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Thread Candy

Friday, December 9, 2011

Mmmmm…. Beautiful, delectable, delicious and tempting.

Selecting colors for a project and working with DMC Needlework Threads is definitely like working in a candy shop.

There’s just so much variety, color and temptation – stitching with DMC’s threads is like having sugarplums dancing through my fingers.

To pay homage to Clement Clarke Moore’s famous Twas the Night Before Christmas poem, DMC is posting this Friday Freebie featuring candy-colored snowman and angel ornaments.

Work the charted designs in DMC Embroidery Floss or lustrous, sparkling DMC Light Effects Floss in basic cross stitch.

Looking to save time?  Try working the designs in DMC Size 8 Pearl Cotton balls using the half cross stitch technique.

…and if you’re inclined to decorate your workroom for the Holidays, display your threads like we did in the photo above right, using glass candy jars filled with an assortment of tasty thread colors!




In the DMC Spotlight – Try the Cross-Point Technique

Friday, November 4, 2011

Cross Point by Sieglinde Anderson is a fresh twist on needlepoint, similar to DMC’s Half Cross Stitch Technique,  that gives stitchers a fun new way to stitch up beautiful custom pieces using easy to follow kitted designs that include DMC’s Tapestry Wool!

The designs are by Sieglinde Anderson and we are loving them for the Fall/Winter season!

The rich luxurious warm designs will look fantastic in any home or as a beautiful custom purse.

We especially love their Moroccan inspired pieces and their Balouch designs.

Here’s more about the Cross-Point™ Technique from the Cross Point Website:

  • The basic stitch is the familiar (or, if you haven’t stitched before, easy-to-learn) cross-stitch, worked in wool with 100% background coverage. The tapestry wool from DMC is 100% pure virgin non-divisible wool that is mothproof and colorfast. The end result looks like needlepoint, but with a good deal more texture.
  • Rather than stiff canvas or soft fabrics like AIDA, the cross point technique uses a natural jute fabric less rigid than the first and with more body than the second. The thread count of 6-7 stitches per inch is large enough to let you stitch quickly, but small enough to show detail.
  • Cross-point™ does not rack or distort the fabric; therefore, no hoop, frame, or blocking is ever required, making it possible to take the work with you wherever you go.
  • Patterns are stitched by counting. Clear instructions and large charts, printed in both symbol and color, accompany each kit. With few exceptions, patterns are designed so that elements repeat, over and over, thus reducing time spent counting. While patterns are not preprinted on the fabric, even a complete beginner can learn my cross-point™ technique in two hours.
  • Patterns are classified as “X” (experienced) when they require more attention to counting, or “E” (easy) for beginners. The majority of our patterns are unclassified and can be stitched by anyone with a little bit of practice.

Cross-point™ is…”fast, fun, and easy”

The Cross Point website offers kits with stock or custom colors, using high quality DMC Tapestry Wool with clear charts in color and coded symbols, and instructions for each pattern.

You can make pillows, rugs, and upholstery for chairs and stools; wearable items, such as purses, and shoulder and lap top bags; and small items, such as Christmas stockings and eyeglass cases.

I can hardly wait to try it!



I’m Back with News from TNNA!

Thursday, June 16, 2011

I’m back from TNNA and I have so much to show you!

Our booth featured amazing samples stitched by designers from the US and abroad. Here are some of the highlights from the show.

Memory Thread continues to make a splash in the world of needlework and people are starting to get some great ideas such as Jewelry, Crochet, Tatting and more!  Look out – Memory Thread is taking over!

Who can resist the 10 new yummy colors we just introduced?

My favorites are the White Luster and Turquoise. We sponsored a TIPS session featuring Go-3D with DMC’s Memory Thread.

Our Teaching New Stitchers – in Half the Time using the Half Cross Stitch TIPS session rocked! Half Cross Stitch is getting everyone to think outside the box.  The Half Cross Stitch looks like needlepoint – but it’s not.

The difference is the fabric you are using – the Half Cross Stitch technique uses 14-count Aida Fabric stitch with Pearl Cotton #5, and the fabric becomes the background of the project.

Needlepoint uses canvas, which is much more time consuming because if you want a background, it needs to be stitched in addition to the main design.

Also, half cross stitch has a tendency to distort needlepoint canvas due to the amount of open, airy space between threads in the canvas, while the same stitch sits on top of – and is supported by – Aida fabric.

The DMC Couture Collection display (shown above left) featured a collection of fresh, new designs by Michaela Learner, encouraging new and lapsed stitchers to pick up a needle and stitch with the Half Cross Stitch Technique. Designs and more photo’s of this awesome new collection of designs coming soon to the DMC website, and I will let you know as soon as they post.

The Peddler Display featured three beautiful hand-painted needlepoint canvases designed by Labors of Love, stitched with DMC Specialty Threads.

The Memory Thread application in the Peddler pieces is spectacular, and was done by Alice Okon.

We’ll feature detailed pictures of the canvases and tutorials of different applications of DMC Specialty Thread stitching and Memory Thread soon – meanwhile, check out the photo of the Perfume Peddler. The detail is incredible!

Our Pearl Cotton display featured a lovely palette of colors that were used in the fresh designs created and stitched by Artist & Uk blogger Carina Evoldsen-Harris.

Visit Carina’s blog for more awesome inspiration. These designs will be available soon on the DMC website!

The Mermaid Display featured Kelly Clark canvases stitched with DMC Specialty Threads.

The display also featured a beautiful hand-stitched by DMC mermaid using the pattern from Arley Berryhill.

We enlarged the pattern 200% to make this awesome doll. The tail was worked in chain stitch with DMC Color Variations Floss #4060 and the hair is strands of braided DMC Pearl Cotton Variations #4130.

The Crown and Jewelry were done with Color Infusions Memory Thread new color White Luster and Mill Hill seed beads. Watch the blog for tutorials featuring the mermaid’s jewelry.

Stay tuned, because in my next blog I’ll be showing you all the brand new products that made their debut at TNNA!



Half Cross Stitch Projects

Monday, June 13, 2011

Hi All!

Half Cross Stitch is catching on, and new projects using this time-saving technique are being created by top needlework designers.

Check out these two new designs, stitched with DMC #5 Pearl Cotton on Aida Fabric!

Alice Okon created this gorgeous Summer Leaves pillow on the cover of  the current (July 2011) issue of Cross Stitch & Needlework Magazine, using 5 colors of Pearl Cotton. I love the subtle colors and way the leaves dance across the center of the pillow, as if caught by a summer breeze…

And check out the Bloom project, also by Alice Okon, worked in half cross stitch using 9 colors of Pearl Cotton. This design was featured in the May 2011 issue of Cross Stitch & Needlework Magazine.

You can get the magazine in your local craft or needlework store, or on their web site, which also  features a variety or free patterns and resources for stitchers!

Also check out our video on the Half Cross Stitch Technique!

I’d love to hear about your projects using half cross stitch, and your thoughts on this hip, easy technique.

Drop me a line, here on the blog!




Freebie Friday – Breezy Flip Flops!

Friday, May 20, 2011

It’s time for a Friday Freebie… TGIF!

This week’s free pattern offering is this chart featuring four pairs of brightly-colored flip flops on a clothesline – just in time for warm-weather stitching fun.

The pattern is worked using DMC Embroidery Floss on CharlesCraft 14-count Aida.

Work the design in cross stitch, half cross stitch or needlepoint. Stitch diagrams for your chosen stitching method can be found here.

This design measures about 15″x4.5″ when finished and would look awesome worked on the back of a beach coverup, worked on the front or pocket of a tote bag, or simply framed and enjoyed as a summer decor piece.

You can also use just a single pair of flips flop as a smaller accent on a project, or add some summer sparkle by stitching selected areas of the design using DMC Light Effects thread!

Or, add a 3-dimensional effect by couching the clothesline in Memory Thread!

Get the free pattern here and enjoy!



DMC Memory Thread Show-and-Tell

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

DMC’s Color Infusions Memory Thread, a flexible wired thread wrapped in a soft fiber,  is a fast becoming a favorite among stitchers, and we are releasing several new colors soon! I’ll keep you posted on their release.

Meanwhile I wanted to show you an awesome before and after shot of a project that features Memory Thread.

Check out this stitched flower project.

On the left side of the frame you will see the basic design which has been stitched on Aida cloth in Half Cross Stitch using Pearl Cotton Variations.

On the right side of the frame you see the same design, but it has been embellished with Memory Thread.

What a difference some couching makes! To learn how, to couch, watch our video on YouTube.

You can stitch a similar project by printing this freebie pattern!

Here at DMC we’ve all been having fun creating projects with Memory Thread, and sharing what we’ve learned with other stitchers.

Rosana, one of DMC’s talented staffers (left, in the red sweater), recently taught a Memory Thread demonstration at The Nimble Needle, a local needlework shop in Haddonfield, New Jersey that was celebrating the opening of their new location.

As you can see from the photos, the demo was a hit! More of the demonstration and the opening of the new location can be seen on their blog.

Even the town’s mayor turned out for the ribbon-cutting event, proving once again that needlework is a common thread that binds folks together.





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