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Cross Stitch Crown Tutorial

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Tuto Crown for the Galette de Rois is a fabulous universal crown project which can be made at any time of the year.  This project was posted on DMC France Blog around Christmastime. However I thought with the reds and creamy white colors that it could be a perfect crown to make for Valentine’s Day. 

cross stitch crown

Materials

Charles Craft Vinyl Aida

-DMC Light Effects Embroidery Thread (I recommend Red Ruby E321 and White Gold E677)

-Threading needle

-Scissors

crown supply

 

 

 

 

Directions

1. Cut a crown shape out of a piece of Charles Craft Vinyl Aida

2. Thread needle with light effects color of choice and begin stitching a continuous cross stitch “x” shape around the crown.

3. Stitch a few circle, button hole or heart shapes at the crown points.

So many possibilities with this project.  A crown for Valentine’s Day, St. Patty’s Day, Easter, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, Birthdays, the list goes on.  I’d love to see what you come up with.

crown tutorial steps





 


Birds of Love

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Hi Everyone, its time for a new year and a new set of adventures. As we move forward into 2015, its time to restart and begin creating new memories, attend new events, welcome new holidays, new seasons and fresh new creative ideas. Not to mention the start of the Valentine Season.

That’s right Valentines Day is almost 6 weeks away. Do you know what that means? Lots of sweet, romantic reds, pinks, chocolates and creams. Tokens of love and romance begin to fill the air. Valentines Day also brings us closer to Spring and warmer days.  

2a5fc92580aefaf1e31ef290a9ae7adcWith all the holiday decor put away, I can now focus on putting together some Valentine creativity.  For today’s post I gathered inspiration from adoring birds, bugs and sweet flowers.

I adore this cute embroidered bird over at Stitching Dreams This is just too sweet, I love the mix of blues and reds which came together to create this fun embroidered Valentine. Perfect for that special Valentine in your life.

ladybug embroidery from floss box

 

When I saw this adorable ladybug embroidered piece, I instantly fell in love. Over at The Floss Box– Emily creates fabulous embroidered and stitched pieces. She offers galleries, patterns and great ideas. Visit the DMC Spain Blog to read Emily’s interview and get inspired.

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As soon as I saw this gorgeous embroidered bird mirror necklace over at La Bastidane – I was smitten. The various reds and color mixes, the details, love it.  A perfect accessory for your Valentine dinner or friends tea time luncheon.

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A pair of adorable love birds can be seen over at Two Little Aussie Birds – With just two simple stitches, back stitch and a single lazy daisy petal stitch, some DMC floss and free pattern, you can make this adorable embroidered piece. 

embroidered hearts

Embroidered hearts of love can be found over at Dutch Sisters – These red and white gingham hearts with embroidered centers are so sweet and cheery, perfect for adding some sweet love on Valentines day.

Look forward to more projects, Valentine inspiration, interviews and events to come.

Have a great day!

 

 

 

 

 

 





 


Dazzling Chandelier Project

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

New Years Eve is here tomorrow and in a few days, students are back at school.  Gearing up to show off their holiday gifts and perhaps jazz up their school lockers.

Today I’d like to share a great project perfect for adding some dazzle to your New Years Eve tablescape and decor. These dazzling chandeliers can also adorn a locker or college dorm, perfect for the student who wants to add some sparkle to their school year. Pink and Silver Chandelier 72dpi 4in wide

These Dazzling Chandeliers are simple to make using-DMC Embroidery Floss, beads, craft foam and general craft supplies.  For extra bling, add some rhinestones, jewelry findings or sequins.  The final piece produces a chandelier that is light enough to hang from a magnetic hook.Pink and Silver Chandelier 72dpi 4in wide 2

Personalize the chandelier by selecting your favorite colors of thread and beads.  Enlarge the chandelier template and create a larger one to hang in your favorite room.

Download the full PDF directions by clicking below.

DMC Dazzling Chandelier Directions

Think boho chic, shabby and sweet, bold and colorful, gilded golds and silver brights! I’d love to see what you create!

 





 


Santa’s On His Way

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Its Christmas Eve and Santa is on his sleigh with Rudolph leading the way.  He’s waiting to bring additional holiday surprise to kids and adults everywhere.

Before Santa comes family and friends are hosting parties and gathering around tables to eat and be merry.  Here are some quick last minute ideas to jazz up your table settings and Santa’s midnight plate of cookies.wreath 8a small

Tiny Floss Wreaths Lightening quick little holiday wreaths that add a touch of holiday cheer to your holiday tables. Make some as place card attachments for your holiday table guests or attach to gifts.  Made from DMC Six-Strand Embroidery Floss and plastic rings. Tiny Floss Wreaths Project Sheet

GingerbreadFolkOrnaments3web (1)Give Santa a surprise by his plate of cookies with these cute Gingerbread Folk ornaments- Make one, two or a whole baker’s dozen for Santa’s helpers!  Creating with DMC Memory Thread makes decorating a breeze. Gingerbread Folk Ornaments Project Sheet Thread Trim Gifts small

Gift Trim Ideas- Make sure all your gifts are wrapped, trimmed and decorated. Here’s some super fast and glitzy gift trim and embellishment ideas using DMC Threads.  Its A Wrap Project Sheet

Wishing everyone a safe and wonderful Christmas.  May it be filled with joy! Thank you for making DMC apart of your creative world. Happy Holidays from everyone at DMC!





 


Whimsical Felt Ornaments

Monday, December 22, 2014

The best part of the holidays besides giving gifts is making holiday heirlooms for the Christmas tree.  Every year I get excited to create new ornaments for our tree.

Today I grabbed some inspiration from our DMC France Blog If you love creating with felt and threads, then you will love this whimsical holiday felt ornament project from DMC France.

 

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If you want to create your own set of these whimsical felt ornaments here are the supplies and directions you will need.

 Supplies

  • White and brown felt
  • A pair of scissors
  • An embroidery needle
  • DMC Metallic Pearl Cotton in gold color (5282)

Suspension-Décor de Noel-Reindeer-detail

 

 

 

Directions

1. Photocopy the template and cut the pattern out.  Lay the pattern onto the felt and cut the pieces into felt. (see step 1). whimsical felt pattern

2. Then assemble the felt pieces. Place the smaller brown felt piece onto the larger white felt piece.  Stitch eyes and nose onto the piece using the metallic pearl cotton thread, using a cross stitch. (see step 2)

3. With metallic pearl cotton thread, embroider edging around the white felt piece using a close whip stitch. (see steps 3 & 4)

4. Fill in the details of the antlers with more metallic pearl cotton thread using a back stitch. (see steps 5-8)

5. Add a tassel made from the remaining metallic pearl cotton to the bottom center of the felt ornament.

whimsical felt step by step

Click here for an index of DMC stitches to help you with your projects.

Your projects can include additional stitches and colors, personalized to fit your holiday tree.  We are always looking for fresh ideas and would love to see what you come up with.

Happy Holidays!

 





 


Stitching Pretty… on the Go

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

imageTote your current project along with you in style! DMC’s Canvas Floral Tote is the perfect size for the stitcher on the go.

This pretty tote bag is made from durable canvas fabric featuring a colorful floral print with solid tan lining, a zippered closure and attached shoulder straps and measures 19″w X 11″h X 6″d. It’s roomy interior will easily hold all of your needlework threads, embroidery fabrics, hoops and accessories.

imageThis tote bag has a large main compartment with a zip top closure and a lined interior that offers plenty of storage not just for your crafts supplies and accessories, but also for anything else you need to bring along, like books, patterns – or even your lunch.

It’s available exclusively in our online shop!





 


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