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5 DIY Craft Organizers That Will Change Your Life

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Creating an organized workspace from items that already exist in your own home is the equivalent of cooking a gourmet dinner with leftovers: You just feel an extra sense of pride. Not to mention, since you likely didn’t spend a dime, fiscally savvy.

Below are 5 DIY projects that really put the “fun” in functional… and they can ALL be made from items in your home. You heard us.

Prepare for your mind to be blown:

1) Think Outside The (Shoe)box:

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Do you often find yourself hoarding shoeboxes for no immediate reason? Actually, don’t answer that, we know you do. Presenting your new reason: An organized supplies holder and dispenser! Just poke holes in one side, and stick some brass gromets through so your ribbons can be pulled smoothly through with no snags. Wrap the box in pretty scrapbook paper to match your decor. This DIY project is so effective; and it gives you another reason why we deserve to get those pair of shoes you have been eyeing this month.

2) Threaghetti, Anyone?

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This may be one of of our favorite life hacks… and not just because we love spaghetti. (But that’s true also). It’s because it really doesn’t get simpler than this: Take an old colander, put all your yarn in it, and loop the ends through the holes. Seriously, that’s it. Not only does this keep the yarn from getting dirty, but hello easy access! When you don’t have to untangle several feet of yarn before your next knitting project, it’s amazing how much more frequent those projects become. We suggest using a brightly colored colander to make it a welcome accent to your work area.

3) Put A Pin In It

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Have a pincushion, a leftover piece of fabric and a few safety pins? Well, then you also have a new thread dispenser. Simply loop the spools of thread together with a piece of yarn (which, ahem, you can easily grab from your colander), and once threaded, safety pin it to each corner of the pincushion. Then, cut a circle out of any old fabric you have laying around, and safety pin that to the pun cushion as well. Warning: depending on how fancy you get with the fabric, you may want this to double as a centerpiece.

4) The Great Wall Of… You

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Sure, this one’s a bit more advanced, but the pay off is substantial. Adding a slab of perforated timber or slatboard to a wall is essentially creating a tool shed without having to actually build a thing… plus, you can a decorate it however you want! We like to think of it as a sophisticated version of the cork boards you used to slather with Polaroid’s in your teen years. Once installed, hang everything from spools of thread to shelves for all your little trinkets, paints and tools, use it as your craft vision board; the possibilities are endless. Brighten it up with a fresh coat of paint, and trust us, you’ll never think of “hitting a wall” as a bad thing again.

 

 

5) Poppin’ Tags

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Cardboard cards or bobbins are the perfect solution for the stragglers, i.e. those pieces of thread or string that don’t warrant an entire spool, but shouldn’t be tossed prematurely. Ideally, poke a hole in each one so you can label it with a tag / color code. Did we mention we just happen to sell these handy cardboard bobbins for this exact purpose? They come in packs of 56, and we feel confident you will use them all. They’re that handy. We also have plastic bobbins with a useful metal ring to keep it organized and accessible.





 


Natura Granny Squares Tutorial

Monday, January 26, 2015

We just can’t get enough of Natura Yarns over here at DMC.  The colors and texture are just so yummy to work with. Natura is the perfect yarn for knitting, crocheting, tatting, weaving and chunky cross stitch. 

With the growing trend to revisit vintage style, granny square patterns and projects have become popular again.  Granny squares are crocheted pieces that have many applications, the most common are blankets but the possibilities are endless: lamps, bags, pot holders, cushions, shawls, sweaters to name a few. The most typical granny square pattern is a square but there are hexagons, circles and other shapes as well. 

You might have seen a blanket of colored squares on your grandmother’s couch or in your mother’s guest room, those connecting shapes are the classic granny squares and were made all over the world.  Things to Knit presents the following step by step tutorial to make your own granny square.  You begin from the center and work to the outward spiral.  Things to Knit has used Natura Just Cotton in 4 colors but can make your own combination.  It’s the perfect project for all levels.

( The original content is in spanish from the fabulous Things to Knit Blog and was shared on the DMC Spain Blog. The material list/directions are translated into English below.)

Materials

DMC Natura Yarn; no.7. no.9, no.12, no. 32

-Crochet Needle (2.55 mm)

-Scissors

Tutorial ( directions in English below, see photos for step by step examples. )chart 1

  1. With preferred color for the center, start with a riding 8 chain stitch.
  2. Join the beginning of a crochet chain stitch at the end of it to go around.
  3. Then work 3 chain stitches up. 
  4. Work 15 double knit high points, so that the excess thread from the beginning is hidden while you weave.chart 2
  5. Cut the excess thread, once you’ve hidden it.
  6. When you finish the 15 point higher doubles, then join with at the beginning.
  7. With another color, begin the next round, as in the previous one, hide the excess thread while you weave.
  8. This turn is woven:  two high points together, 1 chain stitch.
  9. With the next color, begin the next round.
  10. Weave in: 3 high points, 1 chain stitch.chart 3
  11. Start with the next round, repeat 3 times; Three high points, one chain stitch, until you reach the corner.
  12. In the corner: add a double knit 3 points higher, 2 chain stitches, 3 high double points and return to work in more 3 high points, one chain stitch.
  13. Finally, just turn around, finish off and cut the thread, then you will have a completed granny square.

granny squares 13More tutorials later this week. Happy Monday!





 


Knitted with Natura !

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Do we have any Ravelry members in the house? Ravelry is perfect to explore knitting and crochet patterns and yarns – and today, I thought I’d focus on all the lovely things knit with our beautiful Natura yarn.

DMC Natura knitted shawl on Ravelry, by hazysummersYou’ll need a Ravelry account to explore the images and patterns in this post – and since it’s free – why not create one?

This beautiful, wispy Drop Stitch Shawl was knitted by hazysummers on Ravelry. The free pattern is also available on Ravelry – Clapo-Ktus by Loredana Gianferri.

What I love about this shawl is that it doesn’t have any of the stiffness you might associate with cotton yarn – it looks billowy and breathtaking, doesn’t it?

Bootees by al-abrigo on RavelryThese teeny-tiny Bootees by Al-Abrigo on Ravelry are so adorable!

Knit with Natura in a gorgeous, vibrant shade, using the free Saartje’s Bootees pattern by Saartje de Bruijn. 

I have a feeling this pattern could be addictive, and you just might need booties in every shade of the rainbow!

Clockwork Cozy in Natura by Strong and Mellow on RavelryThis Clockwork Cozy by Strong and Mellow is so delightfully colorful. I can think of a few boring clocks that could use some sprucing up, and I love the bright Natura shades she chose!

Knit from a free Colorful Clockwork Cozy pattern by retrobaby – this is a great way to knit up little swatches as a guide to your yarn collection – perfect for your craft room!

Flat Rat by maggiesc on RavelryOk, this Flat Rat by maggiesc is hilarious! Particularly for those who have a horror of rats. Knit in Natura – it looks like it makes a cozy bookmark. Depending on how much you love your flat rat, this could also make a cute cat toy.

Try out the free Flat Rat pattern by Susan Glinert Stevens for a flat rat of your own!

Scabiosa Top by Alhana on RavelryI’m taken aback by the beauty of this Scabiosa Top by Alhana on Ravelry. It’s a lovely example of the intricate stitchwork and stitch definition you can achieve in Natura – so beautiful!

The Scabiosa Top pattern by Al-Abrigo is available for purchase on Ravelry and on her site – it looks like the perfect combination of feminine and casual.

What about you? Do you love Ravelry? What have you knit with Natura yarn?





 


Knitting With Natura Yarn

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Knitting Natural Life- Come experience natural knitting throughout the DMC booth #715 at this years Vogue Knitting Live which begins on January 16-18, 2015 at the Marriot Marquis in NYC.

Today I am doing a spotlight on anNatura_2014_28other one of our fabulous products, Natura Yarn.  Like our other products, Natura Yarn will be available at the show.  Here’s a preview of the softer shades inside the line. So creamy and soft.

What makes Natura Yarn amazing? Natura Yarn is a beautiful soft cotton, versatile yarn, suitable for crochet and knitting.  It’s the perfect choice for clothing due to its soft touch, high absorption and durability to frequent washing.Natura_foto ovilloambiente rosa

 

Natura Yarn is offered in a mix of 60 vibrant and subtle colors. The colors work in harmony with each other allowing for multiple combinations to follow the latest fashion trends.

We can’t wait to show you at Vogue Knitting Live just how amazing this yarn is, plus its 100% natural and renewable, we just love that! For More info on DMC Natura Yarn visit DMC UK site! Natura_2014_39

Are you excited yet about DMC Natura Yarn? We are and can’t wait to share it with you.  You can visit us at our booth # 715 at the show.  If you can’t be there, we will be streaming photos, videos and more from the show. Natura_55C8827

Only one more day to enter to win a fabulous DMC Woolly Natural Knitting Kit at Vogue Knitting Live Contest Page through January 15, 2015.  To enter just click the highlighted link above.

Registration is still open on the Vogue Knitting Live Website.  Stop on by, say hello and shop till your hearts content. See you guys soon.  Till then keep knitting!

 

 





 


Knitting Natural Life

Monday, January 12, 2015

Knitting Natural Life- Come experience natural knitting throughout the DMC booth #715 at this years Vogue Knitting Live which begins on January 16-18, 2015 at the Marriot Marquis in NYC.

As we approach the event I will be doing a spotlight every day on the various yarns that will be available at the show, including inspirational items being made from our yarns.  Today I wanted to introduce consumers to the world of Woolly Yarn.  Woolly_leaflet_9

What makes Woolly Yarn so fabulous. DMC Woolly Merino Wool is beautifully soft to the skin. Sourced from Australia it is 100% natural and renewable. Woolly’s unique quality comes from its long, thin fibres that give superior softness to the touch and a feeling of comfort when against the skin.

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Woolly Yarn is available in 48 beautiful colors with patterns and inspiration. We can’t wait to show you at Vogue Knitting Live just how amazing this yarn is, plus its 100% natural and renewable, we just love that! For More info on DMC Woolly Merino Wool visit DMC UK site!Woolly_47

Are you excited yet about DMC Woolly Merino Wool? We are and can’t wait to share it with you.  You can visit us at our booth # 715 at the show.  If you can’t be there, we will be streaming photos, videos and more from the show. 

Woolly_9Only a few more days to enter to win a fabulous DMC Woolly Natural Knitting Kit at Vogue Knitting Live Contest Page through January 15, 2015.  To enter just click the highlighted link above.

Registration is still open on the Vogue Knitting Live Website.  Stop on by, say hello and shop till your hearts content. See you guys soon.  Till then keep knitting!

 





 


NEW from DMC!

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

DMC Loop to Loop  YarnWe’ve added a fun new yarn that I know you’ll want to try, using a totally new stitching technique!

It doesn’t matter if you’ve never knitted or crocheted before, you can create beautiful fashion items in a single afternoon with our brand new, lacy and lovely Loop to Loop™ yarn. Make a lightweight scarf or cowl to accessorize a summer outfit, or a bikini wrap for the beach or pool.

double project sm.ashxTo get started, you can download a PDF of the Cowl Scarf here, and the Bikini Wrap Here. Work either item in any of the 5 bright and beautiful colors to make your own lacy creation.

The instructions for the cowl can also be found on the label, along with diagrams for working the easy looping technique used to connect the strips of yearn to create the projects. Simply pull one loop through another using a crochet hook or just your fingers.

You’ll be creating stylish hand-made apparel before you know it. Some items can be made in less than an hour!

Our new yarn debuts this month at brick and mortar Michaels Stores locations. Check it out!





 


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