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Cinco de Mayo

Friday, May 3, 2013

It’s almost time for a bit of celebration – according to Wikipedia, Cinco de Mayo has a long and venerable history of celebrations here in the US as well as Mexico. What better way to celebrate, I think, than to make something! So, here’s a crafty roundup on a Mexican theme.


This adorable Fiesta skirt tutorial on Made is great for little ones, but there are also fabulous ideas for embellishing clothing of any size.

In addition to using trims, lace, and ribbons, Dana suggests hand-embellishing with embroidery threads – I’d love to try some DMC Pearl Cotton on this project!


Next up is this adorable piñata shirt tutorial by Jennifer Perkins of the Naughty Secretary Club – so cute!

Using a free piñata pattern and easy-to-find crafty materials, Jennifer puts together a really cute, fun top for kids.



If you’re sewing-inclined, I’m fascinated by this reverse applique adaptation of the classic Mexican peasant blouse – view the tutorial.

This could also be a fun way to combine  some floral fabric with stitching, although white-on-white embroidery could be just as captivating. And here’s an idea – glow-in-the-dark and light effects threads – I’d love to see that!



These adorable mini piñatas on the (hilariously named) Hideous! Dreadful! Stinky! blog can be adapted in many stitchy ways – using felt or fabric scraps and thread, in addition to papier mache.

I hope all your celebrations are safe and stitchy!


A Rose by Any Other Name…

Monday, April 22, 2013

There are so many interesting ways to stitch a rose in surface embroidery, depending on the size of blossom needed and the type of thread you may be using.  While working your Spring and Summer stitching projects, here are some interesting rose stitches you may want to try, and to work into your design.

Deepa from the This and That… blog features a tutorial for working this pretty chain stitch rose shown here in light pink. This stitch makes a very realistic small-scale rose that is perfect used singly or in sweet little bouquets.

Visit her blog for complete directions for making the roses using pearl cotton, as well as another blossom made using a version of the stem stitch rose.

The Needlework Tips & Techniques site features a tutorial for making a beautiful bullion stitch rose.

The bullion stitch can also be used to make adorable little rosebuds by using just a few stitches, or full blown beauties like the one shown.

Or, make a simple rose using the spider web filling method shown on Kimberly Ouimet‘s site.  This easy technique can be used with any of DMC Embroidery Threads or silk ribbon to create a flower quickly and easily.

Remember, when making the spider web rose that you will always need an odd number of radiating spokes for the stitch to work properly.



Even More Easter Craft Ideas

Friday, March 29, 2013

Little Mr. Moo: bunny shirt DIY Here I am again with more Easter ideas gleaned from the magic of Pinterest and the internets!

First up is this adorable bunny face shirt, found on the gorgeous blog Little Mr. Moo. I love this idea for its simplicity and sweetness – using leftovers from iron-on letters is such a good idea – use what you have!

I’d love to do a stitched version using our Prism Craft Threads – it’s a sweet way to start with an embroidery beginner, with just a few very simple lines to execute…



Southern Lovely Bunny Applique tutorial Also adorable is this bunny appliqué, seen on Southern Lovely. Using a basic bunny template shape, your little one can choose their favorite fabric and you can embroider it with a few quick stitches. I’d use chain stitch to give texture and weight.

Again, I’d love to use Prism Craft Thread – this time the Prism “Sweets” Pastel pack. I love to do my experimenting with craft thread – and finding them in a lovely, colorful pack is always inspiring!


Easy Easter Egg Napkins I’m also loving these sweet Easter egg-lined napkins stitched by Kat on Just Crafty Enough.

Using patterned fabric scraps, just cut an egg shape and stitch it on! I’d even try a plain fabric, using a sampler of embroidery stitches to “paint” my egg.

The eggs don’t just have to go on napkins – I think an egg would look adorable on the bottom corner of a t-shirt, skirt, or playdress, too.



My So Called Crafty Life - Reverse Applique TutorialHow about Reverse appliqué, as seen on My So Called Crafty Life? (Also – how sweet is that dog?!)

Reverse appliqué is really fun to try with a t-shirt, patterned fabrics and embroidery. It’s another quick and easy project that lends itself well to little hands and crafty newbies alike.

Hmmm – has anyone ever tried reverse appliqué with our Aida and needlework fabrics? That could be fun!

Hope you all have a wonderful, crafty, happy Easter weekend!


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