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New Years Eve Countdown

Saturday, December 27, 2014

The New Years Eve Countdown begins.  Once we wrap up 2014 and tuck it away in our memory box, we can embrace for a whole new year of creativity and inspiration.  I’m so excited to prep for a brand new year, 2015 is going to be a blast.

When I think of New Years Eve, I envision some glitter, glitz, and dazzling glow.  Navy’s, silvers and gilded golds. Popping colors and confetti adding to the night. I started combing around for some inspiration in which you could use DMC floss, yarns and accessories.  il_570xN.249902598

I fell in love with these Embroidered Watches found on Oh Sweet Babies –  These beauties consist of embroidered faces in whimsical styles and are created by Metal et Linnen. Perfect if you’re looking for a creative way to incorporate a little embroidery into your jewelry.  

Adding some stitching to your jewelry turns something from plain to dazzling in seconds like this take on Friendship Bracelets by Material Therapy.  These fabulous friendship bracelets are made with floss, threads and jewels. Very boho chic. a16f681c7a69431ce26638d2bfcbc7d2

After searching for more dazzling floss jewelry inspiration, I came across this Tiny Tassel Bracelet project over at Mazie Hutton – if you love tassels, then you will love this fun project made using DMC floss and jewelry findings.  I love this project just so festive.DSC_0094

The jewelry making doesn’t stop here.  Here is another floss jewelry project you will love. Hardware Store Bracelets on Thanks I Made It -I love the mix of hardware and DMC floss.  Such a clever way to unite two mediums together.DIY_hardware_store_bracelets_3

All these projects are fun and flirty. Perfect accessories to add just the right sparkle to your New Years Eve wardrobe or any outfit waiting for some pizzazz! 








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.



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.

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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!



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!


More from the DMC Factory Tour

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

imageDuring the past 3 weeks I’ve been taking you on a tour of the DMC Factory in Mulhouse, France. We started with a brief history of the area, then moved on to spinning, and last week we covered Mercerizing, dyeing and drying.

This week we’re ready to put up the thread onto skeins or balls and get it labeled and ready for shipping. After this section, the next part of the threads’ journey is from retailer to stitcher.

imageAfter the dyed thread is completely dry, the color of the dye is checked for accuracy by comparing under different types of light.

If it’s not right, it’s rejected and over dyed – as good ol’ black.image

The thread is then tested foimager strength, which I’ll discuss in another blog. There’s a lot to this step, and I want to make sure I do it justice.

After the dye color is checked, the thread is then wound onto large cone so that it’s ready for winding onto balls or into skeins. There’s a veritable rainbow happening on this machine!

Depending on the type of thread, the cones are loaded onto machines that each perform a different duty, winding, and labeling the threads in a series of quick movements.

imageOn one machine – wonder of modern machinery – winds the familiar pull-skeins of DMC Embroidery Floss, labeling and boxing skeins in quick succession.

Another machine almost 200 years old, yet still fully functional, winds DMC Pearl Cotton onto balls, inserting the familiar round label into the hollow cardboard spool.

The finished threads are then boxed, labeled and warehoused, ready for shipment to your favorite, local needlework store! I couldn’t resist posting this image of

imagethe warehouse and logistics center, with two of our DMC pals.

In addition to all the wonderful DMC Threads, ready to send to all corners of the globe, these floor-to-ceiling shelves also contain books, kits, accessories, painted needlepoint canvas, needlework fabrics, organizers and more.

There are just so many DMC goodies for stitchers!


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!


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