More Amazing Embroidery

Fiber artists are continually transforming orindary supplies into something extraordinary using needles, embroidery threads, and a bit of time.

Embroidery and other forms of needlework can add a touch of color and style to everyday objects. Purses, tabletop textiles, clothing and other ordinary fabric items can easily be enhanced with stitching, and scraps of this and that can be combined to create art.

Here are some examples to inspire you…

Yumiko Higuchi features lovely embroidered pouches, handbags and purses on her blog site, and sells her creations on Etsy.

Each one features a theme stitched in either a single, monochromatic color scheme, or a blast of color, depending on the design.

Liz Cooksey uses fabric scraps, hand and machine embroidery to create works of art that can be framed and displayed. Visit her site to see more of her outstanding work. It’s organized into galleries, and you can enlarge each piece for a closer look by clicking on the image.

Prepare to be amazed, because even the simplest design on her page features an abundance of stitches. The lovely garden scene shown here is featured under Current Work.

As Autumn approaches you’ll definitely want to check out the work of artist Susanna Bauer, an artist renowned for making sculptural art from found objects that she gathers on her walks.

In this example, she takes an ordinary dried leaf and turns it into delicate, lacy treasure worthy of a frame using embroidery and crochet threads.

What unusual item will you stitch next?


Tatting and Crochet Inspiration

It’s so inspiring all the different crafts that are possible with our threads – how many of you have had a chance to try Tatting? We have a wonderful section on our site devoted to this craft with stitch guides, illustrations, and tips for reading patterns- visit our tatting guide.

Tatting example by Ninetta CarusoNinetta Caruso is an Italian crafter who posts beautiful tatting projects on Flickr – she provides helpful step-by step instructions to guide you through her process, and many lovely free patterns. Her Flickr stream is a wonderful resource for tatting inspiration - visit her photos.

This lovely example uses DMC Tatting Thread in Size 80.

Tatting Overview on Thread HeadCanadian quilter Joanne provides a wonderful tatting overview on her blog Thread Head.

She mentions that her favorite thread for tatting is DMC Cebelia and gives you many useful tips, illustrated with clear photos to get you started.

For more inspiration, visit her overview.


Tatted Tulip and Leaf Doily by EvelynEdit: 8/26 – Our eagle-eyed readers are correct – the following photos are an excellent example of crochet, not tatting!

Evelyns Flickr stream features beautiful, clear photos of her work, along with the pattern source, size, tools and threads used. For some beautiful crochet inspiration, visit her photos.

This beautiful Tulip and Leaf motif is worked with DMC Cebelia in size 10.


Do you have any lovely examples of tatting or crochet using DMC threads? As always, be sure to share them!


NEW From the DMC Shopping Center!

Looking for an exciting new project or two to stitch this season? We’ve added a brand-new page to our online Shopping Center featuring new and exciting products you can order directly from DMC!

Visit our New Products page to see the latest addition to our selection of exclusive patterns, kits and booklets using our popular embroidery threads.

NEW kits include the gorgeous Butterly Garden and Bird Song counted cross stitch kits (shown here) that pair DMC Cotton Embroidery Floss with DMC Light Effects for an elegant touch of sparkle.

Light Effects is a glistening, 6-strand metallic thread that catches the light and adds reflective qualities to any needlework or craft project. It has been used in these projects to add a hint of shimmer and shine to different elements in the designs.

These kits are complete and ready to stitch and include all DMC Embroidery Threads, 16-count Aida, needle as well as complete instructions for working the designs.

Visit the Shopping Center to see more of our new designs and hot new products for stitchers and needleworkers.

Happy Stitching!


16 NEW Embroidery Floss Colors – Coming Soon!

I’m so excited to announce that DMC is adding 16 brand new colors to the line of Article 117 Cotton Embroidery Floss! These are the first new colors to be added since 2001, and were developed based on input from some of your favorite needlework designers.

The new colors expand on several of DMC‘s existing color families, and are split into two distinct palettes: eight soft, natural shades and eight bright, vibrant hues.

These mercerized threads are made in France using premium quality 100% Egyptian cotton. The new colors make their debut in October 2013!

The sixteen new colors will be available in a convenient pack, and each pack comes with beautiful free patterns you can stitch!

The patterns include Bohemian Tapestry, Tropical Punch and Woodland Walk, shown here.

With the addition of these 16 new colors, DMC’s Embroidery floss range becomes the largest in the world with 488 colors (470 solid and 18 variegated).

Please keep in mind that your local retailer may not carry the complete line of DMC floss colors due to space limitations, but you can find the complete DMC floss line at several online retailers, including Herrschner’s and YarnTree.

DMC Embroidery Floss and Embroidery Floss Packs are available at local needlework retailers and national craft chains along with other fine needlework products including Charles Craft fabrics and Ready-to-Stitch, specialty embroidery threads, and DMC needles and accessories.

Visit DMC’s site for additional information, to find a store, download free patterns and project ideas, or visit the DMC online shop.

DMC also offers a Mentor Program to encourage ongoing teaching of stitching, as well as the DMC Club, a community of stitchers who receive a newsletter, exclusive projects, and can participate in a global stitching forum.


Crochet with DMC Threads!

Crochet Camera Strap on GoodknitsThis week, I was inspired by a gorgeous crochet camera strap tutorial on Goodknits. Using a gorgeous selection of DMC floss, this beautiful strap was worked to perfection by Lisa. Visit the tutorial.

Our blog is usually dedicated to embroidery, but here’s a lovely selection of items from the web you can crochet using our threads!


Crochet Flower Necklace by Created in AweThis flower necklace on the blog Created in Awe is crocheted using DMC floss. I can think of so many uses for lovely flowers in every hue – embellishing greeting cards, on barettes or pins.

The tutorial walks you through every step necessary to embellish and create your own beautiful version of this necklace. Visit the tutorial.


Bullion Stitch Heart on Sea Snail ShellThis sweet Bullion Stitch heart on the blog Sea Snail Shell is also created using DMC floss, and looks like it would be a gorgeous embellishment for jewelry, clothing, or a special gift. This would also make a sweet ornament to celebrate a new baby!

The free pattern also includes a full diagram  - visit the tutorial.



Interchangeable Baby Headband on Crochet KittenThis adorable interchangeable baby headband is worked in DMC pearl cotton and is available as a free pattern on the blog Crochet Kitten.

Using a simple button, you can easily swap out flower embellishments – adorable! Visit the tutorial.



Crochet Button Covers on Cynthia Shaffer's blogThese pretty crochet button covers on Cynthia Shaffer’s blog are worked in DMC crochet cotton in size 20.

I love the idea of combining fabric scraps and crochet – the finished buttons are so lovely that I can see them as a pin or a necklace, too. Visit the tutorial.


Crochet flowers on CrocheterieLastly, these lovely crochet flowers on Crocheterie may be worked in DMC Traditions crochet thread – aren’t they beautiful?

Visit the tutorial.


I hope you enjoyed this tour of lovely things you can crochet using our threads. What about you?

Do you have a favorite DMC thread to crochet with, or favorite pattern? Please leave a comment and let us know!



Grape Harvest Stitching

Last weekend while on a road trip through wine country, I was enchanted by the beauty of the grape vines, loaded with fruit that is almost ready for harvest. I thought this would make a terrific theme for this week’s freebie roundup!

Over in the DMC Club area you’ll find this simple Grape Border pattern in the Fruits and Vegetables section that can be used to embellish our CharlesCraft Ready to Stitch Towels and accessories.

The design can also be stitched on an Aida band to make a candle or cake band, or use waste canvas or our innovative, clear water soluble canvas to stitch the repeating pattern on a tablecloth, runner or sheets.

Or, stitch any of the individual motifs found in the Grape Harvest pattern using our luminous Light Effects embroidery floss. You’ll find this pattern in the Light Effects section of the DMC Club.

The DMC Club area is free and filled with lots of great patterns you can download. Sign in and check it out!

If you’re planning a harvest gethering, why not stitch a set of napkins or placemats to match the theme? This freebie (shown at right) from the Made to Treasure site requires just three colors of floss and can be worked up quickly, in time for guests.

Or, check out this beautiful bunch of grapes you can stitch using DMC Embroidery Floss! You can get the pattern here.

This design would be pretty stitched on our CharlesCraft Showcase Huck Towel.  A free cross stitch chart is included with each towel, including our own version of a realistic cluster of grapes.

Happy Stitching!


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