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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!



Back To School Embroidery Freebies

Friday, August 19, 2011

This morning I was poking around the internet for back-to-school projects, and found some terrific ideas and patterns to share with you!

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.

Other fun, free back-to-school projects to check out include a framed A is for Apple design,  a pattern for a cool school calculator, or a Blackboard Cross Stitch Sampler!

Going back to school can be sew much fun!



FREE Appliqué Quilt Pattern

Thursday, April 21, 2011

As promised, in today’s blog I am posting the FREE pattern for the Appliqué Tulip Quilt!

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 appliqués were stitched in place using DMC Machine Embroidery Threads, and the stems & tendrils were embroidered on the finished blocks using 3 strands of DMC 6-Strand Embroidery Floss.

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)!

The stems  and tendrils can be embroidered directly on the paper using the back stitch and 3 strands of DMC Embroidery Floss.  I showed you how to do this in the Cardmaking and Summer Card Blogs.

It’s a pattern full of Spring Fun for the Entire Family!



Family Fun for St. Patrick’s Day!

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

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.

The bags are made from waxed paper sandwich bags embellished with DMC Machine Embroidery Thread and DMC Cotton Embroidery Floss.

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!



From the Halloween Blog-O-Sphere

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Needle Artists and Crafters on the web are posting some really nifty ideas!

I love surfing to see what’s new and exciting, and the different ways people are using DMC Embroidery Threads.

This adorable spider card comes from Sally over at the Cards for All Reasons blog. The legs are made from black Memory Thread

Additional ideas for spiders can be found on the Creepy Cupcake and Itsy Bitsy Spider projects.

Need thicker legs on your spider?

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!


Stitch a Pretty Card

Monday, October 11, 2010

Here’s a pretty card you can stitch on blank note cards, which are easy to find at craft, scrapbooking and office supply stores.

I used ecru, but white, yellow or tan cards would work equally well.

The card is stitched entirely in back stitch, with the exception of the lines in the pumpkin, which are stitched in a simple running stitch.

To work this card, transfer the pattern to your blank card using a pencil and a very light touch (you can erase any visible pencil marks after stitching). (more…)


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