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DMC has made it easy to take a project along with you as you enjoy your fun in the sun at the lake, beach, while camping, or even in your own back yard by creating these super take-along organizers and stitcher’s accessories.
The Stitchbow Needlework Travel Bag will keep your needlework supplies safe and organized while traveling. It’s a favorite amongst stitchers and crafters.
A matching Magnetic Needle Case keeps your needles securely stored, and ready when you need them.
Staying home and relaxing for your vacation? Our Armchair Needlework Organizer keeps everything you need to stitch your next project right at your fingertips.
All three items are made from our pretty, summery turquoise fabric and are available in the Accessories section of the DMC Store on our web site.
Looking for a project to stitch this summer? These two seaside-themed projects are perfect for taking along with you on a trip. Select the Three Fish Pattern, or the Blue Sampler, gather your threads and supplies and tuck them into your travel bag, and you’re good to go!
Please note: The patterns are from the Club DMC area of the web site, and larger images are not available.
I promised a video of how we make DMC Threads – I posted it below, it will not disappoint!
The video is awesome – you will get an insiders view into how DMC textiles and threads are manufactured and made in Mulhouse France! This detailed look inside the historical factory gives you a front row seat into DMC’s patented skeining process, dying process and the rich history of DMC.
I had a great time in my trip to France. It’s always great to visit with my French colleagues and see all the fun creativity brewing in DMC headquarters. Taking a tour of the DMC Factory was definitely a highlight – I had seen it once before but it’s magical every time.
I walked through each incredible step…
and got to see when the cotton thread arrives from Egypt…
…To when it gets singed to burn the hairs off, one of the many processes to ensure
the thread is luxuriously smooth and lustrous.
Then prepared for dying…
…Finally into the packaging to be shipped off to the world and into the hands of our lovely stitchers and crafters.
It’s an incredible experience. One that I hope sometime soon I can share with my wonderful readers 😉
More to come soon!
In my hurry to pack for my France trip I forgot to tell my favorite people, you guys, where I’m off to this week! I’m in France to sit in on some meetings, talk about new products and visit the amazing DMC Factory where magic is made in the form of luxurious threads and fabrics of all kinds. I will post more later about the incredible thread manufacturing process that DMC has developed centuries ago! I snagged an awesome video of how DMC Threads are made for your viewing pleasure so check back soon. We also have the most exciting announcement to make, but I can not announce it yet – just stay loyal my lovely blog followers, you know I love you guys!
I’m going to post a few photo’s for you to see. Below is how the Mouline (aka DMC Embroidery Floss) is first made. It arrives from Egypt and is first singed by fire to remove any of the fiber hairs to make for a smooth luxurious feel to the thread.
After a few stages the thread is sorted into hanks, see picture below, to get it ready for the 8 hour dying process. The hanks allows for the thread to be fully saturated in the dye and to apply a colorfast dye.
I sort of feel like a celebrity here. Everyone who lives in Mulhouse knows DMC. DMC was first established in the 1700’s and helped to build up the town of Mulhouse. Today the DMC Factory stands high as an important historical figure in the town and employs over 150 workers and manufactures about 1 million skeins of threads of a day – that includes crochet threads, Pearl Cotton you name it, we make it here in France. I’m so proud to work for such an amazing historically rich company.
Stay Tuned for more French highlights!
There’s a fantastic new May 2012 issue of Cross Stitch & Needlework Magazine. The issue oozes with inspiring crafty needlework ideas, stitching tips and it features the Charles Craft plush stuffed animals with included free designs.
If you haven’t picked up one of these adorable plush animals today – you’re definitely missing out. I just found out two of my friends are expecting their first little one, so exciting! So I stitched up Penny the Pig and brought it with me to the baby shower. Everyone went nuts. It took me no time to stitch the cute little piggy bib with some hearts. Pick one up today over at the DMC Shop. The plush animals are available in Penny the Pig, Madison the Monkey, or Dylan the Duck – so cuddly. Every plush Charles Craft animal comes with four free designs and an alphabet. We also offer a sweet free Toy Animal sampler design over in our new Inspiration section. Have you seen this amazing new section of the DMC website? We collected all of our favorite designs over the years, and now offer them to you free to download. There’s so many amazing designs and free patterns over here, you will want to grab a cup of coffee and spend some time browsing through them.
I’m off to enjoy this beautiful day!
This week I picked up the latest issue of the bi-monthly magazine by Simply Handmade, which is filled with sewing projects giving you “35 reasons to thread your needle”. Two of the awesome, inspiring projects in the magazine are shown here.
The pretty bird purse by Rebecca Harkin, featured on the cover, has an appliquéd bird, stitched in place with DMC Embroidery Threads using the blanket stitch, and accented with lazy daisy flowers with French knot centers.
The purse can be made up quickly and would make an awesome gift… hint – Mother’s Day is coming up, and my birthday’s in 3 weeks. LOL!
You can personalize the project with your favorite colors or styles of fabric.
Another design that caught my eye is this sweet sentiment by Amanda Cowell, stitched in DMC Embroidery Floss using a wide variety of easy embroidery stitches. I loved the embroidery hoop frame as a finish!
You can find directions for working any of these stitches in our embroidery stitch guide or in Emma’s Stitch Tool, and subscriptions to the magazine are available on the Northridge Publishing web site.
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.