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More Inspiration from VAM

Monday, February 20, 2012

I had such a wonderful visit at the Visions Art Museum, and wanted to share a few more inspiring quilted and appliqued works of art with you.

Take a close look at this adorable quilt block, shown at right, featuring a paper doll and her wardrobe of pretty party dresses.

If you look closely, you will see that the artist embellished the block with hand embroidery using a metallic embroidery thread.

Small stars have been embroidered in the background area, and the dresses have been carefully embellished with stitching.

You could create a similar effect using DMC Light Effects threads using double cross stitches or small eyelets in the background, and assorted embroidery stitches in the clothing.  The embroidery really adds a nice twinkle to the piece!

The unusual piece to the left features hand-dyed lace flowers embellished with embroidery and beads.

Embroidery floss, pearl cotton and metallic embroidery thread can really dress up a quilt block, as this gorgeous piece illustrates.

The final example shows a small, appliqued quilt accented with hand embroidery around the perimeter of the circle.

It’s a bit hard to see, but a multi-colored thread was used in this area, and picks up the assorted colors of the background fabric.  DMC Color Variations Floss or Pearl Cotton could be used in a similar way.

Running stitch in solid colored embroidery floss has been used to highlight the pattern in the fabric near the center of the piece.

There are so many different ways we can use both common and unusual embroidery threads in hand embroidery and quilting projects.

Visiting an exhibit and seeing projects like the ones shown here can be so inspiring! Check with your local art museum, needlework or quilting guild to find out what’s going on – and on display – in your area.



Art Meets Science

Monday, February 13, 2012

Greeting Stitchers!

It always amazes me how creative stitchers, quilters and crafters use embroidery threads in different ways, and the how different each person’s work can be.

While in San Diego, California recently, I had a chance to visit the Visions Art Museum: Contemporary Quilts + Textiles as they were preparing for one of their new exhibits, titled Art Meets Science.

This fascinating exhibit features 35 artworkds from Studio Art Quilts Associates, and represents textiles artists from eight countries, each featuring a quilt inspired by scientific theories or phenomena.

Here I’ve shown two examples of the wondrous creations featured in the exhibit.

To the upper right is “Second Sun” by Regina Benson of Golden, Colorado.  This amazing piece uses an incredible variety of metallic threads and fabrics combined to make a stunning work of textile art.

Shown at left is “Swine Flu Garden” by Carol Ann Waugh of Golden, Colorado.

Her interesting and humorous take on microscopic images of the swine flue virus certainly makes one pause and wonder about the beauty in things we often fear – especially when looked at from a different angle.

You can see both of these quilts, along with 33 other amazing pieces through April 22, 2012 at the museum, and their lecture series starts in March.

Many of these quilts feature an amazing variety of hand and machine embroidery techniques using metallic and specialty threads in unique ways.  It’s so inspiring to see how the textile artists in this exhibit interpret their vision in thread and fabric!

If you happen to be visiting the San Diego area, this exhibit is well worth a visit. More information on exhibits and educational opportunities can be found on the Visions Art Museum web site.



Memory Thread Show Features

Thursday, January 26, 2012

I’m back from the TNNA show with my mind spinning from all the amazing creative stitchy genius that I saw at TNNA. I’m not about ready to rest yet! I will be California bound tomorrow for the Winter Craft & Hobby Show in Anaheim.

The Winter Craft & Hobby Show is produced by the Craft & Hobby Association otherwise known as CHA. CHA is an international, not-for-profit trade association consisting of thousands of member companies engaged in the design, manufacture, distribution and retail sales of products in the U.S. craft and hobby industry.

These shows are so much fun, there’s always innovative new products that are being showcased and great connections to make. I keep you posted from the show! If you are going to CHA this year come check out DMC’s Booth at #2733. Follow me on Twitter @DMCThreads #CHASHow.

I wanted to post some amazing inspiring pictures of our newest Memory Thread canvas that I’m currently obsessed with. This canvas was designed by Maggie & Co. and is absolutely drool worthy. Stitched and embellished by artist Alice Okon, this needlepoint canvas is a work of art and will be displayed proudly in the DMC offices in Kearny for years to come!

Alice braided, twisted, wove and shaped Memory Thread into a vibrant amazing masterful work of art. Everyone at the booth oohed and aahed at this piece. I think it’s safe to say everyone is catching the Memory Thread fever as stitchers and artists of all kinds are discovering all the many uses of Memory Thread. From embellishing your needlework projects – to creating dazzling statement jewelry pieces – to the possibility of tatting and crocheting with it. We want to see what YOU come up with! So please email us pictures of your creations for a chance to be featured on the DMC Blog!

How amazing is this piece? Check out some of the close-ups.

To achieve this result of the three dimensional leaves you shape the frame of the leaf with green Memory Thread and attach a middle piece of Memory Thread to enable you to weave your threaded needle up and over the leaf base to form the three dimensional effect.

These vibrant flower centers were created by braiding. twisting and beading Memory Thread. The flower center on the left was created by braiding together four pieces of Memory Thread, two fuchsia lengths and two lavender lengths. Once the circular braid is complete, couch the braid down using one strand of DMC floss. The flower center on the right consists of two lengths of Metallic Memory Thread, gold & silver, twisted together. Tightly coil the twisted length into a half inch diameter circle and couch down with silver DMC Metallic Embroidery Thread. A lavender piece of Memory Thread is beaded with Sundance lavender seed beads and couched down around the metallic coil with one strand of lavender DMC floss.

Check out these other parts of the canvas. Such amazing innovative ways to use Memory Thread! You can click on the pictures to enlarge them and see all the gorgeous detail.


Achieve this awesome three dimensional flower petal effect by hand looping these delicate perfect flower loops.

Easily make your own larger Memory Thread flowers by downloading the Memory Thread flower project sheet. Using Clovers Loom Tool you can easily shape the petals!








At the DMC Booth there were a number of displays showcasing beautiful pieces that you were created using DMC Threads and products. The DMC Memory Thread display case showcased Maggie Co. canvas. The carpet underneath was quilted by one of our favorites, Nancy DiDonato. She couched down Memory Thread and hand sewn in beads to create a beautiful carpet that looks great as a wall hanging.














Check out the beautiful quilted flowers in the vases. These were quilted and embellished with Memory Thread. I love these flowers and can totally see these on my bedroom balcony. They are so fresh and vibrant!




Our last featured Memory Thread piece was this fresh funky design showcasing some cute hair styling options with Memory Thread. Look out for this piece being featured in Needlepoint Now. Love those tight ringlets you can achieve easily by twisting the Memory Thread around a tapestry needle.


Stay tuned tomorrow for more news from the show!

Happy Stitching!

~ Emma


Embroidery in the News

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Happy New Year fellow Stitchers!

Are you looking for some creative inspiration to get your year off to a good start?  Look to the past for your future projects – visit an exhibit featuring historical embroidery and needleart to inspire you and get those needles moving.

The Denver Art Museum is featuring an exhibit titled Threads of Heaven on Chinese embroidery from the Qing Dynasty through January 29th. Many of the items on display were collected by Charlotte Hill Grant, the wife of the doctor who established a department of public health in Beijing at Peking Union Medical College in the 1920’s.

The example shown here features an elaborately embroidered badge that was attached to clothing to indicate rank. You can read more about the exhibit in the California Literary Review.

The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston is featuring an exhibit titled The Embroideries of Colonial Boston, which runs through June of 2012.

This exhibit features Adam and Eve samplers, pastoral pictures with leaping stags and galloping hunters, as well as crewelwork bed hangings and delicately embroidered clothing from the Colonial era.

The Quilt Museum in La Conner, Washington will be featuring an exhibit titled Embroidered Beauties: Old and New covering 200 years of embroidered quilting history.

The exhibit features finely-worked crazy quilting with a wealth of embroidery stitch combinations to inspire your next project, as well as candlewick quilts and items made using stamped and heat transfer designs.

These are just a few of the many exhibits and events going on around the country, and are worth checking out if you are in the area.

If you can’t make it to these events, check with your local art museum, chamber of commerce or needlework store for events going on in your area.

Get out there and enjoy!




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