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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.
Get the free pattern on CrochetDoilies.com.
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!
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!
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!
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.
This 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!
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!
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.
I 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!
For more details on Anabela’s process, visit her blog.
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!
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!
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:
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.
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!
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!
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?
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.
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!
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!
Finally, 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!