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Today, we are lucky to bring you a very special post and giveaway – designer Mollie Johanson, who you will no doubt recognize from her wonderful blog Wild Olive has a new book called Stitch Love!
We were so happy to hear that the projects in her book were stitched exclusively with DMC floss, and she put together a wonderful post for us today featuring the lovely bright palette of colors she used!
Meet Mollie Johanson!
Hi Emma and Friends! I’m Mollie, sometimes known as Wild Olive, and always known as a fan of DMC embroidery floss.
When I started working on Stitch Love: Sweet Creatures Big & Small, there was no question in my mind that I would use DMC in all of the projects and embroidery. Not only is it easy for me to buy locally, but I could put together just about any color palette that I wanted!
All of those options can be a little overwhelming though, so I set out to choose a limited group of colors to work with, while still having a good range of options. Since this is book of animals, I needed some natural colors, but also a few brights. I looked for colors that would work with a broad range of creatures, and chose a few favorite colors, too.
I wanted them all to work together, as well as in smaller groupings, because in most cases you only use a few colors at a time. Here’s what I ended up with:
Dark Green: 520, Medium Green: 470, Light Green: 472
Yellow: 743, Orange: 922, Coral: 352
Pink: 760, Red: 816, Red-Brown: 400
Brown: 838, Light Brown: 3790, Tan: 3864
Golden Tan: 167, Cream: 712, Gray: 646, Black: 310
Here’s an example of some of the palettes you’ll find throughout the book:
Thank you so much Mollie – for showing our DMC blog readers some stitch love! To help get one lucky winner started on their stitching, Lark Crafts and Mollie are giving away a special prize pack.
The winner will receive a copy of Stitch Love, one yard of the linen Mollie used throughout the book, and all of the DMC embroidery floss colors listed above! To win, simply leave a comment on this post by Friday, Feb. 6, 2015, 5 PM CST. Mollie will select one random winner, which will be announced on the blog. Good luck all, and thanks again to Mollie and Lark Books for this giveaway!
It sounds like she and her sister Mary (photo to the left) are having a wonderful trip, as are the other winners!
Allison has been able to meet up with the other trip winners, Louise Doney who took her husband along on her journey, and shopkeeper Patti Chambers of Threads Needlework in East Petersburg, PA. You can read more about all three winners here.
Allison writes, “The trip has been fantastic. Mary and I have packed our days with both a few planned events – the bike tour of Versailles including Marie Antoinette’s Village, with a picnic along the Grand Canal, which was wonderful, and a meet-up with my Aussie friend Sharon Boggon at the Musee d’Orsay (photo to the right).
Today is Montmartre, tomorrow the DMC tour which we are all so looking forward to, and then Wednesday a revisit to my favorite place, Notre Dame, to climb the towers. Mary wants to go to the Museum of Decorative Arts.
Patti and her best friend have also been enjoying their trip, as you can see from this image of them at Versailles. You can see photos of their adventures in Paris on the shop’s FaceBook page.
And check out this wonderful group photo of our winners, touring the 268 year old DMC Factory in Mulhouse, France.
From left to right you’ll see Louise, Allison and Patti, surrounded by many of the beautiful threads and fibers produced by DMC and enjoyed by stitchers around the world.
Have a wonderful time, everyone!
Here’s a fun locker chandelier you can craft for back-to-school. It’s perfect for hanging in a locker, in a dorm or to make as a decoration for a student’s bedroom – and it’s easy enough for a beginner to make.
Simply gather some basic craft supplies and wrap lightweight craft foam with a pretty color of DMC Embroidery Floss, Light Effects or Satin Floss. Add dangling beads, glittery paper and a hanging loop and you or your crafty student will have a finished project, ready to hang, in just a short period of time!
You can get a pdf of the full instructions here.
Have you designed and made a unique or one-of-a-kind craft for kids to make – or created a back to school project, or as a gift for a teacher using an assortment of DMC embroidery threads?
Tell me about it as a comment here in the blog, and I’ll choose one lucky winner that will receive a package of our 16 brand-new embroidery floss colors. Be sure to end your comment with your first name, and your city and state (example: – Jane in Yuma, AZ) and to post your comment by October 1st of 2013. US and Canada residents only, please.
I’m looking forward to hearing what you’ve made and selecting a winner!
The DMC Memories Contest winners are getting packed and ready for their trip to France, including a tour of the DMC Factory and a visit to Paris. I know there are many of us who would love to tuck ourselves in their suitcases and tag along on this awesome adventure!
Contest winners, Allison Aller and Louise Doney, are each bringing along a companion – and will probably have a stitching project tucked in their carry-on bag for the long flight to Paris. We hope they have a wonderful trip and can hardly wait to hear about their trip.
To help send them off, I’m posting their winning entries – in case you have not yet seen them – and will also be posting other entries we received for the contest over the next few weeks. There were so many interesting and wonderful Memories that it was certainly a difficult choice.
Meanwhile, enjoy the winning entries…
Allison Aller’s Entry:
I sit on the couch awkwardly holding a hoop taut with cloth, and carefully pull the needle through. I am five years old, and Granny Mary is teaching me the running stitch…
Across the years and through my soul that stitch ran on… once through a sampler as I grieved my way through 10th grade, soaking up my wild grief at losing my mom. I calmed myself by embroidering intricate counted diagrams after school, learning early on what a balm for the soul stitching is. Then those colored threads danced their way through my jeans as I decorated Hippie Dreams in college; they skipped along borders of baby bumpers, and formed playful designs on quilts for my kids. Clowns, choochoo trains in bold colors – all that stitching made me heal and smile.
But then my threads sought the deeper, undiscovered patterns of the artist. I followed them through the years of solo work in my studio, exploring beauty, pushing boundaries, practicing the discipline of my needle: I’m a musician enthralled with my instrument. The colored melodies run through my fingers, singing with my stitching!
I’mll always thrill to holding new DMC threads in my hands, certain that their running stitchies will lead me peacefully through troubles, gratefully into circles of love, and beyond, into the music of the shperes.
And now… my niece Qwen sits beside me, awkwardly holding a hoop taut with cloth, pulling the threaded needle through. She is five years old… (© DMC – All Rights Reserved)
Louise Doney’s Entry:
Our parent’s 50th wedding anniversary was two years away, but Daddy was already reminding us seven children of the big celebration there was going to be. I realized we needed to do something special and soon came up with the idea of constructing a “Memory Quilt” with counted cross stitch squares depicting their life together. Most of the women in the family could stitch so the idea was generally accepted. Many planning sessions followed to decide which family highlights would be included. The storyline started with a poem to our parents and included the church they were married in, the home we were raised in, the family tree, events such as picnics, Christmas, Pinochle cards , and travel experiences . All in all twenty 10×10 squares of Aida stitched with DMC floss were included, with the last square depicting a woman stitching and the names of us women and our relationship to our parents . At the “Big Party” we unveiled a hand quilted queen size quilt which of course was a huge surprise to our parents and more than half the room was in tears. The quilt was featured in the local newspaper and has won people’s choice awards in needlework shows.
My parents are gone now and I am the lucky keeper of this treasure and I know that the colors of the DMC used will stay bright for future generations to enjoy, along with other projects I continue to stitch with my #1 thread choice DMC!
(© DMC – All Rights Reserved)
Happy Stitching everyone, and join me in wishing Allison and Louise a bon voyage!
Lithuanian artist Severija turns trash into treasure by rescuing old metal objects and transforming them with cross stitch.
This artist’s unusual works have been exhibited around the world, and grace the interiors of some of Europe’s chicest buildings.
Pots, pans, cans, shovels, random car parts, car doors – even entire cars – are given new life transformed into amazing pieces to be displayed and enjoyed.
It’s recycling brought to an entirely new level.
In the artist’s statement, Severija states, “In my work, I take pleasure in things that are only insignificant details to most people. An ordinary human being and mundane fragments of his or her life acquire an exceptionally important meaning in my works…
...meanwhile, recognised icons of beauty are less important to me. A banal understanding of beauty and utilitarian things: these are the objects that interest me and inspire creation. Therefore, I use fragments of popular culture, the so-called kitsch, in my art…”
I’m inspired, and will be spending part of the day looking for something I have here in my house that can could be used in a similar manner.
I know I have an old watering can and metal snow shovel in the shed, and I might have a random pot lid, ladle or tray in the kitchen. Those would be a great start.
These amazing images of trash to treasure have me wondering… what is the most unusual thing YOU have stitched on?
And if you’re looking for more inspiration, be sure to check out the slide show on Severija’s web site. Select the “EN” where you see the EN|LI text for the English version.
There are so many fun, portable options for projects that are easy to tote and can be stitched on the go.
To get your summer stitching off to a great start, I announced that I would be giving away two copies of Stitched for Fun – 35 Easy and Adorable Embroidery Projects by Fiona Goble in last week’s blog to a couple of lucky readers!
The projects in this pretty books are stitched using simple, basic embroidery stitches using DMC Embroidery Floss, or use other types of embroidery thread to add some sparkle or shine to your projects.
Your book is filled with alot of cute designs, I would love to win it. I love to embroider because it is so relaxing and it gives me some of that instant gratification. LOL Plus it’s totally portable so you can take it with you anywhere you go. I would be tickled pink to win.
…and Lawana Waley of Hot Springs, AK who wrote:
“I used to do hand embroidery all the time and this is prompting me to pick up that needle and floss again.”
Congratulations, ladies! I will contact you via email for your addresses later this week.