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.
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!
This lovely Sashiko waves pattern is a freebie by Bridgeen on Craftsy. Be sure to visit the post for some lovely and helpful details on starting out with Sashiko.
This Cross Stitch Wallet Tutorial on Funk & Weber Designs is so colorful and cheery – I love the bold orange and pink DMC floss palette she’s chosen! This simple wallet design is perfect as a gift card holder, or maybe even a needlebook.
There’s so many variations I can think of on this simple design – using our 14 ct Aida cloth in different shades – in particular a variation on this design using our Bright Ideas Aida in Grasshopper is really calling out to me!
This Code Monkey Cross Stitch on The Bored Zombie is perfect for the beloved code monkey in your life – a super-clever variation on blackwork, using a binary code pattern throughout.
All you need is some Aida in black, floss, and a bit of polymer clay for the optional banana hanger.
This is such a fun use of our Light Effects floss in neon green – a perfect throwback to the good old days of black and green computing (that maybe some of us can remember)!
I’m so inspired by these wonderful Stitchable Calendar Panels on So September – available in 4 basic colors, she even includes tips on the perfect DMC floss colors to complement your calendar stitching!
If you’re ever wondering how to make something practical and giftable from your freeform embroidery, this is a wonderful route to take!
Looking for a bag to carry all your beach or outdoor activity gear? Check out these free patterns for two terrific totes from DMC!
The Nasturtium Bag is stitched using 12 colors of DMC Embroidery Floss. For the fabric, choose a crisp white CharlesCraft Gold Standard Aida or stitch the design over 2 threads on our sturdy CharlesCraft Monaco fabric.
The designs can be stitched on any count you choose, and the finished size of the bag will be determined by the fabric. For example, if the Nasturtium Bag is stitched on 11-count Aida, the design area will measure 10 inches wide by 6 inches tall. For a larger bag, stitch over two squares instead of one!
The Buttercup Bag is stitched using six colors of floss. For the fabric, try natural-looking Fiddlers Cloth in 14-count or CharlesCraft Carolina Linen. It’s easy to make a large tote – just repeat the pattern as often as needed for the width of the bag.
Click on the links in each paragraph to access a PDF pattern for each tote.
I can’t get enough of projects that show you what to do with all your leftover bits of floss – this Cross Stitch Stash Buster by Anne on Pumora is particularly inspired and beautiful! This rainbow of hues is worked up in easy cross stitches – no need for a grid at all!
This would be a great way to work in some texture to a simple embroidery pattern – just lovely.
These Felt Alphabet Bean Bags on Munchkin and Bean are so sweet – this would also be a great blocky alphabet to use on a name or birthday banner! Using felt, DMC floss in 3 few bright colors, and the filling of your choice, it looks like a quick, fun project.
Filling the felt squares with lavender would make a lovely sachet for a keepsake or a quick gift for a group of bridesmaids – I’d adorn the letters with some lovely stitching, for emphasis.
It’s a perfect way to brighten up someone’s day – this would be a super-cute stitched greeting card or adornment on an apron or favorite dress.
Wendi includes links to stitching guides for the 2 stitches used on the butterfly, and all the DMC colors needed. SO adorable!
I’m loving this Scrapbook Page by Barbara P. on Flickr – what a wonderful way to incorporate some simple and striking embroidery into your scrapbook!
She uses our Color Variations Floss in a wonderful teal shade to outline a strong, blocky font with a list of travel destinations.
The subtle color changes and textured embroidery really give this page a fabulous three dimensional appeal!
There are literally thousands of embroidery stitches and stitch variations, yet it’s really easy to get in the habit of using just a few familiar ones. Today’s blog features tutorials for unique stitches that will help you break the boredom and try something different!
Kelly Fletcher from Materialistic features a fabulous tutorial on working Danish Knots. Check out her clear directions for working this stitch, and the Summer Raindrops design she created, using the stitch as a filling in one of the droplets.
Tete de Boeuf also makes an interesting and unusual filling stitch. Sarah Whittle shows you how to work the stitch, and gives a pretty example of its use.
Sarah has used an over-dyed or variegated thread. Using a thread containing two or more colors can really jazz up a design by making each and every stitch look different than the one next to it. Try DMC Color Variations embroidery floss to make a similar filling.
Kimberly Quimet has used DMC Color Variations pearl cotton to create her tutorial featuring the sheaf stitch used as a filling.
The versatile stitch also looks beautiful worked as bands and borders in embroidery projects.
For more stitch ideas, check out our Embroidery Stitch Guide. There’s a world of stitches out there – let’s try something different.
This beautiful Spring Embroidery Sampler by Stacey on Bakercourt is just breathtaking. I love the floss colors she’s chosen, the linen background, and all the little imaginative details she’s added.
Even lovelier still, she’s offering a free download of the pattern she used to create it!
This Long and Short Stitch Tutorial on Bee’s Knees Industries is inspiring and helpful, with beautiful photos and clear explanation – it’ll have you trying out a long and short stitch in no time!
And also, do I spy a lovely palette of DMC threads? I love the way those 3 vivid DMC greens work with each other -gorgeous spring color choices, Cate!
Over on Craftsy, Kristin uses a similar vivid green to demonstrate her Top 10 Must-Know Hand Embroidery Stitches – are any of these stitches on your list?
I must say the Lazy daisy is one of my go-to stitches – I love it for its vintage look and ease of stitching. That linen background has me itching to try out a few stitches on our own Linen fabrics.
Speaking of lovely color combos, how about the Here Kitty Kitty color combo featured on Wild Olive?
Designer Alyssa Thomas chose this inspired selection of DMC threads to stitch up her new kitty-themed embroidery patterns, and I must say her choices were perfect for some spring themed stitching!
Don’t miss the fun tour she took her new patterns on, which she’s called the Cats and Crafts Experiment!