Embroidery Library
Seaside Dreams

NEW THIS WEEK - June 20th, 2007

Seaside Dreams

Free Project Instructions!


Bask in the sun, stroll sandy beaches, sip lemonade in the shade, and do it all in style with sunny, seaside designs this week.


Be bold with mosaic patterns, simmering with sunshine! Jazz up your patio, lighten up your dining decor, brighten apparel and accessories with mosaic-like shapes -- square, circle, oval, border, corner, and more.


Capture the excitement of summer when you head to the beach with a pail full of fun-in-the-sun and nautical designs, peppered with patterns. Seaside creatures, beach toys, and even a tasty tropical drink will stitch sweetly on swimsuit cover-ups, T-shirts, beach bags, picnic blankets, and much more.


Stylish summer hats and headbands look great with embroidery embellishments, plus, both are sized for children and adults. Click here for free project instructions!

And, the picture of serenity for turbulent seas, stalwart lighthouses. Six more historic lighthouse designs, depicting sites from Georgia to New England to the Great Lakes, will add to your collection of coastline scenes. Sew them on vacation gear, boat cushions, sweatshirts, accessories, wall decor, quilts, and more.


Create a summer full of fun and memories, and enjoy the designs this week.

Back to the Beach

Whether splashing in the roaring waves at the seashore or gently lapping lake, you'll capture the excitement of summer by heading back to the beach with a pail full of fun-in-the-sun designs. Vivid, energetic patterns add dashes of sunny day pizzazz to nautical elements, seaside critters, beach toys and even a tasty tropical drink. Stitch with style on swimsuit cover-ups, T-shirts, beach bags, picnic blankets, and much more. Add youthful embellishments to favor bags and photo album covers to commemorate beach gatherings and vacations with family and friends. They'll sizzle with excitement!

Flip Flops with Polka Dots   Beach Pail


Available in two sizes:
3.86"X3.37" and 3.36"X2.93"

  Available in two sizes:
3.22"X3.87" and 2.79"X3.36"

Beach Umbrella

  Beach Ball


Available in two sizes:
3.47"X3.86" and 3.02"X3.36"

  Available in two sizes:
3.87"X3.87" and 3.37"X3.37"

Palm Tree

  Sand Castle


Available in two sizes:
2.93"X3.85" and 2.55"X3.36"

  Available in two sizes:
3.65"X3.86" and 3.18"X3.36"

Ship's Wheel



Available in two sizes:
3.86"X3.87" and 3.37"X3.37"

  Available in two sizes:
3.88"X3.85" and 3.35"X3.35"

Anchors Away

  Summer Drink


Available in two sizes:
3.71"X3.88" and 3.23"X3.36"

  Available in two sizes:
2.39"X3.85" and 2.09"X3.35"

Snail Shell

  Conch Shell


Available in two sizes:
3.87"X3.08" and 3.36"X2.67"

  Available in two sizes:
3.86"X3.74" and 3.37"X3.26"

Sea Shell

  Frieda the Fish


Available in two sizes:
3.87"X3.61" and 3.37"X3.14"

  Available in two sizes:
3.86"X3.39" and 3.37"X2.96"

Lolly the Lobster

  Craig the Crab


Available in two sizes:
3.58"X3.86" and 3.12"X3.36"

  Available in two sizes:
3.86"X2.94" and 3.36"X2.56"

Ollie the Octopus



Available in two sizes:
3.17"X3.88" and 2.76"X3.37"

  Available in two sizes:
2.29"X3.86" and 1.99"X3.36"

A Back to the Beach Value Pack

Ready, set, stitch... and save, all summer long! These jazzy designs are ready to frolic on clothing, accessories and more for a sunny day, and all 18 Back to the Beach designs above are available in a value pack - priced at only $25.97!

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 4 x 4   All designs smaller than 4 x 4

Mosaic Suns

From ancient Greece and indigenous tribes, to modern-day science, people have always been
intrigued by the sun, and it has cast its role in every culture's mythology, folk lore, and art.
One of the earliest and most beautiful forms of art to emulate the glories of the sun were the mosaics.

This form of tile work
uses an intricate and puzzle-like array of shapes to make bold patterns, which lend themselves splendidly to embroidery and thread art. Jazz up home decor and light up garments and accessories with these vivacious designs. Play with different color combinations to create rich, new looks for table runners, wall hangings, bedding, pillow shams, and more. Create your own borders on skirts, sarongs, Capri pants and other garments. Give "fun in the sun" a whole new meaning.  

Mosaic Sun Square
Inspired by mosaic tile work, square-shaped designs add a splash of summer to dress up patio furniture cushions, kitchen curtains and valances, and lively quilts.

Available in three sizes:
7.80"X7.72" and 5.90"X5.85" and 4.92"X4.89"

Mosaic Sun Circle
In all of its splendor, this sun-circle mosaic is featured in three different sizes, each perfect for garments and decor, kitchen linen sets with tea cozies and toaster covers to match, and much more!

Available in three sizes:
7.72"X7.80" and 5.85"X5.92" and 4.87"X4.93"

Mosaic Sun Oval
Center a design on pillow covers or placemats for truly striking focal points. Or, use multiples
to create your own trio. Try out every color combination under sun, because the sky is the limit!

Available in two sizes:
5.85"X7.53" and 4.85"X6.22"

Mosaic Sun Rectangle or Border
Find the perfect spot on tote bag pockets and shirt back yokes for snappy summer style. Multiples will create a lively border for tablecloths, shirts, or skirts. The smaller size of this design is digitized for use with the Endless hoop. It may also be used with standard hoops.

Available in two sizes:
9.40"X5.73" and 6.00"X3.75"

Mosaic Sun Spray

  Mosaic Sun Spray - Mirror


Available in two sizes:
3.00"X9.40" and 2.17"X6.80"

  Available in two sizes:
3.00"X9.40" and 2.17"X6.80"

Mosaic Sun Corner

  Mosaic Sun Accent


Available in one size:

  Available in one size:

A Mosaic Suns Value Pack

The temperatures are rising, and so are the savings! Cool off with a sizzlin' steal-of-a-deal on mosaic sun designs, available in four different value packs.

The extra-large pack contains 11 designs - priced at only $15.97!
The large pack contains 8 designs - priced at only $10.97!
The medium pack contains 9 designs - priced at only $12.97!
The small pack contains 8 designs - priced at only $10.97!

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 7.8 x 7.8 All designs smaller than 6 x 10
  All designs smaller than 5 x 7  

Historic Lighthouses

Picturesque lighthouses are like the sirens of the sea, beckoning us to explore them, to climb
their heights, and to imagine all the tales they could tell.  Whether we are vacationing on the coastlines of oceans or inland seas, lighthouses call us to delve into their rich maritime history and take note of their structure, distinctive day marks, and the dangers of surrounding rocks and shoals.

Six new designs, depicting lighthouses from Georgia to New England to the Great Lakes, join the 42 historic lighthouses in the Embroidery Library collection as well as dozens more lighthouse motifs.
 Gorgeous sewn on vacation gear totes, boating cushions, sweatshirts and apparel. Create your own seaside tour or memories of summer at the beach with your own lighthouse quilt.
Add these designs to your own lighthouse collection.

Sapelo Island Lighthouse, Georgia
Six bright stripes are the day marks for this 1820 historic beauty, newly restored in 1998. Visitors can climb a spiral staircase to the top of the tower for a view of Georgia's Doboy Sound. Take the ferry ride to the island for a four-hour tour that includes the historic Spalding-Reynolds mansion, marine institute, and Hog Hammock, with its rich mixture of African, European, and American customs and dialects.

Available in three sizes:
6.05"X5.85" and 4.99"X4.85" and 3.84"X3.73"

Minot Lighthouse, Massachusetts
Minot's Ledge is about a mile offshore, part of the dangerous Cohasset Rocks. Before the first light tower was ready to operate in 1850, countless lives had been lost to more than 40 shipwrecks there. The first tower was an iron pile structure that was downed by a furious storm in less than an year. "The ugly sea makes the light reel like a drunken man," logged the first light keeper.  This stone tower, begun in 1855, has survived the sea's fury. Called "the greatest achievement in American lighthouse engineering," the granite structure was described by poet Longfellow: "The lighthouse rises out of the sea like a beautiful stone cannon, mouth upward, belching only friendly fires."

Available in three sizes:
5.84"X9.08" and 4.39"X6.83" and 2.46"X3.85"

Two Harbors Lighthouse, Minnesota
The Lake Superior North Shore is the home of this brick lighthouse, halfway between Duluth and Split Rock. First lit in 1892, it is a working lighthouse, guiding ships in and out of the active port and two working ore docks on the Two Harbors waterfront. Today, visitors can stay at the main house, which is operated as a bed and breakfast by the Lake County Historical Society. Guests learn about the history of the lighthouse and the proceeds assist the restoration and maintenance of this historic treasure.

Available in three sizes:
5.85"X5.82" and 4.89"X4.85" and 3.80"X3.85"

Tybee Island Lighthouse, Georgia
Since 1763 -- pre-colonial days -- a light tower has stood at the mouth of the Savannah River on Tybee Island. The light there is one of three colonial lighthouses still operating. A brick tower with a wooden staircase built in 1773 was burned in 1861 as Confederate soldiers abandoned it to the Union forces. In its rebuilding, 94 feet were added to the bottom 60 feet of the original lighthouse; a 178-step, fireproof cast iron staircase climbs to 154 feet. Major restoration was undertaken in 1998.

Available in three sizes:
5.85"X9.04" and 4.41"X6.85" and 2.46"X3.85"

Lonely Island Lighthouse, Ontario, Canada
Still actively operating in Georgian Bay in Lake Huron, the Lonely Island light was one of several established in 1870 to mark shipping routes through numerous bays and harbors. The 1880s brought a massive boom in shipping throughout the Great Lakes. In treacherous waters, disaster often claimed boats that were undermanned and overloaded with grain, coal, and stone. The present tower -- white, octagonal, with red lantern area -- was built in 1907.

Available in three sizes:
5.85"X6.74" and 4.84"X5.57" and 3.35"X3.85"

Request of the Week
Edgartown Lighthouse (Massachusetts)
Diane, from Shutesbury, Massachusetts, is partial to lighthouses. She is particularly fond of the Edgartown Lighthouse near Martha's Vineyard. "When I was a child, I spent my summers on Martha's Vineyard, often swimming at the local beach in Edgartown," she explained. "My mother and aunt shared a little summer business in Edgartown...I know the house I lived in is still there. Now that I am into embroidery, it would be my greatest pleasure to be able to dress up a blouse or sweatshirt...in fact I would love to do a quilt with lighthouses in Massachusetts!"

Thanks to Diane, and her memories of lovely summer days, the Edgartown Lighthouse takes its place in the expanding collection of lighthouse thread art at Embroidery Library. This cast-iron tower, surrounded now by sand, was moved to this site in 1939. It stands at the location of the centuries-old lighthouse and wood causeway originally built to guide captains of whaling ships to safe harbor in the early 1800s.

Available in three sizes:
5.85"X6.05" and 4.84"X5.00" and 3.73"X3.85"

Click here to submit a design request.
Click here to view past requests of the week.

A Lighthouses III Value Pack

Take a thrifty trip in stitches and travel to distant shores across the country with historic lighthouse designs. Bargains are beckoning with all 6 lighthouses available in a value pack - priced at $10.97!

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 All designs smaller than 4 x 4