Pretty in Paper

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Can you believe we’re up to Week 10 of our 12 Weeks of  Free Holiday Ideas already? Time flies when we’re having fun!

This week’s blog features pretty items you can put together using paper doilies, colored paper, card stock, glue, thread, and a few other craft room essentials using easy hand embroidered stitches made with DMC Embroidery Threads. Coordinate the floss to match your chosen papes.

The first is a pretty stitched Angel Card, featuring a doily angel on a card stitched with DMC Embroidery Floss, along with with our popular Memory Thread to make the 3-dimensional hair and halo.

The Memory Thread halo uses twisted threads, while the hair featured curls. Use a narrow knitting needle or BBQ skewer to make perfect curly tendrils of hair, or simply curl the thread with your fingers.

Many of the same techniques were used to make the free-standing Paper Angels shown here. They make a lovely accent when displayed on a mantel or table – or add a hanging loop and place them on the tree!

You can get the free PDF instructions for these projects by selecting the hyperlinks in the paragraphs above.

If you’ve missed any of the previous weeks of crafting and stitching fun, visit the web page for the previous weeks’ projects.




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Cozy Crafting Ideas

Friday, November 29, 2013

I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving full of family, friends and cheer! Of course there’s no better way to spend a lazy post-Thanksgiving Friday than crafting with friends, loved ones, or maybe just enjoying a bit of crafting time all to yourself.

Cross stitched Christmas Tags on Craft and CreativityHere’s a few sweet ideas found around the internet that are perfect for a bit of cozy holiday crafting!

These sweet and simple Cross Stitched Gift Tags can be found on Craft and Creativity, and need only card stock, a needle, and some DMC floss to complete.

It would also be sweet to stitch your gift tags using old Christmas cards or gift wrap – it’s a lovely way to recycle your Christmas cheer!


DIY Coasters on Craft SnobThis lovely DIY Coasters Project on Craft Snob is an easy, elegant stitch with felt and DMC floss. These can either be stitched as coasters or as pincushions – both look gorgeous.

I’d love to try some of our decorative DMC metallic threads or floss in contrasting colors for added emphasis on those edges.


Christmas Lights Crochet on Crafts Tuts +Or – is it time to start stringing up some Christmas lights? How about these adorable Crocheted Christmas Lights on CraftsTuts+?

This is a sweet idea to use up your yarn remnants, but you can also shrink that crochet hook and use DMC floss, pearl cotton, or our Cebelia crochet cotton. And you can make them just as interesting in the dark using our Glow In the Dark floss!

Christmas Dear on Feathers in the NestThis cute Cross Stitch Christmas Reindeer is a free pattern on Feathers in the Nest. It would make a lovely hand-stitched Christmas card, ornament, or framed present for a loved one.

This project could also be a great way to introduce newbie stitchers to their first stitches!


Owl Freebie on Creative KismetLastly, this beautiful Free Owl Embroidery Pattern on Creative Kismet is a wonderful reminder of our thankfulness. There are so many opportunities for creative stitches in this detailed pattern!

Thanksgiving may be past, but I hope it’s never too late to stitch up a bit of gratefulness for our families and our lovely stitching family, as well!


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Warm & Fuzzies

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

As much of North America bundles up and prepares for frigid weather this week, our Twelve Weeks of Holiday Projects blog event focuses on warm and fuzzy winter gear you can embroider.

You can make these toasty wearables for yourself, or as a gift for family and friends – especially those hard-to-buy-for ‘tweens.

Make a hip Skull Cap hat using a pre-made hat with built-in ear buds for the music lover.

A simple technique for transferring the design to the non-washable hat is included in the Hat Instructions – simply trace the design, stitch and tear!

Or, make a super soft and utterly cozy Tassled Fleece Scarf with a two-letter monogram, stitched in place using DMC’s Water-Soluble Canvas.

Use someone’s initials, or the letters representing a college team or organization – perfect for sports fans, students and sorority or fraternity members!

Directions for using this unique product can be found here, along with a link to a video showing you how to use the product step-by-step.

The scarf is trimmed with no-hassle tassles from Week 3 for a coordinating pop of color.

If you’ve missed any of our previous weeks of Holiday ideas, visit our 12 Weeks of Free Holiday Ideas page to download the patterns for a wide variety of fun projects you can make, or for the tassle directions.

As a special treat for stitchers this week, we also offering a Free Shipping on Black Friday event, November 29th starting at 12:01 AM EST ending on cyber monday, December 2nd at 11:59 PM EST on Shop DMC!


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More Holiday Goodness…

Friday, November 22, 2013

Retro Christmas Mug Rug on Button, ButtonHope you’ve all been enjoying the free DMC projects we’ve been sharing with you! But there is so much wonderful holiday goodness on the web that I must share it with you, too!

I’m loving this Retro Mug Rug Tutorial on Button, button – using beautiful holiday fabrics, a vintage embroidery design and 3 colors of DMC embroidery floss, Julie has created a gorgeous design that I’d be sad to stick my mug on. I think it’s definitely lovely enough to be displayed on its own!
Tshirt Tutorialon Rhapsody and ThreadThis sweet Christmas Tree Tshirt Tutorial on Rhapsody and Thread – using beautifully detailed photos and steps, Tabatha James shows you how to create an adorable embellished t-shirt of your own.

Of course, DMC embroidery floss comes in very handy for embellishing the edges and stitching the tree trunk!
HO! HO! HO! Christmas Embroidery Hoop on Rhapsody and ThreadAlso on Rhapsody and Thread, be sure not to miss this inspiring post on Tabatha’s Embroidery Hoop Christmas Tree.

Using bright, colorful fabrics and embroidery thread as embellishment, she created a series of lovely Christmas hoops for her wall  including this cute Ho Ho Ho hoop – my personal favorite!
Let It Snow Embroidery Pattern on A Little Happy PlaceAnother inspiring hoop idea is this Let It Snow Embroidery Pattern on A Little Happy Place.

So simple and elegant, use Sarah‘s free script template to re-create her design for yourself – it would look lovely on any linen fabric like our Carolina Linen, or try our Tea dyed or Glass Blue Monaco cloth.


Felt and Fabric Coaster Holiday Coasters on Betz WhiteThis lovely Felt and Fabric Holiday Coasters tutorial can be found on Betz White’s blog.

This is another fun and inspired way to add simple embroidery thread embellishment to patterned fabric circles and felt, with marvelous results!



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Ornament Party

Thursday, November 21, 2013

During week 8 of our 12 Weeks of Holiday Projects series, we’re offering a suggestion for a fun event to host this Holiday season… Throw an Ornament Party!

Invite your crafty friends over to make a batch of ornaments using basic supplies that you provide, or provide a supply list for people to bring their own. Then set a date and get everyone together to stitch and assemble the ornaments.

Choose from three free designs given here as PDF patterns. All of the designs have been created using an assortment of beautiful DMC Embroidery Threads.

The beautiful Mistletoe Kissing Ball ornament features an elegant sprig of mistletoe with beaded berries, and is finished off with an easy-to-make tassle.

Hang the ornament in a doorway or foyer to catch holiday kisses!

The ornament can be made quickly with one decorated panel and a plain back, or if you have more time, stitch three decorated panels together for a dimensional shape reminiscent of an 18th century English kissing ball.

Or, make this miniature Winterberry Mitten ornament to hang on the tree or use as a gift tag. These little stockings work up quickly, so you can make them by the batch.

The mitten is adorned with appliqued leaves and red berries, and is the perfect size for hiding a small surprise gift!

Our third design is the North Star Ornament, featuring a variety of hand embroidery stitches.

Sequin florets and easy embroidered applique are used to create these large, 16-pointed star ornaments for decorating or gift adornment.

The ornament is equally stunning in snowflake white or deep jewel colors. Add a bit of glitter for extra star shine!

Another ornament featuring some shine is this Hanukkah Star, which you can stitch quickly – just in time for the Holiday!

Use the design to make an ornament to hang on a door or cabinet knob, or to display around the neck of a bottle. You can also use the motif in a repeating pattern to stitch a banded accent on a table mat.

If you’ve missed any of our previous weeks of Holiday ideas, visit our 12 Weeks of Free Holiday Ideas page to download the patterns for a wide variety of fun projects you can make.


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Christmas Cheer

Friday, November 15, 2013

Love My State Ornament on UCreateAre you ready to start thinking Christmas ornaments? Let’s get started, because there’s too many cute ideas out there to put it off a minute longer!

This sweet Love My State Ornament Tutorial is on Ucreate – using a hand-painted mini embroidery hoop, novelty button, ribbon, and DMC floss in lime green, you can create a tiny tribute to your home state! I love that this sweet, simple idea is so easy to throw together using your existing DMC floss and crafting stash.


Free floral bauble pattern on Crossstitcher.comThis sweet Floral Bauble Pattern is a free download on and can be stitched up using bright, cheery DMC shades on 28 ct linen.

This would make a sweet keepsake gift to commemorate your holiday, and it would also look lovely on your tree!


Joy Cross Stitch Pattern on homestitchnessThis gorgeous Joy Freebie Pattern is on homestitchness and features a bit of New Zealand flavor – a native pohutukawa flower is the lovely centerpiece.

You don’t have to be able to pronounce it to know that it’s beautiful!

The entire piece can be stitched up using DMC threads and optional glass beads on 28 ct linen – making for another quick and gorgeous stitch!


Charlie Brown Christmas Tree on Sew TechnicolorAnd of course it can’t be Christmas without the Charlie Brown Christmas tree! This free tree pattern is on Sew Technicolor, and pays tribute to our favoritest, saddest tree of all.

Using just 3 shades of DMC floss, the pattern also gives tips of how to stitch the base – another sweet last-minute ornament idea that would have a special place on anyone’s tree!


Ornament by Carol on Garden of StitchesLast up in our tour of inspiring stitched ornaments is this lovely piece stitched by Carol on Garden of Stitches.

Using the center motif in the Merry and Bright free pattern on Stitcheree, she created an elegant ornament that is definitely gift-worthy.

Work up the entire free pattern for a large framed sampler that will bring just the right amount of Christmas cheer to your home this holiday!



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