I couldn’t resist sharing some last-minute Halloween mask ideas with you from around the internet – quick and easy to whip up using felt, embroidery floss and fabric scraps!
These sweet felt masks on Prudent Baby can be completed with no sewing at all, but they’d be gorgeous with some stitched elements as well.
Create a ladybug, fox, Octopus, Koala, Owl, Panda, Bird, or Butterfly using their templates and instructions. View the tutorial.
For another sweet take on the popular fox and owl theme, try these woodland animal felt masks on SheKnows. The sweet details on the owl really make it adorable, and I’m sure some decorative stitches will make it even lovelier!
Add this gorgeous raccoon by Allison to the sweet woodland mix – she is offering a free mask template and extensive tutorial on Momspark.
Try stitching around the edges in contrasting colors for extra stitch emphasis! View the tutorial.
These cute superhero-inspired masks were made by Michelle on Sunshine and a Summer Breeze and she offers 4 free templates to help you create your own!
Using just a few colors of felt you can outfit a whole troop of superheros just in time for trick or treating. View the tutorial.
This elegant masquerade mask by Kara on Sprinkles in Springs looks exquisite and is so easy to make! Kara also has a lovely glitter version along with 4 mask templates – the last of which is spooky and perfect for Halloween!
Week four of our Twelve Weeks of Holiday Projects brings you this fun, easy project created using DMC Color Infusions Memory Thread.
This soft, fiber-wrapped copper wire can be used to embellish all types of needlework and craft projects. It’s colorfast, fade resistant, acid free, and is available in 28 bright beautiful colors, wrapped on a recyclable shuttle to keep the thread tidy and ready to use.
In this project I’ve used three shades of green and plain white Memory Thread to create simple charms that can be used to embellish the stems of your wine glasses, adding a festive touch to an otherwise plain object. One shuttle of each color will make about 4 charms.
The wired thread is shaped into small leaves (shown full-size in the pattern for tracing) and the stems twisted to form a curled hook. Teeny tiny ready-made pompoms adorn each charm, but you can substitute beads or buttons instead.
Memory Thread is available at craft needlework stores, or online at Shop DMC.
Our sixteen brand-new colors of DMC Embroidery Floss are now available as a boxed set! You can find it online at Shop DMC and 123Stitch – or check with your local needlework store for availability. The pack is also available at AC Moore stores and is coming soon to Herrschners.
These are the first new solid colors of floss in almost 15 years. With the addition of the 16 newest colors, DMC’s embroidery floss range becomes the largest in the world, with 488 colors (470 solid and 18 variegated). You can download the full press release here.
I’ve received a set and I’m so excited – and looking forward using them in upcoming designs featured here on the blog!
To help you get a feel for where the colors belong on the color card, download the PDF featuring the new colors, giving the new color numbers and which existing colors they fall between. They have not yet been assigned official names, but we’re working on that!
The floss also comes with a gorgeous set of three charted designs you can stitch using the new colors. See the designs here.
So here’s a little Fall inspiration for you – how about Mexican sugar skulls? I have been seeing so many lovely versions of these traditional confections used to celebrate Day of the Dead – there is something so pretty and otherworldly about them!
For a project that is sweet and distinctly un-ghoulish, here’s a tutorial on CraftsTuts+ for a felt mask on a Sugar Skull theme.
I love the gorgeous bright colors they used! It’s a perfect blend of sweet and spooky that would also work as a last-minute costume.
This Sugar Skull sneaker tutorial by Allison is a lovely free pattern using fabric and transfer iron-on pens.
But I think it would also look gorgeous stitched up with our DMC floss and not just on sneakers – this pattern would be lovely on all kinds of things!
This inspiring Felt Sugar Skull tutorial on Experimentalk would be a great way to play with scraps of felt and floss.
String the finished skulls together as a garland, or stitch just one as a pin or spooky adornment for a headband…
There was a whole week of Dia de los Muertos themed crafts on Tried and True, including this free Sugar Skull template to decorate.
Of course, I think it would be gorgeous stitched – or using the outlines to cut out felt or fabric shapes to applique!
A sugar skull quilt… now there’s an idea!
Do any of you know of any sugar skull patterns you love or have stitched? Be sure to let us know!
Our No Hassle Tassel technique speeds up and simplifies tassel making —no need to ever wrap thread around a piece of cardboard again!
Next, embellish the tassel with jewelry findings to make gorgeous necklaces similar to those shown in the photographs.
Make several as gifts for your friends, the kids’ teachers or your coworkers. Pick up a 6-pack of Light Effects floss and in just a small block of time you’ll have your gifts made – and one or two for yourself – or get your friends together for a crafting party and make them together!
In one of our previous inspiration posts, one of our readers commented that they would love to see DMC Cotton Floss displayed in color wheel order – what a beautiful idea!
Blogger Kimberly Ouimet is busy organizing her entire DMC floss collection using a color wheel, and she has many gorgeous photos and tips on her process on her blog. Visit her post.
Starting from a stack of paint chips, matching up your floss as you go is a wonderful way to familiarize yourself with the concept of a color wheel.
Amy was kind enough to list all 26 DMC Threads shades she used: 304, 321, 666, 606, 741, 972, 725, 726, 704, 471, 702, 701, 699, 958, 991, 503, 501, 826, 825, 3746, 553, 552, 326, 335, 3733.
If cross stitch is more your thing, there’s a free color wheel pattern on Daisies for Violet.
While the pattern does not include floss numbers, it would be a great way to test your color IQ and play a game of match up with the threads in your collection.
Can you match all the pictured shades to DMC threads? Be sure and share your project with us if you do, we’d love to see it!