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Thread Candy

Friday, December 9, 2011

Mmmmm…. Beautiful, delectable, delicious and tempting.

Selecting colors for a project and working with DMC Needlework Threads is definitely like working in a candy shop.

There’s just so much variety, color and temptation – stitching with DMC’s threads is like having sugarplums dancing through my fingers.

To pay homage to Clement Clarke Moore’s famous Twas the Night Before Christmas poem, DMC is posting this Friday Freebie featuring candy-colored snowman and angel ornaments.

Work the charted designs in DMC Embroidery Floss or lustrous, sparkling DMC Light Effects Floss in basic cross stitch.

Looking to save time?  Try working the designs in DMC Size 8 Pearl Cotton balls using the half cross stitch technique.

…and if you’re inclined to decorate your workroom for the Holidays, display your threads like we did in the photo above right, using glass candy jars filled with an assortment of tasty thread colors!




Friday Freebie – Christmas Cookies!

Friday, September 23, 2011

From the DMC Archives comes this adorable pattern for the Holidays!

These 5 ornaments are shaped like gingerbread cookies and look good enough to eat (but are calorie-free).

The simple designs will work up quickly – which means you can have an entire batch of delectable goodies for the tree in just a short bit of time.

Stitch the designs in cross stitch using white or ecru DMC Embroidery Threads on brown perforated paper or 14-count CharlesCraft Aida in Beige. Or, stitch the designs on a pre-made runner, napkin or stocking using DMC Water Soluble Canvas.

The designs can be stitched in DMC Embroidery Floss, add some shine with Satin Floss or even a dash of sparkle, pearlescent or metallic glitz with Light Effects!

Click here for the free pattern and start your Holiday stitching, courtesy of DMC.




Friday Freebie – Halloween Head start

Friday, August 26, 2011

Get a head start on Halloween stitching with these fun freebies from DMC!

Stitch an adorable goblin pulling his wagon, loaded with a huge Magic Pumpkin.  The design is worked in DMC Light Effects Floss, accented with Mill Hill Beads.

DMC Light Effects is a line of 36 glistening specialty threads that will add reflective qualities to any needlework or craft project.

The gorgeous shades include Precious Metals, Jewels, Antiques, and Pearlescent shades, plus trendy Fluorescents and Glow-in-the-Dark tones that are perfect for Halloween projects.

You can also join Club DMC for more designs!

It’s FREE, plus you get free designs especially for members, a monthly newsletter, and a message board where you can talk to stitchers worldwide.

Some of the awesome Halloween freebies at Club DMC include a Witch on her Flying Broomstick, worked in DMC Embroidery Threads, along with a selection of Halloween designs that you can mix and match.

Happy Stitching!







Friday Freebie – Fairytale Stitching!

Friday, July 8, 2011

Everybody loves a good Fairytale!

Prince meets Princess, they fall in love and ride off to their glittering kingdom, heading towards the sunset.

It’s very little girl’s dream, and sometimes it really does come true – but only after we’ve kissed a few frogs along the way (my apologies to the frogs…)!

To celebrate the end of frog-kissing season, I thought it would be fun to share patterns from the DMC archive featuring Fairytale Favorites as today’s Friday Freebie.

The first pattern features an elaborate countryside background, with the prince and princess riding away on their noble steed along a winding path.

The Prince and Princess Pattern is worked in cross stitch, half cross stitch and quarter cross stitch, along with a straight stitch outline using DMC Color Variations Embroidery Floss.

The second pattern features a design with the Fairy Princess, waving her wand to create some magic!

The Fairy Pattern is worked in DMC Embroidery Floss and DMC Light Effects Floss.

Either of these patterns would be the perfect summer project to stitch for your own little princess.





The History of DMC

Sunday, June 26, 2011

For many of us, DMC threads have been a friend of the family for generations.

I learned to stitch using hand-me-down DMC Embroidery Threads stored in an old metal cookie tin when I was 6 years old, and I’ve been using it ever since!

DMC is the abbreviation for Dollfus Mieg et Cie,  which was founded in France more than 250 years ago.

It was Dollfus junior who discovered the invention of the chemist JOHN MERCER – “mercerising” – the process of passing the cotton thread through caustic soda thereby modifying the cotton and giving its strength, longevity and silky appearance.

Penny Nickels has been researching the history of needlework, and has written an awesome article featuring the legacy of DMC on the Mr. X Stitch blog site.

Mr X Stitch is a hip, contemporary embroidery and needlecraft blog, and featuring daily posts about people who are pushing boundaries of embroidery.

Their articles and patterns are hilariously irreverent and really bring fun to the world of embroidery –  they’re not for the faint of heart!

The  first part of their 3-part article  includes more information about the founding of DMC and includes awesome photos documenting the history of DMC threads.  Part One of the history ends around 1850 and is continued in the next section.

The second part includes material from 1850 onwards and featured historical documents dealing with DMC‘s various trademarks over the years.

The photos in this article are amazing, and it’s awesome to see the evolution of the trademark we all know today.

Part Two also features old advertising material, photos and information from the archives.

The third part will be ready soon, and will let you know as soon as it posts!



Vintage DMC

Friday, April 29, 2011

Check out this vintage ad found in an old issue of Needlecraft Magazine from June of 1927!

I love the graphic quality of the old advertisements and magazines, and the vintage designs and patterns can be a great source of inspiration.

To celebrate our “find” I’ve posted a pattern from the DMC Archives for you to stitch.

A pair of Playful Kittens a common theme from decades long past – have managed to tangle themselves up in wool in this cross stitch pattern from France.

Stitch the chart using DMC Embroidery Floss in the following 21 colors:  3770, 3856, 977, 976, 434, 3866, blanc, 648, 646, 844, 310, 3689, 3688, 3722, 221, 3726, 3747, 3840, 3839, 792, and 318.

To add a dash of sparkle or shine, you could also stitch this darling duo in DMC Light Effects or Satin Floss.

Enjoy the pattern!




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