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Heart and Home

NEW THIS WEEK - May 9th, 2007:

Heart and Home

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Imagine times of yesteryear, stitching embroidery designs by a warm fire with only the glow of candle light to guide one's work.


And then relax with the thought that with our embroidery machines, we can now craft the essence of age-old needlework with ease and modern-day speed.


Quaint designs this week take us to a simpler time, blending a variety of unique folk art styles that are increasingly popular for country decor today. Capture primitive-style alphabet motifs with embroidery samplers for wall hangings, book covers, pillows, and table wear.

Saltbox houses with steep, angled roofs and symmetrically placed windows, lend their simplicity to a unique folk-art that has come to be known as "country." Dozens of darling designs, featured in this beloved style, will dance splendidly on T-shirts, kitchen linens, quilts and other home decor.

Embrace a simpler time, a hearty style, and stitch nostalgically.

Saltbox Home Splendor
The simplistic characteristics of "saltbox" architecture lend themselves to artful depictions of "hearth and home." So popular during colonial America, saltbox architecture has remained popular centuries later, and many of the historic homes have been preserved, standing strong in New England regions.

But the strength of a home rests in its values. Families gather and cherish their shared moments of hope, love, joy, peace, and faith. The following five designs combine the iconic saltbox-style home with the details of meaningful values, perfect for making darling table runners, placemats, wall hangings,
throw pillows, and more!

Home of Hope

Available in three sizes:
5.09"X4.86" and 3.86"X3.68" and 3.36"X3.21"

Home of Peace

Available in three sizes:
5.13"X4.86" and 3.86"X3.66" and 3.36"X3.16"

Home of Love

Available in three sizes:
5.05"X4.85" and 3.86"X3.72" and 3.36"X3.20"

Home of Joy

Available in three sizes:
5.17"X4.86" and 3.87"X3.64" and 3.36"X3.16"

Home of Faith

Available in three sizes:
4.98"X4.86" and 3.86"X3.78" and 3.36"X3.26"

A Loving Home Pack

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

Cozy Country
The essentials of country style, whether humble bunnies, teddy bears and geese, or branches of a weeping willow sagging to the ground, feature a distinguished decor appeal. Designs with wonderful patchwork project potential liven up throw pillows, placemats, table runners and more. Plus a little feminine flair, with flower, angel and fruit designs, adds a dash of hearty delight on gardening totes, garments, album covers, and much more. And don't forget the little ones! With a cast of quaint animal characters, stitch bedding and room accessories for a truly distinctive children's decor. 

Milk Can Flower Pot


Country Tulip


Available in three sizes:
2.63"X5.61" and 1.82"X3.86" and 1.58"X3.36"


Available in three sizes:
3.26"X5.60" and 2.23"X3.85" and 1.95"X3.35"

Saltbox-style Schoolhouse

  Saltbox-style Building


Available in three sizes:
3.77"X5.51" and 2.65"X3.87" and 2.31"X3.37"

  Available in three sizes:
4.44"X5.51" and 3.11"X3.87" and 2.71"X3.36"

Saltbox-style Barn

  Country House


Available in three sizes:
4.97"X4.86" and 3.86"X3.77" and 3.36"X3.29"

  Available in three sizes:
4.86"X4.90" and 3.86"X3.86" and 3.36"X3.36"

Country Apple Tree

  Weeping Willow


Available in three sizes:
4.80"X6.57" and 2.83"X3.85" and 2.42"X3.30"

  Available in three sizes:
4.59"X4.80" and 3.67"X3.85" and 3.14"X3.31"

Country Apple

  Country Pineapple


Available in three sizes:
3.01"X5.60" and 2.08"X3.86" and 1.81"X3.35"


Available in three sizes:
2.70"X5.61" and 1.85"X3.85" and 1.61"X3.35"

Sheep and Country Schoolhouse

  Country Bunnies at Play


Available in two sizes:
4.94"X4.85" and 3.85"X3.78"

  Available in two sizes:
5.34"X4.85" and 3.85"X3.50"

Angel with Flower



Available in three sizes:
4.34"X5.51" and 3.04"X3.85" and 2.65"X3.35"

  Available in three sizes:
3.35"X5.51" and 2.34"X3.87" and 2.04"X3.36"

Country Cat

  Beloved Teddy Bear


Available in three sizes:
3.36"X5.60" and 2.32"X3.86" and 2.01"X3.35"

  Available in three sizes:
3.89"X5.50" and 2.72"X3.85" and 2.37"X3.35"

Bounding Bunny

  Dashing Dog


Available in three sizes:
5.61"X4.86" and 3.83"X3.33" and 3.35"X2.92"

  Available in three sizes:
5.51"X4.48" and 3.85"X3.13" and 3.36"X2.73"

Country Horse

  Country Goose


Available in three sizes:
5.23"X4.85" and 3.84"X3.57" and 3.36"X3.11"

  Available in three sizes:
4.13"X5.60" and 2.82"X3.80" and 2.48"X3.35"

Country Cow

  Country Sheep


Available in three sizes:
5.51"X3.53" and 3.86"X2.48" and 3.35"X2.16"

  Available in three sizes:
5.50"X3.44" and 3.86"X2.40" and 3.30"X2.07"

A Heart & Home Pack

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

Needlework-Inspired Samplers

Traditional samplers hold a special spot in the heart of embroiderers and needlework history. These pieces tested and demonstrated stitchers' talents. Children learned their abc's and needlework, too. Rich with traditional alphabet motifs inspired by primitive art, each sampler design features the
heartfelt imagery of simpler times. A perfect addition to folk art, country, and saltbox-style decor.

Schoolhouse Sampler
A convenient apple tree near the door of this one-room schoolhouse provides extra
ease in remembering an apple for teacher.

Available in two sizes:
5.85"X8.34" and 4.81"X6.83"

Farmyard Sampler
With sheep in the meadow, and cows in the corn, and a bunny weathervane high above the barn, the details of this country scene are simply delightful.  Create a vintage tote bag for trips to the farmer's market, library, or any other summer day outing.

Available in two sizes:
5.85"X6.27" and 4.82"X5.14"

Happy Home Sampler
Capture the essence of home, happiness, and saltbox style with framed thread art. Stylized willow trees flank the little house, and tulips frame the alphabet and numbers. A sensational design for a pillow, table runner, framed art, or sewing tote.

Available in two sizes:
7.24"X5.86" and 5.91"X4.79"

'Tis a Trio...
...fit to be stitched for home decor or clothing galore!
A common trick of the trade, when it comes to decorating conundrums, is to think in threes,
so three it will be. These dandy new trios will look pleasingly placed when centered on a T-shirt or on the back yoke of a shirt. Especially sweet to repeat along a window valence for a unique style update. Keep clean and inspired in the kitchen with an apron, embellished country style, stitched so terrifically!

Honeybee Trio
Busy, buzzing bumble bees zip to and fro -- from nectar-rich flowers to hive-central.

Available in three sizes:
9.42"X5.02" and 6.81"X3.64" and 3.87"X2.08"

Apple Tree and Sheep Trio
This stylized apple tree makes for an excellent background for diamond-framed country elements.

Available in three sizes:
9.40"X5.08" and 6.80"X3.68" and 3.85"X2.10"

Heirloom Applique

With the look of hand-applique work, these cozy, country designs are quick to sew with the
magic of an embroidery machine. Hearkening back to long-ago traditions, these applique designs
use a blanket stitch or E-stitch edge rather than satin-stitch borders. Hunt in your stash for some
non-fraying fabric, like felt or ultra-suede, and click here for instructions.

Heirloom Applique Angel

  Heirloom Applique Milk Can


Available in one size:

  Available in one size:

Heirloom Applique Daisy   Heirloom Applique Star


Available in one size:

  Available in one size:

Heirloom Applique Basket   Heirloom Applique Hen


Available in one size:

  Available in one size:

Heirloom Applique House   Heirloom Applique Apple


Available in one size:

  Available in one size:

Heirloom Applique Heart   Heirloom Applique Watering Can


Available in one size:

  Available in one size:

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 the request this week:

Cockatiel Panel
Fran has always loved embroidery, she said, and before she became an embroidery machine owner,
she took on an amazing task. "A friend had given us a Lutino cockatiel, and I was thus inspired to embroider the design...free hand, on the back of a navy blue vest," she wrote. "It actually turned out pretty good. I also did one on the back of a denim shirt for the friend who gave us PJ [her cockatiel]." 

What a grand accomplishment! We can only imagine what hard work that must have required to make those gorgeous garments. These well-loved tops have now long-served their purposes. "
Since then, I've lost weight and the vest is too big and my friend has worn her shirt out!" Fran said. "To do them again free hand is out of the question! I'm now spoiled to embroidering by machine!" 

Fran mentioned that she enjoys the tropical bird panels and has made four pillows with the designs
for her sunroom. She'll maybe make a fifth pillow with a cockatiel design. What a handsome crowd
she must host in her sunroom!  Fran, this bird's for you.

Cockatiel Panel
Available in two sizes:
5.41"X9.44" and 3.95"X6.86"

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