Holiday Crafting Ideas

Friday, November 21, 2014

Free Christmas Village Pattern on Create and DecorateThis week, how about getting a jump on your holiday crafting? We’ve found lots of sweet ideas online to inspire you!

This Free Christmas Village Pattern on Create and Decorate is just lovely, isn’t it? Stitch all the designs together, or break up the designs and stuff each one individually to make a cute cross stitched village!

Dr Wholiday Cross Stitch Pattern on Phoebe’s Craft ClosetHow about our Whovian stitchers? This Doctor Wholiday Cross Stitch Pattern on Phoebe’s Craft Closet is so awesome and perfect for a true fan.

The free pattern includes all the DMC floss colors you’ll need and a quick stitch tutorial if you’re new to stitching on Aida cloth!

Felt and Sequin Snowflake on Ordinary Mommy DesignThis dainty Felt and Sequin Snowflake on Ordinary Mommy Design looks delightful – all you’ll need is a few sequins, felt, and some DMC floss.

I’d love to stitch these up in light brown felt for a gingerbread look, or with some metallic floss – they’d make perfect ornaments or embellishment for a special gift!

 

Felt Christmas Mouse on Molly and Mama MakesI’m loving this adorable Felt Christmas Mouse on Molly and Mama Makes – another great project to break out your felt, sequins, and metallic floss!

Customize the stocking with initials or the year to make this little ornament a special keepsake.

 

Crocheted Hoop Earrings on Gossamer TanglesThese Crocheted Hoop Earrings on Gossamer Tangles are gorgeous, and a perfect color combination for the holidays, no?

Crocheted with DMC Pearl cotton – they’d also look lovely in a snowy color scheme for the holidays!





 


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Crafty Thanksgiving Ideas!

Friday, November 14, 2014

Geometric Embroidered Turkey on Crafts UnleashedIt’s almost Turkey time, and what better way to be thankful than to spend an hour or two crafting something sweet for your holiday celebrations? Here’s a roundup of inspiring Thanksgiving ideas we found around the web!

This Geometric Embroidered Turkey on Crafts Unleashed is such a fun, classy take on the traditional turkey trimmings. I love how creative you can get with metallic flosses – I’d love to try our Light Effects floss on this project!

Thanksgiving Embroidery Hoop Garland on The Silly Pearl

This Thanksgiving Embroidery Hoop Garland on The Silly Pearl is a great way to use up your stash of embroidery hoops- and I love just how creative you can get with festive ribbon, felt, and button trims.

This project is a great stash-buster and a fun project to team up with the little ones in your household!

 

Pumpkin Dish Towels on Inspired By This

I’m also charmed by these sweet Pumpkin Dish Towels on Inspired By This.

The cute pumpkin shapes are easily whipped up with craft paints and would look adorable with embroidered embellishment!

Corn Embroidery Thanksgiving Card on Nessy Designs

 

This Corn Embroidery Thanksgiving Card on Nessy Designs is so elegant and offers so many opportunities to experiment with color and texture!

It’s so lovely what can be done with just 3 colors of embroidery floss, patterned papers and bits of fabric.

 

Thanksgiving Inspired Cat Toys on On My HonorLest your pets feel left out of the crafting fun, these Thanksgiving Inspired Cat Toys from On My Honor will save the day!

The feather toy is so lovely I can easily see it as a tree decoration or bookmark design – and there are many other ideas, my favorite being the felt turkey leg, of course!





 


Categories: Free Projects

Free Fall Roundup!

Friday, November 7, 2014

Autumn Mug MatsThis week I am inspired by the season, and all the loveliness fall has to offer in the new cool weather and let’s not forget – all the fabulous free patterns to be found online!

First up – how about these sweet Autumn Mug Mats by your own friends at DMC?

I love the bright contrasting colors of the DMC floss, and that marvelous wooly texture of the felt!

Free Owl Pattern on Little Sparrow NestThis Free Owl Pattern on Little Sparrow Nest is inspired and lovely!

The free PDF pattern features a stitch guide to guide you through the intricate sweet stitching on that little owl and branches.

Free Toadstool Pattern on The Little StitcherThis adorable Free Toadstool Pattern on The Little Stitcher makes a wonderful scissor fob for your favorite scissors, or tree ornament!

This lovely little specimen was stitched all up in our DMC threads – in go-to holiday shades!

Leaf Embroidery Hoop Art on Positively SplendidOr how about this gorgeous contrasting palette of felt, embroidery floss, and burlap in the Leaf Embroidery Hoop Art on Positively Splendid?!

Such a wonderful choice of bright colors, textures, and a great way to use up your colorful stash of buttons!

Fruit Applique Pattern on Stubbornly CraftyHow sweet are these Fruit Applique Patterns on Stubbornly Crafty?

I love the idea of gifting an appliqued towel with a homemade gift of fruit preserves!





 


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More from the DMC Factory Tour

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

imageDuring the past 3 weeks I’ve been taking you on a tour of the DMC Factory in Mulhouse, France. We started with a brief history of the area, then moved on to spinning, and last week we covered Mercerizing, dyeing and drying.

This week we’re ready to put up the thread onto skeins or balls and get it labeled and ready for shipping. After this section, the next part of the threads’ journey is from retailer to stitcher.

imageAfter the dyed thread is completely dry, the color of the dye is checked for accuracy by comparing under different types of light.

If it’s not right, it’s rejected and over dyed – as good ol’ black.image

The thread is then tested foimager strength, which I’ll discuss in another blog. There’s a lot to this step, and I want to make sure I do it justice.

After the dye color is checked, the thread is then wound onto large cone so that it’s ready for winding onto balls or into skeins. There’s a veritable rainbow happening on this machine!

Depending on the type of thread, the cones are loaded onto machines that each perform a different duty, winding, and labeling the threads in a series of quick movements.

imageOn one machine – wonder of modern machinery – winds the familiar pull-skeins of DMC Embroidery Floss, labeling and boxing skeins in quick succession.

Another machine almost 200 years old, yet still fully functional, winds DMC Pearl Cotton onto balls, inserting the familiar round label into the hollow cardboard spool.

The finished threads are then boxed, labeled and warehoused, ready for shipment to your favorite, local needlework store! I couldn’t resist posting this image of

imagethe warehouse and logistics center, with two of our DMC pals.

In addition to all the wonderful DMC Threads, ready to send to all corners of the globe, these floor-to-ceiling shelves also contain books, kits, accessories, painted needlepoint canvas, needlework fabrics, organizers and more.

There are just so many DMC goodies for stitchers!





 


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Halloween and Fall Inspiration

Friday, October 31, 2014

10 Ideas to Organize Your Floss on Red BrollyHello all! Hope you’re having a fabulous Halloween – this week we’ve found some wonderful ideas online, both creepy, fun, fall-friendly and organizational!

First up is this lovely roundup of 10 Ideas to Organize Your Floss on Red Brolly – if you’re looking for creative, beautiful ways to organize your collection of DMC floss, this is the perfect place to start!

Embroidery Sampler on One Crafty MummaThis beautiful handmade Embroidery Sampler on One Crafty Mumma uses one-inch squares on a linen background, with a wonderful assortment of motifs from various sources.

I love the creative way she’s used such bright colors, and of course we’re flattered that her main floss of choice for this project was DMC floss! Wonderful work!

Fall Sashiko Tea Towels on Sew Mama SewIf you’re looking for a lovely, simple fall-themed idea – look no further than these Fall Sashiko Tea Towels on Sew Mama Sew!

Of course I was tickled to spy our own lovely Color Variations Pearl Cotton in the supplies!

Circle of Boos on The Crafting GeekBut how can we forget it’s Halloween with this adorable cross stitch Circle of Boos on The Crafting Geek?

Stitched with our Light Effects Glow in the Dark floss – these cute boos also glow!

Early Witches on The Stitching BasketThese fabulous Early Witches on The Stitching Basket were also stitched up using DMC floss.

If you’re on the lookout for next year’s project – this pattern from the Primitive Hare could be just the one!





 


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Ready, Set, COLOR!

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

CF_Mercerizing1During the past two weeks I’ve been taking you on a Tuesday Tour of the DMC Factory in Mulhouse, France. We’ve taken a look at the location and its history, and have toured the steps taken to get from raw cotton to thread.

You can click on the links in the paragraph above if you missed the first two sections.

It’s been such an interesting journey, and today we’re going to see what happens next. It involves a spa-like bath and COLOR!

To get you caught-up in a nutshell, we have followed raw cotton through the spinning process through to the gassing, which removes unwanted fuzzies, and on through to twisting plies and making a huge hank of thread.

CF_DyeBathsNext in the process is Mercerizing. This process was invented by John Mercer in 1844 and is very important in the manufacturing process.

Mercerizing increases the yarn’s mechanical strength, improves its dyeing affinity, and gives the yarn brightness.

The large hanks are placed under tension and dipped in a concentrated solution of caustic soda and maintained at cold temperatures. It is then rinsed with hot water and then again in cold water.

If you look closely at the image above left, you can see that the hanks on the left are under tension, while the hank closest to you on the right has not yet been placed under tension and is still loose.

CF_DyedYarnThe yarns are then bleached using oxygenated water (not chlorine) before being placed in the huge dye vats. Vat dyes or naphthol dyes are used for colorfastness.

After dyeing, a special softening process is used that will help ensure easy rewinding of the skein, and gives the thread a slippery finish, allowing it to pass through the needlework fabric without any hangups or tugging.

The hanks are also expressed to make sure they have as little moisture in them as possible before being put through the drying tunnel. It’s a bit like the spin cycle of your home washing machine, only on a much larger scale.

After expressing, the hanks are hung on a rack to prepare them for drying.

CF_DryingDrying is accomplished using a large air drying tunnel. It takes several days to dry a single rack of thread, and is must be completely dry before it can be wound into hanks and skeins and packaged for shipment.

Next week we’ll explore the processes used to create the hanks, skeins and balls of DMC Needlework Thread, packaging and shipping to all corners of the globe!





 


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