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Free Fall Roundup!

Friday, November 7, 2014

Autumn Mug MatsThis week I am inspired by the season, and all the loveliness fall has to offer in the new cool weather and let’s not forget – all the fabulous free patterns to be found online!

First up – how about these sweet Autumn Mug Mats by your own friends at DMC?

I love the bright contrasting colors of the DMC floss, and that marvelous wooly texture of the felt!

Free Owl Pattern on Little Sparrow NestThis Free Owl Pattern on Little Sparrow Nest is inspired and lovely!

The free PDF pattern features a stitch guide to guide you through the intricate sweet stitching on that little owl and branches.

Free Toadstool Pattern on The Little StitcherThis adorable Free Toadstool Pattern on The Little Stitcher makes a wonderful scissor fob for your favorite scissors, or tree ornament!

This lovely little specimen was stitched all up in our DMC threads – in go-to holiday shades!

Leaf Embroidery Hoop Art on Positively SplendidOr how about this gorgeous contrasting palette of felt, embroidery floss, and burlap in the Leaf Embroidery Hoop Art on Positively Splendid?!

Such a wonderful choice of bright colors, textures, and a great way to use up your colorful stash of buttons!

Fruit Applique Pattern on Stubbornly CraftyHow sweet are these Fruit Applique Patterns on Stubbornly Crafty?

I love the idea of gifting an appliqued towel with a homemade gift of fruit preserves!





 


Halloween and Fall Inspiration

Friday, October 31, 2014

10 Ideas to Organize Your Floss on Red BrollyHello all! Hope you’re having a fabulous Halloween – this week we’ve found some wonderful ideas online, both creepy, fun, fall-friendly and organizational!

First up is this lovely roundup of 10 Ideas to Organize Your Floss on Red Brolly – if you’re looking for creative, beautiful ways to organize your collection of DMC floss, this is the perfect place to start!

Embroidery Sampler on One Crafty MummaThis beautiful handmade Embroidery Sampler on One Crafty Mumma uses one-inch squares on a linen background, with a wonderful assortment of motifs from various sources.

I love the creative way she’s used such bright colors, and of course we’re flattered that her main floss of choice for this project was DMC floss! Wonderful work!

Fall Sashiko Tea Towels on Sew Mama SewIf you’re looking for a lovely, simple fall-themed idea – look no further than these Fall Sashiko Tea Towels on Sew Mama Sew!

Of course I was tickled to spy our own lovely Color Variations Pearl Cotton in the supplies!

Circle of Boos on The Crafting GeekBut how can we forget it’s Halloween with this adorable cross stitch Circle of Boos on The Crafting Geek?

Stitched with our Light Effects Glow in the Dark floss – these cute boos also glow!

Early Witches on The Stitching BasketThese fabulous Early Witches on The Stitching Basket were also stitched up using DMC floss.

If you’re on the lookout for next year’s project – this pattern from the Primitive Hare could be just the one!





 


Jacks and Skulls Inspiration

Friday, October 17, 2014

Jack O Lantern Hoop on The Pink SamuraiJudging from all the fantastic crafts I see out on the web this week, the spooky season is almost upon us! This week is coming up Jacks and Skulls in terms of craftspiration, so I hope you enjoy this spooky roundup!

This Jack O Lantern Hoop on The Pink Samurai is cute, quick to make and delightful, indeed! This would be a perfect craft to repurpose some orange fabric, be it an old t-shirt or corduroy. In lieu of stitching with black embroidery floss, you could cut out your shapes in black felt and glue in place – a perfect way to “carve” a pumpkin with a lot less funky smells and mess.

Better yet, this pumpkin can go in your closet all year, and your closet won’t smell any funkier for it!

Skull Sweater Pillow on A Beautiful MessThis fun Skull Sweater Pillow on A Beautiful Mess looks like another quick, wonderful stitch. Of course it would be just as fun (if not more fun) stitched on an actual sweater for an awesome addition to your Halloween wardrobe!

The free cross stitch skull template offers so many fun possibilities – for a little more structure, you can stitch it up using some handy Waste Canvas.

I’d love to see this skull on a kid’s sweatshirt – or maybe just my own!

Potted Jack O Lanterns Free Pattern on Primitive BettysThis Potted Jack O Lanterns Cross Stitch Freebie on Primitive Bettys is so adorable – stitched up by Betty in 3 shades of DMC floss, it makes a sweet addition to Halloween decor!

I think this would look lovely on any natural linen or a gray Aida cloth.

Mini Sugar Skull Pattern by Shannon on Crafty PodThis lovely Mini Sugar Skull Pattern by Shannon on Crafty Pod would look wonderful small or large.

It looks perfectly spooky in all-white embroidery floss, but it would also be wonderful to get creative with your favorite bright shades of floss on this project, too!

Scrappy Halloween Table Mats on So Sew EasyI’m loving the elegantly spooky feel of these Scrappy Halloween Table Mats on So Sew Easy – Deby provides a video tutorial, helpful step-by-step photos, and links to a free file of downloadable spooky shapes like this Jack O Lantern, black cat, haunted house, witch, and bat!





 


Spooky Stitch Inspiration

Friday, October 3, 2014

Glow in the Dark Hipster Ghost on CrafteandoI adore this Glow in the Dark Hipster Ghost Amigurumi on Crafteando! This free pattern comes from a lovely Spanish language blog – but you can scroll down on her page for the English language instructions.

Jenny has the ingenious idea of combining DMC Glow in the Dark floss with regular white acrylic yarn to make her little ghost glow!

And you can’t be a hipster ghost without some black felt hipster glasses, right? Adorable.

R.I.P. Cross Stitch Coasters by Eva Monleon on Handmade CharlotteThese simple, quick R.I.P. Cross Stitch Coasters by Eva Monleon on Handmade Charlotte are another perfect use for DMC Glow in the Dark floss.

I love that all you need for this craft are some black Aida cloth squares and a bit of thread, and in no time at all you have a quick Halloween craft!

Say Boo! Wall Hanging Tutorial on Gen X QuiltersThis Say Boo! Wall Hanging Tutorial on Gen X Quilters is perfectly charming – a perfect way to combine a bit of embroidery with a basic sewing project.

I love this idea as a simple fabric sign to hang on your door to say Trick or Treaters are welcome!

I’m Wicked pattern as stitched by A Hole in the Basket PrimitivesI’m loving this cross stitch finish by Ann on A Hole in the Basket Primitives– you can find the Free Wicked Cross Stitch Pattern on Stitches n Stones.

Visit Ann’s blog for more inspiring spooky finishes!

 





 


Halloween Stitching Inspiration

Friday, September 26, 2014

Free Betty Boo Sock Bat pattern by Heather BaileyThis week I’ve found tons of Halloween inspiration online to share with you!

How adorable and sweet is this Free Betty Boo Sock Bat pattern by Heather Bailey? I adore sock monkeys – but sock bats? Absolutely genius!

Get creative with some delicate stitching on your little bat’s wings and face to make this free pattern extra special! I would love to stitch those little teeth with some Glow in the Dark floss!

Black Cat pillow on UCreateThis Black Cat Pillow Pattern on UCreate is another quick project that can be customized some creative stitching and Glow in the Dark floss.

Ama stitched her pillow with a lovely palette of 4 shades of DMC floss which made for a wonderful, subtle look.

Cat Boo Cross Stitch on Silver’s JournalSpeaking of black cats, this Cat Boo Cross Stitch on Silver’s Journal is just begging to be stitched!

The free pattern lists all the lovely DMC floss you’ll need to complete the project – I absolutely love the look of it on our Carolina Linen!

Look What’s Brewing Chart on My Happy MemoriesI’m loving the elegant palette on this Look What’s Brewing Chart on My Happy Memories – if you want to break away from the traditional orange and black, this is the elegant pattern for you!

Angela also assembled a wonderful gallery of finished stitches to inspire your stitching!

A Jolly Halloween Pillow on Hudson’s HolidaysThis Jolly Halloween Pillow on Hudson’s Holidays is so delightful!

This adorable free pattern was designed by Shirley Hudson, and can be stitched up using DMC floss on tea-stained muslin. Wonderful!





 


Inspiring stitching with Glow in the Dark floss!

Friday, September 19, 2014

This week I’m featuring some inspiring examples of glow in the dark stitching!

Glow in the Dark ghost on Needlepoint Study Hall Glow in the Dark ghost on Needlepoint Study This Glow in the Dark Ghost on Needlepoint Study Hall is super-adorable in his colorful candycorn frame! The bright, vibrant glow of the DMC glow in the dark floss when you switch off the lights will be a wonderful surprise for your Halloween guests.

 

Free Boo Chart on Tokens and TriflesIf you’re looking for a quick and adorable stitch, how about this Free Boo Cross Stitch Chart on Tokens and Trifles – it would make an adorable stitched card, wouldn’t it?

Another cute way to stitch this pattern up would be to use a dark or colorful floss on the letters and the glow in the dark floss on the spiderweb and spider!

 

Iron Man embroidery by Lindy Iron Man embroidery by LindyA really spectacular combination of glow in the dark thread and cross stitch can be seen in this EPIC Iron Man Cross Stitch by Lindy, on Flickr.

I’m really loving her deft stitching on those electric rays – such a marvelous control of the threads, and truly inspiring!

So how about it – have I inspired you to try out some DMC glow in the dark thread? If I have, be sure to share your stitching in the comments, so I can share it on the blog!





 


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