Available in two sizes:
3.85"X2.78" and 2.53"X1.82"
  Available in two sizes:
3.86"X2.39" and 2.51"X1.56"

Silhouette Short-haired Cat   Silhouette Long-haired Cat
Available in two sizes:
3.37"X3.88" and 2.49"X2.86"
  Available in two sizes:
3.60"X3.85" and 2.34"X2.50"

Lace Awareness Ribbon

Color this freestanding lace ribbon design to match your favorite charity or cause. With any
thread color, you can create an attractive lacy ribbon to wear for raising awareness, raising funds,
or both.
Available in two sizes:
5" x 7" and 4" x 4"

Special Request of the Week

Embroidery Library is always inspired by your design suggestions, and we thank you for sending
us tons of terrific ideas, which we regularly incorporate into the weekly design themes. As a way
to expand on designs for specific quests, this space is dedicated to the "Request of the Week."
Here is this week's request:

Applique Awareness Ribbon Photo Ornaments

With requests for more photo ornaments topping the charts, and remembrance ribbons in high
demand, we thought they'd be very good together. Framed in remembrance or awareness ribbon ornaments, photos of loved ones find a special place from which to inspire our day-to-day activities.

Versatile applique fabric allows for a wide range of creative projects with these photo ornament
designs. Click here for easy-to-follow instructions and video.

Heart Ribbon Photo Applique
Pink for breast cancer, red for heart disease, or
any color of your choice for those you want to remember with heartfelt love.
  Puzzle Pieces Photo Applique
Puzzle pieces are the symbol for autism,
a condition that seems to be growing among today's youngsters.
Available in two sizes:
4.33"X6.83" and 2.50"X3.89"
  Available in two sizes:
4.33"X6.83" and 2.50"X3.89"

Stars & Stripes Photo Applique
For loved ones in the military
-- near or far away -- a special way to keep
them ever close and in our hearts.
  Color for Your Cause Photo Applique
Create the ribbon of your choice with any fabric color or print. For almost every cause, there is a color, and Kenny's Korner has a list of them all. Click here for color instructions.
Available in two sizes:
4.33"X6.83" and 2.50"X3.89" 
  Available in two sizes:
4.33"X6.83" and 2.50"X3.89"

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