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East Indian Elegance

NEW THIS WEEK - April 9th, 2008

East Indian Elegance

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The allure and charm of East Indian culture and artwork is truly enchanting. Full of intriguing imagery, shapes, and colors, it is difficult to resist! Enjoy the exotic and spiritual elements of the Far East by adding designs from this week's East Indian Elegance series to your garments and home.

Swirling paisley and floral shapes in gorgeous hues dance and play. Stitch out splendid trio designs, and then carry the theme to other areas with the corresponding single designs. Pretty, one-color folk flowers in features and borders stitch quickly onto pillows, skirts, and saris for a lovely Asian feel.

Indian metalwork, called Bidri, is the inspiration for magnificent contrasting silver and charcoal designs. Let the dramatic animals bring a touch of the wild to home decor. Divine Hindu deities add a spirited quality to shirts, tote bags, pillows, and wall-hangings.

Celebrate the beauty of East Indian art - enjoy the new designs!

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 Laptop Bag!

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East Indian Flower & Paisley Trios

East Indian embroidery styles are as vivid and varied as the culture of India itself. Each region
 and sect has developed its own embroidery style, technique and pattern over the centuries. These East Indian-inspired triptych and single designs are a wonderful way to bring a touch of the exotic
 to everyday items. They are gorgeous complements to attire, table linens, purses, and more!

A trio of swirling florals dance about and are perfectly sized
 for pirouetting their way across shirt fronts.
Available in two sizes:
9.42"X4.31" and 6.80"X3.15"

Tuck these lovely, corresponding designs onto outfit pockets!

Dancing Flower II
Dancing Flower
Available in two sizes:
3.38"X3.85" and 2.94"X3.35"
Available in two sizes:
3.55"X3.87" and 3.09"X3.37"

With it's comma, teardrop, or kidney-shaped outline, the paisley design of Persian origin, has
become one of the most recognized patterns. It's name, however, comes from the central Scotland town of Paisley, which at one time was famous for it's weaving industry.

Available in two sizes:
9.40"X4.14" and 6.82"X3.00"

East Indian Paisley Flourish
East Indian Paisley Feature
Available in two sizes:
3.87"X3.70" and 3.37"X3.22"
Available in two sizes:
3.86"X3.20" and 3.36"X2.78"

  Create a dazzling table setting by adding East Indian
designs full of flair to placemats, napkins, table runners,
and tablecloths!

Find additional information for design placement as well as handy embroidery tricks for table linens by clicking here.

Particularly known to quilters, other names for the famous paisley
pattern are "Persian Pickles" or "Welsh Pears."  
Available in two sizes:
9.42"X3.86" and 6.81"X2.80"

Golden Flower & Paisley
Golden Flower & Paisley II
Available in two sizes:
3.48"X3.86" and 3.03"X3.36"
Available in two sizes:
3.87"X3.58" and 3.37"X3.12"

More than just a pattern, the paisley was also a form of communication. During harvest
time, villagers would stamp the paisley symbol in public and communal areas as a
sign that it was time to bring in the crops.
Available in two sizes:
9.40"X3.18" and 6.78"X2.29"

Indian Flower & Paisley
Indian Flower & Paisley II
Available in two sizes:
3.86"X2.86" and 3.36"X2.49"
Available in two sizes:
3.86"X2.66" and 3.36"X2.31"

 In the Indian culture, the shape of the paisley is often likened
 to that of the Indian bodhi tree leaf or mango tree.
Available in two sizes:
9.42"X3.95" and 6.83"X2.87"

East Indian Flower and Paisley
East Indian Flower and Paisley II
Available in two sizes:
3.13"X3.87" and 2.73"X3.37"
Available in two sizes:
3.86"X3.32" and 3.36"X2.89"

Fiery flowers are all aglow! And, with their curved shape, they look
 fantastic when repeated to form a scalloped border on table linens.
Available in two sizes:
9.40"X3.11" and 6.81"X2.29"

Corners of napkins and placemats get a kick of color when
 embroidered with these corresponding designs.

East Indian Flower
East Indian Blossom
Available in two sizes:
3.85"X3.78" and 3.35"X3.31"
Available in two sizes:
3.85"X2.66" and 3.43"X2.39"

Bidri Animal Safari Designs

 Bidri is a decorative metal object made from copper, lead, or tin, and ornamented with a type
 of Indian inlay work of silver or brass. Originating from Bidar, India, the beautiful, handcrafted
 pieces are as lovely as they are dramatic. Add these qualities to a variety of items such as
 tote bags, blankets, wall-hangings, sweatshirts, and more!

According to Indian history, elephants were used in wars and battles.
 Beautifully embellished, this majestic elephant is a vision of strength.
Available in two sizes:
 5.75"X4.84" and 3.86"X3.25"

  Dynamic animal designs will add a dash of the wild to
 home decor. Throw pillows dancing with Bidri designs
 are sure to make any couch or loveseat sizzle!

So many pillows to choose from - click on any or all
 of these great pillow projects for instructions: Paisley Pillow with Pockets, Reversible Pillow Cover, and Zipperless Pillow Sham.

It is thought that horses have been in India for about 4000 years. From the ancient stories,
 it is known that war chariots were pulled by horses, and were an important part of the warrior
 caste's transportation in peace and war. With a swishing tail, this regal horse prances proudly.
Available in two sizes:
4.84"X5.03" and 3.73"X3.85"

India's national animal is the tiger, and is known for its strength, grace, and
 incredible power. This striped tiger strikes a fierce pose.
Available in two sizes:
 6.08"X4.85" and 3.86"X3.06"

 Throughout India, China, and Japan, the monkey has long been symbolic of kings, and stories
 abound of monkey-kings in the role of agile and intelligent heroes. With a curled tail, this
 monkey quickly scampers along.
Available in two sizes:
5.38"X4.86" and 3.86"X3.50"

 Large caravans of camels have been part of Indian culture for over 1000 years, and can
 still be seen today. The unique form of this camel with an intricately adorned hump.
Available in two sizes:
4.86"X5.79" and 3.21"X3.85"

In the Hindu religion, the sacred cow of India continues to be protected, upholding the belief
that it is a crime to steal, hurt, or kill a cow as they are important symbols in Indian society.
This sacred cow is ornamented with splendid, silver markings.
Available in two sizes:
5.62"X4.84" and 3.85"X3.35"

 The Sarus Crane, the only crane species that resides and breeds in India, is revered as a symbol of marital fidelity, and is celebrated in myth and legend. Tall and elegant, this docile crane peers about.
Available in two sizes:
3.01"X6.85" and 1.69"X3.86"

 In Hindu mythology, the Blackbuck is considered the vehicle of the Moon-god or Chandrama,
and a symbol of purity, prosperity, and peace. This dramatic Blackbuck is elaborate with
 spiraled horns and dynamic decoration.
Available in two sizes:
4.86"X5.70" and 3.30"X3.85"

 In India, leopards have a variety of favorite habitats, ranging from snow peaks to dry forests,
 and even rain forests. Crouched low to the ground, this fiery leopard is on the prowl.
Available in two sizes:
6.85"X2.49" and 3.85"X1.40"

A Bidri Animal Safari Design Pack

Click on the images or links below to see the designs included in the pack,
and add the pack to your shopping cart.

All designs smaller than 5 x 7 All designs smaller than 4 x 4

East Indian Folk Flowers

Traditionally, East Indian embroiderers stitched onto garments such saris and shawls, but
 also carpets, wall-hangings, roofs of tents, and tray and book covers. Today, it is possible to
 apply the striking designs to even more items than ever before. Use the East Indian Folk
 Flower designs and borders to embellish skirt and jacket hems, pockets, tablecloth edges,
 towels, tote bags, and more!

Delicately patterned flowers and elegant leaves flourish on a winding vine. The small size of this
 design has been formatted for the Endless Hoop; may also be used in standard hoops.
Available in two sizes:
9.40"X4.61" and 5.99"X3.20"

  Just in time for Spring and Summer, pretty East Indian
Folk Flower designs will add a breath of fresh air to
items around the house.

Especially lovely on delicate curtains, dance the dainty
 borders across the trim or valance, and add individual
flowers as accents across the middle. Mix and match
 to create a set that is perfect for you!

Weaving up and down, this charming floral wave is a perfect match for the edges of table
 linens. The medium size of this design has been formatted for the Endless Hoop; may also
 be used in standard hoops.
Available in three sizes:
9.41"X1.78" and 6.00"X1.31"and 2.23"X1.14"

Full of flowers and delicate curlicues, add this dainty border across pockets. The medium size
 of this design has been formatted for the Endless Hoop; may also be used in standard hoops.
Available in three sizes:
9.41"X1.47" and 6.00"X1.25" and 3.31"X0.95"

East Indian Folk Flowers Blossom
East Indian Folk Flowers Swirl East Indian Folk Flowers Bud
Available in two sizes:
2.27"X2.20" and 1.52"X1.47"
Available in two sizes:
2.25"X1.19" and 1.50"X0.80"
Available in two sizes:
2.05"X2.26" and 1.37"X1.51"

A East Indian Folk Flowers Design Pack

Click on the images or links below to see the designs included
in the pack, and add the pack to your shopping cart.
All designs smaller than 6 x 10 All designs smaller than 5 x 7 All designs smaller than 4 x 4

Hindu Deities

In Hinduism, deities represent and symbolize a wide variety of beliefs and traits. For each deity,
 they tend to vary between differing Hindu traditions and philosophies. Often these beings are
 depicted in human-like or partially human forms, complete with a set of unique and complex
 icons. These striking, one-color designs will certainly add charisma to shirts, sweatshirts,
 tote bags, pillows and more!


Lakshmi is the Hindu goddess of wealth,
 fortune, love, beauty, and fertility. She is
 closely associated with the lotus flower,
 referring to purity and spiritual power.
  Hindu goddess of war, Durga, also called Divine Mother, protects mankind from evil and misery
 by destroying evil forces such as selfishness, jealousy, prejudice, hatred, anger, and ego.
Available in three sizes:
7.00"X8.86" and 5.85"X7.38" and 4.85"X6.10"
  Available in three sizes:
7.00"X8.70" and 5.85"X7.25" and 4.84"X5.99"

  Add East Indian allure and spirit to a variety of carryalls.
Hindu deity designs are terrific on totes and pleasing
on purses!

Find directions for fun and elegant totes and purses by clicking on any or all of the following projects: Fringed and Fabulous Purse, Beaded Handbag, Placemat Purse, Quilted Purse, and Two-Pocket Tote.

Shiva is one of the principal Hindu deities and worshiped as the destroyer and restorer of worlds. Known to be the Lord of mercy and compassion, he protects devotees from forces such as greed and anger.
  A principal Hindu deity, Vishnu is worshiped as the protector and preserver of worlds. The four symbols most commonly associated with Vishnu are the conch shell, the lotus, the mace, and the discus.
Available in three sizes:
7.00"X11.02" and 5.85"X9.18" and 4.35"X6.85"
  Available in three sizes:
5.52"X11.80" and 4.38"X9.40" and 3.19"X6.85"

In Hinduism, Brahma is known as the creator of the world. His four heads and four arms represent the four points of the compass.
  The Hindu god of wisdom is Ganesh. His elephant's head symbolizes the gaining of knowledge through listening (ears) and reflection (large head).
Available in three sizes:
7.00"X7.98" and 5.85"X6.65" and 4.85"X5.50"
  Available in three sizes:
7.00"X9.66" and 5.85"X8.05" and 4.85"X6.65"

A Hindu Deities Design Pack

Click on the images or links below to see the designs included in the pack,
and add the pack to your shopping cart.

All designs smaller than 7 x 11.8 All designs smaller than 6 x 10 All designs smaller than 5 x 7

Bunco and Bridge Designs - Request of the Week
While Keri S. and Mari W. love embroidering items to match their family member's favorite past
 times, they have had difficulty finding Bridge and Bunco designs. Keri's Gram is an avid Bunco fan, while Mari says her parents' lives "revolve around bridge games!" Great minds think alike as they
 both had the idea to stitch up napkins, tablecloths, coasters, and other items for the game nights. Additionally, their family would look oh-so-sporty in some game-playin' attire like t-shirts and sweatshirts too. It is definitely time for fun and games! Wonderful suggestions, ladies!

 Bunco is a popular game played in teams with three dice. A winning throw in Bunco is to
 roll three-of-a-kind of a specified number. For an avid fan, a great "uniform" idea is
 a sweatshirt featuring the phrase 'Bunco Babe!'
Available in two sizes:
6.85"X3.32" and 3.85"X1.96"

  Let the games begin! Rev up shirts and sweatshirts
 with playful Bunco and Bridge designs!

Click here for instructions for embroidering on
sweatshirts. Or, click here for instructions for
stitching on warm weather T-Shirts.

A fun way for a Bunco club to declare their group is with matching
 jackets declaring that they are 'Bunco Babes!;
Available in two sizes:
6.86"X3.28" and 3.86"X1.94"

The ladies don't get to have all of the fun! Stitch out the 'Bunco Buddy'
 design on a shirt for your favorite Bunco guy.
Available in two sizes:
6.86"X3.53" and 3.88"X2.05"

Let a friend know that you love being a Bunco buddy with
 them by embroidering a set of matching t-shirts for you both!
Available in two sizes:
6.86"X3.23" and 3.86"X1.88"

Those who are part of a Bunco club take turns as the Bunco host/hostess, providing snacks, refreshments, and set game tables. The hostess may also provide a door prize, like a small
 clock stitched out with this charming 'good times' design!
Available in three sizes:
6.18"X5.89" and 5.11"X4.87" and 3.88"X3.71"

Let everyone know who the reigning Bunco queen is with this majestic design that
 is just right for a shirt, tote bag, wall-hanging, and more!
Available in three sizes:
5.85"X8.02" and 4.82"X6.63" and 2.80"X3.86"

There is no better time than Bunco time!  Add this high-energy
 design to a vest to wear at game time.
Available in three sizes:
7.20"X5.86" and 5.95"X4.83" and 3.87"X3.15"

Equally as popular as Bunco clubs, are bridge clubs. A card game in which set of partners play
 to fulfill a certain declaration against an opposing set of partners, Bridge is a trick-taking card
 game of skill and chance, and a whole lot of fun!
Available in three sizes:
9.22"X5.88" and 6.90"X4.41" and 3.88"X2.48"

"Hands" down, Bridge is fun!  Bring the necessary accessories to your next bridge
 date in a caddy or tote emblazoned with this playful design. 

Available in three sizes:
7.99"X5.86" and 6.61"X4.86" and 3.87"X2.82"

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