It’s a Wrap!

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

We’ve reached week 12 of our Twelve Weeks of Holiday Projects series here on the blog. Time sure flies when we’re having fun – it’s hard to believe we’ve been doing this 12 weeks now, and that next week is Christmas!

To help you with your package prettification process, this week’s theme is gift wrapping.

Give your gifts a stitcher’s handmade touch using DMC Needlework Threads as trimmings. Many of the ideas in today’s Free PDF Pattern use some of the techniques featured previously in our Twelve Weeks of Free Holiday Ideas.

An assortment of embroidery threads has been used to wrap the beautiful gifts shown here, including Embroidery Floss, Memory Thread, Light Effects Floss, and our pretty gold CharlesCraft Stardust Aida! Use our suggested colors and materials or choose your own to coordinate with your wrapping paper.

If you missed any of the previous weeks of fun including the tiny wreath and no-hassle tassels,  you can find links to the pdfs from the previous 11 weeks on our Free Holiday Ideas page.

And as a special treat for stitchers, any orders of $25 or more placed through our DMC Shopping Centre between now and December 24th will receive a FREE DMC mug (while quantities last. US and Canada orders only).

Happy Holidays!


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Wreathed in Smiles

Friday, December 13, 2013

Week 11 - Tiny Floss Wreaths Free ProjectWe’re at week 11 of the 12 Weeks of Free Holiday Ideas and this week we have two beautiful projects for you!

How about these Tiny Floss Wreaths crafted with DMC embroidery floss? I love the teeny-tiny scale of this project, and how quickly you can turn just a few lengths of floss into a darling wreath.

You might want to pull out some sharp DMC embroidery scissors, perfect for tiny details. These little wreaths would make wonderful pins, wine charms, gift tags, or earrings – let your imagination be your guide!


Week 11 - Joy Wreath CardThis lovely Joy Wreath Card is a perfect way to show off your DMC Memory Threads in holiday colors. Using card stock and textured papers, this project is a scrapbooker’s dream.

Our color suggestions for this project feature traditional holiday shades, but don’t be afraid to experiment with all of our lovely Memory Thread shades – I can see this concept working equally well in aqua, turquoise, and fuchsia.

This is also a great chance to recycle scraps of lovely holiday wrap for extra shine!

Click the title links for each of these projects to download a PDF project file.

And if you’ve missed any of the previous weeks of crafting and stitching fun, visit the web page to catch up!


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Felt Fun for the Holidays

Friday, December 13, 2013

This is my favorite time – right in the middle of the holidays, when you’re surrounded by music and ideas and inspiration, and there’s still just a bit of time left to strike some crafting off your list!

Gingerbread House Ornament on Cutesy CraftsHere’s some fun felt ideas found around the web!

This teeny Gingerbread House Ornament on Cutesy Crafts is squeal-worthy – the tiny felt house opens to reveal two equally tiny gingerbread men inside!

Using felt, floss, and colorful buttons, you an create your own candyland-inspired creation. There are tons of gorgeous, detailed photos to guide you as you stitch as well.
Make Your Own Mistletoe at Stay At Home Artist

This adorable Felt Mistletoe on Stay At Home Artist is simple, sweet, and elegant enough to look perfect over your door this holiday.

All you need is ribbon, felt, and pom poms, but in lieu of felt pom poms, you could try clusters of French knots in white DMC floss or pearl cotton, for added texture!


Felt Holiday Photo Props on Sweet Pie BakeryI also love these Stitchable or Printable Holiday Photo Props on Sweetie Pie Bakery – what a cute way to spend some silly hours with family and create some hilarious images for your photo album!

Make a Santa hat and beard or Rudolph nose and antlers from felt, or just print the cute templates on cardstock and use that way. The post includes a full tutorial guide to sewing your pieces together.


Fabric Scrap and Felt Tree Garland on NoodleheadThis wonderful Felt and Fabric Scrap Garland on Noodlehead is a great way to use up Christmas fabric scraps or Christmas cards or wrapping paper.

In addition to garland, the tutorial shows how you can use these sweet trees as gift tags and ornaments – lovely!


Reindeer Head on Red Brolly This cute Reindeer Head on Red Brolly is sweet papercraft meant to decorate the top of a Reindeer feed bag (complete with a recipe.) This would also make an adorable felt mask if you enlarge it a bit or ornament or gift embellishment.

I’d love to get creative with some stitches on Rudolph’s nose, maybe with some Light Effects floss in Red Ruby.


Felt Cardinal on Down East Thunder FarmLast up – this gorgeous Felt Cardinal Ornament on Down East Thunder Farm has such simple, lovely lines, but is still so realistic and inspired.

There are tons of beautiful free bird patterns on Susan’s site – so that you could easily create a entire bird-themed tree this year! Or, they’d be lovely as a gift or magnet.


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Awesome Gift Idea

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Glow-in-the-dark floss, part of DMC’s Light Effects thread line, is a fun choice for making unique embroidery or craft items that light up after the lights go out.

Designer Heather Lin has created a unique Stitch the Stars Kit, featuring the zodiac worked in this super-fun floss on a linen tea towel. You can make the project as a special gift for the stargazer in your life.

Directions for embroidery and transforming the towel into a wall hanging, and links for ordering the kit can be found here on Poppytalk as well as on Pinterest.



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Oh, Christmas Trees!

Friday, December 6, 2013

Oh Christmas Tree Cross Stitch Pattern on Kincavel CrossesWell, it’s about that time of year to start thinking of Christmas trees! Maybe you already have yours up, and are on to the next challenge – stitching trees. This roundup is for you because we’ve found lots of Christmas tree stitching inspiration out on the web!

This Christmas Tree Pattern on Kincavel Crosses is pretty glorious – using a mere 4 shades of floss, it’s a striking pattern that looks lovely and quick.


Sheep Day Cross Stitch Pattern on The Little StitcherThis sweet Sheep Day Pattern on The Little Stitcher looks absolutely gorgeous as an ornament.

The pattern is so elegant and beautifully designed that you may overlook the fact that it only requires 2 DMC shades to complete – DMC 3865 and 3371!

Don’t miss the rest of The Little Stitcher’s 12 Days of Christmas Patterns.

Seven Pines Cross Stitch Pattern on Little House NeedleworksThis lovely Seven Pines Pattern by Diane Williams is on Little House Needleworks. Diane’s pattern shows DMC Threads by color name  - here are the numbers as well:

221 Dark Shell Pink
420 Dark Hazelnut Brown
921 Copper
3051 Dark Green Gray
3371 Black Brown

Oh Christmas Tree Cross Stitch Pattern on Live Love SewThis Oh Christmas Tree Pattern on Live Love Sew features 3 lovely trees that can be stitched up in 3 lovely DMC greens – 320, 936, and 988. Gorgeous colors, all!

It looks especially nice on Ivory Aida cloth, as shown, but it would also be pretty on natural linen or Fiddler’s Cloth.


Christmas Tree Embroidery Free For All on Funk and Weber DesignsFor those of you looking for a bit more freeform embroidery, try out this Christmas Tree Embroidery Free For All on Funk And Weber Designs.

The design combines two DMC greens – 501 and 503 in the needle and uses overlapping piles of straight stitches to result in this lush, textured embroidery that looks gorgeous trimmed in gold, red, and white french knots. The finished project is attached to a keepsake bookmark, and it would make a lovely ornament as well!

If you’re looking to break out of the grid with your needlework, this is a wonderful starting point – truly inspiring!

All these DMC color numbers have got me thinking – what are your favorite DMC Christmas shades?


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Pretty in Paper

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Can you believe we’re up to Week 10 of our 12 Weeks of  Free Holiday Ideas already? Time flies when we’re having fun!

This week’s blog features pretty items you can put together using paper doilies, colored paper, card stock, glue, thread, and a few other craft room essentials using easy hand embroidered stitches made with DMC Embroidery Threads. Coordinate the floss to match your chosen papes.

The first is a pretty stitched Angel Card, featuring a doily angel on a card stitched with DMC Embroidery Floss, along with with our popular Memory Thread to make the 3-dimensional hair and halo.

The Memory Thread halo uses twisted threads, while the hair featured curls. Use a narrow knitting needle or BBQ skewer to make perfect curly tendrils of hair, or simply curl the thread with your fingers.

Many of the same techniques were used to make the free-standing Paper Angels shown here. They make a lovely accent when displayed on a mantel or table – or add a hanging loop and place them on the tree!

You can get the free PDF instructions for these projects by selecting the hyperlinks in the paragraphs above.

If you’ve missed any of the previous weeks of crafting and stitching fun, visit the web page for the previous weeks’ projects.




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