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Stitch a Sentiment in Half Cross Stitch

Monday, January 28, 2013

Valentine’s Day is just a few weeks away, but there’s still time to stitch this pretty sentiment, worked in quick and easy Half Cross Stitch. The projects is available in this month’s issue of Crafts ‘n Things Magazine!

Designer Alice Okon used DMC Embroidery Threads to create these two companion pieces (the second piece, Celebrate Life, will be available in the April 2013 issue of the magazine) for you to stitch this season.

Work this month’s Love is the Answer design using DMC Pearl Cotton #5 on CharlesCraft 14-count white Aida.

Then add the stems and outline elements of the designs using DMC Memory Thread – soft fiber-wrapped copper wire that you can use to creatively embellish all types of needlework and craft projects – couched in place with matching Embroidery Floss on the surface of the project.

These projects fit standard, ready-made frames too, so they’re easy to finish!

You can get the pattern and instructions for working the heart-shaped flower design in the February 2013 issue of Crafts ‘n Things, available on newstands now!



Boo-tiful Halloween Projects

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

If you’re looking for a few quick, easy Halloween stitching patterns, we’ve got you covered!

Members of Club DMC can select from these four bright, quick and adorable projects.

Originally designed using DMC Retours Matte or Flower Thread (Article 89) available in Europe, US-based stitchers can work them in bright shades of DMC Embroidery Floss using basic needlepoint stitches on canvas, or half cross stitch on CharlesCraft Bright Ideas Aida.

You can get the conversion chart here.

I’ve provided the pattern for the witch on her broom here in the blog, but the others are just a click away by signing up for FREE Club DMC membership and scrolling through the Halloween Patterns section!

By joining Club DMC, you can select from hundreds of free patterns you can download any time.



Beware of Copycats and Imitations

Monday, August 13, 2012

We spend a lot of time stitching our needlework. Selecting the right fabric and Needlework Thread is just as important as choosing the perfect pattern to stitch.

It’s more than just a hobby – it’s our art.

As experienced stitchers we want to make sure we use nothing but the best quality needlework threads and fabrics.

We want threads manufactured from a company that has been making them for hundreds of years. We won’t be fooled by copycat brands or cheap imitations pretending to be just like DMC or CharlesCraft.

Our threads have been made with the same care and commitment for generations. Made in France since 1747, our 100% Egyptian Cotton Embroidery Floss has withstood the test of time.

There are a lot of imitations, but only one original.

When you start your next project, choose the floss that has proven itself time and again for centuries. Choose DMC.

To celebrate our French roots, we’re providing this free chart you can stitch using your favorite DMC Embroidery Thread.

The chart can be stitched in full cross stitch or half cross stitch.



Projects That are a HOOT to Stitch

Friday, June 22, 2012

Hi All!

I thought it would be fun to give you free projects related to a theme and that are a “HOOT” to stitch.

Today I’m posting three projects, all featuring adorable owls.

These three projects use a wide range of DMC Embroidery Threads and are worked in a variety of techniques including Punch Needle, Half Cross Stitch and Surface Embroidery.

Choose your favorite owl pattern and start stitching!

The Punch Needle Owl is cleverly worked in varying lengths of loops, giving it a wooly, 3-dimensional look. It’s worked in a variety of threads including size 5 pearl cotton, embroidery floss, Color Variations floss, Light Effects and Satin Floss.

The Half Cross Stitch Owl is worked in half cross stitch. It’s super-quick and lots of fun to stitch, and is worked entirely in DMC Pearl Cotton Variations and #5 Pearl Cotton.

The third project is the Surface Embroidery Owl.

Working gthe surface embroidery owl project gives you an opportunity to not only try a wide variety of embroidery threads including  but also a wide variety of stitches!

You can learn to transfer the design to fabric and work all of these stitches and others by visiting our Embroidery Stitch Guide on the main web page.

Happy Stitching!


Club DMC

Friday, June 15, 2012

Have you joined Club DMC?

It’s a terrific resource for stitchers and it’s FREE!

Those of you who are already members know that there are dozens of free patterns there, just waiting to be stitched using your favorite DMC Embroidery Threads.

Patterns are organized by type, making it easy to find the perfect project!

Choose from Animals, Borders, Christmas and Winter, Color Variations designs, Halloween, Flowers, Decor and much more.

All you need to do is sign up, and you’ll have instant access.

Check out this gorgeous Seashell Sampler posted under Samplers, or the Old Sailing Boat under the Nautical category, perfect for summer stitching.

There’s so much to choose from, it’ll be hard to decide what to stitch next!


Sentiments of Love – Part 4

Monday, June 11, 2012

Hi All!

Have you seen the latest edition of Crafts’n Things?

It features the final part of the Sentiments of Love Series by Alice Okon, completing the set of four bright and colorful floral designs, each with an inspiring message.

These gorgeous projects are worked in half cross stitch using DMC Pearl Cotton #5 and embellished with DMC Color Infusions Memory Thread.

Check it out, because DMC is also sponsoring a Win It! Kit, containing the materials to make the design.

You can enter at the Crafts n’ Things web site!


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