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Its Christmas Eve and Santa is on his sleigh with Rudolph leading the way. He’s waiting to bring additional holiday surprise to kids and adults everywhere.
Before Santa comes family and friends are hosting parties and gathering around tables to eat and be merry. Here are some quick last minute ideas to jazz up your table settings and Santa’s midnight plate of cookies.
Tiny Floss Wreaths– Lightening quick little holiday wreaths that add a touch of holiday cheer to your holiday tables. Make some as place card attachments for your holiday table guests or attach to gifts. Made from DMC Six-Strand Embroidery Floss and plastic rings. Tiny Floss Wreaths Project Sheet
Give Santa a surprise by his plate of cookies with these cute Gingerbread Folk ornaments- Make one, two or a whole baker’s dozen for Santa’s helpers! Creating with DMC Memory Thread makes decorating a breeze. Gingerbread Folk Ornaments Project Sheet
Gift Trim Ideas- Make sure all your gifts are wrapped, trimmed and decorated. Here’s some super fast and glitzy gift trim and embellishment ideas using DMC Threads. Its A Wrap Project Sheet
Wishing everyone a safe and wonderful Christmas. May it be filled with joy! Thank you for making DMC apart of your creative world. Happy Holidays from everyone at DMC!
This week I came across an extraordinary site, created by multimedia needle artist Janet Browne of the UK.
She has developed an unusual style of mapping the places she visits, working from a diary filled with observations and sketches, which she transforms into places, towns and landscapes worked in fabric and thread. Essentially, she creates a journal in fabric, needle and thread.
The image to the left is part of her Tour de France series, and features Day 1 of her journey. The image to the right shows an allotment with a garden gate.
Click the image to visit her web site, then select the image to see the details in a larger format. Visit the main page of her site to see a full list of the subjects she works with.
Janet selects cotton calico and silks to create her maps, often over-dying them to achieve the colors she remembers in her mind’s eye of the places, objects, animals and other things she saw during the journey she’s memorializing in needlework. Once the artist has the design perfected and pieced, she then works hand embroidery and machine embroidery to create the details.
I’ve featured a few of her designs here – click on the image to visit the page to see the designs covering each subject.
Lithuanian artist Severija turns trash into treasure by rescuing old metal objects and transforming them with cross stitch.
This artist’s unusual works have been exhibited around the world, and grace the interiors of some of Europe’s chicest buildings.
Pots, pans, cans, shovels, random car parts, car doors – even entire cars – are given new life transformed into amazing pieces to be displayed and enjoyed.
It’s recycling brought to an entirely new level.
In the artist’s statement, Severija states, “In my work, I take pleasure in things that are only insignificant details to most people. An ordinary human being and mundane fragments of his or her life acquire an exceptionally important meaning in my works…
...meanwhile, recognised icons of beauty are less important to me. A banal understanding of beauty and utilitarian things: these are the objects that interest me and inspire creation. Therefore, I use fragments of popular culture, the so-called kitsch, in my art…”
I’m inspired, and will be spending part of the day looking for something I have here in my house that can could be used in a similar manner.
I know I have an old watering can and metal snow shovel in the shed, and I might have a random pot lid, ladle or tray in the kitchen. Those would be a great start.
These amazing images of trash to treasure have me wondering… what is the most unusual thing YOU have stitched on?
And if you’re looking for more inspiration, be sure to check out the slide show on Severija’s web site. Select the “EN” where you see the EN|LI text for the English version.
Today’s free pattern from DMC is this miniature collage made using a 3×3-inch canvas, DMC Embroidery Floss, colored pencils, a key charm and some lace scraps. The complete materials list is included in the pattern.
This little collage works up quickly and would make a terrific Valentine’s Day gift. Make one, or make an entire batch!
To make the collage, download the free pattern and transfer the design to the center of the canvas using a regular pencil.
Using all 6 strands of 913, embroider the square around the heart in running stitch. Using all 6 strands of 957, embroider the heart in back stitch.
Erase any trace of pencil markings. Lightly fill in the areas of the canvas with color, using the colored pencils and a circular motion.
Glue the key to the center of the heart. Glue lace trim around the outside edges of the canvas.
DMC’s Color Infusions Memory Thread is is a flexible specialty thread that can be used to embellish a wide range of needlework projects. The thin, flexible wire base is wrapped with a soft fiber, and is available in 28 lucious, vibrant colors.
Stitchers are familiar with its many uses, but it can also be used in paper crafting to add embellishments for cards and scrapbook pages. Here are some awesome ideas you’ll want to try!
Rebecca at Eclectic Endeavors has used Memory Thread as a woven accent in this OCC challenge, creating a beautiful floral vine card.
Over on the Sketch Support blog, a scrapbook page made by Allison Davis titled “Slow Swinging” features delicate tendrils made from brown Memory Thread. It’s a perfect accent for the tree.
Tendrils are easy to make using Memory Thread. Simply wrap the chosen color of the wired thread around a narrow dowel, pencil, or painbrush handle. The wire inside the thread holds the loopy kinks in place, ready to embellish your projects.
The super sweet cut-out Strawberry Card made by Marlene Gomez of the Scrappin Cookie is embellished with Memory Thread details.
She has also used it in her Make Lemonade project. So cute and summery!
There are just so many cute things you can do with this beautiful, flexible thread, and I’d love to hear how you have used it in your papercrafts. Leave a message here in the blog or email me a photo.
I’m looking forward to hearing your Memory Thread ideas!
I must confess, I have been obsessed with DMC’s Water Soluble Canvas.
I am going to experiment tonight with some vintage t-shirts I picked up and decorate them with applique and embroidered stitches all over. Pick up some for yourself at Joanne’s, or online at the DMC Shop.
To get you started using this wonderful material, DMC has produced a brand new video for you! Check it out below. Make sure to pay the DMC You Tube Channel a visit, we are releasing new videos each day this week!
Oh by the way have you popped over to the DMC Facebook Page lately? We are holding a sweepstakes to honor our 10,000 Facebook Friends. Be the first to get your hands on the new variation threads before they hit stores! Must be in USA or Canada to enter (sorry my international friends) Go here for official rules for the contest.