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I’ve put together a basket of fresh summer flowers you can trace and stitch on a variety of ready-made items. Stitch them on pillows and crisp, cool cotton sheets, or embroider them on a tablecloth to drape over the picnic table.
The colors used are just a suggestion – feel free to use your favorite color of DMC Embroidery Floss when working the designs. The blossoms would also look lovely worked in DMC Color Variations Floss or our Satin Floss, featuring a bit of shine!
Stitch the flowers in easy, basic embroidery stitches – lazy daisy stitches, the leaves in detached chain stitch, the stems in back stitch or outline stitch, and the small flower clusters and flower centers in French knots. Visit our embroidery page for diagrams for working the stitches, or refer to Emma’s Embroidery Stitch Tool.
Of course it gave me an idea! Who’s up for some fishin’ and stitchin’?
Today I’m offering up this whimsical DMC Fish Story pattern as a freebie. I’ve created this exclusive design just for DMC Blog and Facebook Fans to celebrate both the ones that got away and the ones that became dinner!
Download the PDF Fish Story Pattern, and enlarge or reduce the designs as needed. The link is in the text in the previous sentence.
The designs can be stitched on a variety of pre-made items including – but my no means limited to – aprons (to keep your fishing garb clean while cleaning your catch), table linens (to serve your bounty in style), kitchen towels (you’ll have some clean up…) and any other fabric items that you can get a needle and thread through.
You can stitch the assorted designs – 4 are included in the PDF – using basic embroidery stitches and DMC Cotton Embroidery Floss. Use a variety of colors, or stitch in a single color. The fish would look awesome in red thread – like Swedish gummy fish!
Looking for a bag to carry all your beach or outdoor activity gear? Check out these free patterns for two terrific totes from DMC!
The Nasturtium Bag is stitched using 12 colors of DMC Embroidery Floss. For the fabric, choose a crisp white CharlesCraft Gold Standard Aida or stitch the design over 2 threads on our sturdy CharlesCraft Monaco fabric.
The designs can be stitched on any count you choose, and the finished size of the bag will be determined by the fabric. For example, if the Nasturtium Bag is stitched on 11-count Aida, the design area will measure 10 inches wide by 6 inches tall. For a larger bag, stitch over two squares instead of one!
The Buttercup Bag is stitched using six colors of floss. For the fabric, try natural-looking Fiddlers Cloth in 14-count or CharlesCraft Carolina Linen. It’s easy to make a large tote – just repeat the pattern as often as needed for the width of the bag.
Click on the links in each paragraph to access a PDF pattern for each tote.
We’ve reached week 12 of our Twelve Weeks of Holiday Projects series here on the blog. Time sure flies when we’re having fun – it’s hard to believe we’ve been doing this 12 weeks now, and that next week is Christmas!
To help you with your package prettification process, this week’s theme is gift wrapping.
Give your gifts a stitcher’s handmade touch using DMC Needlework Threads as trimmings. Many of the ideas in today’s Free PDF Pattern use some of the techniques featured previously in our Twelve Weeks of Free Holiday Ideas.
An assortment of embroidery threads has been used to wrap the beautiful gifts shown here, including Embroidery Floss, Memory Thread, Light Effects Floss, and our pretty gold CharlesCraft Stardust Aida! Use our suggested colors and materials or choose your own to coordinate with your wrapping paper.
If you missed any of the previous weeks of fun including the tiny wreath and no-hassle tassels, you can find links to the pdfs from the previous 11 weeks on our Free Holiday Ideas page.
And as a special treat for stitchers, any orders of $25 or more placed through our DMC Shopping Centre between now and December 24th will receive a FREE DMC mug (while quantities last. US and Canada orders only).
Can you believe we’re up to Week 10 of our 12 Weeks of Free Holiday Ideas already? Time flies when we’re having fun!
This week’s blog features pretty items you can put together using paper doilies, colored paper, card stock, glue, thread, and a few other craft room essentials using easy hand embroidered stitches made with DMC Embroidery Threads. Coordinate the floss to match your chosen papes.
The Memory Thread halo uses twisted threads, while the hair featured curls. Use a narrow knitting needle or BBQ skewer to make perfect curly tendrils of hair, or simply curl the thread with your fingers.
Many of the same techniques were used to make the free-standing Paper Angels shown here. They make a lovely accent when displayed on a mantel or table – or add a hanging loop and place them on the tree!
You can get the free PDF instructions for these projects by selecting the hyperlinks in the paragraphs above.
If you’ve missed any of the previous weeks of crafting and stitching fun, visit the web page for the previous weeks’ projects.
Invite your crafty friends over to make a batch of ornaments using basic supplies that you provide, or provide a supply list for people to bring their own. Then set a date and get everyone together to stitch and assemble the ornaments.
Choose from three free designs given here as PDF patterns. All of the designs have been created using an assortment of beautiful DMC Embroidery Threads.
The beautiful Mistletoe Kissing Ball ornament features an elegant sprig of mistletoe with beaded berries, and is finished off with an easy-to-make tassle.
The ornament can be made quickly with one decorated panel and a plain back, or if you have more time, stitch three decorated panels together for a dimensional shape reminiscent of an 18th century English kissing ball.
Or, make this miniature Winterberry Mitten ornament to hang on the tree or use as a gift tag. These little stockings work up quickly, so you can make them by the batch.
The mitten is adorned with appliqued leaves and red berries, and is the perfect size for hiding a small surprise gift!
Our third design is the North Star Ornament, featuring a variety of hand embroidery stitches.
Sequin florets and easy embroidered applique are used to create these large, 16-pointed star ornaments for decorating or gift adornment.
The ornament is equally stunning in snowflake white or deep jewel colors. Add a bit of glitter for extra star shine!
Another ornament featuring some shine is this Hanukkah Star, which you can stitch quickly – just in time for the Holiday!
Use the design to make an ornament to hang on a door or cabinet knob, or to display around the neck of a bottle. You can also use the motif in a repeating pattern to stitch a banded accent on a table mat.
If you’ve missed any of our previous weeks of Holiday ideas, visit our 12 Weeks of Free Holiday Ideas page to download the patterns for a wide variety of fun projects you can make.