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Royal Baby Charlotte in Cross Stitch

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Everything looks cooler in cross stitch. Not that Royal Baby Charlotte in her designer clad wardrobe needs any more of a style push , but we thought that we should share this fun royal inspired cross stitch chart to celebrate the birth of the new Princess.

We are loving this sampler by our friend Nancy Greenberg, owner of Pickle Barrel Designs.

Royal Baby Sampler Charlotte

Because we were so excited to welcome her Royal Highness into the world, we are running a Baby Sale on our shop! Save 35% off all stitchable baby items, sale ends tomorrow at midnight!



Color of the Year, and fun projects for the new year!

Friday, January 9, 2015

Marsala, color of the year on EweKnitIt looks like 2015 is the year of Marsala, a beautiful wine-colored tone – according to the Pantone Color Report.

Over on EweKnit, I was tickled to see our very own DMC floss featured in their lovely collage of Marsala-inspired fibers.

What do you think of the official color of 2015?

Thread Winding Ideas on Sew We StitchYou’ll find some wonderful Thread Winding Tips on Sew We Stitch! Using a DMC Bobbin Winder, Plastic Bobbins and a power drill, a determined stitcher wound up an impressive array of DMC threads – a full 10 boxes of them! (How many do you have?)

She has lots of helpful tips for the process, and a tantalizing thread collection.

Pink Ombre Hearts Tutorial on Sew FrenchThere’s a cute Pink Ombre Hearts Tutorial with a free cross stitch pattern on Sew French – well illustrated with photos and helpful tips for absolute beginners!

I love the pink shades she chose – DMC 600, 601, 602, 604, 605, but wouldn’t it also be fun to celebrate the 2015 color of the year by using a variety of wine-colored tones?

DIY Statement Necklace on Aspects of StyleThis DIY Statement Necklace on Aspects of Style is very lovely, with some very pretty shades of DMC floss.

I love that this necklace can be easily adapted to suit your tastes and favorite colors.

Fiesta Scissor Fob Tutorial on CraftsyHow cheery and adorable is this Fiesta Scissor Fob Tutorial on Craftsy?!

This project is a great way to practice fun stitches that may be new to you, and there’s even a chance to experiment with our Memory Thread!


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


Charles Craft Vinyl Aida

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

-Threading needle


crown supply






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.


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.

two birds




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!








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.



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


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

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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!



Holiday Crafting Ideas

Friday, November 21, 2014

Free Christmas Village Pattern on Create and DecorateThis week, how about getting a jump on your holiday crafting? We’ve found lots of sweet ideas online to inspire you!

This Free Christmas Village Pattern on Create and Decorate is just lovely, isn’t it? Stitch all the designs together, or break up the designs and stuff each one individually to make a cute cross stitched village!

Dr Wholiday Cross Stitch Pattern on Phoebe’s Craft ClosetHow about our Whovian stitchers? This Doctor Wholiday Cross Stitch Pattern on Phoebe’s Craft Closet is so awesome and perfect for a true fan.

The free pattern includes all the DMC floss colors you’ll need and a quick stitch tutorial if you’re new to stitching on Aida cloth!

Felt and Sequin Snowflake on Ordinary Mommy DesignThis dainty Felt and Sequin Snowflake on Ordinary Mommy Design looks delightful – all you’ll need is a few sequins, felt, and some DMC floss.

I’d love to stitch these up in light brown felt for a gingerbread look, or with some metallic floss – they’d make perfect ornaments or embellishment for a special gift!


Felt Christmas Mouse on Molly and Mama MakesI’m loving this adorable Felt Christmas Mouse on Molly and Mama Makes – another great project to break out your felt, sequins, and metallic floss!

Customize the stocking with initials or the year to make this little ornament a special keepsake.


Crocheted Hoop Earrings on Gossamer TanglesThese Crocheted Hoop Earrings on Gossamer Tangles are gorgeous, and a perfect color combination for the holidays, no?

Crocheted with DMC Pearl cotton – they’d also look lovely in a snowy color scheme for the holidays!


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