Helpful Information from DMC

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Like most stitchers, I like to change things up when I stitch, based on materials I have on-hand. Here are some downloadable PDF’s from DMC Threads featuring helpful information to help you organize your thread collection, or to make product  substitutions when working on a project.

Click on the text link or the image to download and print the material.  You can then 3-hole punch them and keep them in a binder, where they’ll always be handy.

Want to substitute DMC Embroidery Floss for Satin Floss or Light Effects Floss? Consult the DMC Thread Color Conversion Chart. This 11-page chart has been formulated as a guide to assist you in selecting thread substitutions by color from the DMC family of products.

Bear in mind that the colors may not be exact across all products, due to variations in the materials used to produce or dye them. Use your best judgement when selecting substitutions for the threads listed in your project instructions.

If you want to make sure you have all the colors of the DMC Embroidery Threads in our collection, download the Shopper’s Check List.

Check off the items you already have, then bring the checklist with you on your next trip to the needlework store. You’ll always know what you have – and don’t have – and be ready to start your next stitching project.

If you’ve ever wondered what the name of each color of floss is, download the Color Descriptions for DMC Embroidery Floss file. It contains a numerical listing of all of the available colors of DMC’s open-stock embroidery floss. The list does not contain the colors for threads that are not yet available in individual units

If you want to see the names given to our set of 16 brand-new new colors, available as a boxed set, click here.

Color Descriptions for DMC Light Effects Floss including Jewels, Antiques, Pearlescent, Fluorescent and Metallic flosses can be found here, and includes a numerical listing of available colors can be downloaded here.

You can also find these items any time on the DMC web site on the Conversion Charts page.


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Inspired by… a little bit of everything!

Friday, January 31, 2014

Free Babushka Pattern on Cupcake CutieThis week I’m inspired by all the gorgeous ways you’re using DMC floss – so I’m bringing you a little bit of everything!

How about this adorable Free Babushka Pattern by Cupcake Cutie?  It’s a lovely design that would make a beautiful framed piece or hoop art. In lieu of stitching the background, you could also try a bright shade of Aida like our Bright Ideas Aida in Polar Ice.

Be sure not to miss Kim’s free tutorials and Etsy shop!


Hearts and Birds Cross Stitch Pattern on Fearn Abbey NeedleworksThis gorgeous Hearts and Birds Cross Stitch is a free pattern on Fearn Abbey Needleworks. Add small initials to make a wonderful small wedding keepsake or stitched valentine.

The lovely chart by Stacey lists all the DMC floss colors you’ll need – and I especially love the look of this pattern on black Aida cloth!


DIY Heart Coasters on Blume and GrowNext up is this DIY Heart Coaster Tutorial on Blume and Grow – all you’ll need are plain coasters, paint, and floss. It’s a colorful, fun project you could use with a variety of different shapes.

Carrie made a fantastic video tutorial to show you how easily you can make your own – I love the textured look of this simple project!


Quilty Stitches Sampler AlongDo you love the look of quilt motifs? Then you’ll love the this beautiful Quilt Inspired Cross Stitch Pattern on Little Miss Shabby.

If you love this pattern, be sure to join the Quilty Stitches Sampler Along – every two weeks you’ll see a new quilt-inspired cross stitch pattern to stitch. This week’s block features a gorgeous palette of DMC floss – why not grab some Aida and stitch up a block?


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Shop Visit – Needlepoints, Ltd

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

I’ve been on the road again… It happens every year around this time – sometimes it’s work-related, other times it’s just for fun. This time I was down in Southern California, and had enough free time to visit a few shops on my trip.

On a sunny Saturday morning I dropped in at Needlepoints, LTD in Garden Grove, located just a few blocks west from Beach Blvd and the I-22 Junction. I had an awesome visit with owner Diana Hardner and her daughter, and managed to find a few new goodies to bring home with me – but definitely wish I had room in my suitcase for a few more!

The shop is definitely a stitcher’s candy store – the selection of eye candy is amazing!

In addition for carrying a complete wall of DMC Needlework Threads (this image shows our pearl cotton), the shop carries a huge – make than gargantuan – selection of patterns for cross stitch, embroidery, needlepoint, counted thread and other needle arts.

Trust me – You can’t be in a rush to look through the patterns – it will take you a while because there’s so much to choose from. The wall of patterns shown here is chock-full of ideas and is just the beginning… wait until you see the binders. Oh my!

You’ll also find an impressive selection of fabrics and linens, plain and hand-painted needlepoint canvases, beads, buttons and charms, as well as stitching organizers, gadgets and frames – and don’t forget the necessities like scroll frames, needles and tools.

Needlepoints, Ltd also features a large, well-lit classroom area and offers classes from their own experienced instructors as well as top designers in a wide range of needlework types. Visit their classes page to see what’s going on before your visit.

Feel free to drop on by the shop the next time you’re in town as well. Bring your needlework and visit for a while… I’ll definitely be dropping by again on my next visit!


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More Heartfelt Inspiration

Friday, January 24, 2014

Embroidered “Knit” Heart on Good Knits:The internet is filled with hearts, so I’ve got even more heart-shaped inspiration for you today!

This Embroidered “Knit” Heart Tutorial comes to you from Lisa on goodknits. Lisa show you how to create a beautiful knitted look with paper, thread, and yarn. I’d love to try this technique with our Color variations floss for an ombré look!

Rainbow Cross Stitch Heart Pattern on Rainbow Cross Stitch Heart Pattern is a lovely free pattern by Keera on Live Love Sew. This colorful pattern features a beautiful selection of DMC embroidery floss, and is a quick and satisfying stitch.

I think this would look gorgeous on a hand-embroidered Valentine for someone special!


Heart Bookmark Pals on Wake and WhimsyThese sweet Felt Bookmark Pals were found on Wake and Whimsy – another quick and lovely stitch with floss and felt for an ingenious bookmark. Alicia shares more inspiring ideas – including an adorable fox.

They’re an adorable way to hide a few sweet messages to a loved one in their favorite reading material!

Confetti-Filled Hearts on Tuts+These Confetti-Filled Hearts on Tuts+ are a sweet combination of tracing paper, confetti, and thread.

Or, you could use the same idea with pastel shades of felt for the hearts and bright colors of DMC embroidery floss to make your own personalized conversation hearts!


Paper Heart Valentine Pockets on Cosmo CricketThese Paper Heart Valentine Pockets on Cosmo Cricket are so elegant and inspiring – bits of patterned cardstock with sweet fortune-cookie like messages inside.

I would add some stitched elements to my paper hearts before finishing, to make them extra special!


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Valentine’s Day Stitching Inspiration

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner! Making a heartfelt, handmade Valentine for someone special is always so much nicer than buying a pre-fab, store bought card. Here are some ideas you can stitch.

Applique fabrics hearts to a ready-made towel and add a hand-embroidered monogram like these pretty towels featured on the Serendipity Refined site.

Or, pull out your sewing machine and your digital embroidery  cards and make appliqued, monogrammed towels using DMC Machine Embroidery Cotton.

These were inspired by towels at a retail store, but what makes them even better than the store-bought version is that you can make them in your own favorite colors using your own favorite font. Embroider a monogram, a name, or a romantic quotation.

The French Knots site features several heart designs that you can use to stitch on tea towels, pillow cases, accent pillows and more!

Enlarge or reduce the designs to fit your needs, and then embroidery the design using DMC Embroidery Floss. If you want to add a bit of sparkle to the design, try one of the beautiful colors in the Light Effects Floss line.  Pink Amethyst E316 would look fabulous!

Or, make a wall hanging to display around Valentine’s Day, declaring your affection.

This beautiful pattern is available on the Craftsy site as a PDF download. It was created by Sew Jenaissance, and uses several colors of floss. I love the hoop finish and the mixture of different embroidery styles.

There’s plenty of time to create our own hand-embroidered Valentines, and I’m already stitching!


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Inspired by… burlap!

Friday, January 17, 2014

Cross Stitching on Burlap Tips and Free Pattern on Harts FabricMaybe you’ve never really given burlap a chance – it’s bit scratchy and the texture can be off-putting. But it’s inexpensive, easy  to find, and there are many creative ways to use it!

This Free Crown Cross Stitch pattern on Harts Fabric is a prime example – the natural color and texture of the burlap make a lovely contrast with dark or black DMC threads.

Visit the post for helpful tips and a PDF pattern!

Easy Burlap Pillow on Knot Sew Cute Design:This Easy Burlap Pillow Idea on Knot Sew Cute Design is just that – easy, and elegant! As an alternative to cutting out the letters, try tracing the letters with a lightbox or a bright window, using a transfer pen or white transfer pencil for darker fabrics.

These letters would also look gorgeous filled in a satin stitch or clusters of French knots!
Burlap Stitching Table on Kleas

This Burlap Stitching Table by Kleas is a genius way to recycle a glass-top coffee table. Remove the glass, staple burlap to the frame, and voila! Your own inexpensive stitching table!

Burlap is a great way to introduce children to stitching – the open weave makes it easy for little hands to navigate. Try our Plastic Craft Needles which feature a dull tip for safety and large eyes for easy threading.

Don’t forget a large pack of Prism Craft Threads so they’ll have every color of the rainbow at their fingertips!


Snowflakes on Burlap project on Wild OliveThis lovely Snowflakes on Burlap Project on Wild Olive uses burlap stretched on a frame and DMC Pearl Cotton Variations floss.

Mollie gives you great tips on how to improvise your snowflake design, needle choice, and length of thread. This would also make a beautiful pillow design, if you feel a sewing inclination!

Burlap Shamrock Pillows on Messy MimiThese sweet Burlap Shamrock Pillows on Messy Mimi are a great gift idea you can easily stitch using green burlap, DMC floss, and yarn.

One pillow uses stitched text, and another uses fabric glue and yarn to create a stitched look, with minimal effort! Or, try couching your yarn in place using DMC floss, or try using Memory Threads.


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