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Hey Crafters and Stitchers, check out the February issue of Crafts ‘n Things Magazine!
On page 42 you’ll find an awesome Memory Thread “Sentiments of Love” project series featuring four different heartfelt designs by designer Alice Okon.
Each design measures 4″ x 6-1/2″ inches and fits a standard 4×6 frame.
And in the same issue of the magazine, right inside the front cover you’ll see our new ad featuring another four designs to inspire you – one each for quilting, cross stitch, needlepoint and embroidery.
Memory Thread is available in ten new colors, bringing the palette to 28 eye-popping colors!
Many of you have been requesting more Stitch Pink patterns to stitch for Breast Cancer Awareness.
Applique the designs to the blocks by machine using machine embroidery or quilting threads.
Crocheters can work up these gorgeous pink crochet and beaded earrings designed by Cynthia!
These would look terrific worked in DMC Color Variations Size 5 Pearl Cotton in colors 4180 or 4190!
A complete tutorial for working the stitches over the wire is included on her site.
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!
Today’s tutorial is on making appliqués with a paper pattern for perfect, turned-under edges stitched invisibly on your ground fabric.
This technique will give you sharp, well-formed edges on your appliqués.
I’ve used it to make this pretty pink Appliquéd and Embroidered Quilt – and I will share this pattern with you later in the week!
The three-colored blossoms are appliquéd in place using using DMC Machine Embroidery Thread in an invisible stitch.
The delicate stems and tendrils have been embroidered in stem stitch using 3 strands of DMC Embroidery Floss.
The awesome range of 135 colors for the Machine Embroidery Thread makes it easy to perfectly match the colors of the fabric (I used colors 604, 602, 963, 368, and 320) – and the color numbers correspond to our embroidery floss numbers so you can easily match your floss as well.
To make the appliqués, simply trace the individual appliqué patterns onto lightweight paper, cut out the shapes and pin them to the fabric (I used printer paper, but you can also use freezer paper and iron the shiny side to the fabric instead of pinning).
Cut out the appliqués 1/4-inch from the edges of the paper.
Using matching DMC Machine Embroidery Thread, gather the outside edges of the applique and fasten off the thread. Press the applique pieces to give them sharp, clean edges.
Then, arrange the appliqués on the fabric ground, and using matching Machine Embroidery Thread, attach the appliqués using the invisible ladder stitch – shown below.
The paper is removed about halfway through the stitching and does not remain in the appliqué.
This leaves an almost-invisible crosswise stitch connecting the applique to the fabric.
Hi All! Autumn is in full swing, and many of you are working on some awesome projects!
This week I’ve checked in on Needlepoint Artist Jan Fitzpatrick’s Thread Medley blog. She recently started a needlepoint design based on a Tree of Life patchwork quilt block, and shared it in her October 16th blog.
She’s been making fabulous progress on her piece and now has the top completed!
I love the way she used Oriental Stitch (all 6 strands) in the solid areas, but used a light, airy Skip Stitch using just 2 strands of floss in the open areas. It’s a beautiful and effective use of color and thread weight! Her stitches are perfect and although she does not mention using a laying tool, they are definitely helpful when working perfect, satiny stitches that lie nice and flat like hers do.
Jan’s a prolific stitcher, and her blog is full of beautiful projects and inspiration. Be sure to check out her Morroccan-style Mosaic Needlepoint Rug progress. This project is huge – and gorgeous!
We’ll be checking in with Jan again soon.
I’d love to hear what you’re working on!
I’ve been receiving some wonderful messages from everyone regarding DMC Thread’s Stitch Pink Cross Stitch Blocks drive. Thank you so much to everyone who has been participating and sharing your experiences.
Like many of you, I am also stitching one of the blocks for the Stitch Pink Breast Cancer Quilt that will be auctioned off.
While the Stitch Pink kits are only available in the US, stitching the blocks for the quilt is open to everyone. We also hope this program inspires similar events in other countries.
We’ll need lots more blocks,so let’s all keep on stitching!