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These Thread-Wrapped Easter Eggs Are An Egg-cellent Holiday Craft!

Friday, April 3, 2015

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One of the best things about holidays—besides all the fab food and catching up with your nearest and dearest—is that they provide an opportunity to create more crafts! And what makes these thread-wrapped DIY eggs extra-special is that they’re so easy to do, you can share them with the little ones in your life as a family project. Just gather together some balloons, DMC embroidery floss, and other easy-to-find crafting supplies…you’ll have chic and fun holiday decorations that you might want to keep year-round!

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What You’ll Need:

  • 6 skeins of DMC embroidery floss (use colors of your choice/décor)
  • 6 small party balloons (do not use water balloons—they do not hold their shape during the drying process)
  • Fabric Stiffener (such as Mod Podge Stiffy)
  • Bowl—slightly larger than the size of the inflated balloon
  • 6 chopsticks or pencils
  • 6 plastic cups (larger than the size of the inflated balloon)
  • Embroidery scissors
  • Ribbons, ornament hangers, or a bowl

How You Make It:

1. Blow up and knot 6 balloons to the size and shape desired. Be sure that they are smaller than the size of the 6 plastic cups.

2. Select your first color of floss. Create a slip knot loop and place around the balloon knot.

3. Begin wrapping tightly around the balloon—change angles of your wrapping to get better coverage. (Hint: Do not remove the wrapper from the skein of floss—pull from the skein as you wrap. This will eliminate tangles.)

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4. When you reach the end of the skein, use a dab of the fabric stiffener to secure the end to the balloon. (Hint: Use 2 skeins of floss for a more solid coverage.)

5. Add 1” of the fabric stiffener to your bowl, and then gently roll the wrapped balloon in it until thoroughly coated.

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6. Hold wrapped balloon above the bowl for 15 seconds to allow excess stiffener to drip back into the bowl.

7. Poke a chopstick or pencil through the loose end of the balloon knot, being careful not to puncture the balloon and hang the balloon in the plastic cup to dry.

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8. Repeat steps 2-7 for all balloons.

9. Allow to dry undisturbed for 24-48 hours or until thoroughly dry. (Hint: Repeat Steps 5-7 for a more sturdy egg.)

10. When completely dry, slip the chopstick out of the balloon.

11. Pull the knot of the balloon up from the threads and cut off. You will hear a crackling noise as the balloon separates from the threads. Use the end of the chopstick to assist with the separation.

12. Pull the deflated balloon out through the openings of the thread egg (use tweezers if necessary).

13. Add ribbons or ornament hangers to display…or simply place them in a bowl for an instant decorative accent for your home!

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The Art Of Jewelry Organizing

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

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Now what we’re about to say may shock you, but that doesn’t make it any less true: you don’t have to spend minutes (hours?) a day untangling your earrings. In fact, you could even transform that disheveled pile sitting on your shelf—or stuffed in a Mason jar, or dare we say in an old shoebox—into a work of art in less than 30 minutes.

We’ll give you a second to remove your jaw from the floor.

Keep reading to find out how to create this game-changing item in six simple steps. Once completed, the only thing you’ll have left to worry about is which pair to wear!

What You’ll Need:
Embroidery hoop
Fabric
Scissors
Needle + Thread
Sewing pins

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Directions:

Step One: Grab your hoop. The bigger the hoop, the more earrings it can hold!

Step Two: Choose your favorite fabric and cut a circle a little larger than the hoop. Make sure to choose a fabric thin enough to be stretched, but sturdy enough to support those “special” dangly earrings reserved for big nights out. (You know which ones we’re talking about!)

Step Three: Pull that fabric nice and taut, and secure the hoop.

Step Four (optional): Customize your canvas! Sew on any patches or embellishments you wish.

Step Five: Stitch the fabric on the back of the hoop together to make it hold longer (if you think you may feel inspired to change the fabric—which you can as many times as you wish!—then leave as is).

Step Six: Hang that sucker proudly! You earned it.

Now that your jewelry has been suitably organized and framed, are you ready to do more crafting? Remember: you can find the finest embroidery floss and other supplies for all your craft and DIY needs at the DMC Threads online shop!





 


Your Spring Style’s In The Bag

Saturday, March 21, 2015

dmc clutchSpring has finally arrived, and we can’t wait to experiment with new color schemes, especially those that can be worn in “clutch” situations… if you catch our drift.

Don’t worry, even if you didn’t we’ll still tell you: A DIY clutch!

You heard that right. Next time you need a new accessory to brighten up an outfit, look no further than your knitting needles and our new Ribbon XL Hoooked.

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By the way, we’re crazy about this new product — it really knows no bounds. Think anything from apparel to a wide range home accessories. Plus, it’s easy to work with and made from 100% recycled fibers, and it’s tubular structure makes it both incredibly durable and lightweight. In other words, the perfect fabric for a go-to handbag.

It also comes in — count ‘em — 16 colors! So if you like the bag (and trust us, you will), make another one in a different color. Then another… and maybe even another! It will be your favorite Spring and Summer accent. Let’s get started!

 

What you need:

– 2 Coils of RibbonXL (We’re using orange today)

– 40 x 70cm rectangular cloth upholstery (Don’t have one? It’s DMC item code: DT401)

– 2 small perforated belts (can also use a thin braided belts, whichever you prefer — get creative!)

– Knitting needles (Using an Elastic Point 2/2: 2 points to the right / 2 reverse)

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How to make it:

– Mount 38 points and work in knit 2/2 until a height of 70 cm

– Close the points. The result is a rectangle of 41 x 70cm

– With the rectangle of fabric, line the fabric rectangle RibbonXL and sew with small dots. (The bag is obtained by folding the rectangle into 3 parts: The bottom is composed of 2 parts of 24cm, which is sewn to the sides The remaining part is not sewn.)

– Fold the flap and fasten two belts around the bag
Now we only have one question for you… What color bag will YOU be making first??





 


Take Yourself To A Better Place…Mat!

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

place mats 2Ah, there’s nothing like the look of a new table setting to make you feel inspired and brighten up your entire home. But let’s face it, stocking up on our favorite place mats can be pricey — that’s why we’ve made our own, of course!

These crochet place mats are made from our incredibly durable and soft Natura XL. They’re easy to make and so creative and original your friends will be asking you “where they can buy them!” — and you’ll feel even better when you tell them you actually crafted these yourself!

Below is everything you need to know to give your table a new, festive look.

Materials:

3 balls of of DMC’s Natura (in any color you like!)

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A Bamboo crochet hook (Also available at DMC)

The Process:

Make a chain of 33 basis points and make a crochet in the second chain stitch counting from the hook.

Weave a dwarf in each of the 14 points following chain stitch.

Make 20 chain stitches more.

Once woven, base sheet continues to form following the pattern for the next 18 passes.

place matsNote: You will use several points besides the ridges and crochets described: High Point, High Point Double and Double High Point; there are increases and decreases for each one.

Send us photos of your finished products or post on our Facebook page! We can’t wait to see your creations…





 


5 DIY Craft Organizers That Will Change Your Life

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Creating an organized workspace from items that already exist in your own home is the equivalent of cooking a gourmet dinner with leftovers: You just feel an extra sense of pride. Not to mention, since you likely didn’t spend a dime, fiscally savvy.

Below are 5 DIY projects that really put the “fun” in functional… and they can ALL be made from items in your home. You heard us.

Prepare for your mind to be blown:

1) Think Outside The (Shoe)box:

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Do you often find yourself hoarding shoeboxes for no immediate reason? Actually, don’t answer that, we know you do. Presenting your new reason: An organized supplies holder and dispenser! Just poke holes in one side, and stick some brass gromets through so your ribbons can be pulled smoothly through with no snags. Wrap the box in pretty scrapbook paper to match your decor. This DIY project is so effective; and it gives you another reason why we deserve to get those pair of shoes you have been eyeing this month.

2) Threaghetti, Anyone?

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This may be one of of our favorite life hacks… and not just because we love spaghetti. (But that’s true also). It’s because it really doesn’t get simpler than this: Take an old colander, put all your yarn in it, and loop the ends through the holes. Seriously, that’s it. Not only does this keep the yarn from getting dirty, but hello easy access! When you don’t have to untangle several feet of yarn before your next knitting project, it’s amazing how much more frequent those projects become. We suggest using a brightly colored colander to make it a welcome accent to your work area.

3) Put A Pin In It

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Have a pincushion, a leftover piece of fabric and a few safety pins? Well, then you also have a new thread dispenser. Simply loop the spools of thread together with a piece of yarn (which, ahem, you can easily grab from your colander), and once threaded, safety pin it to each corner of the pincushion. Then, cut a circle out of any old fabric you have laying around, and safety pin that to the pun cushion as well. Warning: depending on how fancy you get with the fabric, you may want this to double as a centerpiece.

4) The Great Wall Of… You

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Sure, this one’s a bit more advanced, but the pay off is substantial. Adding a slab of perforated timber or slatboard to a wall is essentially creating a tool shed without having to actually build a thing… plus, you can a decorate it however you want! We like to think of it as a sophisticated version of the cork boards you used to slather with Polaroid’s in your teen years. Once installed, hang everything from spools of thread to shelves for all your little trinkets, paints and tools, use it as your craft vision board; the possibilities are endless. Brighten it up with a fresh coat of paint, and trust us, you’ll never think of “hitting a wall” as a bad thing again.

 

 

5) Poppin’ Tags

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Cardboard cards or bobbins are the perfect solution for the stragglers, i.e. those pieces of thread or string that don’t warrant an entire spool, but shouldn’t be tossed prematurely. Ideally, poke a hole in each one so you can label it with a tag / color code. Did we mention we just happen to sell these handy cardboard bobbins for this exact purpose? They come in packs of 56, and we feel confident you will use them all. They’re that handy. We also have plastic bobbins with a useful metal ring to keep it organized and accessible.





 


Natural Stitched Valentine Banner

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Valentine’s Day is coming! That means playing with romantic reds and creating some fabulous tutorials that are sure to ignite your creativity!  Today, as promised, I have created a fast and easy Valentine banner using DMC floss. This is a perfect project for all experience levels, fast, easy and romantic. valentine banner opener

To get started all you need are a few supplies: DMC floss, needle, small paper bags, clothespins and buttons, that’s it.

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Materials:

-4 skeins of DMC Floss no.115

-3 skeins of DMC Floss no. 817

-Package of 4 in x 6 in paper bags, Recollections

-Package of small wood clothespins-red color

-5 Small rhinestone buttons

-Tools: embroidery needle, scissors, red color pencil

Directions to Make Banner:

  1. Spell out the word “Love” onto the paper bags using a red pencil. Draw one letter per bag.valentine banner spell
  2. Punch tiny holes directly onto the drawn letters (this makes stitching fast and easy), about ½ centimeter per hole, using the embroidery needle.
  3. Thread embroidery needle with a strand of DMC no. 817 (don’t separate the main strand).
  4. Begin stitching through the punched holes with a backstitch. Do this stitch for all the letters on the banner. (See photos)
  5. Draw random hearts onto each stitched bag using a red pencil. Punch holes around the hearts using the embroidery needle.  Fill in the drawn heart with a free form natural stitch onto the heart, starting from edge to edge, like a large running stitch (See photos).valentine banner 4
  6. Unravel a skein of DMC floss no.115. Then refold a few times to form the banner roping. Then tie a knot 6 inches from each of the rope ends. Attach the stitched paper bags to the roping using the small wood clothes pins. Set aside.
  7. Thread embroidery needle with a strand of DMC floss, stitch rhinestone button and attach to the banner. 
  8. Now your banner is ready is ready to hand on your favorite wall, door or entryway.valentine banner 5

 

 

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Directions to Make Tassels:

(You will need 1 full DMC floss skein for each tassel)

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  1. Slide the labeling off each end of the skein.
  2. Cut an 8 inch piece of floss from the skein.
  3. Next fold the full skein in half.
  4. Pinch the folded part of the skein.
  5. Tie a knot around the pinched part of skein using the 8 inch piece of floss. Leave a ½ inch area.valentine banner tassel 2
  6. Finish wrapping the floss around the tassel form, tie additional knot.
  7. Cut open the other end of the floss. Tassel is complete.
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The possibilities are endless with this project. You can spell out any love name, add more tassels and glam. 

These tassels take less then 30 seconds to make. So fast and easy. Once you make one, you will be hooked.

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Stay tuned for more inspiration this week.

Happy Creating!

 

 





 


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