Happy Shoes-day! Back-to-school shopping is in full swing, and parents across the country are once again looking forward to a moment of peace and quiet. This year, instead of purchasing the usual boring shoes, send your student off to school in style with a pair or two of fun, hip, embellished sneakers – like this pair we shared on the JoAnn Fabric and Craft Stores site.
All you need is a pair of plain white cloth sneakers in your kids’ favorite color, shuttles of DMC® Memory Thread™ in the colors given in the PDF pattern on the site, clear-drying glue or DMC Embroidery Floss to match the Memory Thread, a water-soluble transfer pen, jewelers tweezers, clean nail polish and a few basic notions.
To make the shoes, trace the design onto the shoes using the pen, crimp the ends of the Memory Thread using the tweezers, and secure the ends with a dab of clear nail polish. Then, either glue the Memory Thread in place, or couch it in place along the marked lines using a single strand of the DMC Embroidery floss to match.
If you prefer a shoe color other than white, you can easily adjust the colors of Memory Thread to use in the project. For example, if you choose turquoise shoes, work the outer eye area in white to compensate for the color change.
There’s so much you can do with a simple pair of shoes. Consider them as a blank canvas, waiting for you to transform them with embroidery and a bit of creativity and imagination.
You can even personalize your shoes to celebrate an occasion, show off a talent, or memorialize a favorite game or television show. The pair shown above right featured on the Mary Sue site features imagery and commentary from the popular Doctor Who television series, rendered in hand embroidery.
Any type of canvas or fabric shoes can be used to make a fun, personalized pair for back-to-school. You can easily embroider on a comfy pair of slipper-type shoes too!
The pair from The Zen of Making is made from slip-on shoes, and featured an adorable kitty patch – and it’s really a patch! Haley Pierson-Cox covered a small hole in an otherwise perfect shoe to create a fabulous pair of slip-ons that convey her fun personal style.
For a fancier shoe, check out this beautiful pair of ballerina flats featuring a neon doodle design and shown on the Dream a Little Bigger site. Our DMC Color Infusions Floss would be perfect for a project like this!
If you’d like to know more about stitching on shoes, Allison Murray walks you through the entire process for making this pair of personalized shoes on her blog.
Keep on stitchin’!
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.
If you’re looking for some fun projects to stitch or craft this summer, check out the assortment of awesome project ideas over at FaveCrafts. You can get 1000′s of craft projects, patterns tips and ideas for FREE at FaveCrafts.com including embroidery, cross stitch, crochet, knitting and sewing patterns along with much more.
The site also offers free tips and tutorials for a wide variety of needlework types, and features an email newsletter, so you’ll always know what’s new on the site.
- 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!