Last-minute mask ideas

Friday, October 25, 2013

I couldn’t resist sharing some last-minute Halloween mask ideas with you from around the internet – quick and easy to whip up using felt, embroidery floss and fabric scraps!

DIY no sew masks on Pretty PrudentThese sweet felt masks on Prudent Baby can be completed with no sewing at all, but they’d be gorgeous with some stitched elements as well.

Create a ladybug, fox, Octopus, Koala, Owl, Panda, Bird, or Butterfly using their templates and instructions. View the tutorial.


Woodland animals felt masks on She KnowsFor another sweet take on the popular fox and owl theme, try these woodland animal felt masks on SheKnows. The sweet details on the owl really make it adorable, and I’m sure some decorative stitches will make it even lovelier!

Visit the tutorial.

 

Raccoon felt animal mask on MomsparkAdd this gorgeous raccoon by Allison to the sweet woodland mix – she is offering a free mask template and extensive tutorial on Momspark.

Try stitching around the edges in contrasting colors for extra stitch emphasis! View the tutorial.

 

Superhero Masks on Sunshine and a Summer BreezeThese cute superhero-inspired masks were made by Michelle on Sunshine and a Summer Breeze and she offers 4 free templates to help you create your own!

Using just a few colors of felt you can outfit a whole troop of superheros just in time for trick or treating. View the tutorial.

 

DIY Tulle Masquerade Masks on Sprinkles in SpringsThis elegant masquerade mask by Kara on Sprinkles in Springs looks exquisite and is so easy to make!  Kara also has a lovely glitter version along with 4 mask templates – the last of which is spooky and perfect for Halloween!





 


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Simply Charming

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Week four of our Twelve Weeks of Holiday Projects brings you this fun, easy project created using DMC Color Infusions Memory Thread.

This soft, fiber-wrapped copper wire can be used to embellish all types of needlework and craft projects. It’s colorfast, fade resistant, acid free, and is available in 28 bright beautiful colors, wrapped on a recyclable shuttle to keep the thread tidy and ready to use.

In this project I’ve used three shades of green and plain white Memory Thread to create simple charms that can be used to embellish the stems of your wine glasses, adding a festive touch to an otherwise plain object. One shuttle of each color will make about 4 charms.

The wired thread is shaped into small leaves (shown full-size in the pattern for tracing) and the stems twisted to form a curled hook. Teeny tiny ready-made pompoms adorn each charm, but you can substitute beads or buttons instead.

Click here to get the PDF instructions for making the charms, and visit our Holiday Ideas page for previous projects.

Memory Thread is available at craft needlework stores, or online at Shop DMC.

Happy Crafting!





 


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New Colors of DMC Floss Now Available!

Monday, October 21, 2013

Our sixteen brand-new colors of DMC Embroidery Floss are now available as a boxed set! You can find it online at Shop DMC and 123Stitch – or check with your local needlework store for availability. The pack is also available at AC Moore stores and is coming soon to Herrschners.

These are the first new solid colors of floss in almost 15 years. With the addition of the 16 newest colors, DMC’s embroidery floss range becomes the largest in the world, with 488 colors (470 solid and 18 variegated). You can download the full press release here.

I’ve received a set and I’m so excited – and looking forward using them in upcoming designs featured here on the blog!

To help you get a feel for where the colors belong on the color card, download the PDF featuring the new colors, giving the new color numbers and which existing colors they fall between. They have not yet been assigned official names, but we’re working on that!

The floss also comes with a gorgeous set of three charted designs you can stitch using the new colors. See the designs here.

Happy Stitching!





 


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Sugar Skull Sweetness

Friday, October 18, 2013

So here’s a little Fall inspiration for you – how about Mexican sugar skulls? I have been seeing so many lovely versions of these traditional confections used to celebrate Day of the Dead – there is something so pretty and otherworldly about them!

Sugar Skull Felt Mask on CraftsTuts+For a project that is sweet and distinctly un-ghoulish, here’s a tutorial on CraftsTuts+ for a felt mask on a Sugar Skull theme.

I love the gorgeous bright colors they used! It’s a perfect blend of sweet and spooky that would also work as a last-minute costume.

 

DIY Sugar Skull SneakersThis Sugar Skull sneaker tutorial by Allison is a lovely free pattern using fabric and transfer iron-on pens.

But I think it would also look gorgeous stitched up with our DMC floss and not just on sneakers – this pattern would be lovely on all kinds of things!

 
Felt Sugar Skull tutorial on ExperimentalkThis inspiring Felt Sugar Skull tutorial on Experimentalk would be a great way to play with scraps of felt and floss.

String the finished skulls together as a garland, or stitch just one as a pin or spooky adornment for a headband…

 

Sugar Skull Printable on Tried and TrueThere was a whole week of Dia de los Muertos themed crafts on Tried and True, including this free Sugar Skull template to decorate.

Of course, I think it would be gorgeous stitched – or using the outlines to cut out felt or fabric shapes to applique!

A sugar skull quilt… now there’s an idea!

 
Free Sugar Skull crochet earrings by Spider MamboAnd let’s not forget those of you who crochet – these Sugar Skull earrings are a free pattern on Ravelry by Spider Mambo, and would look wonderful stitched up in our Cebelia Crochet Cotton.

Do any of you know of any sugar skull patterns you love or have stitched? Be sure to let us know!





 


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No Hassle Tassels

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Welcome to week three of our Twelve Weeks of Holiday Projects!

Today’s fresh, fun freebie features tassle that are easy to make using DMC Light Effects floss and our popular wired Memory Thread that you can use to create some fast and fabulous jewelry.

Our No Hassle Tassel technique speeds up and simplifies tassel making —no need to ever wrap thread around a piece of cardboard again!

Once you’ve made the tassle, add a pretty chain in the desired length.

Next, embellish the tassel with jewelry findings to make gorgeous necklaces similar to those shown in the photographs.

We’ve put together a PDF Project Sheet that you can download, or visit the Holiday Ideas page on our web site for this – and previous – projects for the Holidays.

Make several as gifts for your friends, the kids’ teachers or your coworkers. Pick up a 6-pack of Light Effects floss and in just a small block of time you’ll have your gifts made – and one or two for yourself – or get your friends together for a crafting party and make them together!





 


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Color Wheel Inspiration

Friday, October 11, 2013

In one of our previous inspiration posts, one of our readers commented that they would love to see DMC Cotton Floss displayed in color wheel order – what a beautiful idea!

Color Wheel organization by Kimberly OuimetWould you like to arrange your floss in color wheel order? Here are some wonderful examples I’ve found online as inspiration!

Blogger Kimberly Ouimet is busy organizing her entire DMC floss collection using a color wheel, and she has many gorgeous photos and tips on her process on her blog. Visit her post.

 

Lesson 2 color wheel with corresponding DMC flossHow about using paintchips as inspiration, like this lovely color wheel by Diane on Flickr – what a fabulous idea!

Starting from a stack of paint chips, matching up your floss as you go is a wonderful way to familiarize yourself with the concept of a color wheel.

 

Color wheel tutorial on Amy’s Creative SideWe’ve already featured this beautiful color wheel on Amy’s Creative Side, but I just had to point out that Amy also created a wonderful tutorial to help you create your own stitched color wheel!

Amy was kind enough to list all 26 DMC Threads shades she used: 304, 321, 666, 606, 741, 972, 725, 726, 704, 471, 702, 701, 699, 958, 991, 503, 501, 826, 825, 3746, 553, 552, 326, 335, 3733.

 

Cross Stitch Color Wheel on Daisies for VioletIf cross stitch is more your thing, there’s a free color wheel pattern on Daisies for Violet.

While the pattern does not include floss numbers, it would be a great way to test your color IQ and play a game of match up with the threads in your collection.

Can you match all the pictured shades to DMC threads? Be sure and share your project with us if you do, we’d love to see it!





 


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