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Try Something Different

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

There are literally thousands of embroidery stitches and stitch variations, yet it’s really easy to get in the habit of using just a few familiar ones.  Today’s blog features tutorials for unique stitches that will help you break the boredom and try something different!

Kelly Fletcher from Materialistic features a fabulous tutorial on working Danish Knots.   Check out her clear directions for working this stitch, and the Summer Raindrops design she created, using the stitch as a filling in one of the droplets.

Tete de Boeuf also makes an interesting and unusual filling stitch. Sarah Whittle shows you how to work the stitch, and gives a pretty example of its use.

Sarah has used an over-dyed or variegated thread. Using a thread containing two or more colors can really jazz up a design by making each and every stitch look different than the one next to it. Try DMC Color Variations embroidery floss to make a similar filling.

Kimberly Quimet has used DMC Color Variations pearl cotton to create her tutorial featuring the sheaf stitch used as a filling.

The versatile stitch also looks beautiful worked as bands and borders in embroidery projects.

For more stitch ideas, check out our Embroidery Stitch Guide. There’s a world of stitches out there – let’s try something different.

Happy Stitching!


May Specials from DMC

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Have you visited the DMC Shop on our web site lately?  If you haven’t, you’ll definitely want to check out our May Specials!

To celebrate Teacher Appreciation Week, we’re offering 20% off our Prism Craft Threads and Products. This offer is good through May 10th and includes a huge variety of Prism Floss Packs and kits.  perfect for young crafters!

Prism is our extensive line of kid-friendly craft threads, designed to bring vibrant color and texture to crafts. Young crafters can make friendship bracelets, barrettes, use them in paper crafting or scrapbooking projects and more. We even have a Prism FaceBook page full of fun ideas!

Be sure to use the promo code when ordering – you can find it in the image below, or in the Shop DMC area.

For Memorial Day, we’re also offering free shipping on orders over $50. This special runs May 23rd through 26th, so you have plenty of time to choose your products and place your order on or after the 23rd.

While you’re in the DMC Shop, be sure to sign up to receive news of our latest specials and new product arrivals.


DMC Thread Storage

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Keeping your collection of DMC Needlework Threads clean and tangle-free can be a chore if you store your threads in boxes and bins. To keep them tidy, and to make it easier to select colors when designing a project, here are some storage tips from other stitchers.

Jen at the Color My World blog uses plastic boxes and bobbins to store her DMC Embroidery Floss.   She stores them in the same order that they are featured in on our color cards. It takes a while to wind the bobbins, but the results are worth it.

The bobbins are available in cardboard or plastic at your local needlework store, or on our Shop DMC page. Save time – and your hands – by using a bobbin winder.

Mary at Needle ‘N Thread organizes her entire set of floss using our  transparent binder inserts.

For skeins, use the StitchBow plastic holders for DMC Embroidery Floss, and tuck them into the plastic sheets.

The patented design of the floss holder maintains the original shape and fullness of the floss skein when storing it, and has a handy slot for displaying the color band.

Tanya of Tanya Quilts in CO uses glass mason jars to organize and display her collection of DMC Pearl Cotton balls. This is definitely a shelf full of stitchers’ eye candy!

Presto! With just a bit of effort your threads are organized and protected from dust and tangling!


Warm & Fuzzies

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

As much of North America bundles up and prepares for frigid weather this week, our Twelve Weeks of Holiday Projects blog event focuses on warm and fuzzy winter gear you can embroider.

You can make these toasty wearables for yourself, or as a gift for family and friends – especially those hard-to-buy-for ‘tweens.

Make a hip Skull Cap hat using a pre-made hat with built-in ear buds for the music lover.

A simple technique for transferring the design to the non-washable hat is included in the Hat Instructions – simply trace the design, stitch and tear!

Or, make a super soft and utterly cozy Tassled Fleece Scarf with a two-letter monogram, stitched in place using DMC’s Water-Soluble Canvas.

Use someone’s initials, or the letters representing a college team or organization – perfect for sports fans, students and sorority or fraternity members!

Directions for using this unique product can be found here, along with a link to a video showing you how to use the product step-by-step.

The scarf is trimmed with no-hassle tassles from Week 3 for a coordinating pop of color.

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, or for the tassle directions.

As a special treat for stitchers this week, we also offering a Free Shipping on Black Friday event, November 29th starting at 12:01 AM EST ending on cyber monday, December 2nd at 11:59 PM EST on Shop DMC!


DMC Thread Organization Inspiration

Friday, November 1, 2013

I am so impressed with the creative ways you bloggers organize your DMC floss, and I thought I’d share a few inspiring examples!

Winding Embroidery Floss with a Power Drill on Little LoveliesThis truly inspired idea comes to you from Allison on Little Lovelies who automated her DMC Bobbin Winder by attaching an electric power drill –  genius!

Visit her post for the full details and mouthwatering pics of her DMC floss!


DMC Floss Organization on Y HandmadeThis ingenious storage method by Yuki on Y * Handmade uses a business card organizer and labels, and it shows her DMC flosses to gorgeous effect!

Her lovely supplies, hand stitched items, and photo staging undoubtedly make Yuki’s blog a worthy destination – visit her post.


Slide Box Floss Organization by Leah VirsikThis idea comes from artist Leah Virsik who was inspired to store her floss in a slide film box – and it looks both gorgeous and efficient.

I love the look she’s achieved with just a sliver of color appearing on each edge – beautiful!

Visit her post to learn more about her inspiration.
DMC Floss Organization on Bird Nest on the GroundAnother simple, lovely method of organization comes from Pat on Bird Nest On The Ground. Using labels, snack size plastic bags and index cards for support, she beautifully organized her DMC floss collection!

Visit her post for more details on her process and a visual tour through her DMC collection!


Embroidery Thread Organization on Needle n ThreadIt makes sense that needleworker Mary Corbet from Needle n Thread has an impressive thread collection – but we’re flattered by the number of favorites she has in the DMC threads family, including our cotton Floche and Pearl Cotton #5.

Using a system of shallow drawers, Mary organizes her threads quite delectably by color family – visit her blog for a visual treat!

How do you arrange your DMC embroidery floss? We’d love to see your DMC stash!


What are Compensation Stitches?

Monday, August 5, 2013

Compensation Stitches, also known as fractional stitches and partial stitches, are stitches made in an area of a needlepoint design that is too small or tight to work a desired stitch in its entirety, when filling in a curved or shaped object in a design, or when the boundaries of the stitch might extend into an unwanted area.

Cross Stitchers also often use partial stitches including the half cross stitch and quarter cross stitch, which are used to fill in small areas of detail or to smooth the edges of a design.

I’ve used Byzantine Stitch, worked here in two colors, as an example of a compensation stitch that would be used for needlepoint.

Working the stitch without any compensation results in ragged edges when attempting to fill in the square canvas area illustrated in the sample. You can see the jagged edges clearly in the upper image.

Adding compensation stitches fills in the ragged edges of each end of a row, and completely fills in the square area in the sample.

The darker green stitches are the compensation stitches used for the green rows of stitches, and the darker blue stitches are compensation stitches for the blue rows of stitches.

Without the compensation stitches used around the edges of this simple square area, the stitcher would have jagged edges and/or unstitched areas remaining in the canvas. These partial stitches fill in the design area completely, giving a neat and tidy look to the stitched square.

If you’d like to learn more about needlepoint, check out DMC’s Needlepoint Pages.

Happy Stitching!


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