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Free Valentine’s ideas around the web!

Saturday, February 7, 2015

Heart Wrist Pin Cushion on MessylaI hope you’ve been enjoying our Valentine’s posts! Today I thought I’d tour the web, and find even more inspiring Valentine ideas for you!

This Heart Wrist Pin Cushion on Messyla is so lovely, isn’t it? I spy our beautiful DMC Goa Tricot Yarn in Peach in this wonderful crochet tutorial.

How handy is it to have your needles in ready reach on your wrist? Clever and sweet!

Ironic Conversation Hearts on Honey ThistleI absolutely love these Ironic Conversation Hearts on Honey Thistle – since you can stitch your own sentiment on a heart, be it silly, sarcastic, or loving!

Since all these take are bits of pastel-colored felt, you can use up your scraps, along with a few strands of floss. I’d also love to try some pearl cotton on these, to experiment with a chunkier line.

Valentine Key Ring on Dream a Little BiggerThis Valentine Key Ring Tutorial on Dream a Little Bigger makes such sweet, stylish hearts!

I’d add a sweet sentiment, or loved one’s initials for an extra bit of goodness. You could also vary this idea using pastel felt for a conversation heart, or bits of scrap fabric, for a quilted look.

Of course we were so happy to spy our lovely DMC floss in the tutorial!

Free Stamp Pattern on Bored and CraftyLast but not least, this sweet Free Stamp Pattern on Bored and Crafty is a great way to experiment with a simple stamp carving project – and the results are adorable, as you can see!

The mug design would look equally sweet as an embroidery design, with or without some wool felt accents!


A Celebration of Color!

Friday, July 18, 2014

Summer Nights Stitchalong by Little Dorrit on Sew Mama SewThis week, I am inspired by COLOR – and all the lovely ways you can incorporate it into your summer projects!

Look at the inspiring DMC floss colors in the Summer Nights Stitchalong by Little Dorrit on Sew Mama Sew – there’s an adorable free firefly pattern up for grabs as well!

Embroidered Pencil Pouches on Jacks and KateI am loving the bright burst of summer colors in these Embroidered Pencil Pouches on Jacks and Kate – using variegated yarn on burlap creates such a wonderful colorful contrast.

I think this idea would look equally gorgeous in our own variegated floss or Color Variations floss on linen, as well!

Crochet Alligator on WoolCrochet.comThis adorable tiny Crocheted Alligator on is worked using DMC floss in bright green, red, and white.

It’s such a tiny little critter, I can see it embellishing a fanciful kid’s headband or bag – so sweet!

DIY Notebook on I Try DIYThis Chevron DIY Notebook on I Try DIY uses three shades of DMC floss in a simple, striking design.

I absolutely love this vibrant color palette, and how easy it would be to experiment with simple shapes and lines on this!


Pete the Bear Free Pattern on While She Naps by Abby GlassenbergHow sweet is this Pete the Bear Free Pattern on While She Naps?

The coordination of bright scraps of fabric, and bits and buttons from your crafting stash make for a sweet bear, and stitching the facial expressions is an extra treat!


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.


Locker Project and Giveaway!

Monday, September 16, 2013

There’s  a chill in the evening air, backpacks are stuffed full with supplies, and lockers are piled high with books. School is now in session!

Here’s a fun locker chandelier you can craft for back-to-school. It’s perfect for hanging in a locker, in a dorm or to make as a decoration for a student’s bedroom – and it’s easy enough for a beginner to make.

Simply gather some basic craft supplies and wrap lightweight craft foam with a pretty color of DMC Embroidery Floss, Light Effects or Satin Floss. Add dangling beads, glittery paper and a hanging loop and you or your crafty student will have a finished project, ready to hang, in just a short period of time!

You can get a pdf of the full instructions here.

And now for the giveaway…

Have you designed and made a unique or one-of-a-kind craft for kids to make – or created a back to school project, or as a gift for a teacher using an assortment of DMC embroidery threads?

Tell me about it as a comment here in the blog, and I’ll choose one lucky winner that will receive a package of our 16 brand-new embroidery floss colors.  Be sure to end your comment with your first name, and your city and state (example: – Jane in Yuma, AZ) and to post your comment by October 1st of 2013. US and Canada residents only, please.

I’m looking forward to hearing what you’ve made and selecting a winner!


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.


Using Memory Thread for PaperCrafts

Thursday, July 26, 2012

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!


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