Umbrellas for April Showers

April showers bring May flowers, according to the old English proverb, so while we’re waiting for better weather we’d might as well stitch! Here are some umbrella-related projects to inspire you.

This adorable little key chain coin purse was created by Beverly of the Flaming Toes blog site and features a tiny umbrella in a downpour of multicolored hearts. Her tutorial shown you how to make the purse from a kit, but you can also do something similar on a pre-made coin purse or zippered pouch.

Or how about this cute racoon holding an umbrella in a rainstorm of spring flowers? You can embroider the little guy on a cushion or quilt block.

You can use a variety of hand embroidery stitches on this pattern, including back stitch or outline stitch, French knots, lazy daisy stitches and straight stitches. Refer to our Embroidery Stitch Guide or Emma’s Stitch Tool for information on working the stitches.

Use a variety of DMC Embroidery Floss colors – or just red to make a redwork project.

The racoon is available at the French Knots site on their Cute Animals page.

Prefer to work with the real thing? Needlework designer Ruth O’Leary transformed a tattered old parasol into a work of fine art by replacing the work silk panels with new ones worked in hand embroidery.

You can find more of Ruth’s work on the British Cross Stitcher site.

While Ruth’s parasol is worked to fit an antique frame, you could also try working simpler embroidery designs on a good quality ready-made umbrella, using a variety of DMC Embroidery Threads.


Amazing Thread Art

Check out this amazing art installation by artist Marta Elise Johansen, utilizing found objects, hardware, and DMC Light Effects floss.

The art is featured in a Los Angeles, California restaurant called Faith and Flower.

Marta was born to an American mother and Norwegian father in Pakistan, grew up in Vermont, and now resides in Mill Valley, California, and has her studio in Sausalito. She has traveled extensively around the world, and her work has been influenced by bother her travels and her upbringing. You can read more about Marta and her work here.

Everywhere she goes, she absorbs fragments of light, color, design, and sound as her experience and inspiration. She believes that the most simple materials can be as exquisite as the most precious.

Marta primarily works in ink pen on paper but has special occasions where she can experiment with other materials, in this case DMC Light Effects Floss in E677 White Gold, E301 Copper, and E3821 Light Gold.

One of her closest friends, a musician who lives in Echo Park, Simone White, helped her to execute this feature, which evokes the rich art deco history of L.A.’s past and the ever present sun of the city, all with the simplicity of objects found at the local hardware store.

On my next trip to the hardware store, I will definitely be looking at the items on the shelves differently!


What’s Your Superpower?

I am really excited about this blog hop, because it is our very first one! I was a little nervous about it and super busy with my project last week. (No, “busy” is not my superpower, except on some days!) I want to thank Mdm Samm for calling me with the opportunity to be part of the hop and Pauline for being a great and patient cheerleader. I can’t believe I’ve been missing out on all the fun until now!


This week it’s time for mild-mannered Emma Broidery to reveal her secret true identity as Super Emma, Super Stitcher! With just a needle and DMC thread, I can save the world, one stitch at a time! But honestly, I can’t do it alone.

As Super Emma, my Superpower is Creating Community. I like to think I help bring stitchers and quilters together into amazing needlework groups and guilds. I love these extraordinary needlework communities! When stitchers come together whether we are beginners or experts, we are not just stitching thread. In a way, we are stitching strong connections between us.


As we share stories and stitches, our bonds deepen. We inspire each other with project ideas and new techniques. We cheer for each other and support each other. We matter to each other. Being together helps us to build confidence and often pushes us to challenge ourselves. A needle and thread truly can be magical! The truth is, we ALL share the same superpower! Creating community takes all of us. (And did I mention that we can save the world?)

Super Emma was designed by Brooke Nolan and is stitched with DMC Embroidery Floss, DMC Light Effects, and DMC Memory Thread on 28 count Charles Craft White Monaco, stitched over two threads. The finished piece was tacked onto a pink pillow with two trims. Don’t you love the buttons? If you feel a little like Super Emma, here is a link to the Super Emma chart.

Thank you for visiting! I will love to receive and reply to your comments! I hope you continue to see the other amazing Super Bloggers this week. I know I will.

Here is today’s list to make sure you don’t miss any!

Tuesday, April 15

A Geeky Crafty Life

Thimblemouse and Spouse

How ART you?

Sew Golden A Chance

Just Because Quilts

DMC-Threads (I am so happy you are here!)


And since I’m last today, here is tomorrow, too.

Wednesday, April 16


My Addiction to Quilting

Needle and Hook

Sew Incredibly Crazy

Lixie Makes It

Seams To Be Sew




Creative Samplers

Crewel Filling Sampler on Button, ButtonThis week my source of inspiration is samplers - and all the wonderful, varied ways they are used in embroidery experimentation and learning!

This breathtaking Crewel Filling Sampler by Julie on Button, Button is the latest in her year of samplers series. And while this sampler features crewel wool, one of her stunning stitches features DMC floss.

I think you’ll agree, it is a very beautiful stitch she’s created with our threads!


Sampler Bag on Hokkaido KudasaiThis beautiful Sampler Bag Project on Hokkaido Kudasai is ingeniously worked with a variety of threads on mattress ticking fabric! The parallel lines keep your stitchwork consistent as you experiment.

I’d be inspired to try this technique with any recycled striped fabric I have on hand – I’m thinking about the parallel stripes on a men’s dress shirt. It’s a fabulous way to try out different weights of threads and textures, too!

Embroidery Sampler by Hermine on Journal de JoursThis Embroidery Sampler by Hermine on Journal de Jours is so inspiring. Using a sampling of geometric cross stitch patterns scattered over a linen background, Hermine has created a wonderful work of art.

This is a perfect example of how a handful of beautiful floss and the urge to experiment can be the starting point for something really lovely.


Chicken Scratch Sampler on Aida on Eglantine StitcheryThis Chicken Scratch Sampler on Aida on Eglantine Stitchery contains such a fabulous assortment of colors – using threads from our Prism Thread Packs, Aurelia offers a wonderful free pattern that is extensive and full of notes, instruction, and inspiration.

If you’ve ever wanted to try chicken scratch embroidery, but were intimidated by using a patterned background, this pattern on Aida cloth is for you!


Thread Jewelry Ideas

DMC Embroidery Threads are not just for stitching – they can also be used to create other fabulous crafts and wearables! This week I’m featuring some of the inspiring thread jewelry ideas from around the web.

Gina Michelle has combined 4 skeins of coordinating floss with chains and beads to make this pretty necklace, perfect for coordinating with your Spring wardrobe. The complete tutorial is available on her site.

Check out the gorgeous necklace Tassel Wisp necklace from Anthropologie.  I love this wispy necklace with thread tassels.

The color is fresh and fun, but by making something myself, I can change the design to any color. I’m inspired to make my own version in pink!

We’ve even got a tassel necklace here if you’d like to make one using our existing pattern. Ours is made from DMC Light Effects metallic floss. Links to the PDF instruction sheet are featured on the page.

The 2014 Geometric Jewelry Trends article features fabulous geometric shapes wrapped with embroidery floss. I love the random colors chosen – they go together beautifully.

You can wrap nearly anything with thread to create a similar design. KAYEganda created the pieces using recycled cardboard holders from game pieces, but I’m thinking of looking for several types of belt buckles to create a similar version.

Prefer bracelets? No problem! Michelle Sexton has featured a step-by-step tutorial for making this color-blocked bracelet with bling on her So Here’s My Life blog site.

She’s used a clever wrapping technique to transform an old cuff bracelet into a wearable piece of art.

Need more bling? Make this elegant braided rhinestone necklace set from embroidery floss and a strand of rhinestones from the craft store, or from a thrift store necklace.

The tutorial from Erica on the Honestly WTF site will show you how to make these beauties from start to finish.

They’re perfect for a dressed up night on the town, or to pair with jeans and a crisp white blouse for a casual day of shopping and hanging out with friends.

Such fabulous ideas – I love them all!







Silhouettes, Applique, and Embroidery

Thread Doodling Bunny on Adventures in ThreadThis week, I’m feeling inspired by all the ways you can incorporate silhouettes and applique shapes in your embroidery, and I found some lovely examples on the web!

Just in time for Easter, this beautiful Thread Doodling Bunny on Adventures in Thread is a dense mass of stitches and floss. Using a simple outline of a bunny, Jules filled in her shape with the threads she had on hand, in a doodling fashion. She even shares her bunny stencil so you can try your own hand at it!

Cat and Canary Applique Pillow on Love To Sew:I’m in love the colors and textures in these Cat and Canary Applique Pillows on Love To Sew - with patterned fabrics from your stash, bold-colored felt, and white puffy paint to create a faux-stitched look on the edges of your applique.

Another option for your applique shapes is filling them with a dense network of doodled stitches, like in the bunny above!

Hedgehog Applique Block on Wee Folk Art:This Hedgehog Applique Block on Wee Folk Art is another fabulous starting point for creative embroidery.

Their post provides great tips on turning any applique pattern into an embroidery pattern, and I love that they’ve used DMC floss in a lovely, muted spring palette.

Bold, bright shades would look equally striking in this project – I’d be sure to explore different floss palettes.


Bird Silhouettes on Paper SeedThese sweet Bird Silhouettes on Paper Seed would also make another great applique project – either on pillows or “framed” in an embroidery hoop.

There are so many possibilities, but I would love to fill each bird with a solid color of DMC floss, focusing on one embroidery stitch for each shape…

French knots, random cross stitches, blackwork stitches, or seed stitches would all make fabulous fill stitches!



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