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VK Live 2015 Recap

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

IMG_7222What a weekend at Vogue Knitting Live 2015, so much fun was had by all.  At DMC  we were excited to showcase our yarns and products, but most of all to meet our customers.  From the start we were mesmerized by the excitement of everyone at the show.  There was inspiration everywhere. IMG_7150

At the DMC booth attendees could experience natural knitting. They could see our fabulous yarns in person, ask questions and purchase them.

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Our Italian Wool, as well as our newly launched Woolly Yarn and Natura Yarn were a hit.  Woolly Yarn is 100% super wash merino wool and Natura Yarn is a beautiful soft cotton yarn.  Both are fabulous to touch and work with. IMG_7260

During the show, attendees could knit with; Woolly, Natura and Goa, some of our yarns at one of the yarn bars located throughout the floor.

To add to the excitement, attendees where treated to a DMC Fashion show on Saturday.  Models were dressed in hand knitted clothes made by talented artisans using DMC yarns and patterns.  The fashion show was truly amazing and brought our patterns and products to life.

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Adding whimsy to the weekend wasn’t hard to do with our product; Top This.  Unicorns, bears, giraffes, owls and monkeys were just some of the animals in the line.  Top This is a great yarn ball kit that comes in brilliant colors with continuous textures, a lovable stuffed animal which finishes off the piece and free pattern.

IMG_7208Knitters and crocheters alike will love how easy it is to get the look of multi textures and colors without ever changing yarn. Top This is perfect for all ages. 

Throughout the show inspiration just kept coming, it wouldn’t stop. Incredible designers, fashions, and speakers were everywhere. The show’s gala was incredible, knitted sculptures ( I loved the knitted tee pee) gracing the floors.  The free spirited knitters that were creating every second and all the attendees at VK Live 2015 were the best and have us excited to come back for more next year. IMG_7375

To purchase our yarns and additional products please visit shopdmc.com 

Thank You Vogue Knitting Live and all who visited the DMC booth for making this a spectacular event.  Cheers till next year!

  

 

 

 

 

 

 





 


Last-minute mask ideas

Friday, October 25, 2013

I couldn’t resist sharing some last-minute Halloween mask ideas with you from around the internet – quick and easy to whip up using felt, embroidery floss and fabric scraps!

DIY no sew masks on Pretty PrudentThese sweet felt masks on Prudent Baby can be completed with no sewing at all, but they’d be gorgeous with some stitched elements as well.

Create a ladybug, fox, Octopus, Koala, Owl, Panda, Bird, or Butterfly using their templates and instructions. View the tutorial.


Woodland animals felt masks on She KnowsFor another sweet take on the popular fox and owl theme, try these woodland animal felt masks on SheKnows. The sweet details on the owl really make it adorable, and I’m sure some decorative stitches will make it even lovelier!

Visit the tutorial.

 

Raccoon felt animal mask on MomsparkAdd this gorgeous raccoon by Allison to the sweet woodland mix – she is offering a free mask template and extensive tutorial on Momspark.

Try stitching around the edges in contrasting colors for extra stitch emphasis! View the tutorial.

 

Superhero Masks on Sunshine and a Summer BreezeThese cute superhero-inspired masks were made by Michelle on Sunshine and a Summer Breeze and she offers 4 free templates to help you create your own!

Using just a few colors of felt you can outfit a whole troop of superheros just in time for trick or treating. View the tutorial.

 

DIY Tulle Masquerade Masks on Sprinkles in SpringsThis elegant masquerade mask by Kara on Sprinkles in Springs looks exquisite and is so easy to make!  Kara also has a lovely glitter version along with 4 mask templates – the last of which is spooky and perfect for Halloween!





 


Sugar Skull Sweetness

Friday, October 18, 2013

So here’s a little Fall inspiration for you – how about Mexican sugar skulls? I have been seeing so many lovely versions of these traditional confections used to celebrate Day of the Dead – there is something so pretty and otherworldly about them!

Sugar Skull Felt Mask on CraftsTuts+For a project that is sweet and distinctly un-ghoulish, here’s a tutorial on CraftsTuts+ for a felt mask on a Sugar Skull theme.

I love the gorgeous bright colors they used! It’s a perfect blend of sweet and spooky that would also work as a last-minute costume.

 

DIY Sugar Skull SneakersThis Sugar Skull sneaker tutorial by Allison is a lovely free pattern using fabric and transfer iron-on pens.

But I think it would also look gorgeous stitched up with our DMC floss and not just on sneakers – this pattern would be lovely on all kinds of things!

 
Felt Sugar Skull tutorial on ExperimentalkThis inspiring Felt Sugar Skull tutorial on Experimentalk would be a great way to play with scraps of felt and floss.

String the finished skulls together as a garland, or stitch just one as a pin or spooky adornment for a headband…

 

Sugar Skull Printable on Tried and TrueThere was a whole week of Dia de los Muertos themed crafts on Tried and True, including this free Sugar Skull template to decorate.

Of course, I think it would be gorgeous stitched – or using the outlines to cut out felt or fabric shapes to applique!

A sugar skull quilt… now there’s an idea!

 
Free Sugar Skull crochet earrings by Spider MamboAnd let’s not forget those of you who crochet – these Sugar Skull earrings are a free pattern on Ravelry by Spider Mambo, and would look wonderful stitched up in our Cebelia Crochet Cotton.

Do any of you know of any sugar skull patterns you love or have stitched? Be sure to let us know!





 


Color Wheel Inspiration

Friday, October 11, 2013

In one of our previous inspiration posts, one of our readers commented that they would love to see DMC Cotton Floss displayed in color wheel order – what a beautiful idea!

Color Wheel organization by Kimberly OuimetWould you like to arrange your floss in color wheel order? Here are some wonderful examples I’ve found online as inspiration!

Blogger Kimberly Ouimet is busy organizing her entire DMC floss collection using a color wheel, and she has many gorgeous photos and tips on her process on her blog. Visit her post.

 

Lesson 2 color wheel with corresponding DMC flossHow about using paintchips as inspiration, like this lovely color wheel by Diane on Flickr – what a fabulous idea!

Starting from a stack of paint chips, matching up your floss as you go is a wonderful way to familiarize yourself with the concept of a color wheel.

 

Color wheel tutorial on Amy’s Creative SideWe’ve already featured this beautiful color wheel on Amy’s Creative Side, but I just had to point out that Amy also created a wonderful tutorial to help you create your own stitched color wheel!

Amy was kind enough to list all 26 DMC Threads shades she used: 304, 321, 666, 606, 741, 972, 725, 726, 704, 471, 702, 701, 699, 958, 991, 503, 501, 826, 825, 3746, 553, 552, 326, 335, 3733.

 

Cross Stitch Color Wheel on Daisies for VioletIf cross stitch is more your thing, there’s a free color wheel pattern on Daisies for Violet.

While the pattern does not include floss numbers, it would be a great way to test your color IQ and play a game of match up with the threads in your collection.

Can you match all the pictured shades to DMC threads? Be sure and share your project with us if you do, we’d love to see it!





 


Fall and Holiday Inspiration Roundup

Friday, October 4, 2013

I hope you’re enjoying the wealth of freebies we’ve been posting, and that it’s inspiring you all to create for the holidays! Here’s what I found this week while combing the internet for inspiration!

Give Thanks free pattern on The Primitive HareThis beautiful “Give Thanks” freebie was posted by Isobel on The Primitive Hare last year.

I love the patchwork fabric border and the tea-stained antique linen – for those of you who like the look of tea stained linen, but don’t want to starin your eyes with tiny xes – have you ever tried tea-staining your Aida cloth? Starting with our plain white Aida cloth, try this tutorial on About.com to achieve a rich, varied color.

I think those fall leaves and lettering would also be an excellent opportunity to try our Color Variations threads.

 

Happy Halloween Stitching Challenge on Notforgotten FarmThere’s a Halloween Stitching Challenge on Notforgotten Farm. Stitch up this adorable free cross stitch pattern by Lori before October 15 for a chance to win a gift certificate to her lovely Etsy shop.

This pattern can be worked so many different ways – all in black, or reversed – white on black aida, or with my Halloween go-to – glow in the dark Light Effects floss, or how about testing out our newest thread colors? SO many possibilities – I love stitch challenges!

 

Boo Hoop on Do Small Things With Great LoveThis Boo Hoop Tutorial on Do Small Things With Great Love is a great quick last-minute project – using fabric leftovers, lace bits, and a few quick stitches, this looks like a fun quick finish.

Maybe you can even include some spooky hidden messages in our glow-in-the-dark thread on that white background? Adorably spooky!

 

Holiday Gift Guide on Kitschy DigitalsThere’s a sweet, fun Holiday Gift Guide from Kitschy Digitals – and there are tons of lovely freebies hidden away inside!

Featuring quirky patterns and vintage art, the guide is peppered with “free” symbols – click each one to download a free pattern – 12 free patterns total! I dare you not to hunt every page until you find them all.





 


DMC Web Inspiration Roundup

Friday, September 27, 2013

I love how the Fall seems to kick everyone’s creativity into high gear. Whether it’s the energy of back-to-school or back-at-work after a relaxing vacation, crafters out there are really outdoing themselves!

Here are just a few things I found this week that are gorgeous and DMC-inspired!

Floss Bookmarks on Fiber Flux These sweet, colorful crocheted bookmarks are featured in a tutorial on Fiber Flux. Using a handful of DMC floss, crochet hook, and paperclips, you have an adorable way to keep your place in your favorite book this fall.

Isn’t using a paperclip such an ingenious idea? And I love the way a colorful button looks as a flower center, too.

 

Tinting with watercolor on Wild Olive:For those of you who are thinking of trying our seasonal freebie In Vino Veritas, there’s a tinting with watercolor tutorial on Wild Olive you’ll enjoy. I love my Prismacolor pencils, but this is another unexpected way to add color to your embroidery.

Mollie used Color Variations floss in this example, and it really looks gorgeous against a watercolor background!

 

Interview with artist Cayce Zavaglia on Trish Burr’s blog There is a wonderful interview with artist Cayce Zavaglia on Trish Burr’s blog. Cayce’s artwork is absolutely captivating and amazingly complex.

Using just 1-2 strands of DMC floss, Cayce creates incredibly dense textures and achieves an incredible realism in her pieces.

In the interview she makes a fascinating observation:
I really wish for example that DMC carried 10 shades of black instead of just the one.

What about you? Would you all be interested in additional shades of black?

 

Embroidered New Yorker cover on Inspiration and realisation This gorgeous example of embroidery on paper can be found on Inspiration and Realisation.

Donatella used a photo print of a New Yorker cover and DMC floss for her first attempt at embroidery on paper – she walks you through her entire process, including her method for perforating paper. Beautiful!





 


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