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Holly Jolly July!

NEW THIS WEEK - July 25th, 2007

Holly Jolly July

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The calendar pages are flying and the clocks are ticking. Only five months until Christmas? Where did the year go?

Don't panic, we've brought in back-up.

Start holiday planning and projects with darling animal helpers to guide you through. Critters making Christmas mischief are decorating, baking, wrapping gifts, and excitedly preparing for the holiday season. These charming animals are sure to add a dash of Christmas charm and a sprinkle of holiday cheer to all of your gifts.

The well-loved Christmas tale 'Twas The Night Before Christmas comes to life in stitches this week. New designs feature the entire poem in storybook-style illustrations. Designs in block form are wonderful for decor when using favorite lines as stand-alone pieces, or for creating embroidered books for children and grandchildren.
Catch Christmas fever this week, and celebrate a Holly Jolly July.

This pillow sham is quilted and reversible! Click here for instructions!

'Twas the Night Before Christmas (or, A Visit from St. Nicholas)

Where would Santa be today without his reindeer? Without his bundle of toys? His jolly disposition?
"'Twas the Night Before Christmas" is more than the beloved poem that generations have fondly read
on Christmas Eve. This poem marked the beginning of the modern image of Santa Claus.
The poem, "A Visit from St. Nicholas," which first appeared in Troy, New York's newspaper
The Sentinel
in 1823, introduced the image of our now familiar jolly old elf, bringing toys on
Christmas eve in a sleigh pulled by a team of eight flying reindeer. Bring this timeless story
to your embroidery projects.

Available in four sizes:
7.82"X7.81" and 5.86"X5.83" and 4.89"X4.88" and 3.94"X3.92"

Night before Christmas - 1
Two little mice are fast asleep, with a tiny sprig of holly decorating their room.

Available in four sizes:
7.76"X7.72" and 5.88"X5.87" and 4.85"X4.84" and 3.86"X3.84"

Night before Christmas - 2
A tiny Christmas scene, with stockings over the chimney and a bit of cheese left for Santa.

Available in four sizes:
7.73"X7.77" and 5.83"X5.84" and 4.85"X4.85" and 3.86"X3.88"

Night before Christmas - 3
Delicate and subtle details add so much to these designs. Notice the
blocks spelling the word "Santa" on the floor.

Available in four sizes:
7.76"X7.78" and 5.88"X5.88" and 4.83"X4.81" and 3.84"X3.85"

Night before Christmas - 4
These two mice are curled up for a winter's nap, with their tails curled together, too.

Available in four sizes:
7.80"X7.81" and 5.85"X5.81" and 4.86"X4.82" and 3.87"X3.86"

Night before Christmas - 5
A tiny wreath hangs off the Christmas lights over this mouse's doorway.

Available in four sizes:
7.79"X7.77" and 5.82"X5.83" and 4.83"X4.86" and 3.85"X3.89"

Night before Christmas - 6
The little mouse struggles to climb up the window to get a glimpse of the scene outside.

Available in four sizes:
7.76"X7.77" and 5.83"X5.83" and 4.85"X4.84" and 3.87"X3.87"

Night before Christmas - 7
He gazes upon a moonlit, winter scene. The village is decorated with lights and wreaths.

Available in four sizes:
7.76"X7.80" and 5.85"X5.85" and 4.78"X4.80" and 3.79"X3.80"

Night before Christmas - 8
His first glimpse of Santa is a silhouette, with eight tiny reindeer pulling a sleigh through the sky.

Available in four sizes:
7.79"X7.79" and 5.83"X5.84" and 4.85"X4.84" and 3.86"X3.88"

Night before Christmas - 9
Santa carries gifts for all good little boys and girls in a beautifully decorated sleigh.

Available in four sizes:
7.77"X7.74" and 5.85"X5.83" and 4.86"X4.84" and 3.84"X3.82"

Night before Christmas - 10
His reindeer fly quickly to make it to all the houses in the world by Christmas morning.

Available in four sizes:
7.77"X7.77" and 5.83"X5.84" and 4.78"X4.78" and 3.85"X3.83"

Night before Christmas - 11
All eight of Santa's reindeer are named here, as he encourages them to fly through the night.

Available in four sizes:
7.70"X7.73" and 5.85"X5.85" and 4.79"X4.79" and 3.86"X3.86"

Night before Christmas - 12
Santa's cries to his reindeer frame the scene, as the reindeer come in for a landing.

Available in four sizes:
7.75"X7.80" and 5.86"X5.87" and 4.80"X4.78" and 3.81"X3.79"

Night before Christmas - 13
Dasher and Dancer are in the lead, beautifully depicted in swirling gusts of icy snow.

Available in four sizes:
7.83"X7.71" and 5.87"X5.78" and 4.82"X4.74" and 3.80"X3.74"

Night before Christmas - 14
The reindeer land lightly and gracefully on the rooftop.

Available in four sizes:
7.71"X7.71" and 5.83"X5.83" and 4.85"X4.84" and 3.86"X3.88"

Night before Christmas - 15
The little mouse hears the hooves of the reindeer tapping on the roof.

Available in four sizes:
7.76"X7.77" and 5.89"X5.87" and 4.83"X4.81" and 3.80"X3.81"

Night before Christmas - 16
And he watches in disbelief as Santa appears in the fireplace!

Available in four sizes:
7.75"X7.75" and 5.83"X5.83" and 4.85"X4.85" and 3.82"X3.84"

Night before Christmas - 17
Santa brushes the soot off of his coat and begins the pleasant task of spreading Christmas cheer.

Available in four sizes:
7.76"X7.72" and 5.88"X5.85" and 4.85"X4.81" and 3.86"X3.85"

Night before Christmas - 18
He reaches deep into his sack of toys, filled with gifts for all good boys and girls.

Available in four sizes:
7.77"X7.73" and 5.89"X5.85" and 4.88"X4.86" and 3.86"X3.85"

Night before Christmas - 19
The mouse notices his kind demeanor -- twinkling eyes, dimples, and pink cheeks.

Available in four sizes:
7.81"X7.80" and 5.88"X5.86" and 4.84"X4.82" and 3.86"X3.86"

Night before Christmas - 20
The mouse gazes up at Santa, noticing his smile, and white-as-snow beard.

Available in four sizes:
7.73"X7.65" and 5.86"X5.80" and 4.78"X4.76" and 3.84"X3.81"

Night before Christmas - 21
Santa bends down to greet the little mouse on this beautiful Christmas Eve.

Available in four sizes:
7.76"X7.70" and 5.88"X5.83" and 4.83"X4.78" and 3.84"X3.82"

Night before Christmas - 22

A chuckling Santa gently scoops up the mouse to wish him a Merry Christmas.

Available in four sizes:
7.75"X7.75" and 5.88"X5.88" and 4.88"X4.88" and 3.90"X3.90"

Night before Christmas - 23
Chubby and plump -- perhaps from all the snacks that children have left him that night?

Available in four sizes:
7.75"X7.70" and 5.87"X5.83" and 4.83"X4.79" and 3.84"X3.83"

Night before Christmas - 24
Santa gently places the mouse on the ground and begins his work.

Available in four sizes:
7.78"X7.80" and 5.84"X5.85" and 4.79"X4.80" and 3.85"X3.84"

Night before Christmas - 25
He leaves gifts in the stockings as the mouse watches closely.

Available in four sizes:
7.80"X7.76" and 5.91"X5.87" and 4.85"X4.82" and 3.83"X3.80"

Night before Christmas - 26
And as quick as a wink he rushes up the chimney again!

Available in four sizes:
7.77"X7.79" and 5.89"X5.90" and 4.83"X4.83" and 3.80"X3.81"

Night before Christmas - 27
St. Nicholas is a busy man on Christmas Eve, and he hurries to his sleigh.

Available in four sizes:
7.68"X7.61" and 5.89"X5.85" and 4.83"X4.79" and 3.83"X3.83"

Night before Christmas - 28
He shouts a fond farewell to the mouse, who enjoys a candy cane sweet treat on Christmas Eve.

Available in four sizes:
7.71"X7.66" and 5.83"X5.80" and 4.84"X4.82" and 3.81"X3.81"

Night before Christmas - The End
In a closing scene, Santa and the little mouse wave a Happy Christmas to all.

Available in four sizes:
7.80"X7.76" and 5.85"X5.82" and 4.85"X4.84" and 3.88"X3.87"

Quilting Accessories for Night Before Christmas

 The Night Before Christmas designs can be used for many different projects. Quilters will be delighted to find borders, stipple designs, and a label are made to coordinate with Night Before Christmas designs for sewing a story quilt. But feel free to imagine all kinds of ways to use them. Borders with stockings or Santa's sleigh are superb for placemats, napkins, shirts, or anything
that needs a border. The classic Christmas elements below -- reindeer, candy canes and trees --
are perfect for quilting projects; each of the three stipple design is a single pass stitch.

Reindeer Stipple

Available in four sizes:
7.80"X7.80" and 5.85"X5.85" and 4.85"X4.85" and 3.85"X3.85"

Christmas Tree and Bows Stipple

Available in four sizes:
7.79"X7.80" and 5.85"X5.85" and 4.85"X4.84" and 3.84"X3.85"

Candy Cane Stipple

Available in four sizes:
7.80"X7.80" and 5.85"X5.85" and 4.85"X4.85" and 3.85"X3.85"

Stockings Border

Available in four sizes:
7.79"X2.01" and 5.84"X1.51" and 4.85"X1.25"
Smallest size contains two pieces smaller than:

Santa's Sleigh Border

Available in four sizes:
7.80"X1.93" and 5.85"X1.45" and 4.85"X1.20" and 3.85"X0.95"

Santa Quilt Label

Available in two sizes:
6.88"X4.85" and 3.89"X2.73"

A Night Before Christmas Poem Pack

Click on the links or images below to see the designs included in each pack, and add the pack to your shopping cart.
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  

Mischievous Christmas Critters

The gang's all here, and bless their little hearts! This pack of pint-sized friends has joined together
to prepare for holiday festivities. With all the best intentions, these animals are excited to handle everything from baking, decorating, trimming the tree, and even leading carols. And, they're ready
to help you get started on Christmas projects in the sewing room! Stitch some on children's
pajamas and aprons; gather some together for stocking sets, mantel scarves, and tree skirts.  

Bobbie Badger Making Mischief
It wouldn't be the Christmas season without Bundt cake! Bobbie steps up to the task and
adds icing to the cake (and her arms, ears nose and stomach) with a somewhat steady hand.

Available in two sizes:
4.98"X4.86" and 3.86"X3.78"

Henry Hedgehog Making Mischief
Deep in concentration, little Henry writes a letter to Santa. He needs to
make sure his wish list is perfect before mailing it to the North Pole.

Available in two sizes:
5.01"X4.85" and 3.86"X3.73"

Molly Moose
Making Mischief
Molly gives a whole new meaning to the phrase "making spirits bright" as she looks so snazzy
in her Christmas lights, but what about the tree? She'll need one of her animal pals to help her unwind.

Available in two sizes:
2.98"X5.01" and 2.30"X3.86"

Ralph Raccoon
Making Mischief
Let's hope Ralph doesn't get all tangled up like Molly Moose. What will he do with all of that ribbon?

Available in two sizes:
5.02"X4.69" and 3.87"X3.61"

Susie Skunk Making Mischief
Oh dear! Susie (the unofficial taste tester) sneaks cookies from Santa's plate.
Let's hope there's time to bake more goodies for Jolly Old St. Nick before it gets too late!

Available in two sizes:
4.86"X4.41" and 3.84"X3.47"

Sammy Squirrel Making Mischief

Out in the yard, Sammy constructs a snowman with all of the essential accessories, but not quite enough snow. He'll need to borrow a little winter magic from Frosty to make his friend come to life.

Available in two sizes:
5.03"X3.73" and 3.87"X2.87"

Teddy Bear Making Mischief
Silly Teddy is getting such a kick out of his glamorous Christmas tree topper hat, he's quite the star.

Available in two sizes:
3.01"X4.99" and 2.32"X3.84"

Danny Deer Making Mischief

The fireplace mantel may be quite bare at the moment, but Danny's hooves are toasty
warm as he trots around with festive Christmas stocking slippers and a tasty candy cane.

Available in two sizes:
3.18"X5.00" and 2.45"X3.86"

Bonnie Bunny Making Mischief

In charge of tree ornaments, this little cottontail may need to make a trip to the store for more bulbs.

Available in two sizes:
4.99"X4.16" and 3.85"X3.20"

Frank Fox Making Mischief

Who can blame Frank for doing a few taste tests before preparing the sugar cookie cutouts?
Let's hope he makes sure there is enough dough left to make enough Christmas goodies for all.

Available in two sizes:
5.01"X4.76" and 3.86"X3.66"

Monty Mouse Making Mischief

"Hip Hooray," Monty says when the ornament stays in place on the tree's branch.

Available in two sizes:
4.94"X3.70" and 3.80"X2.85"

Wilbur Wolf Making Mischief
Working on harmonizing, Wilbur prepares Christmas carols. Let's hope he has the music memorized.

Available in two sizes:
3.40"X5.00" and 2.62"X3.86"

Making Mischief Christmas Tree

A centerpiece for all of the mischief makers to gather round as they lovingly decorate it.

Available in two sizes:
4.84"X5.93" and 3.16"X3.86"

A Making Christmas Mischief Pack

Need help getting a jumpstart on the Christmas season? Bring home a real bargain with all 13 Christmas critters ready to help tackle baking, decorating, and more.

Click on the links or images below to see the designs included in each pack, and add the
pack to your shopping cart.
All designs smaller than 5 x 7   All designs smaller than 4 x 4

Woodland Christmas
There's no place like home for the holidays, especially when home is snuggled deep in a woodland wonderland and decorated for Christmas. These animals are ready to celebrate in style with cozy nature elements and friendly teamwork. Join squirrels, birds, bunnies and more as they hang garland, trim trees and prepare wreaths. Their festive work will dazzle and dance on tree skirts, rag quits, stockings, cardigans and more throughout the entire holiday season.

Each woodland Christmas scene features individual elements as accessory designs, perfect for matching shirt fronts to backs, towels to wash cloths, placemats to napkins and much more!

Bough of Animal Buddies
A few little nibbles will be just the right size treat for this little mouse as his companions spruce up a pine bough with festive Christmas stockings. Hard work certainly has such sweet rewards! 

Available in two sizes:
5.86"X5.86" and 4.86"X4.86"

Mouse with Candy Cane

Available in one size:

Snowman Woodland Scene
Teamwork is key, as the woodland friends collaborate on building a snowman.
Oh, dear -- will the bunny leave some carrot for Frosty's nose?

Available in two sizes:
7.63"X5.85" and 6.26"X4.83"

Bunny with Carrot

Available in one size:

Trimming the Woodland Tree
Marty Mouse and Sally Squirrel trim the woodland pine (cone, that is) with all their
favorite tasty holiday treats. And of course any tree will need presents to sit at the bottom.

Available in two sizes:
7.54"X5.85" and 6.22"X4.83"

Mouse with Acorn Gift

Available in one size:

Ready for the Wreath
With a bounty of bows, these woodland pals know just what to do. Poinsettias
and sprigs of holly are just the perfect finishing touches for this lovely wreath.

Available in two sizes:
8.10"X5.85" and 6.68"X4.84"

Fox with Poinsettia

Available in one size:

Deck the Woodland Halls

For the many animals making their home in this hollow tree, gathering
together to decorate and celebrate the season is a cheerful occasion.

Available in two sizes:
6.58"X5.85" and 5.43"X4.82"

Raccoon with Holly

Rabbit with Bow

Owl with Stocking

Available in one size:
Available in one size:
Available in one size:

Country Christmas in the Woodland
These feathered friends flit about as they trim the tree with garland and hearty pine cone ornaments. Plus, a little squirrel gets a beary helpful boost, making sure every part of the tree looks stunning.

Available in two sizes:
5.93"X5.85" and 4.89"X4.82"

Woodland Christmas Cardinal

Available in one size:

Rocking Around the Woodland Tree
These animal buddies are having a ball as they finish decorating this dapper tree.
With their powerful wings, the birds take charge of the top half.

Available in two sizes:
6.87"X5.85" and 5.67"X4.83"

Bird with Pine Cone
Woodland Wolf and Hedgehog

Available in one size:
  Available in one size:

Holly Jolly Woodland Christmas
"Stay steady, lil' Squirrel!" Working on the final touches of their tree, this trio of
animal friends perfects their decorating system with teamwork.

Available in two sizes:
9.00"X5.84" and 6.87"X4.46"

Decorating Deer with Wreath

Available in one size:

Woodland Wreath Scene
In charge of bows, Bunny stretches to attach the last one while her badger
buddy firmly holds the wreath. Almost finished! What a beautiful job they've done.

Available in two sizes:
8.96"X5.85" and 6.84"X4.47"

Badger with Wreath
Squirrel with Pine Cone

Available in one size:
  Available in one size:

A Woodland Christmas Pack

These darling woodland Christmas critters are ready to decorate your home, too! Stitch them all together on mantle scarves, tree skirts and more when purchased in a pack!

Click on the links or images below to see the designs included in each pack, and add the
pack to your shopping cart.
All designs smaller than 6 x 10 All designs smaller than 5 x 7 All designs smaller than 4 x 4

Fantastic Christmas Project Ideas!

The Stitchers Showcase is filled to the brim with project ideas and inspiration to help you plan the perfect Christmas gifts and decorations. Tree skirts, towel toppers, stockings, shirts, jackets, wall hangings, countdown calendars -- the list of creative and inspirational photos goes on and on.

Peek below at pictures that have been sent in from embroiderers in all corners of the world. Click
on a picture below to see a larger view and read more details about the project. And then let your
imagination run wild as you work on Christmas gifts and projects of your own.

Looking for more ideas and photos? Search for Christmas in the Stitchers Showcase at www.EmbroideryLibraryProjects.com, or click here!
Do you have Christmas projects you'd like to share? Send them here Stitch@emblibrary.com.

Amazing Train Quilt   Elegant Stocking   Holiday Purse

Nativity Tree Skirt   Lace and Toile Tree Skirt   Holiday Fun Tree Skirt

Christmas Card Holders   Gingerbread Scene   Santa Pillows

Christmas Tree Towel Topper   Christmas Tree Wall Hanging   Drawstring Gift Bags

Reindeer Countdown Calendar   Creative Christmas Cards   Snowman Doorknob Hangers

Adorable Toddler Dress   Christmas Tree Lights T-Shirt   Sophisticated Holiday Jacket

Darling Lace Earrings   Lace Ornament Covers   Lace Angel Ornaments

Marvelous Mantle Scarf   Gingerbread Man Garland   Singing Reindeer Sweatshirt