Embroidery Library
Wild for Flowers

NEW THIS WEEK - April 11th, 2007:

Wild for Flowers 

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Flowers are a such a source of joy! We love receiving them, arranging them, puttering with them in pots and garden plots. And, we love recreating their wonderful shapes and colors in embroidery art!


This week, we're wild for flowers -- fabulous and funky, lacy and lovely, tropical and topiary, and fun, quick-sewing floral harbingers of spring.


Mod vases and snazzy roses, daisies, tulips, and lilies are eye-catching "favs" that will greet every day with sunny flower power.


Unique tropical flower designs feature bird of paradise, bromeliad, hibiscus, and more. Flourishing from South America to South Africa to the Pacific Islands, they're also prized as beloved houseplants in more temperate zones.


Add a little feminine charm to V-necks with freestanding lace in delicate floral designs. And, hum a happy tune with quick-sewing Dollar Delight spring flowers. Each only $1.


Go wild with flowers, and enjoy the designs this week.

Funky Vases and Flower Favs
Just for fun and a change of pace, everyone's favorite flowers are hanging out with some
pretty unusual vases in styles quaintly reminiscent of mid-century modern.
Pop these designs on duds and more, and start off every day with some high-test flower power!
Funky Vase of Roses   Funky Vase of Gerbera Daisies
Available in two sizes:
4.83"X9.40" and 3.53"X6.85"
  Available in two sizes:
4.73"X9.40" and 3.46"X6.86"

Funky Vase of Tulips   Funky Vase of Lilies
Available in two sizes:
4.91"X9.40" and 3.60"X6.85"
  Available in two sizes:
4.90"X9.40" and 3.58"X6.85"

A Funky Vases Value Pack

Go wild and play with the colors of your choice. It's a mod, mod world!
The four funky vase designs above are available in a value pack, priced at only $5.97!
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 6 x 10   All designs smaller than 5 x 7

Tropical Flowers
Tiptoe through the tropics for unique flowers that will delight and surprise.
Tropical plants have been adopted as house plants in temperate zones. They're a splash of warm color that keeps us company inside on winter days and adorns our porches in summer. Seeing them in their own native tropical zones, however, we are often amazed by the grandeur of their true splendor.

Tropical designs are a delight at any time of year, sewn as placemats, on towels, garments, and framed art. Their bright colors and graceful shapes combine beautifully for embroidered quilt features and more.

Tropical Hibiscus
Perhaps the best known tropical shrub throughout the world, the hibiscus comes in every hue imaginable. So enjoy coordinating the thread colors to match with the decor in any room.
Available in four sizes:
9.41"X5.45" and 7.81"X4.52" and 6.84"X3.95" and 3.86"X2.21"

Tropical Bird of Paradise
Native to South Africa, the bird of paradise is named for a bird of the same name. It is easy to see why this icon of the tropics reminded people of the colorful and graceful plumage of a bird. This unique plant is related to the banana, and grows to about four feet tall in ever-expanding clusters.
Available in four sizes:
7.24"X7.79" and 5.85"X6.27" and 4.84"X5.18" and 3.58"X3.86"

Tropical Bromeliad
Almost all Bromeliads are "air" plants, that is, they do not need the soil for nourishment, and some grow in trees where they get all their nutrients and moisture from the air.  Bromeliads take several years to form a bloom, and then they die. But, they produce baby bromeliads at the soil line, so the patient gardener will see their lovely plant's descendents live to mature and bloom again.
Available in four sizes:
7.80"X7.58" and 5.97"X5.84" and 4.93"X4.82" and 3.84"X3.75"

Tropical Anthurium
Valued for their stunning leaf shapes and colorful waxy spathes, the anthurium comes from a family
of 500 species. This plant that many know only as a beautiful houseplant, originated in the American tropical forests where it was accustomed to low light and warm moisture.
Available in four sizes:
7.80"X7.31" and 6.27"X5.84" and 5.18"X4.84" and 3.85"X3.59"

Tropical Heliconia
Sometimes called lobster claw, wild plantain and parrot's flower, this native of South America and
the West Indies only looks as if it is flowering. The showy red, yellow, or orange parts are really the heliconia's waxy bract that is protecting its tiny delicate flowers. Related to the banana, many of
the 200 species grow to reach 10 feet or more.
Available in four sizes:
7.00"X7.80" and 5.83"X6.51" and 4.84"X5.38" and 3.48"X3.85"

A Tropical Flowers Value Pack

The five tropical flower designs above are available in a value pack, priced at only $6.97!
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 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 Lace Insets

Add a little whimsy with lace. Dress up the V-neck of a T-shirt, top, or camisole. Freestanding lace gives a plain neckline a little feminine charm that's oh-so-pretty but never over done.

The larger size of the lace insets work well with v-neck shirts that are sized XL and above. The smaller size works well with shirts that are L and below.

Each lace inset comes in two sizes. So easy to do -- for free project instructions, click here.

Forget-me-not Floral Lace Leaves and Vines Floral Lace
Available in two sizes:
4.92"X2.34" and 3.85"X2.16"
Available in two sizes:
4.92"X2.06" and 3.85"X2.06"

Lithe Lily Floral Lace   Delightful Daisy Floral Lace
Available in two sizes:
4.92"X2.28" and 3.85"X2.26"
  Available in two sizes:
4.92"X2.05" and 3.84"X2.06"

A Lace Insets II Value Pack

The four lace insets designs above are available in a value pack, priced at only $5.97!
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 5 x 7   All designs smaller than 4 x 4

Form follows fabulous with pretty topiaries of floral vines and textured miniature trees.
Designs that will be magnificent on towels, wall decor, placemats, table runners, and more.
Vine-covered Trellis
A shapely urn and wrought iron trellis
frame tenacious climbing vines like jasmine.
  Clematis Trellis Topiary
Wrought iron fencing supports the striking blooms
of the clematis vine in a stately urn.
Available in two sizes:
4.65"X9.41" and 3.40"X6.87"
  Available in two sizes:
4.21"X9.40" and 3.07"X6.86"

Trailing Ivy Topiary
A trendy topiary for a dashing and stylish touch.
  Two-Tier Topiary Tree
A classy classic, superb for guest towels.
Available in two sizes:
3.80"X6.84" and 2.13"X3.85"
  Available in two sizes:
2.79"X6.85" and 1.56"X3.85"

Spring Flower Dollar Delights
To paraphrase the affirming lyrics from GypsyEverything's coming up roses and daffodils, lilacs and tulips, (and more). With spring in the air, these line-art creations will have you humming a happy tune.

 Whether you want to embellish a top, a towel, a hanky, a pinafore, or a tea cozy, you'll find some fast and frugal sewing with these fanciful creations. Great to have on hand for making up a quick gift or two.
And, the price is just $1 each! Just click on the images or links below and add the designs to your basket. So perfect for busy spring sewing days.

Pansy Dollar Delight - only $1.00 Lilac Florets Dollar Delight - only $1.00
Available in three sizes:
4.86"X5.32" and 3.52"X3.86" and 3.06"X3.36"
  Available in three sizes:
4.86"X5.43" and 3.47"X3.89" and 3.02"X3.35"

Hyacinth Dollar Delight - only $1.00    Double Tulip Dollar Delight - only $1.00
Available in three sizes:
4.86"X6.48" and 2.89"X3.86" and 2.53"X3.36"
  Available in three sizes:
4.34"X6.86" and 2.45"X3.86" and 2.14"X3.36"

 Marigold Dollar Delight - only $1.00    Daisy Dollar Delight - only $1.00
Available in three sizes:
4.86"X6.25" and 3.00"X3.87" and 2.63"X3.37"
  Available in three sizes:
4.86"X5.32" and 3.53"X3.86" and 3.08"X3.36"

Daffodil Dollar Delight - only $1.00   Crocus Dollar Delight - only $1.00
Available in three sizes:
4.86"X4.89" and 3.84"X3.85" and 3.36"X3.38"
  Available in three sizes:
5.28"X4.86" and 3.86"X3.54" and 3.36"X3.11"

Two Special Requests 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 are two requests this week:

Give me patience, but please hurry!

One of this week's requests features a humorous twist, which we took to heart, because so many
of us can relate to this little quote. Karen from Australia wrote, �I have a little flower pot lady with the inscription 'Give me Patience, but Please Hurry!' My sister has always admired it because she
liked the little quote on it, and I would like it, too." 
Thank you, Karen for this clever idea. For
those who find patience is a virtue that is often difficult to practice,
this is the perfect design
for a T-shirt, a gardening tote, a grocery bag, wall art, and more.

Available in three sizes:
5.86"X9.11" and 4.34"X6.80" and 2.46"X3.85"

Handbell Circle

Kathy belongs to a handbell choir in her church. The choir's "uniform" shirts and the handbell design they have been using are seven years old now, and she would like to refresh them, especially for a big celebration at her church this spring.
"My bell choir is playing a piece we had commissioned especially for this event," she said. "We need something fresh, new, and exciting. For this shirt project, the size
I need would be about 3 x 3. 
I can add the choir name myself." The bells are surely ringing for Kathy's choir, and all the handbell musicians in the land.

Available in three sizes:
4.85"X4.81" and 3.85"X3.82" and 2.54"X2.53"

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