Holiday Fun Projects

Friday, December 12, 2014

Snowman Stitchable on Fort Worth Fabric StudioThe holiday season is in full swing – and there are so many sweet ideas to be found online!

This Free Snowman Stitchable on Fort Worth Fabric Studio is such a sweet little image – the free pattern includes all the DMC floss colors you’ll need to complete it.

Felt Gift Tags on Skip To My Lou You all know I love a quick project to personalize a gift and these Felt Gift Tags on Skip To My Lou are the perfect embellishment.

Bits of felt, card stock, floss and ribbon are all you’ll need to make your holiday gifts special.

Deathly Hallows Cross Stitch Ornament on Handcrafted VintageI am loving this beautiful geometric Deathly Hallows Cross Stitch Ornament on Handcrafted Vintage – have we any Harry Potter fans in the house?

I’d also love the look of white floss on a shimmery gold background like our Stardust Aida for a beautiful variation.

Swirly Snow Free Cross Stitch pattern on 123StitchThese Swirly Snow Cross Stitch Designs on 123Stitch would look lovely as a sampler as shown, or you could stitch just one design for a Christmas card or keepsake ornament.

The free pattern gives some great tips for linen and DMC flosses to accompany it!

Free Grumpy Cat Cross Stitch on Brooks Books PublishingLast, but most certainly not least – how adorable would this Free Grumpy Cat Cross Stitch on Brookes Books Publishing be on an ornament?

Brooke’s page is FULL of beautiful freebies, including her wonderful free Advent calendar designs.





 


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Holiday Free For All!

Friday, December 5, 2014

Free Winter Reindeer Idea on Ucreate Well, December is officially upon us and we’ve found lots of sweet holiday crafting ideas for you, all free on the web!

First, how about this Free Winter Reindeer Idea on Ucreate - all you need is white DMC floss, fabric, and a big red button.

A cute yarn pom pom and colorful bias tape border would look adorable on this pillow as well!

 

Embroidered Fair Isle Sweater on Paper and StitchThis Embroidered Fair Isle Sweater on Paper and Stitch is a cute, quick idea!

The free snowflake graph would look lovely as a Fair Isle design but it would be equally lovely as a cross stitch, too.

This is a perfect way to spruce up a favorite sweater!

 

Patchwork Egg Warmer on Easy PatchworkEven your eggs can keep cozy under this Patchwork Egg Warmer on Easy Patchwork – I love patchwork because it’s such a lovely way to use up fabric bits too small for bigger projects.

I can even see this as a sweet ornament – just embroider the date or a holiday greeting on it!

For the cat lovers out there, how about adding a foldaway felt bottom and a little catnip surprise inside so kitty can enjoy a Christmas treat?

Christmas Stockings on Aqua Reef StudiosI’m always on the lookout for projects that use our lovely DMC floss in wonderful ways – these Christmas Stockings on Aqua Reef Studios are just beautiful!

Heather used DMC floss in contrasting shades to stitch sweet elements on her patchwork stockings – lovely work!

What are you stitching this season with our DMC floss? Share it with us in the comments and we could feature your work on our blog next!





 


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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!





 


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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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