A Summer Full of Stitchalongs!

Friday, May 30, 2014

The Mysterious Halloween Town - Palette ImageWith summer fast approaching, it looks like now is the perfect time for stitchalongs! Have you tried a stitchalong? This might be the time to get started on one – here’s a fabulous few to try out.

I’m loving the gorgeous bright DMC floss in this sneak peek of the Mysterious Halloween Town stitchalong by The Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery. From June 19 – September 19, subscribers will receive a mysterious link with a new stitching clue. Sounds irresistibly mysterious and adorable!

Mystery Stitchalong on By the Bay NeedleartOnce again, there’s another marvelous Mystery Stitchalong on By the Bay Needleart – with a free PDF pattern each week, and a DMC floss palette, all you’ll need is some Aida or linen to start.

I’m not sure what the theme is – but it’s looking like it may also have some Fall or Halloween possibilities – I guess you’ll just have to tune in and find out for yourself!

Blackbird Sampler Instagram StitchalongAnother gorgeous, free option is this beautiful Blackbird Sampler Stitchalong, available on Blackbird Designs.

Visit this post for the free pattern – a breathtaking cross stitch design with a full list of DMC floss shades for stitching and a helpful stitch guide.

Free Advent Animals Cross Stitch Patterns on BrooksBooks PublishingNow is the time to start your Holiday stitching as well – jump start your holiday creativity with these Free Advent Animals Cross Stitch Patterns on Brooke’s Books Publishing.

Brooke is generously releasing a free pattern every month or so through October, for 25 patterns in all! And the first three are out-of-this-world adorable, just saying.


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NEW from DMC!

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

DMC Loop to Loop  YarnWe’ve added a fun new yarn that I know you’ll want to try, using a totally new stitching technique!

It doesn’t matter if you’ve never knitted or crocheted before, you can create beautiful fashion items in a single afternoon with our brand new, lacy and lovely Loop to Loop™ yarn. Make a lightweight scarf or cowl to accessorize a summer outfit, or a bikini wrap for the beach or pool.

double project sm.ashxTo get started, you can download a PDF of the Cowl Scarf here, and the Bikini Wrap Here. Work either item in any of the 5 bright and beautiful colors to make your own lacy creation.

The instructions for the cowl can also be found on the label, along with diagrams for working the easy looping technique used to connect the strips of yearn to create the projects. Simply pull one loop through another using a crochet hook or just your fingers.

You’ll be creating stylish hand-made apparel before you know it. Some items can be made in less than an hour!

Our new yarn debuts this month at brick and mortar Michaels Stores locations. Check it out!


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Fabulous free patterns from around the web

Friday, May 23, 2014

Sashiko Pattern by Bridgeen on CraftsyThis lovely Sashiko waves pattern is a freebie by Bridgeen on Craftsy. Be sure to visit the post for some lovely and helpful details on starting out with Sashiko.

I’d love to mix up the traditional white threads used in Sashiko with some of our Light Effects, variegated, or Color Variations floss!

Cross Stitch Wallet Tutorial on Funk & Weber DesignsThis Cross Stitch Wallet Tutorial on Funk & Weber Designs is so colorful and cheery – I love the bold orange and pink DMC floss palette she’s chosen! This simple wallet design is perfect as a gift card holder, or maybe even a needlebook.

There’s so many variations I can think of on this simple design – using our 14 ct Aida cloth in different shades – in particular a variation on this design using our Bright Ideas Aida in Grasshopper is really calling out to me!

Code Monkey Cross Stitch on The Bored ZombieThis Code Monkey Cross Stitch on The Bored Zombie is perfect for the beloved code monkey in your life –  a super-clever variation on blackwork, using a binary code pattern throughout.

All you need is some Aida in black, floss, and a bit of polymer clay for the optional banana hanger.

This is such a fun use of our Light Effects floss in neon green – a perfect throwback to the good old days of black and green computing (that maybe some of us can remember)!

Stitchable Calendar Panels on So SeptemberI’m so inspired by these wonderful Stitchable Calendar Panels on So September – available in 4 basic colors, she even includes tips on the perfect DMC floss colors to complement your calendar stitching!

If you’re ever wondering how to make something practical and giftable from your freeform embroidery, this is a wonderful route to take!


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Two Terrific Totes

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Looking for a bag to carry all your beach or outdoor activity gear? Check out these free patterns for two terrific totes from DMC!

The Nasturtium Bag is stitched using 12 colors of DMC Embroidery Floss. For the fabric, choose a crisp white CharlesCraft Gold Standard Aida or stitch the design over 2 threads on our sturdy CharlesCraft Monaco fabric.

The designs can be stitched on any count you choose, and the finished size of the bag will be determined by the fabric. For example, if the Nasturtium Bag is stitched on 11-count Aida, the design area will measure 10 inches wide by 6 inches tall. For a larger bag, stitch over two squares instead of one!

The Buttercup Bag is stitched using six colors of floss. For the fabric, try natural-looking Fiddlers Cloth in 14-count or CharlesCraft Carolina Linen. It’s easy to make a large tote – just repeat the pattern as often as needed for the width of the bag.

Click on the links in each paragraph to access a PDF pattern for each tote.


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A Few Bright Ideas

Friday, May 16, 2014

Cross Stitch Stash Buster on PumoraI can’t get enough of projects that show you what to do with all your leftover bits of floss – this Cross Stitch Stash Buster by Anne on Pumora is particularly inspired and beautiful! This rainbow of hues is worked up in easy cross stitches – no need for a grid at all!

This would be a great way to work in some texture to a simple embroidery pattern – just lovely.

Felt Alphabet Bean Bags on Munchkin and BeanThese Felt Alphabet Bean Bags on Munchkin and Bean are so sweet – this would also be a great blocky alphabet to use on a name or birthday banner! Using felt, DMC floss in 3 few bright colors, and the filling of your choice, it looks like a quick, fun project.

Filling the felt squares with lavender would make a lovely sachet for a keepsake or a quick gift for a group of bridesmaids – I’d adorn the letters with some lovely stitching, for emphasis.

Free Flutterby Pattern on Shiny Happy WorldThis sweet Free Flutterby Pattern by Wendi Gratz on Shiny Happy World is stitched up in an adorable selection of DMC floss colors.

It’s a perfect way to brighten up someone’s day – this would be a super-cute stitched greeting card or adornment on an apron or favorite dress.

Wendi includes links to stitching guides for the 2 stitches used on the butterfly, and all the DMC colors needed. SO adorable!

Scrapbook Page by Barbara P. on FlickrI’m loving this Scrapbook Page by Barbara P. on Flickr – what a wonderful way to incorporate some simple and striking embroidery into your scrapbook!

She uses our Color Variations Floss in a wonderful teal shade to outline a strong, blocky font with a list of travel destinations.

The subtle color changes and textured embroidery really give this page a fabulous three dimensional appeal!


Categories: Free Projects

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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