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DMC Mother’s Day Gift Guide For Crafty Moms

Thursday, April 9, 2015

What do you buy the woman who can make anything? Our Mother’s Day gift guide caters to all the talented crafty moms out there with a fun assortment of projects, patterns, and supplies. Whether the mom in your life is a knitter, mad about cross stitch, or incorporates yarns and threads into all sorts of amazing DIY concoctions, these gifts are for her.

Top This

z36Ge00KqmMvostUuB4b3gBDcsPTeRhcrAkkIP7ftuIGet your mom a-head of the crafting curve with DMC’s newest sensation, Top This. Available in 12 insanely-cute styles—including Owl, Bunny, Bear, and Cat— Top This provides everything needed to knit an adorable children’s hat—with a plushie animal head on top! Comes with yarn, hat-topper, and pattern.




Storage Solutions Wooden Cabinet

DMC Threads_OliverScottPhoto-523Yarn, thread and needles everywhere! Don’t watch helplessly as the crafty mom in your life stashes her stash in a shoebox or plastic shopping bag…get a Storage Solution, the DMC way. Our wooden storage cabinet features three molded plastic storage drawers—and a bunch of compartments to organize a variety of crafting items. Dimensions are 12 ¾”W x 10”H x 14 ½” D, and the classic DMC logo is emblazoned on the side.


“Amigurumis” Fruits and Vegetables Kit

DMC cocina 0291-600x400Mother always told us to eat our veggies…and now she can knit them! Introduce your mother to the amigurumi crochet-craze with this simple all-in-one kit, which includes all the supplies she needs to make a super-cute set of fruits and vegetables plus a step-by-step booklet. Best of all, this kit includes 12 super soft and durable skeins of DMC Natura “Just Cotton” crochet threads.


 Victorian-Style Needlework Accessories

casesGive your mom a sample of the glamour of yesteryear with these vintage-styled DMC accessories: scissor case, needle case, and thread/yarn cutter. Each metal accessory features a brushed-pewter finish, the classic DMC logo, and can be attached to a chatelaine for handy use.


DMC Floss Color Card With Thread Strands

color cardOur prismatic best-selling favorite that every stitcher and crafter will love! Our floss color card includes actual thread samples of ALL DMC six-strand embroidery floss colors: 454 solid and 18 variegated. Plus: notations for Pearl Cotton in Sizes 3, 5, 8 and 12.






Spooky Stitch Inspiration

Friday, October 3, 2014

Glow in the Dark Hipster Ghost on CrafteandoI adore this Glow in the Dark Hipster Ghost Amigurumi on Crafteando! This free pattern comes from a lovely Spanish language blog – but you can scroll down on her page for the English language instructions.

Jenny has the ingenious idea of combining DMC Glow in the Dark floss with regular white acrylic yarn to make her little ghost glow!

And you can’t be a hipster ghost without some black felt hipster glasses, right? Adorable.

R.I.P. Cross Stitch Coasters by Eva Monleon on Handmade CharlotteThese simple, quick R.I.P. Cross Stitch Coasters by Eva Monleon on Handmade Charlotte are another perfect use for DMC Glow in the Dark floss.

I love that all you need for this craft are some black Aida cloth squares and a bit of thread, and in no time at all you have a quick Halloween craft!

Say Boo! Wall Hanging Tutorial on Gen X QuiltersThis Say Boo! Wall Hanging Tutorial on Gen X Quilters is perfectly charming – a perfect way to combine a bit of embroidery with a basic sewing project.

I love this idea as a simple fabric sign to hang on your door to say Trick or Treaters are welcome!

I’m Wicked pattern as stitched by A Hole in the Basket PrimitivesI’m loving this cross stitch finish by Ann on A Hole in the Basket Primitives– you can find the Free Wicked Cross Stitch Pattern on Stitches n Stones.

Visit Ann’s blog for more inspiring spooky finishes!



A Celebration of Color!

Friday, July 18, 2014

Summer Nights Stitchalong by Little Dorrit on Sew Mama SewThis week, I am inspired by COLOR – and all the lovely ways you can incorporate it into your summer projects!

Look at the inspiring DMC floss colors in the Summer Nights Stitchalong by Little Dorrit on Sew Mama Sew – there’s an adorable free firefly pattern up for grabs as well!

Embroidered Pencil Pouches on Jacks and KateI 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!

Crochet Alligator on WoolCrochet.comThis adorable tiny Crocheted Alligator on 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!

DIY Notebook on I Try DIYThis Chevron DIY Notebook on I Try DIY uses three shades of DMC floss in a simple, striking design.

I absolutely love this vibrant color palette, and how easy it would be to experiment with simple shapes and lines on this!


Pete the Bear Free Pattern on While She Naps by Abby GlassenbergHow 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!


Crochet a Zoo

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

While I normally cover embroidery and needlework books here on the DMC blog, I also enjoy Amigurumi (stuffed toy) crochet books – especially when they are filled with cute animals or embellished with embroidery.

Crochet a Zoo by Altadena, California designer Megan Kreiner has both!

This new book is filled with instructions for making and embellishing over a dozen familiar zoo figures such as lions, giraffes and monkeys, along with their multi-cultural zoo keepers.

Many of the animal patterns feature charming male and female versions of the cute critters, as well as their young. The mommy kangeroo with her baby in a pouch is absolutely adorable, as is the sweet family of elephants.

Be sure to check out the tail end on each of these charming creatures. No detail has been spared in their design.

The facial features and some of the narrow stripes on the creatures are hand embroidered in basic stitches using embroidery floss. Larger details such as spots, wide strips and clothing accents are appliqued using felt that has been hand-stitched to the animals with sewing thread.

Instructions for crocheting each animal are clear and feature well-illustrated step-by-step images. Full-size patterns for all of the animals can be found in the back of the book.

Just for fun, Megan has even included a section for making zoo food from felt to keep the critters from getting hungry.

The Martingale Publishing has also made it easy to use the patterns by offering a printable template on their web site, instead of tracing from the book.

Be sure to visit Megan’s web site for more unique crochet ideas and inspiration.


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