Embroidery Library
Country Livin'

NEW THIS WEEK - October 29th, 2008

Country Livin'

Free Project Instructions!


Whether you're a genuine country bumpkin or a city slicker who only dreams of the simple life, this week's designs will evoke the time-honored joys of rural living. From cattails and pussywillows to barns and chickens, the imagery in these scenes, samplers, and appliques celebrates the love and community that make a house a home.


Richly detailed autumn floral still-lifes and a hens-and-roosters set with borders and corners are just a couple of the creative new sets released this week. Samplers with a retro flair exhibit messages such as "Live Simply" and "Love Spoken Here." And a set of ten country heirloom applique designs featuring animals, saltbox houses, and more will add an adorable homespun touch to quilts or gifts for kids.


Take a look at these new designs and get back to the land when you stitch them for friends, family, or to warm your own home. A variety of styles and sentiments means there's a farm-fresh project idea to suit everyone on your list.

 These elegant linen napkins  will be the hit or your dinner party! Click here for free project instructions!

Chick-a-dee-dee-dee-dee! A pair of birds brings song to this autumn still life of cattails, flowers,
and colorful leaves in a rustic wooden bucket. This detailed design would make a rich fall decoration
for your home.


Available in two sizes:
5.85"X8.22" and 4.82"X6.74"

Fiery lilies mix with golden flowers and cattails, ferns, grasses, and leaves in this warmly intricate design. Picture it adorning a pillow on the sofa or framed on the wall.


Available in two sizes:
5.85"X7.56" and 4.88"X6.30"

A pitcher and washing bowl convey old-world flair, stitched on a luxurious hand towel and hung next to the bathroom sink. Realistic grasses and pussywillows combine with bright orange flowers for a design that's at once refined and ablaze with autumn's glory.


Available in two sizes:
5.85"X7.75" and 4.86"X6.46"


Homespun Happiness


A set of basic samplers combine classic country imagery with fun retro lettering. This country church is more than a place to worship; it's a center of community for events large and small. Celebrate coming together with friends and family when you put this design on a throw pillow or in a frame.


Available in two sizes:
9.11"X5.86" and 6.85"X4.40"

Wherever you go, there will always be memories of your early days to look back on fondly.

Stitch up those memories of home and neighbors and bring them into the present with this design enclosed in little hearts.


Available in two sizes:
9.18"X5.86" and 6.85"X4.40"

A barn nestled among softly rolling hills is the basis for this farm sampler.
Stitch it up as a reminder that the best things in life are home-grown.


Available in two sizes:
9.19"X5.86" and 6.86"X4.39"

White fences extend into the horizon in this sampler centered on home sweet home.
"A Home is Made of Love & Dreams" ... and perhaps a bunch of thread.


Available in two sizes:
9.19"X5.86" and 6.86"X4.39"

Love is a universal language, and this design will communicate it when you stitch it on an item
for your home or give it to a neighbor.


Available in two sizes:
9.11"X5.84" and 6.85"X4.39"

'Tis a gift to be simple, and this country sampler celebrates a country lifestyle free of excess
and complications. A barn, cows, and gently rolling hills frame this wise message.


Available in two sizes:
9.11"X5.86" and 6.86"X4.41"

A Homespun Happiness Pack

Get all six samplers and stitch one for each of the people who make your house a home. The simple shapes and fun retro font paint a heartwarming picture of country livin'.

The Homespun Happiness design pack contains 6 designs. Click on an image
or link below to see the designs included in the pack, and add the pack to your shopping cart.

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


Country Hens & Roosters


A vibrant farm couple is encircled by graceful flowers and leaves. This oval design will make a lovely rustic centerpiece for a whole set of hen-and-rooster kitchen decor.


Available in two sizes:
5.86"X8.30" and 4.86"X6.86"


A black and white checkered border lends a bright country kitchen look to this rectangular design.
This elegantly framed pair of chickens gives a fresh look to your kitchen, embroidered on a placemat
or hung on the wall.


Available in two sizes:
8.12"X5.86" and 6.71"X4.86"


Chickens parade along the hem of a tablecloth or curtains in this oh-so-cute border version of the
hens and roosters design. One instance of this design will look great centered on the end of a towel.
The medium size of this design has been formatted for the Endless Hoop;
 may also be used in standard hoops.


Available in three sizes:
9.41"X3.91" and 6.00"X2.73"
Smallest size contains two files both smaller than:


Stick this rooster in the corner of a placemat or napkin. Pair him with the hen at right for a set that echoes the rest of the designs in this group.



This hen looks great on her own in the corner of a placemat or napkin, use her to make a clever his-and-hers set of table linens.


Available in two sizes:
4.86"X4.84" and 3.86"X3.84"
  Available in two sizes:
4.86"X4.84" and 3.86"X3.85"


Add this walking rooster to your poultry-stitched projects for extra dimension and interest.



A classic white hen looks great stitched alone, or as part of a fine-feathered kitchen set.


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Stitch up this design and churn out this adorable in-the-hoop pot holder in one fell swoop.
Click here for project instructions.


Available in two sizes:
5.87"X8.27" and 4.87"X6.84"

A Country Hens & Roosters Pack

Get all these Country Hens & Roosters designs at a discount and freshen up the kitchen with a set of table linens, curtains, and more. This farm-friendly pack with chickens and flowers has a crisp, unique look with black and white checkered trim.

The Country Hens & Roosters design pack contains 11 designs.
Click on an image or link below to see the designs included in the pack, and add the
pack to your shopping cart.

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



A richly textured toile scene depicts a classic tractor, come to rest among peaceful farm fields. Clouds, birds, a silo, and an old wooden fence frame this nostalgic design that's quick to stitch out
and easy to match to your home's colors.


Available in two sizes:
6.30"X5.84" and 5.21"X4.84"

Country Heirloom Applique


A batch of heirloom applique designs contains classic country motifs with the endearing handmade look of blanket stitch, and all the convenience and precision of machine embroidery. Animals
from the farm and the wild, traditional saltbox houses, and heart and star shapes make adorable decorations for towels or bibs, or displayed together on a quilt or wall hanging.
Click here for instructions for heirloom applique.


An orange tabby cat with a white chest and tail sneaks in from barn patrol for a dish of fresh cream. (Simple coloring makes it easy to represent your favorite feline with this design.)



This teddy bear wears his heart on his overalls. He looks cute enough to snuggle with, like he just came to visit from his den in the woods.


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Honk if you love geese! Here in Minnesota, they're everywhere -- until they fly south for the winter (like some of the people).



Home is where the heart is, and this saltbox house design displays it proudly.


Available in one size:
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The saltbox house's asymmetrical shape
gives it an offbeat charm.


  Another classic New England-style house has
lean-to additions that make it one of a kind.
Available in one size:
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This adorable bird is appliqued in a dainty blue calico print, but you can choose whatever you like to invent your own fanciful species.



This heart is stitched in a patchwork-look fabric, a fun match for the blanket stitch outline. The simple design lets your fabric really show, whether it's a solid color or your favorite print.


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Inspired by the barn stars hung by farmers
for decoration and luck, especially following
the Civil War, this stitched version shows
half fabric and half embroidery.


  Mooooove on over and make room for this
cute-as-can-be cow! This indispensible
farm character will round out your country heirloom applique project nicely.
Available in one size:
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A Country Heirloom Applique Pack

All ten Country Heirloom Applique designs are available
at a discount. Harvest them while you can and apply these animals, houses, and symbols to cozy projects for gifts
or to warm your own home.

The Country Heirloom Applique design pack contains 10 designs. Click on an image or link below to see the designs included in the pack, and add the pack to your shopping cart.
All designs smaller than 4 x 4    

Recently Kenny and Deb visited a group of creative and talented folks -- the Heathers sewing
and embroidery group. Thanks for such a warm welcome! We really enjoyed the time we spent
with you. The group requested a freestanding lace angel to serve as a tree topper -- what an
excellent idea! The sturdy base also means that she'll be a great table centerpiece, too.
For project and assembly instructions, click here.

Available in two sizes:
4.91"X6.30" and 3.03"X3.87"

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