Inspired by… mandalas!

Friday, February 14, 2014

Valentine Mandala on PumoraThis week, I find myself inspired by mandalas – a sacred image, representative of the universe, and irresistibly symmetrical, they lend themselves very well to embroidery and fiber arts.

Not forgetting, of course, that it is Valentine’s Day, how about this gorgeous Free Valentine Mandala pattern by Anne Mende on Pumora? Anne worked her hearts in the dense, beautiful Rhodes stitch - a needlepoint stitch – what a creative use for it!

Mandala Tutorial on Shiny Happy WorldHere’s a beautiful idea – the Mandala tutorial by Wendi Gratz on Shiny Happy World doesn’t require a pattern at all! Wendi walks you through the steps and stitches you can do, working from the center out, to create this gorgeous piece.

I’d love to tackle this project with a variety of different weights of threads, our Pearl Cotton, and some Light Effects floss as well. Wonderful!


Sampler Mandala pattern on Colored ThreadThis beautiful free Sampler Mandala pattern by textile artist Mariee on Colored Thread gives you an opportunity to learn and show off your embroidery stitches!

I think this would be breathtaking with our variegated or Color Variations floss. I would also vary the weights used – don’t overlook our beautiful Pearl Cotton Variations floss for a thicker, more textured stitch.


Mandala PDF pattern on Suppose Create DelightThis lovely free Mandala PDF pattern on Suppose Create Delight is another meditative way to practice your stitches.

The designers also include all the DMC floss colors and stitches you’ll need to complete your project!


Free Mandala Cross Stitch Pattern on AboutThis Mandala Cross stitch pattern by Connie G. Barwick on About uses traditional blackwork textures.

There are so many options for a pattern like this! I’d start off with Aida cloth and use either a single color of floss or Color Variations floss, or you could try out a vibrant floss palette like our 2013 new floss colors!


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Geometric Motifs in our New Colors

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

For those of you who fell in love with the pattern featuring geometric motifs stitches in our 16 new colors of floss, the pattern is now available!

Each unique block design showcases one of the sixteen new colors to create a beautiful and harmonious whole. You can get the DMC Six Strand Embroidery Floss New Colors Pack #117F25CM16 on the Shop DMC page.

This pack contains embroidery floss in 16 new colors for 2013. Colors are arranged in two palettes: 8 soft natural shades and 8 bright vibrant hues. Colors are 3880, 3881, 3882, 3883, 3884, 3885, 3886, 3887, 3888, 3889, 3890, 3891, 3892, 3893, 3894, 3895.

The design measures 163w x 163h, 10 7/8″ x 10 7/8″ when stitched on Charles Craft 14 count Aida, in Antique White.

Download the free pdf pattern for the 16 New Colors Geometric Motifs here, gather your supplies and enjoy!


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Hearts, hearts, everywhere!

Friday, February 7, 2014

Love Lives Here free Blackwork Pattern by Cotton SeasonThe internet is still very full of hearts, so I hope you’ll enjoy another week of Valentine inspiration!

This Love Lives Here Blackwork pattern by Cotton Season is a free download on Craftsy. The pattern provides a lovely variation on typical blackwork by using DMC 3371 – which is actually a gorgeous, rich dark brown.

DMC 3371 is not as flat as plain black, and adds a lot of richness to your finished piece. It’s a favorite of many embroiderers for its drama and beauty.

All You Need Is Love button heart pattern on Elsie’s GirlThis Valentine Button Heart Pattern on Elsie’s Girl is a sweet idea – use a heart-shaped scrap of felt or fabric, and your favorite buttons, and floss for this cute hoop.

I love the variety of colorful buttons Shelley used – an equally lovely way to stitch this would be on a red or dark blue fabric or Aida cloth, with a handful of vintage white or mother-of-pearl buttons.

Scrappy Heart Pillow pattern on Fort Worth Fabric StudioThis beautiful Scrappy Heart Pillow Tutorial on Fort Worth Fabric Studio features such a yummy collection of pink and red fabrics. It makes a great introduction to quilting and basic sewing.

Or, use the scrapwork pattern with Aida cloth and DMC floss and three quarter cross stitches to make mini cross stitch hearts! There’s a nice pictorial guide to three quarter cross stitches on

Felt Heart Brooch on Hungry HippieThis Felt Heart Brooch on Hungry Hippie looks simple and sweet. Embellished felt with loads of french knots – the author uses a lovely range of DMC floss in pinks and reds.

Projects like these are another great chance to try out Color Variations Floss or variegated floss for extra fun!

Sewn Hearts Headband on Munchkin and BeanLast but not least is this sweet Felt Hearts Headband on Munchkin and Bean.

Kristan recycled a store-bought Christmas headband (great way to re-use your holiday gear!) by adding red felt hearts, stitched with a contrasting shade of pink Color Variations Floss.

Skull and Hearts Friendship BraceletMaybe all this talk of hearts has left you a bit cold? Well, I’m happy to say we have a project for everyone, and I think this Skull, Crossbones, and Hearts Friendship Bracelet pattern says it all. Or, maybe it just says you really love pirates…

One of the many wonderful free friendship bracelet patterns on our site – be sure to check them all out!


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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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