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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Inspired Stitching

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Masterpiece Theatre’s Downton Abbey is back, and like most fans, I’m intrigued by the beautiful costumes and props, which often feature needlework. But did you know that the show has inspired some modern-day designers as well?

Here are a few of the projects inspired by this uber-popular PBS series.

Jessy Ellenberger of Making Jiggly features this unique hand embroidered illustration created from an outlined image of Highclere Castle (the real-life British estate used as the backdrop for Downton Abbey) worked in embroidery floss.

And check out these embroidery patterns created by April Heather Davulcu. They’re available on Etsy and feature some of our favorite characters.

Select from groups of characters, or the entire set of 19 patterns. They’re perfect for embroidering on tea towels and would make a lovely gift for a DA fan, wouldn’t you agree?

…and check out these Downton Abbey-inspired handmade earrings by Kelli Peduzzi from Pure Bliss jewelry.

The colors Kelli has used in her designs are lovely and truly inspiring. I wonder if she has used DMC Memory Thread in any of these designs? The wired thread would definitely be easy to use in this type of project.

It’s always fun to see how a television series can spawn an entire design theme, and these ladies have definitely created some unique pieces that reflect the spirit of the program. Bravo!





 


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Doctor Who-Inspired Craftiness

Friday, January 10, 2014

Tardis Cross Stitch pattern on Crafty SundriesThis weekly roundup is for all you Doctor Who fans – craft something Doctor Who-inspired for yourself or a Whovian friend! If you don’t know a thing about the series, you probably know at least that it involves a police box, or the TARDIS (short for: Time And Relative Dimension In Space).

This free cross stitch Tardis pattern is available on the blog Crafty Sundries. Although Kressly doesn’t specify which floss shades to use, I’d say any shades of DMC floss in dark and royal blue would work – my suggestions would be DMC 791 and DMC 798.

It would also be fun to stitch the Tardis light at the top with DMC Light Effects floss in our Glow in the Dark shade!

 

TARDIS Phone Charging Station on MakeHow about this awesome Tardis Phone-Charging Station on Make? This project uses felt, plastic canvas for stability, and embroidered details.

You can also embroider directly on plastic canvas using all 6 strands of DMC floss (or doubled – 12 strands). There are many sizes and types of plastic canvas available – for a really helpful guide, visit Kathy’s post on Krafty Kat’s Blog.

 

Tardis Tissue Box Cover by TheCraftyCat on CraftsterThis cute Tardis Tissue Box Cover puts a modern, geeky spin on a craft familiar to every bathroom.

Craftster user TheCraftyCat used yarn, DMC embroidery floss, and plastic canvas for her cover. She includes a helpful tutorial for anyone wanting to make a tissue cover of their own.

In lieu of yarn, DMC tapestry wool would also work great on plastic canvas, and needlepointers are sure to have a nice stash.

 

10th Doctor pattern by Kerry DustinTardises are just the beginning when it comes to Doctor Who craftiness on the web, however – this wonderful 10th Doctor Embroidery is offered as a free pattern by Kerry Dustin on Flickr.

She took part in the awesome Fandom in Stitches Doctor Who Stitchalong last year – which has so many amazing free patterns inspired by the series.

Doctors 1-11 are represented in easy-to-stitch free patterns, not to mention quilt patterns, and yes, even more wonderful Tardises.





 


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Needlework Shop Visit

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Greeting stitchers! I’ve been on the road again, and as usual I like to visit the LNS  in the area while traveling. A few weeks ago I found myself in cold, breezy and beautiful Ogden, Utah, where I had an opportunity to pop into The Needlepoint Joint.

This store actually takes up two store fronts on historic 25th Street, just down the street from the museums in the old Ogden Depot, and just a short drive to Promontory Point and other historic sites.  I couldn’t help but think of the snappy Hell on Wheels theme tune while walking from the train depot to the shop…

This beautiful retail shop carries quality supplies for all types of needlework, from cross stitch and needlepoint to lacemaking and yarn crafts.  They’ve been in business since 1973 and carry a huge array of threads, yarns, tools and needlework fabrics. They feature not only common items, but some unique and hard to find things.

Owner Judy Jones and her staff were welcoming and I had a great time visiting with them, admiring all the needlework goodies, and enjoying the shop. I’ll definitely be visiting again on my next trip to the area.

Here’s a photo of their wall of DMC Needlework Threads. They pretty much carry it all – and their selection of books and patterns is awesome!

Oh, and some of the more unusual items I found at the store were bobbin lace books and packages of quality wooden bobbins. These can be hard to find without special ordering them.

So, I’ve decided to learn bobbin lacemaking this year – wish me luck!





 


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Stitching in the New Year!

Friday, January 3, 2014

For this week’s roundup, I thought we’d pay a visit to all of you stitchers out there, and show off the hard work you’ve been doing with our DMC threads!

Pattern Darning on The Compleatly Dressed AnachronistThis darning sampler was created by Edyth Miller on her blog The Compleatly Dressed Anachronist. The black pattern at the bottom left was stitched with 3 strands of DMC linen floss.

As the first post in a monthly series of Medieval Crafting Skills, Edyth presents a fascinating history of darning stitches, as well as a tutorial and free pattern to create your own darning stitches using #5 pearl cotton.

 

Tatting With Variegated Threads on Snowy’s TattingThis lovely example of tatting can be found on Snowy’s Tatting – using variegated DMC tatting thread in two colors she was not too sure of, this stitcher created some gorgeous work!

I think this is a wonderful example of how inspiring it can be to just try some new threads out – and you’ll be surprised at the beauty of the results!

 

Focus on Detail on Victoria WrenThis gorgeous whitework on Victoria Wren is an example of Bermuda fagotting, an elegant heirloom stitch.

Using just 1 strand of DMC floss, Cassie created this breathtaking adornment for an antique bonnet. This project has inspired her to focus on detail for the rest of the year.

I love her idea of choosing a year-long focus or inspiration for her stitching – what would yours be?

 

Stitching Year in Review on Sew In LoveFinally, one of the things I always love to see is a stitching year in review like this beautiful post on Sew in Love.

Elizabeth shows some amazing examples of her stitching this year, including this delicate stumpwork dragonfly from a DMC kit.

The kit is unfortunately no longer available, but there are plenty of lovely tutorials to get you started if you’d like to try stumpwork!

 

Stumpwork Dragonfly on The Floss BoxTry this excellent stumpwork tutorial by Emily on The Floss Box, and don’t miss Emily’s own gorgeous stumpwork dragonfly, stitched with DMC Light Effects floss.

I hope we’ve inspired you – but more importantly – thank you – all of you – for inspiring us with your wonderful stitching with DMC threads!





 


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