Embroidery Library
Coast to Coast

NEW THIS WEEK - June 17th, 2009

Coast to Coast

Free Project Instructions!

Summer is in full stride - enjoy a "vacation" across the country or to the nearest lakeside beach with this week's dazzling new aquatic designs. Bring the easygoing bliss of a day at the beach into your stitching with fresh new looks for gifts, home decor, and breezy summer wear.


Fans of the organic, swirling shapes of Art Nouveau will love the beautiful, delicately shaded seashell and mermaid designs. Six iconic lighthouses from around the United States join Embroidery Library's extensive collection of detailed lighthouse designs.


Tropical sea creatures make a splash with brightly colored designs against a simple line art background. Toile beach scenes are a light, breezy addition to summery tees and tanks. And a quartet of nautical towel toppers lends a fun "beach home" look to any house.


Float through this week's new designs and bask in the sunny joy of beautiful coast-to-coast embroidery!

Stitch a tissue box cozy out of washcloths for a fashionable, unique look. Click here for free project instructions!


Art Nouveau by the Sea

A curving pair of seashells in soft, delicate colors encompasses the spirit of Art Nouveau --
beautiful, natural motifs brought into everyday life with distinctive curving flair. These gently shaded designs bring a unique look to sophisticated towels, shirts, bags, and more.

Available in two sizes:
8.30"X5.87" and 6.86"X4.86"


Decor and clothing will look lovely stitched with a detailed conch shell and sand dollar,
surrounded by swirling, twisting Art Nouveau decoration.


Available in two sizes:
8.03"X5.86" and 6.66"X4.86"


A beautiful mermaid swims in the deep, with waves of lovely locks blending with scrolling Art Nouveau shapes. This design will look dazzling on towels, shirts, even wall decorations.


Available in two sizes:
5.87"X8.57" and 4.71"X6.86"


A school of tropical fish swims by, reflecting the rich colors in this Art Nouveau mermaid's tail.


Available in two sizes:
5.87"X7.39" and 4.86"X6.11"


Historic Lighthouses

There's nothing like a lighthouse to evoke the romance and adventure of journeys at sea. Six iconic American lighthouses join Embroidery Library's extensive collection of lighthouse designs in stunning detail. Stitch them to remember a vacation or honor the part of the country that you call home - on pillows, vacation tote bags, sweatshirts, and more. Or combine your favorites into a seaworthy quilt that beckons admiration wherever you display it.

Admiralty Head Lighthouse, Washington
Located in Fort Casey State Park on Whidbey Island in Washington, the Admiralty Head Light was the last brick lighthouse designed by German architect Carl Leick. Its light was extinguished in 1922, but the lighthouse receives visitors 10 months a year for tours and weddings.


Available in three sizes:
8.85"X5.88" and 6.81"X4.52" and 3.86"X2.59"

Tillamook Rock Lighthouse
, Oregon
Perched on a rock a mile off of the Oregon shore, the Tillamook Rock Lighthouse has withstood the Pacific's fierce storms since 1881. The tiny island is now part of a wildlife refuge for the sea lions and birds that make it their home.

Available in three sizes:
9.40"X4.76" and 6.83"X3.45" and 3.86"X1.96"

Harbour Town Lighthouse, South Carolina
Completed in 1970, this is the first privately financed lighthouse built since the early 1800s. It's a popular attraction for visitors to Hilton Head, South Carolina, with red and white stripes encircling its smooth, modern design.


Available in three sizes:
9.11"X5.85" and 6.81"X4.37" and 3.88"X2.50"

Cape Neddick Lighthouse, Maine
An iconic New England lighthouse, the Cape Neddick Lighthouse (commonly known as the "Nubble Light") in York, Maine, has stood on a steep rocky island since 1879. The interior is decorated with tiny brass images of the lighthouse itself. Along with the Great Wall of China and the Taj Mahal, its photo was sent into space on the Voyager spacecraft as an iconic example of an American lighthouse.


Available in three sizes:
7.60"X5.85" and 6.28"X4.85" and 3.88"X3.01"

Big Sable Point Lighthouse
, Michigan
The last Great Lakes lighthouse to give up wicks for electricity, the Big Sable Point Lighthouse on the eastern shore of Lake Michigan is one of the tallest lighthouses in Michigan. The aging brick tower was encased in steel in 1900, giving this light its unique look.


Available in three sizes:
5.85"X6.29" and 4.80"X5.16" and 3.62"X3.85"

Cape Canaveral Lighthouse
, Florida
The only fully operational lighthouse owned by the United States Air Force, the Cape Canaveral Lighthouse has a silhouette like the rockets that are launched from the cape. It was originally built closer to the shore, but it was moved further inland in 1894 to protect it from erosion by the sea.


Available in three sizes:
5.88"X8.31" and 4.84"X6.81" and 2.76"X3.86"

A Lighthouses V Value Pack


Beautifully detailed lighthouse designs beckon - get all six at a discount and stitch them on cushions, sweatshirts, tote bags for the beach, and lots more! All 6 of the Lighthouses designs are available in a value pack, priced at only $10.97! Click on the images or links below to see the designs included in the pack, and add the value pack to your shopping basket.


All designs smaller than 6 x 10

All designs smaller than 5 x 7

All designs smaller than 4 x 4


Detailed, stitch-filled designs like these beautiful lighthouses will sew well onto fabrics with a bit of body, like canvas. Stitch your favorite lighthouse on a simple tote bag to take to the beach, craft a pillow for the patio, or combine several lighthouse designs into a casual, breezy summer quilt.

Canvas is generally easy to work with. As with any fabric, you'll want to learn to hoop it snugly and choose the right needle and stabilizer for the job. Click here for tips and tricks for embroidering on canvas!



Deep Sea Stitching

Frolic among the vibrant colors of undersea life with designs contrasting the bright and monochrome, simple and abundant. This blue tang swims among the plants and animals of a coral reef, in a design perfect for shirts, beach bags, and lots more.


Available in two sizes:
7.38"X5.85" and 6.07"X4.82"

A duo of tropical fish dart in and out of the nooks and crannies of a coral reef. Stitch this delightful design on bath decor and cozy cover-ups.


Available in two sizes:
7.47"X5.85" and 6.14"X4.80"

Beautiful shades of green and brown make this realistic sea turtle stand out on a line-drawing background of seaweed and coral.


Available in two sizes:
6.53"X5.85" and 5.37"X4.81"

Bright orange and golden colors make this bold seahorse stand out against the exotic life on the bottom of the ocean.


Available in two sizes:
5.85"X6.59" and 4.82"X5.43"

A Deep Sea Stitching Value Pack


Let all four of these vibrant oceanic creatures swim onto beach bags, shirts, and more! All 4 of the Deep Sea Stitching designs are available in a value pack, priced at only $8.97!  Click on the images or links below to see the designs included in the pack, and add the value pack to your shopping basket.



All designs smaller than 6 x 10  

All designs smaller than 5 x 7


The Deep Sea Stitching designs' striking mix of colorful stitch-filled embroidery and redwork-like line drawings makes a perfect match for a cool denim shirt to cover up at the beach. You'll want to stitch these designs on a heavier fabric, like canvas or denim, but one that's flat and smooth so the detailed lines will be visible.

Learn some basic tips and tricks for embroidering on denim, and find out how to stitch over seams for a smooth and beautiful look. You'll be sporting beach-worthy fashion in no time!



Back to the Beach Toile

A shade umbrella and a little fabric hut paint a picture of blissful, endless summer days at the beach. This two-color toile design is light and sheer enough to look beautiful on beach house decor and summery shirts alike.


Available in three sizes:
6.63"X5.86" and 5.54"X4.88" and 3.85"X3.40"

A simple sailboat moves among the waves in this peaceful toile design, perfect for breezy tees.


Available in three sizes:
7.26"X5.85" and 5.98"X4.85" and 3.85"X3.10"

A pair of children play in the sand in this timeless image of summer leisure.


Available in three sizes:
9.40"X4.96" and 6.80"X3.60" and 3.84"X2.07"

A sandcastle, beach ball, and toy bucket bring back memories of play at the lake or by the sea.


Available in three sizes:
7.20"X5.84" and 5.95"X4.86" and 3.86"X3.16"

A small wooden rowboat waits on the shore for its next voyage onto the peaceful, glassy water.


Available in three sizes:
9.40"X5.46" and 6.86"X3.98" and 3.85"X2.23"

A lighthouse stands on the rocky shoreline, calling to mind ages-old sailing stories.


Available in three sizes:
5.84"X6.27" and 4.85"X5.18" and 3.62"X3.86"

A Back to the Beach Toile Value Pack


Warm, easy days at the beach come to life in this beautiful collection of toile seaside designs. All 6 of the Back to the Beach Toile designs are available in a value pack, priced at only $10.97!  Click on the images or links below to see the designs included in the pack, and add the value pack to your shopping basket.


All designs smaller than 6 x 10

All designs smaller than 5 x 7

All designs smaller than 4 x 4


Ships Ahoy Towel Toppers

Ships ahoy! Take the always-popular in-the-hoop towel toppers to the next level of creativity with this shapely new towel topper style. Attach an elastic band to the back to hold a towel, and trade the towel for a new one when wash day comes. Click here for project instructions to assemble these seaworthy towel toppers -- or turn them into magnets or coasters with a few small changes. Personalize these designs with your favorite fabrics for a one-of-a-kind nautical look!
Flip-flops bring a summery, feminine look
to bath decor.
  This ship's wheel towel topper is fun for would-be sailors of all ages.


Available in two sizes:
5.80"X4.85" and 3.88"X3.24"

  Available in two sizes:
4.86"X4.88" and 3.86"X3.88"

Make a splash with this tropical fish towel topper, made with lively prints.   A lighthouse on a rocky outcropping brings the beach into your home.


Available in two sizes:
5.11"X4.86" and 3.88"X3.69"

  Available in two sizes:
4.87"X5.03" and 3.75"X3.88"

A Ships Ahoy Towel Toppers Value Pack


These sensational towel toppers make great summertime gifts, so make sure to get the whole pack! All 4 of the Ships Ahoy Towel Topper designs are available in a value pack, priced at only $8.97! Click on the images or links below to see the designs included in the pack, and add the value pack to your shopping basket.



All designs smaller than 5 x 7  

All designs smaller than 4 x 4



Life is good down on the farm! Here's a Tweet for your favorite farmers, past and present. Sporting coveralls and hats to shade them from the midday sun, these cheery birds are ready to work the land. Stitch it on sweatshirts, wall hangings, and more to celebrate the folks who grow good food!

Available in two sizes:
5.86"X9.16" and 4.36"X6.84"

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