Make it yourself using the perfect color of thread!
DMC‘s Designers have created these beautiful French Knit jewelry pieces that you can make using DMC Embroidery Floss and beads.
You can get the free instructions from the JoAnn Fabric and Craft Store site, and see them in their Memorial Day Sales Ad.
DMC designer Alice Okon has created this adorable Cute as a Button Nursery Sampler, personalized with both the name of the new baby, and his or her proud parents. Stitch the project in DMC Embroidery Floss on our blue or pink gingham printed Impressions Aida. After stitching, embellish the sampler with buttons tied in place.
The sampler would be a terrific baby shower gift for the new parents.
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I’m curious – how many of you are taking an embroidery class this summer or participating in an online stitching club?
I found some gorgeous stitching done for an embroidery class on the blog Stitching Idyllic. Ann taught a 6 week class on Creative Use of Stitches, and is sharing the results of her lessons on her blog.
Mollie on Wild Olive is doing a Summer Stitching series using a bright, happy DMC floss palette. Her project includes tiny embroidered motifs and hexagon quilting – so those of you looking to expand into either embroidery or quilting could have a fun time.
Visit her post for more details.
Artist Megan Eckman just launched an Embroidery of the Month club – Megan’s style evokes children’s book illustrations that are dreamlike and imaginative.
Best of all -all you’ll need is a couple skeins of black or navy DMC floss for these lovely patterns!
If you’re looking for some free Summer Stitching inspiration – how about joining the DMC Mentor Program? You’ll receive a starter kit with all the basic materials you’ll need to share some stitching inspiration with your non-stitching friends – start your own summer stitching club! Find more information and sign up!
They say all Quilters embroider, but not all Embroiderers quilt. I’m not sure if this rings true or not, but I do know many quilters use embroidery in their quilted creations. Embroidery adds detail, texture, or helps the maker tell a story.
This quilt made by Debby Schnabel -a retired ICU nurse who runs the Debby Quilts blog -has created this masterpiece feauring her favorite psalms, and has used embroidery extensively in her project.
Debby has used pearl cotton to embroider her masterpiece with a variety of interesting embroidered designs. The artists has used embroidery not only for the lettering in the text, but to also enhance images in the fabric, such as the tree show here, and to accent bold circles of color in the design.
As I look closely at Debby’s photos, I can see that she has painstakingly spaced rows of running stitch and bullion stitch, French knots and straight stitches in her circles, and has enhanced her trees with satin stitched fruit and detached chain stitch leaves.
The embroidered details are worked in basic stitches familiar to nearly anyone who embroiders or quilts, and really make the quilt come alive!
Quilt artist Allison Aller – one of the winners of DMC’s Trips to France - also uses embroidery to enhance her quilts and add incredible detail to her projects.
She recently completed a piece titled Twenty Years in the Garden, using a variety of embroidery threads and ribbon to stitch the abundance of vegetables, flowers and plants in her quilted garden beds.
Allison has used so many different hand embroidery stitches in her project that it’s hard to count them all, but I see French knots, straight stitch, stem stitch, detached chain stitch and lazy daisy stitches, running stitch, couching and more.
It’s amazing what embroidery can do for a quilting project, and I can hardly wait to see what these two incredible textile artists create next!
Temari balls are a terrific example of a colorful Japanese thread craft that anyone can learn. Temari are made of yarn wrapped around a soft core, and embellished with DMC pearl cotton. As your skills grow, so will the complexity of the Temari you create.
The name means hand ball in Japanese, and the balls were originally created for children. Today, they are a symbol of good luck, and are given as gifts on special occasions, or to decorate the home.
All of the balls shown here were created by designer Barbara Seuss, and were featured in her book, Japanese Temari, a Colorful Spin on an Ancient Craft, available on her website as well as online and local bookstores. You can also see dozens of inspiring samples in her Temari Gallery.
This week, you can bring some of that gorgeous color indoors using this free pattern for pretty floss flowers from the DMC archives. The blossoms would make a great Mother’s Day gift!
The flowers are easy to make using DMC Embroidery Floss and wire, and you can have an entire bouquet made up in a flash! Just cut, fold and twist.
Click on the photo or the link above to access the pdf pattern.