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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!





 


DIY Wrapped Love Hearts

Thursday, February 5, 2015

IMG_8059 letteredThere is a new trend in heart making for Valentine’s Day. With just DMC embroidery floss, wire and glue, you can make trendy industrial wrapped love hearts. Turn them into a piece of wall art to jazz up your space. String them as a banner or decorate your Valentine’s Day table with some.  

These hearts are so fast and easy to make, you won’t stop making them. Perfect for all skill levels.IMG_8078

Your hearts will have a sweet yet industrial feel. They don’t have to be perfectly round or completely covered that’s the beauty of these hearts.

Materials:

-Several skeins of DMC embroidery floss, light effects, pearl cotton and Natura yarn

-Artistic wire, aluminum 10-14 gauge (or you can use a wire hanger)

-Hot glue

-Tools: hot glue gun, pliers, scissors

heart step 1 and 2

Directions:

  1. Bend wire into a heart shape, wrapping the ends together. This is the point of the heart shape (See photos).
  2. Unravel several skeins of DMC floss. Wrap one end of the gathered floss and tie a knot around the heart’s point, secure with some hot glue.
  3. Begin wrapping the gathered floss around various areas of the wire heart until you are satisfied with the coverage.

For gold tone heart I used: Natura N.43, Light Effects N.E436, Pearl Cotton N.956

For seer sucker pink heart I used: Floss N.963, N.3866, N.5282, N.304

For mixed color heart I used: Floss N.962, N.3787, Light Effects N.E168, Pearl Cotton N.956

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Tips/Additional Idea:

-Use a wire hanger or jewelry wire.

-Thread your string with beads.

-Glue on rhinestones, sequins.

-Create various stitch designs.

I’ll share a few more versions soon. One named Brit Love inspired by the colors and essence of England with a touch of love.

Have a great day!





 


Knitted with Woolly!

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Brambles Beret by Susixs on RavelryI’m hoping you enjoyed last week’s tour of beautiful items knitted with Natura yarn – this week, I’ll be showing you a gorgeous selection of things knitted with Woolly!

Breathtaking is the only word I can use to describe this Brambles Beret by Susixs on Ravelry. The Woolly shade she used is so icy and lovely, and the delicious stitch detail on that pattern makes me want to reach out and touch it.

The Free Brambles Beret pattern by Amanda Muscha is available on Ravelry and Knitty, where it was originally published.

 

Endpaper Mitts by Shnuck93 on Ravelry

These beautiful Endpaper Mitts by Shnuck93 on Ravelry really do have the exquisite texture of lovely endpapers in a classic book volume.

Stitched in two shades of Woolly, they look perfect for book lovers in need of cozy hands! If you’re not familiar with colorwork in knitting, this would be a great pattern to explore.

The Free Endpaper Mitts pattern by Eunny Jang is available via Ravelry and on her blog, See Eunny Knit.

 

Log Cabin Baby Blanket by Caroscrap on RavelryThere’s nothing more delicious than a cozy garter stitch blanket, and this stunning Log Cabin Baby Blanket by Caroscrap on Ravelry is no exception.

Stitched up in no less than 18 shades of Woolly – this is a fabulous sampler of color and texture.

If you’d like to knit your own Log Cabin – there’s a great Log Cabin Blanket tutorial on Very Pink.

Mother Daughter Mitts on Country MaisonI’m loving the sweetness of these Mother Daughter Mitts on Country Maison. Knitted up in two pastel shades of Woolly – they look perfect to keep hands cozy and fingers free for crafting.

The Free Diagonal Eyelet Mitts pattern is available on Creativeyarn – it’s a great introduction to knitted cuffs if you’re a beginner!





 


Color of the Year, and fun projects for the new year!

Friday, January 9, 2015

Marsala, color of the year on EweKnitIt looks like 2015 is the year of Marsala, a beautiful wine-colored tone – according to the Pantone Color Report.

Over on EweKnit, I was tickled to see our very own DMC floss featured in their lovely collage of Marsala-inspired fibers.

What do you think of the official color of 2015?

Thread Winding Ideas on Sew We StitchYou’ll find some wonderful Thread Winding Tips on Sew We Stitch! Using a DMC Bobbin Winder, Plastic Bobbins and a power drill, a determined stitcher wound up an impressive array of DMC threads – a full 10 boxes of them! (How many do you have?)

She has lots of helpful tips for the process, and a tantalizing thread collection.

Pink Ombre Hearts Tutorial on Sew FrenchThere’s a cute Pink Ombre Hearts Tutorial with a free cross stitch pattern on Sew French – well illustrated with photos and helpful tips for absolute beginners!

I love the pink shades she chose – DMC 600, 601, 602, 604, 605, but wouldn’t it also be fun to celebrate the 2015 color of the year by using a variety of wine-colored tones?

DIY Statement Necklace on Aspects of StyleThis DIY Statement Necklace on Aspects of Style is very lovely, with some very pretty shades of DMC floss.

I love that this necklace can be easily adapted to suit your tastes and favorite colors.

Fiesta Scissor Fob Tutorial on CraftsyHow cheery and adorable is this Fiesta Scissor Fob Tutorial on Craftsy?!

This project is a great way to practice fun stitches that may be new to you, and there’s even a chance to experiment with our Memory Thread!





 


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.

 

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If you want to create your own set of these whimsical felt ornaments here are the supplies and directions you will need.

 Supplies

  • White and brown felt
  • A pair of scissors
  • An embroidery needle
  • DMC Metallic Pearl Cotton in gold color (5282)

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Directions

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.

whimsical felt step by step

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!

 





 


Wonderful Winter Roundup

Friday, December 19, 2014

Embroidered Gift Wrap on Lines AcrossWell, the holiday season shows no signs of slowing – every day I see a new inspiring project you can use your DMC floss with!

How about this fabulous Embroidered Gift Wrap on Lines Across – if you’re looking for a creative way to wrap a gift this would be absolutely perfect for a crafty person in your life!

All you’ll need is kraft paper, some ribbon, and your favorite floss colors!

Rustic Snowflakes on Little Things Bring SmilesI adore these Rustic Snowflakes on Little Things Bring Smiles – if you have leftover bits of greenery from wreath making, or even an overabundance of twigs in your yard – these are adorable and gorgeous!

I love the use of colored buttons and twine – of course I think a nice bright pop of thread would be lovely, too – like some DMC pearl cotton or some of our metallic threads.

Free Table Topper Pattern on LillyellaThere’s something about the holiday season – I just can’t get enough patchwork – and this Free Table Topper Pattern on Lillyella fits the bill.

I love the bright colors used on this piece and the lovely effect of the white blanket stitch in DMC pearl cotton.

Do Not Open Free Cross Stitch Pattern on Cuore e BatticuoreHow lovely is this Do Not Open Free Cross Stitch Pattern on Cuore e Batticuore – I love the idea of using these little stitches as a gift tag – it makes a beautiful keepsake for those very special gifts.

The pattern is in 3 languages – Italian, English, and French – so it’s a great way to share with your international friends, too!

Free Angel Pattern on Gettysburg HomesteadAnd how about this Free Angel Pattern on Gettysburg Homestead – the free pattern includes all the DMC floss colors you’ll need.

I think this pattern would look fabulous on a dark background as well – a Navy blue Aida cloth would be beautiful!





 


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