This week I am inspired by the beautiful work stitchers have done with DMC Floche thread!
This breathtaking Monogram on Baroque Embellishments was stitched in floche and hand-drawn by Kimberly. She also shows off the gorgeously worked antique hem described in the Encyclopedia of Needlework by Thérèse de Dillmont.
Here’s another gorgeous monogram stitched in floche on this Blessing Gown Embroidery on Dream Quilt Create.
I had to mention a stunning 18th Century Bedcover Project worked in floche threads on The Unbroken Thread.
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- Crochet Flower Clutch
- A Beautiful Peace Label
- A T Shirt with Crochet Edge
- Baby Hat with Tassle
- Beautiful Crochet Top
- Black Mesh Shawl
- Bright Blue Denim Scarf
- Buttercup Embroidery Design
- Butterfly Crochet Bag
- Cell Phone Case
- Charming Crochet Pillow
- Cherries Cross Stitch Oven Pad
- Cherries Cross Stitch Recipe Book Cover
- Cherries Cross Stitch Tea Bag
- Chrysanthemum Accessory
- Colorful Block Scarf
- Cow Cross Stitch Pattern
- Crochet Diamond Belt
- Crochet Doily in Pineapple Pattern
- Cute Winter Snow Bear
- Fashion Belt
- Father Christmas Pattern
- Free Crochet Pattern for Round Motif Afghan
- Free Crochet Pattern Tablecloth
- Ladybug Friendship Bracelet
- Loving Bears Cross Stitch Pattern
- Luv Your Cross Stitch
- Purple Satin Medallion
- Satin Butterflies Embroidery Project
I am loving the bright burst of summer colors in these Embroidered Pencil Pouches on Jacks and Kate - using variegated yarn on burlap creates such a wonderful colorful contrast.
I think this idea would look equally gorgeous in our own variegated floss or Color Variations floss on linen, as well!
This adorable tiny Crocheted Alligator on WoolCrochet.com is worked using DMC floss in bright green, red, and white.
It’s such a tiny little critter, I can see it embellishing a fanciful kid’s headband or bag – so sweet!
I absolutely love this vibrant color palette, and how easy it would be to experiment with simple shapes and lines on this!
How sweet is this Pete the Bear Free Pattern on While She Naps?
The coordination of bright scraps of fabric, and bits and buttons from your crafting stash make for a sweet bear, and stitching the facial expressions is an extra treat!
Have you tried Floche embroidery thread? DMC Floche is a twisted thread made from the finest long fiber cotton, mercerized to create a beautiful finish. This superior quality thread is especially suited for fine embroidery.
DMC Floche is comprised of 4 non-divisible strands in size 16 thread, each strand equals two (2) strands of DMC Floss. Threads can be stitch in a single or multiple plies and slide easily through fabric. During the manufacturing process, the cotton is combed, singed by flamed and mercerized creating its beautiful finish. The end result does not knot, kink or fluff and is soft and gentle to the touch.
I like to use floche while traveling, because not having to separate the thread into strands makes it easier to stitch on the go. It’s less hassle, and my airline seatmate always appreciates the fact that I keep my space tidy. However, due to the smaller range of colors, it should be used for projects where a smaller range of colors is used.
Floche is ideal for fine embroidery, needlepoint, delicate stitches such as openwork, cutwork, whitework, smocking, shadow work and openwork, as well as for fine motifs such as monograms and initials. It is especially suited for embroidering household linen and other creative stitchery.
It’s harder to find – available through fine independent needlework stores – but once you try it, you’re sure to love it. It’s one of my favorites!
This Sweet Dreams Pillow Tutorial on At Home On the Bay is a sweet way to hone your stitching skills – using each letter to practice a different stitch in a different shade of bright, lovely DMC floss.
I love the contrast of the bright floss shades on a dark, denim-look background, and the stitches add such a lovely freeform texture!
For a more traditional project, how about this Free Frisian Sampler Cross Stitch Pattern on Idyllic Needle – based on a traditional Dutch sampler design, there are spots in this lettering which look surprisingly modern.
The free chart includes all 6 DMC shades you’ll need to complete the project.
Wouldn’t it be wonderful to arrange the alphabets and motifs to create your own unique sampler design?
This Rose Crochet iPad Cover on Yarn Plaza is such a sweet-looking project – the contrast of the bright floral on a gray background is genius.
I love that you can use the free rose chart to add a bit of cross stitch texture to your crochet!
This Free Audrey Hepburn Cross Stitch pattern on Glitter and Wit looks delightfully elegant and sweet.
Using just one shade of DMC floss and Aida cloth, you can create the perfect gift for an Audrey lover or classic cinema buff. It would be so lovely to stitch up multiple versions in different bright colors!
There are some gorgeous Floral Whitework Kits on Trish Burr’s blog – in addition to DMC cotton floss, she has also added our lovely DMC Floche threads to her kits, they look like they’ll be delightful!
Don’t miss the gorgeous owl and bird designs at the bottom of her post – they would be beautiful for whitework or for a celebration of bright summer colors!
What do you get when you combine fabric, fine art illustration and a bin full of embroidery floss? Amazing pieces of ART!
Japanese fiber artist Kimika Hara uses needle and thread to bring colorful illustrations to life with expert hand stitching on colorful illustrations that she has worked in acrylic paint directly on the fabric.
Careful shading using multiple colors gives the characters in her designs depth while adding a touch of humor and whimsy. Kimika describes her work as happy and cute, and her work definitely brings a smile to my face.
Born in Kyoto and inspired by her culture and surroundings, Kimika adds texture to her designs by adding beads, sequins, pailettes, buttons and other found objects to each piece.
Colorful fabrics are tacked to the illustrations with contrasting embroidery threads and freestyle hand stitching. Bits of lace add additional, interesting layers to her work creating a collage effect.
Two of my favorite pieces are the patchwork on the dog and chubby kitty shown above. The fabric scraps, happy floss colors and the expression on the animals’ faces are joyful and fun.
Kimika’s work features animals and florals, as well as vegetables and fruit. Almost anything is fair game for the artist’s paintbrushes and needles.
You can see more of her amazing work on her web site. The site is in Japanese, but a scroll through her amazing posts will definitely inspire you.
Konnichiwa Kimika for such beautiful inspiration!