Try Something Different

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

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.

Happy Stitching!


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Blossoms, stitched blooms, and spring palettes

Friday, May 9, 2014

Spring Embroidery by BakercourtThis week, I find inspiration in blossoms, stitched blooms, and DMC color combinations in a spring palette!

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!


Long and Short Stitch Tutorial on Bee’s Knees IndustriesThis 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!


Top 10 Must-Know Hand Embroidery Stitches on CraftsyOver 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.


Here Kitty Kitty Color Combo on Wild OliveSpeaking 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!


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May Specials from DMC

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Have you visited the DMC Shop on our web site lately?  If you haven’t, you’ll definitely want to check out our May Specials!

To celebrate Teacher Appreciation Week, we’re offering 20% off our Prism Craft Threads and Products. This offer is good through May 10th and includes a huge variety of Prism Floss Packs and kits.  perfect for young crafters!

Prism is our extensive line of kid-friendly craft threads, designed to bring vibrant color and texture to crafts. Young crafters can make friendship bracelets, barrettes, use them in paper crafting or scrapbooking projects and more. We even have a Prism FaceBook page full of fun ideas!

Be sure to use the promo code when ordering – you can find it in the image below, or in the Shop DMC area.

For Memorial Day, we’re also offering free shipping on orders over $50. This special runs May 23rd through 26th, so you have plenty of time to choose your products and place your order on or after the 23rd.

While you’re in the DMC Shop, be sure to sign up to receive news of our latest specials and new product arrivals.


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Beautiful things to do with floss

Friday, May 2, 2014

Every week, I wonder, will this be the week the internet runs out of creative things to do with embroidery floss?

Bookbinding with DMC Floss on Chris and PaigeAnd every week, the resounding answer is: NOT THIS WEEK.

Case in point is this gorgeous Handmade Book Binding, bound with DMC Floss on the lovely blog Chris and Paige.

I love the colors she’s chosen, and the wonderful way they contrast with the pale wooden boards.


How-To: Embroidered Postcards on EtsyI’m also loving this creative and adorable How-To: Embroidered Postcards on Etsy. The supplies and process photos in this tutorial are clear, bright, and delightful.

This is such a fun way to add a whimsical and silly touch to old postcards or old photos.

I would love to print out a few copies of family photos or my favorite friend pics on Instagram and embellish with sequins and bits of floss!


DIY Mini Tassel Garland on Kaley AnnThis DIY Mini Tassel Garland Tutorial on Kaley Ann features an absolutely beautiful selection of DMC Floss colors.

I’m in love with the inspired palette Kaley has chosen!

Kaley’s tutorial photos are so clear and inspiring – be sure not to miss her other lovely DIY tutorials.


Dressform Thread Holders on Minted StrawberryThese Dressform Thread Holders on Minted Strawberry are such a charming way to store your floss finds. They’d also be a gorgeous adornment for a party centerpiece, or hung in a row, as a garland.

I’d use them for my bits of extra floss, or as an inspiring way to feature all the colors in a cross stitch or freeform embroidery piece.


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Designing With DMC Embroidery Threads

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

DMC designers often include photos of their selected DMC Embroidery Threads on their blogs and web sites, and one of my favorite things to do when browsing blogs is to find images of DMC threads being used by designers.

Here are several sites where the designers have recently used our gorgeous threads in some of their designs, and snapped photos of the thread with their projects.

Cécile Franconie – one of my favorite French designers – has used 4 different colors of Color Variations Pearl Cotton in one of the gorgeous embroideries on her Facile Cecile site.

DMC’s Color Variations is a multi-colored thread with an over-dyed effect made from 100% long staple Egyptian cotton and double mercerized to give it brilliant sheen. There are 60 different multicolor options and it’s one of my favorite threads to work with.

She has used DMC Color Variations Pearl Cotton in 4129 Peanut Brittle, 4140 Driftwood, 4135 Terra Cotta and 4126 Desert Canyon.

Kim from Kimberly QuiMet used several bright, happy colors of DMC floss in her adorable owl.

DMC Cotton Embroidery Floss is the most recommended and widely distributed thread in the world and is available in 454 solid colors, 18 variegated colors and comes in 8.7 yards in a pull skein put-up.

I “think” the colors featured here are 3845, 3806 and Blanc/White…

A Spring freebie from NeedleKnowledge uses a variety of bright colors in the May Flowers Pin Cushion pattern. The little flowers scattered across the center area can be changed to any color you choose.

I see colors 3844 Dark Bright Turquoise, 3831 Dark Raspberry 739, Ultra Very Light Tan, 989 Forest Green, and 3820 Dark Straw.

Lori at Notforgotten Farm has pulled together an assortment of DMC floss in pretty spring colors for her next project. You can see her favorite DMC color palettes here!

Do you have a favorite site that shows DMC Embroidery Threads in use on a project or design? Share it with us – you may see it featured soon!


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Inspiration on a Spring Theme!

Friday, April 25, 2014

The Earth Laughs in Flowers free chart on My HeartstringThis beautiful free cross stitch pattern, The Earth Laughs in Flowers is available on My Heartstring.

The lovely chart, designed by Beth Twist, is worked up in a fabulous range of DMC threads. If you love this, don’t miss Beth’s gorgeous Etsy Sampler Shop – Heartstring Samplery.

I love the wonderful palette she’s chosen – it would look especially lovely stitched on Beige or Natural Aida cloth or our Carolina Linen.

Embroidered Canvas Art on I Heart NaptimeThis Embroidered Canvas Tutorial by Liz on I Heart Naptime is stitched up in another dazzling selection of our DMC threads – really, the photos are mouthwatering, and the tutorial is so well laid out and imaginative.

Liz cleverly couches DMC floss over cord for a beautiful effect – you could also try your hand at our Memory Thread for another interesting effect.

I also think it would be a wonderful experiment to use all your leftover bits of floss, in rainbow shades, for a multicolored statement!

Simple Lined Zipper Pouches on Purl BeeThese Simple Lined Zipper Pouches on Purl Bee are just calling out for embellishment, aren’t they?

They look lovely on their own, but I can envision all kinds of finishing touches with our threads – a cross stitched name, some freeform floral embroidery, even a scattering of practice stitches!

Remember that you can easily translate your favorite cross stitch patterns onto any fabric surface, with the help of our Waste Canvas!


DIY Cosmetic Bag on Hannah in the HouseThis DIY Cosmetic Bag on Hannah in the House is another great opportunity for embellishment and sewing.

I’d choose a nice, bold geometric or floral print and embellish with french knots, outline stitches, and maybe a little padded satin stitch to make the pattern elements really pop!


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