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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.
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.
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!
Sew Mama Sew posted free back-to-school and autumn themed free patterns created by Sarah Jane on their site. These designs (shown to the right) are simple line drawings that would look terrific worked in Redwork!
Choose your favorite and work the pattern on a bookbag or frame it as wall art for the classroom.
TIP: DMC Embroidery Floss in color 321 is by far the most popular choice for Redwork.
Make and Takes features this super-simple apple card stitched on card stock. It’s the perfect way to welcome a teacher back to the classroom, and is easy enough for a child to create with supervision.
The simple apple design is worked in back stitch, and could also be worked on bookmarks or the collar of a jacket or blouse to liven up your back-to-school wardrobe. Stitch the design in your favorite embroidery thread.
…and if you’re a teacher, how about whipping up a washable, eco-friendly lunch sack using this free tutorial from The Purl Bee.
Going back to school can be sew much fun!
The pattern combines both appliqué and embroidery to make a pretty Spring quilt. Hang it on the wall, use it as a table centerpiece, or display it on a chair back.
The design is super-versatile and can also be used to make accessories like pillows (shown) or tote bags.
The pattern can even be adapted to paper crafts!
Reduce or enlarge the pattern to the desired size, then cut the appliqués from colorful paper and glue to card stock to make notecards, placecards and more (I’ve even used the design on the painted bucket)!
It’s a pattern full of Spring Fun for the Entire Family!
St. Patrick’s Day is coming up, and I’ve got a fun project – and tasty recipe – to share with you and your family.
This recipe for Irish Soda Bread is a classic and has been in the family for years. It’s super-easy, hands-on fun and is one of my personal favorites!
To accompany the freshly baked bread, gather up the kids and craft a batch of cute St. Patrick’s Day Gift Bags, perfect for sharing your soda bread or other St. Patrick’s Day treats with friends and family.
Because of the simple machine stitching, this is a perfect project for the younger ones to learn sewing machine skills with adult supervision.
You and your family can then personalize the bags and tags any way you like – add tags, sequins, gold coin charms and a lucky shamrock!
Add a button closure wound with floss, and you’re ready to present your home-baked treats!
I love surfing to see what’s new and exciting, and the different ways people are using DMC Embroidery Threads.
No problem – simply twist 2 or 3 strands of Memory Thread together to make a thicker, flexible cord that will hold it’s shape.
TammyK at the For the Love of Cross Stitch blog has posted an awesome free pattern for a Halloween Cupcake, complete with sprinkles and a handsome spider! It’s worked on 14-count plastic canvas in DMC Threads. Her free Neighborhood Witch pattern is cute too!
And be sure to check out Amy Bruecken’s site for her adorable set of 3 pumpkins – the Punkin’ Witch, Punkin’ Crow and Punkin’ Spider designs – are all accented with Memory Thread. It’s perfect for the curvy, creepy pumpkin features!
I used ecru, but white, yellow or tan cards would work equally well.