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Halloween Doily Decor

Friday, September 20, 2013

Halloween Ghost Doily on This week I have some wonderful doily-inspired ideas for Halloween from around the web!

This adorable ghost doily is a sweet idea – using size 10 thread (like our Cebelia Crochet Cotton) in 3 colors, you can whip up something spooky and sweet for your table or doorway.

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Cob Web Doilies on My So Called Crafty LifeMaybe you like the look of a doily, but aren’t quite prepared for all the work… the following projects are a great way to recycle existing doilies to make something creepy, fun, and elegant.

I love this wonderful idea for cobweb doilies on My So Called Crafty Life!

This would be a perfect craft to recycle damaged or tattered doilies, as you’ll be dying them black and cutting them in sections

For the full step-by-step instructions, visit the tutorial!


Spider Web Doily Pillow on Crap I've Made

This fun pillow on the (hilariously named) Crap I’ve Made blog was crafted with dollar store materials, thread, and clearance fabric.

It would also be easy and fun to add to your doily web using simple straight stitches and cotton floss, or maybe even some Glow In the Dark Light Effects Threads. Some white-on-white stitching could result in some wonderfully creepy effects!



Doily Covered Lampshade on Chicken Scratch NY

This doily-covered lampshade on Chicken Scratch NY need not be just a Halloween craft – it is incredibly lovely as is.

But for an added creepy element – you can paint your doilies black, and/or add some glow-in-the-dark elements.

Are you doily-inspired yet? Please be sure to share your fall and doily-inspired pieces in the comments or on the DMC Threads Facebook page!


Cross Stitch Inspiration Roundup

Friday, August 30, 2013

Free alphabet pattern on Live Love SewWe’re back to our old friend cross stitch for inspiration this week!

This lovely alphabet is a free pattern offered on Live Love Sew – I absolutely love the delicate palette of DMC threads that Keera has chosen – it looks gorgeous on a linen background, as you see here in her photo.

It would be wonderful to stitch in a mini-hoop, as she has done – for an ornament or baby gift.


Lavender girl free pattern on The Snowflower DiariesThis gorgeous Lavender Girl is a free pattern on The Snowflower Diaries, and the chart lists all the DMC threads you’ll need. Designer Maja has created many beautiful small cross-stitch patterns – be sure to check them all out!

I love the way Maja has incorporated clusters of beads into this pattern – the color she’s chosen looks like clusters of ripe grapes – lovely!


St Stephens Day pattern on Shakespeare's Peddler This beautiful pattern is being offered to benefit a special cause on Shakespeare’s Peddler.

Created around the theme of St. Stephen’s Day, Theresa is providing this pattern on her blog, with the request that a donation of any amount be made to the Southern Pines Animal Shelter. To read more about the shelter and this cause, visit the blog.

What a lovely way to support a cause with your stitching!


Arabella Graves sampler on The Traveling Stitcher Another inspiring sampler pattern is this historical work on The Traveling Stitcher, which is feature in the Attic Needlework August newsletter.

The color palette is lovely – a variety of gorgeous muted shades in DMC threads. For more information on this pattern, visit the newsletter.


Lovely Free Project Roundup

Friday, August 9, 2013

Friendship bracelet on Fieldguided blogI spotted some lovely things this week on the web, so here’s a roundup! On the Fieldguided blog, Anabela walks you through a fascinating project: Photo-inspired Friendship bracelets.

Using an online Color Palette generator, she made color palettes based on her favorite photos. Then she used another free online tool to convert the Hex code colors to DMC floss colors. Genius!


Color palette on Fieldguided blogCreating a friendship bracelet to commemorate a special photo is so creative and wonderful. The thought of having all the thread colors that made your moment is kind of magical!

For more details on Anabela’s process, visit her blog.


Dreamcatcher on CraftsTuts+

Speaking of inspiring color palettes, there’s a beautiful Modern DreamCatcher project made with pearl cotton on CraftsTuts+. The added texture and sheen of the pearl cotton really make the project look gorgeous.

I love the idea of a waterfall of our own gorgeous DMC pearl cotton in various shades.

Those wintry hues are amazing and look like they could maybe even cool off a summer room!


Crocheted balls on Purl Bee These beautiful Crocheted Toys on the Purl Bee blog are adorned in simple cross-stitch with gorgeous bright shades of DMC floss.

Crocheted balls on Purl Bee They look like perfect soft toys for kids, and I love the colors they’ve chosen to really make them pop.

As usual, the photography and style in this Purl Bee tutorial are absolutely stellar and worth a visit.

That’s the free pattern roundup for this week – hope you all are staying cool!


Creative Process: A little batty

Friday, August 2, 2013

Batty 2 WIP

In today’s Creative Process post I wanted to highlight a beautiful work in progress by creative stitcher Sue Tortoise, who blogs at Tortoise Loft. I was fascinated by her process photos, which share all the details of her inspiration and contruction.

Using a bat from Richard Shorleyker’s 1632 pattern book, A Schole-House for the Needle, Sue set to work realizing her vision for the project. She says of older pattern books:

…don’t expect the kind of how-to’s and stitch instructions we are used to in modern magazines. No list of materials, no colours – no technical help. It was
left up to the worker to translate these drawings into embroidery and lace.

I was impressed by her skilled use of DMC Metallic Silver thread on a dark linen background – it really makes the beauty of the metallic sheen come through! She used this project to practice seed stitch – a simple fill stitch that produces gorgeous texture, especially when used with variegated thread:

Batty WIP 6 - the stars are out

Sue covers all sorts of fascinating details in her post, including what she found to be an ideal needle for size 8 pearl cotton – a chenille needle. If you’re not familiar with chenille needles, take a look at ours. They are similar in size to a tapestry needle, but have a sharp point rather than a blunt one.

I love posts like these that reveal both the stitcher’s inspiration and thought process as they work. And having such beautiful photos helps, too! Thanks, Sue, for allowing us to share your creative process! For more details on her inspiration and process, visit her blog.


Inspiration and Free Pattern Roundup

Friday, July 19, 2013

Hello all! I’m here with a roundup of freebie online patterns and inspiration for you this week.

First up is this sweet Circus Unicycle embroidery pattern, from the blog Made By Joel.

This sweet pattern would look adorable on a t-shirt, as Joel embroidered his, or as a hoop embroidery. I love how cute it looks in just one thread color!


Embroidering this lovely hexagon tea towel is a sweet, restful way to spend a quiet moment with a tall lemonade.

You’ll find the tutorial on Lady Face blog – Becca used 3 shades of our Prism craft thread, but this would also look lovely with any 3 DMC pearl cotton shades.


This beautiful design, inspired by traditional Hungarian embroidery is a free pattern on the blog Untrendy Life.

I love the gorgeous, bright floss colors Dora has used on this sweet design.



Last up, the CrossStitcher is offering free mini cross stitch feather designs on their site. I love the soft palette of DMC floss colors they’ve chosen!

I hope you’ve found some inspiration in this week’s free pattern roundup, and that your weekend is full of stitching!


Tie Dye Your Floss!

Friday, July 12, 2013

Maybe you experimented with a bit of dyeing for a summer camp project (or in your 90’s college days), but have you ever thought of tie dyeing DMC embroidery floss?

Tie Dyed Floss on Dream A Little Bigger blogAllison, on the Dream A Little Bigger blog, did just that, and to gorgeous effect! A self-confessed “DMC snob” she decided to dye her own DMC threads when a batch of other threads disappointed her.

Read her first post to see her dye technique in action; her second post features a free pattern that is GORGEOUS when stitched up with hand-dyed threads. If dyeing is too ambitious for you, I’d try our Color Variations threads on her beautiful pattern.

Floss rack on Dye Stitch Repeat

For more examples of hand-dyed floss, head over to the inspiring blog Dye, Stitch, Repeat where blogger Orlythe recounts her experiences hand dyeing batches of DMC floss and silks.

She walks you through all of her preparatory steps and has lovely photos of her finished threads. Very inspiring!


Dyed flosses on The Adventures of Blue Girl
You’ll find more drool-worthy hand-dyed floss and a helpful tutorial on the blog Adventures of Blue Girl, where Julie walks you through her experiences dyeing floss.

I love the vivid colors she achieved using just a handful of vintage flosses!



Knotted floss dyeing on American Pie DesignsFinally, blogger Melanie of American Pie Designs gives a very thorough tutorial for hand dyeing floss using fabric dyes.

She offers plenty of helpful tips, including using knots in your dyeing process to achieve a tie dye effect. Gorgeous work!

So how about it? I think I’ll be trying my hand at some hand dyed DMC flosses this week!


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