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DMC Mother’s Day Gift Guide For Crafty Moms

Thursday, April 9, 2015

What do you buy the woman who can make anything? Our Mother’s Day gift guide caters to all the talented crafty moms out there with a fun assortment of projects, patterns, and supplies. Whether the mom in your life is a knitter, mad about cross stitch, or incorporates yarns and threads into all sorts of amazing DIY concoctions, these gifts are for her.

Top This

z36Ge00KqmMvostUuB4b3gBDcsPTeRhcrAkkIP7ftuIGet your mom a-head of the crafting curve with DMC’s newest sensation, Top This. Available in 12 insanely-cute styles—including Owl, Bunny, Bear, and Cat— Top This provides everything needed to knit an adorable children’s hat—with a plushie animal head on top! Comes with yarn, hat-topper, and pattern.

 

 

 

Storage Solutions Wooden Cabinet

DMC Threads_OliverScottPhoto-523Yarn, thread and needles everywhere! Don’t watch helplessly as the crafty mom in your life stashes her stash in a shoebox or plastic shopping bag…get a Storage Solution, the DMC way. Our wooden storage cabinet features three molded plastic storage drawers—and a bunch of compartments to organize a variety of crafting items. Dimensions are 12 ¾”W x 10”H x 14 ½” D, and the classic DMC logo is emblazoned on the side.

 

“Amigurumis” Fruits and Vegetables Kit

DMC cocina 0291-600x400Mother always told us to eat our veggies…and now she can knit them! Introduce your mother to the amigurumi crochet-craze with this simple all-in-one kit, which includes all the supplies she needs to make a super-cute set of fruits and vegetables plus a step-by-step booklet. Best of all, this kit includes 12 super soft and durable skeins of DMC Natura “Just Cotton” crochet threads.

 

 Victorian-Style Needlework Accessories

casesGive your mom a sample of the glamour of yesteryear with these vintage-styled DMC accessories: scissor case, needle case, and thread/yarn cutter. Each metal accessory features a brushed-pewter finish, the classic DMC logo, and can be attached to a chatelaine for handy use.

 

DMC Floss Color Card With Thread Strands

color cardOur prismatic best-selling favorite that every stitcher and crafter will love! Our floss color card includes actual thread samples of ALL DMC six-strand embroidery floss colors: 454 solid and 18 variegated. Plus: notations for Pearl Cotton in Sizes 3, 5, 8 and 12.

 

 

 

 





 


Free Valentine’s ideas around the web!

Saturday, February 7, 2015

Heart Wrist Pin Cushion on MessylaI hope you’ve been enjoying our Valentine’s posts! Today I thought I’d tour the web, and find even more inspiring Valentine ideas for you!

This Heart Wrist Pin Cushion on Messyla is so lovely, isn’t it? I spy our beautiful DMC Goa Tricot Yarn in Peach in this wonderful crochet tutorial.

How handy is it to have your needles in ready reach on your wrist? Clever and sweet!

Ironic Conversation Hearts on Honey ThistleI absolutely love these Ironic Conversation Hearts on Honey Thistle – since you can stitch your own sentiment on a heart, be it silly, sarcastic, or loving!

Since all these take are bits of pastel-colored felt, you can use up your scraps, along with a few strands of floss. I’d also love to try some pearl cotton on these, to experiment with a chunkier line.

Valentine Key Ring on Dream a Little BiggerThis Valentine Key Ring Tutorial on Dream a Little Bigger makes such sweet, stylish hearts!

I’d add a sweet sentiment, or loved one’s initials for an extra bit of goodness. You could also vary this idea using pastel felt for a conversation heart, or bits of scrap fabric, for a quilted look.

Of course we were so happy to spy our lovely DMC floss in the tutorial!

Free Stamp Pattern on Bored and CraftyLast but not least, this sweet Free Stamp Pattern on Bored and Crafty is a great way to experiment with a simple stamp carving project – and the results are adorable, as you can see!

The mug design would look equally sweet as an embroidery design, with or without some wool felt accents!





 


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.

Valentine Banner, gather supplies

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!

 

 





 


I Heart Silhouettes

Friday, January 30, 2015

January is coming to a close, that can only mean one thing, Valentines Day!  I love the romantic hues and patterns that Valentine’s Day brings.  Over the next 2 weeks we will be embracing the essence of love and romance with creative projects and tutorials that are sure to ignite some romantic fireworks.feeling stitchy photo

Today I’d like share some gorgeous heart silhouette projects that I found to get you in the mood. I just love this fabulous Valentines Day Coffee Cup Cozy by Feeling Stitchy. Who wouldn’t want to add more spice to their coffee or tea cup after seeing this fun project. Love it!feeling stitchy photo 2

What about this Valentine Treat Bag also by Feeling Stitchy? A similar pattern with multiple possibilities.  Make both, place the cozy into the bag with some candy for a great gift.cat on a limb photo

Over at Cat on a Limb, Catherine created this gorgeous piece, Tree Love.  Over on her blog you can follow Catherine with her step by step instructions to make your own Tree Love Embroidery Piece. One word: Fabulous!canvas heart art

Canvas Heart Art over at Eighteen 25 is just so fun.  I love how this project combines stretched art canvas and DMC threads.  I could see a whole wall of these for Valentine’s Day or smaller ones as gifts. Visit Eighteen 25 to make your own.

Next week we will have some great Valentine’s Day tutorials on the blog, so excited!

 





 


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.

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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. 

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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!

 

 

 

 

 

 





 


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