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Trees of Life

NEW THIS WEEK - April 13th, 2011

Trees of Life

Free Project Instructions!

In the mid-1800s thousands of settlers poured into the Nebraska territory. Among them was J. Sterling Morton.

Morton was an avid nature lover and editor of a newspaper, and educated readers about agriculture and the importance of planting trees. Not only did Morton enjoy their natural beauty, but he also lauded their role in preventing erosion and providing food, wood for building, and fuel. Morton's enthusiasm for trees spread, and soon "Arbor Day" events were held in communities and schools, and ultimately became official holidays.

About 120 years later, a senator from Wisconsin named Gaylord Nelson looked for a way to call attention to the preservation of the earth's natural resources. His efforts became known as "Earth Day."

Usually (there are some exceptions) Arbor Day is the last Friday in April, and Earth Day is on April 22nd. Celebrate these holidays with these tree-mendous new Earth-friendly designs!

Pretty up your springtime decor with a flowerpot cozy in frilly shabby chic style! Click here for free project instructions.

Tree of Life

Trees of Life have long been used to represent that there's a certain interconnectedness to
all living things. This design features the roots of the tree growing upward, sending life to the
branches and leaves above, while the fruit and branches dip downward, sending life to the roots below. This colorful design has slight undertones of the art nouveau style, with stylized fleur-de-lis motifs in the leaves. Oranges, apples, plums, peaches, lemons, and pears add dashes and splashes of color.


Available in three sizes:
7.00"X9.44" and 5.86"X7.87" and 4.87"X6.53"

Fruit and flowers represent two facets of a tree's giving nature: beauty and nourishment. The tree on the left brings forth tangy lemons, while the one on the right is rife with ripe apples.


Available in three sizes:
5.87"X7.03" and 4.87"X5.81" and 3.25"X3.87"

  Available in three sizes:
5.86"X7.01" and 4.83"X5.75" and 3.23"X3.87"

The tree on the left is blooming with peaches and blossoms. Precious plums adorn the tree on the right. Add these colorful, earth-friendly designs to tote bags for the farmers market, throw pillows, placemats, and table runners.


Available in three sizes:
5.87"X6.92" and 4.89"X5.77" and 3.28"X3.87"

  Available in three sizes:
5.87"X6.97" and 4.85"X5.77" and 3.26"X3.86"

Golden pears contrast beautifully with delicate pink flowers; on the right, ripe oranges hang heavy on the boughs. Colorful additions to placemats, table runners, totes, and pillow shams.


Available in three sizes:
5.87"X6.97" and 4.86"X5.75" and 3.27"X3.87"

  Available in three sizes:
5.85"X6.93" and 4.86"X5.71" and 3.30"X3.86"

A branch with colorful fruit makes a wonderful border. This "mixed fruit" medley is colorful and vibrant on the edges of tablecloths, placemats, and table runners. Stitch onto borders of quilts and wall hangings, too!


Available in two sizes:
9.41"X4.71" and 6.00"X3.17"

A thinner version of the above border design. A delicate, bright addition to hemlines of skirts, shirts, and dresses. Also wonderful on table linens, quilts, totes, and wall hangings.


Available in three sizes:
9.41"X2.54" and 5.99"X1.66" and 3.86"X1.04"

The fleur-de-lis leaves from the above Tree of Life designs have been shaped into an artful corner. Tuck onto pockets, corners of napkins and placemats, for a colorful touch.


Available in two sizes:
4.83"X4.85" and 3.85"X3.86"

Tree of Life Design Packs

These colorful, vibrant Tree of Life designs are simply stunning on any embroidery project. Incorporate into quilt blocks, wall hangings, table linens, tote bags, pillow shams, and more!

The above designs are now available in a design pack. Click on the link below to the size that you need for your machine or project, and add the pack to your basket!
The pack is available in 3 sizes:

**Lg   (13 designs, $19.97) - 6"x10" size
**Md  (12 designs, $19.97) - 5"x7" size

**Sm  (8 designs, $12.97) - 4"x4" size

Sue and Fred Plant a Tree

They're busy saving the planet -- and looking quite fashionable while performing the task. Fred gets ready to dig a hole, wearing his straw fishing hat and patched overalls. Sue carries a watering can, wearing a pink dress and matching bonnet. A plump little robin rests in a branch, ready to guide the tree to its new home.

This lovely trio makes a wonderful scene for Arbor Day, Earth Day, or any day spent in the garden. Stitch onto gardening aprons, a trio of throw pillows, or incorporate into a wall hanging. Each design is 50% off! Add them to your basket to see the discount applied.



Available in two sizes:
4.85"X5.51" and 3.40"X3.86"


Available in two sizes:
5.86"X9.00" and 4.48"X6.87"


Available in two sizes:
4.85"X5.49" and 3.40"X3.85"

Filigree Trees

Cool and contemporary wrought-iron filigree takes the shape of a graceful weeping willow. Serene blue birds swoop and soar in the willowy branches. Beautiful on totes and pillows.


Available in three sizes:
7.37"X5.81" and 6.14"X4.86" and 3.87"X3.08"

Starry-eyed flowers burst with color in this delicate wrought-iron filigree design. We stitched them in shades of gold and purple. Which colors will you choose? Stitch, and show off your work! Send photos to stitch@emblibrary.com.


Available in three sizes:
6.06"X5.86" and 5.01"X4.86" and 3.87"X3.76"

Yellow lemons bring bright contrast to this wrought iron filigree tree. Stitch onto placemats for outdoor garden dining, add to picnic blankets, totes, throw pillows, and more!


Available in three sizes:
6.11"X5.81" and 5.05"X4.80" and 3.86"X3.65"

Notes about Nature

Over the years beautiful words have been written by poets (and scientists!) about trees. This next selection of designs is an assortment of favorite quotes, paired with an incredible variety of artistic styles. Some are lighthearted, some carry deep meaning, but all are a lovely tribute to Arbor Day, Earth Day, and every day. Designs are available with text, as well as without text, so you can add your favorite quotes or Bible verses, too.

Real courage is required to take a risk and go out on a limb. But sometimes, that reaps the best (and most fruitful) rewards.


Available in two sizes:
9.41"X4.90" and 6.86"X3.58"

Tree Limb Only:
6.86"X2.97" and 3.87"X2.48"

The words of Emerson, stitched with pine woods, graceful clouds, and bright flowers. A sweet addition to totes and pillows, and wonderful as a framed piece, too.


Available in two sizes:
8.29"X5.81" and 6.85"X4.81"

Swirling Trees Only:
4.80"X5.87" and 3.17"X3.86"

A fragment of Minnie Aumonier's poetry, with whimsical trees and colorful, dancing music.


Available in two sizes:
7.67"X5.84" and 6.39"X4.86"

Trees Only:
6.86"X3.28" and 3.85"X2.95"

A Chinese proverb speaks of a sweet singing bird visiting those that have green trees in their hearts. Note the roots on this green tree, which forms a heart. Wonderful as a gift for newlyweds, or those celebrating anniversaries.


Available in two sizes:
8.35"X5.86" and 6.82"X4.79"

Tree Only:
5.00"X4.81" and 3.86"X3.71"

Joyce Kilmer's famous line, paired with an elegant, graceful tree. Delightful as a framed piece, or stitch on reusable grocery bags for shopping at the farmers market!


Available in two sizes:
8.13"X5.86" and 6.67"X4.81"

Tree Only:
6.86"X4.81" and 3.87"X2.71"

This quote speaks of selflessness and "big picture" thinking for environmental and ecological concerns. The leaves and clouds have unique and interesting fills that add depth and dimension to this design.


Available in two sizes:
9.04"X5.87" and 6.86"X4.46"

Tree Only:
5.64"X4.82" and 3.88"X3.34"

A squirrel contemplates his nut, seeing a thousand forests in just one acorn. This quote by Emerson is a lovely addition to quilts and wall hangings.


Available in two sizes:
7.73"X5.83" and 6.42"X4.84"

Squirrel and Branch Only:
6.86"X3.46" and 3.86"X1.95"

Go green with this leafy design and quote! Fantastic for Arbor Day and Earth Day, and an everyday sentiment for nature lovers.


Available in two sizes:
8.49"X5.86" and 6.82"X4.71"

Tree Only:
6.78"X4.81" and 3.86"X3.27"

Those who seek communion with God in nature will enjoy this sweet sentiment. Stitch on tote bags, throw pillows, incorporate into quilts, wall hangings, and framed pieces too!


Available in two sizes:
6.99"X5.82" and 5.78"X4.81"

Tree Only:
3.94"X6.87" and 2.21"X3.87"

This lighthearted thought is accompanied by two jolly acorns, with a mature oak in the background. A message with greener meaning!


Available in two sizes:
7.40"X5.82" and 6.16"X4.86"

Nuts Only:
6.28"X4.81" and 3.87"X2.95"

The words of Albert Einstein, paired with a trio of leafy greens in shades of yellow and green. A beautiful addition to table linens and tote bags.


Available in two sizes:
6.70"X5.83" and 5.54"X4.83"

Leaves Only:
5.54"X4.83" and 3.88"X3.39"

This design has been created and stitched in a "bronze" motif to embody the antique style. Colorful and fun on pillow shams and nature bags.


Available in two sizes:
5.96"X5.84" and 4.92"X4.83"

Tree Only:
5.14"X4.81" and 3.85"X3.62"

Notes about Nature Design Packs

These tree-mendous designs are rooted in classic and earth-friendly sentiments. Unbeleafably beautiful on totes, placemats, pillow shams, framed pieces, and wall hangings. Purchase the designs individually above, or buy them in a design pack!

The above designs (with and without text) are available in a design pack. Order the pack with all 24 designs for only $34.97!  Click below on a link to the size that you need, and add the pack to your basket.
The pack is available in 2 sizes:

**Lg   (24 designs) 6"x10" size
**Sm  (24 designs) 5"x7" size

Leaves of Love

Lovely leaves in shades of living, growing green speak volumes about Earth Day and Arbor Day. Stitch the "Grow" leaf on totes and pillows, shirts and jackets. Turn it into a decorative marker for a potted plant, too!


Available in two sizes:
6.84"X4.74" and 3.86"X2.66"

Perfect for gardeners, and those celebrating Earth Day or Arbor Day! Stitch onto sweatshirts and jackets, gardening aprons, and more!


Available in two sizes:
4.85"X5.03" and 3.69"X3.86"

Fantastic on bath towels for cabins and rustic dwellings; embellish a tote bag for long walks in the woods, too!


Available in two sizes:
4.81"X4.79" and 3.86"X3.83"

Do the above designs seem a bit familiar? They were inspired by the group of leaves below which were released in November 2009 as part of an autumn series. Stitch them in green and let your creativity spring forth! Thanks to all who sent in their kudos and compliments, and requests for more of these designs. We're delighted to hear from you - and your wish is our command!

Available in two sizes:
5.33"X4.87" and 3.87"X3.56"


Available in two sizes:
4.98"X4.86" and 3.86"X3.73"


Available in two sizes:
4.86"X5.16" and 3.66"X3.86"


Available in two sizes:
6.86"X4.34" and 3.86"X2.45"


Available in two sizes:
4.86"X5.36" and 3.50"X3.85"


Available in two sizes:
6.85"X4.25" and 3.85"X2.39"

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

This week's Crafty Collectible is: Sign of Spring Stitching

A patchwork butterfly comes to rest on a spool of spring-green thread. Add a crafty look to your embroidery projects and put a spring in your step with this new design.

Available in two sizes:
4.85"X5.71" and 3.30"X3.86"

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