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Crochet Hearts in Pearl Cotton

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Earlier this week a colleague here at DMC found a tutorial on The Party Artisan site that shows readers how to make the simplest crochet hearts I think I have ever seen.

The hearts are easy to make using very basic crochet stitches. One magic ring (aka: magic circle), a total of 6 single crochets, 10 double crochets, 1 triple crochet and a slip stitch later, you have a sweet, simple heart.

You can find diagrams for working the crochet stitches in our Crochet Guide, and an easy method for making a magic ring here.

I loved the idea of such a quick way to make the hearts, and decided to try out the instructions using DMC Pearl Cotton #3, one of our heaviest embroidery threads.

Size 3 Pearl Cotton (Art. 115/3) is available in 16 yard skeins in 292 solid colors, and I chose colors that reminded me of candy Valentine hearts.

In addition to the thread you will also need a tapestry needle, scissors and a size 2 (or equivalent) crochet hook.

It only took a few hours to work up several dozen hearts, but what would I do with them?  Initially, I had thought of making a few more and placing them in a candy dish as a decoration as sort of a totally calorie-free snack. But after arranging them on my work table, I realized they’d make some terrific jewelry.

I twisted two colors of pearl cotton together to make a cord and, using a single strand of matching DMC Embroidery Floss I stitched a grouping of hearts to the cord to make a necklace A shorter length of cord was used to make a bracelet (with the knot on the cord hidden by a heart) and a pair of earrings using jewelry findings.

The hearts could also be glued to pin backs to make a brooch, attached to barettes and hair bands, or sewn onto a hat, gloves and scarf.  In fact, these hearts can be used on just about anything, including paper crafts.

Need even smaller hearts?  Use a smaller crochet hook and size 5 pearl cotton instead. Looking for some glitz and glam’? Try crocheting the hearts using all 6 strands of DMC Light Effects Floss and a slightly larger crochet hook.

I’m still thinking of crocheting a few dozen for the candy dish, though… It may keep me away from the chocolates.





 


This Week’s Freebie!

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Happy Freebie Day!

This week we’re focusing on crafty, fun projects you can make using our Prism Craft Threads!

Wear your favorite lunch treat on your wrist by making this awesome Cheeseburger Bracelet using just 4 colors – tan for the buns,  brown for the beef, green for the lettuce or pickle and white for the background.

If you want to hold the lettuce, no problem!  Change this area to red and you can have tomato or ketchup instead. You can download the PDF Cheeseburger pattern here.

Looking for a healthier option?  Make an Apple Bracelet instead, just in time for the apple harvest. This project requires just 3 colors of Prism thread – red, green and white.

Change the variety of the apple in your bracelet by changing the thread color.  A light green or pale yellow thread can be used to make Granny Smith or Golden Delicious apple varieties. Get the PDF Apple pattern here.

Both of these friendship bracelet projects are fun to make, and even more fun to share!





 


Craft-A-Day by Sarah Goldschadt

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Craft-A-Day by Sarah Goldschadt features daily inspiration and weekly themes to get your creativity going!

Choose from 365 imaginative, fun, and easy projects you can make – one for every day of the year.  The book features 52 weekly themes, along with 7 coordinating projects to round out each week.

You can choose from finger puppets, garlands, wall art, cupcake toppers (awesome!) soft & cute critters and much more, all aimed at the beginner stitching enthusiast.

A few of my favorites include Dog Week (see below), Cat Week, Fox Week, Racoon Week, Penguin Week and Gnome week – because there’s no place like gnome…

The critters all have a unique personality and I want to make them all! As I flipped through the pages, I found myself giggling over whimsical ideas in this book, and the variety of projects styles and types, and the multitude of ideas packed between the pages.

Using this book, you’ll learn basic sewing skills, as well as easy embroidery stitches that you can use to enhance the projects.

The Danish-American designer is based in New york City, and has used DMC Embroidery Floss as her choice of thread, using it for eyes and noses, outlines, appliques and 3-dimensional accents on her whimsical projects.

You can read more about her cllever, fun designs on her blog. or the Craft-A-Day page on Tumblr.





 


More Embroidered Furniture Inspiration

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Yesterday I posted some beautiful photos of chair backs featuring needlepoint.  They were so inspiring, I had to find more great furnishing ideas that incorporate embroidery into the design.

Check out this incredible bench and table set by Ukranian designer Yaroslav Galant.

The pieces were created using DuPont Corian for Milan Design Week 2012 and are part of the “Corian Springs Russian Design” Exhibition.

Finely worked cross stitch patterns have been worked in embroidery thread and used on the ends of the table and bench. They resemble stitched runners.

This is such an incredible grouping of work – wishing I could see this in person!

 





 


Globes of Perfection

Friday, February 24, 2012

There are some bloggers out there that need to be called out, for their creative crafty genius. I love these simple home decorations that you can easily make yourself. Can you guess what they’re made from?? Bring the kids along too, they’re that easy!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photo Studio Slyter


Material List:

  • Balloons
  • Sugar
  • Water
  • DMC Cotton Embroidery Floss in many colors

Instructions:

  1. Mixture 1 part sugar with 1 part water to create a paste.
  2. Dip embroidery floss into sugar water. (8.75 yards of floss were used for a small circle. It takes at least twice that amount for a larger circle.)
  3. Blow up a balloon the size you want, do not over inflate as smaller is easier to work with.
  4. Wrap the wet floss around the balloon in all directions, making sure the floss stays nice and wet as you go.
  5. Allow the floss-wrapped balloon to dry overnight.
  6. When they are dry, make a small cut in the balloon to deflate the balloon and carefully take the balloon out from the dried sphere.

Thanks to Megan Hoeppner , Homemade Serenity , Ordinary Miracles of Life and Art for little hands for the pictures and tutorials. You ladies rock!

~ Emma





 


Hand Embroidered Holiday Cards

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Here’s a project that’s fun for the kids as well as grown-ups!

Make hand-stitched holiday cards by stitching on card stock using your favorite DMC Embroidery Threads.

It’s easy to do, and two different options are given in the Free Pattern – a Present with a Bow, or a Trio of Christmas Trees.

Materials needed include card stock or ready-made blank note cards, embroidery thread, pencil with eraser, embroidery needle and a flexible underlayment.

I’ve used a piece of cork board but a piece of packing foam will work just as well.  Using an underlayment allows you to punch the design without ruining your work surface.

To work the designs, trace the pattern onto the card stock using a pencil.  Trace lightly so you won’t see it through the stitching  (If any pencil does show through after the stitching has been completed, it’s easy to erase later).

Next, place the design on top of the flexible underlayment and punch the design with the embroidery needle at evenly-spaced intervals. 

Pre-punching the area make it easier to stitch, keeping your flat and clean.  If you don’t pre-punch, cards have a tendency to crease at the spot where the needle is puched through the paper.

After punching the entire design, embroider along the areas using basic embroidery stitches using 3 strands of the six-strand DMC Embroidery Floss or your other favorite thread.

In my sample card, I stitched all of the outlines and lettering in back stitch, and accented the design with running stitch and French knots.

You can learn to work these stitches by visiting our Stitch Guide!

Merry Stitching!

~Emma





 


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