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This week I have the pleasure of giving away 2 copies of Stitched for Fun – 35 Easy and Adorable Embroidery Projects by Fiona Goble to our lucky readers!
As I hold this book from Martingale Publishing in my hands and flip through the pages, I can’t help but smile at the adorable motifs used in the projects, as well as the fresh, bright colors used in the stitched models.
Nearly anything can be enhanced with this collection of simple, fun motifs, as you can see from the photos posted here. Using surface embroidery stitches, you can turn an everyday, ordinary item into a work of art!
You can embellish clothing, household items, aprons and other things by tracing one of the pretty patterns and working the designs in simple, basic embroidery stitches using DMC Embroidery Floss as shown in the samples, or use other types of embroidery thread to add some sparkle or shine to your projects.
All of the stitches used in the book are clearly illustrated, and the instructions are well-written and easy to follow, making this book perfect for beginning stitchers. Experienced stitchers will appreciate the variety of projects presented.
And be sure to check out Martingale’s Blog for news about their books and free projects, and stitching tips for a wide variety of fabrics and fiber crafts. They’ll also be hosting a giveaway featuring a selection of DMC threads and needlework accessories!
I’ll be choosing two lucky winners next week.
Have you considered adding Memory Thread to a project but were unsure of just how to use it or attach it? Check out Emma Broidery’s new Memory Thread Guide!
Emma Broidery’s Memory Thread How-To Guide shows and explains how to shape and apply Memory Thread™ to fabric, canvas, felt, quilts and paper. You’ll find 18 basic and creative shaping techniques presented in detail, with instructive photos, directions, diagrams and helpful tips.
Projects include a beautiful needlepoint bracelet, a quilted pin cushion, a pretty stitched flower pin, a felt embroidery gingerbread house ornament, a fun Christmas tree ornament, an adorable bird greeting card, or make your own trendy jewelry projects using our easy-to-follow instructions!
Memory Thread is a soft fiber wrapped copper wire that you can use to embellish all types of needlework and craft projects. It’s a colorfast, fade resistant, acid free, and is available in 28 bright beautiful colors. wrapped on a recyclable shuttle to keep the thread tidy and ready to use.
Memory Thread can be tacked in place using matching shades of DMC Embroidery Floss on the surface of your completed needlework project, or use the Memory Thread to make beautiful jewelry and accessories accented with beads, buttons or charms!
Temari balls are a terrific example of a colorful Japanese thread craft that anyone can learn. Temari are made of yarn wrapped around a soft core, and embellished with DMC pearl cotton. As your skills grow, so will the complexity of the Temari you create.
The name means hand ball in Japanese, and the balls were originally created for children. Today, they are a symbol of good luck, and are given as gifts on special occasions, or to decorate the home.
All of the balls shown here were created by designer Barbara Seuss, and were featured in her book, Japanese Temari, a Colorful Spin on an Ancient Craft, available on her website as well as online and local bookstores. You can also see dozens of inspiring samples in her Temari Gallery.
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.
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.
Cheryl has just published a new book called Embroidery Basics – and as you may expect from the title, this book can serve as a great introduction to embroidery -inside you’ll find a nice assortment of projects to tempt an embroiderer of just about any skill level…
Her Supplies and Tools chapter features a mouthwatering assortment of DMC Embroidery Threads, and introduces newbies to important considerations like stitch gauge (yes, that’s not just for knitting!)
One of my favorite tips in this section is this one- how to cut perfectly sized lengths of thread using Pearl Cotton hanks:
Cheryl’s book also features a 30 page guide to Embroidery stitches – her clear illustrations will likely inspire you to try your hand at something new. And there are plenty of projects – 17 in all, a mixture of “surface thread” (or freehand embroidery) and “counted thread” projects. Each project indicates the skill level required, contains clear directions, materials list with color guides, and real-size patterns (so no running back and forth to the copier!)
The patterns are a fun assortment of different styles that can suit a variety of tastes. My faves are the Chain Stitch Blossom Pillow (above), Alphabet Sampler, Freestyle Embroidered Purse, Owl Pincushion, Owl Tablet Cover, and the rather gorgeous Italian Cross Stitch Sampler. I can see myself using the letters and borders for a nice monogram or a silly, snarky cross stitch project.
I was so excited about the Chain Stitch pillow project that I couldn’t resist giving it a try.
I loved how easily you could stitch this up with just 5 shades of DMC Embroidery Floss. I chose DMC 943, 913, 782, 891, and 353.
And now for the giveaway – Cheryl has offered us 2 copies to give away to our readers! To win, leave a comment on this post and tell us your 5 favorite DMC shades. Here’s a complete list of DMC shades, if you need help choosing!
Comments will be closed next Friday, February 8, 2013 at 6:00 PM EST – 2 random winners will be chosen and announced soon after!
Have you seen the new November/December issue of Create and Decorate magazine yet? If you are looking for the perfect cross stitch project to stitch this year, check out the beauty on the front cover!
The Ornament Sampler featured on page 18 of the issue featured a wall hanging designed by Lois Winston stitched on Aida fabric and made using four different – and versatile – stitched blocks. Use the PEACE, FAITH, HOPE and LOVE blocks together as shown, or stitch them individually to create ornaments, pillow fronts, and gift tags.
The designs are stitched using four shades of DMC Color Variations floss on for a harmonious, multi-colored look.