Autumn-Inspired Ideas and Projects

Friday, September 12, 2014

Autumn Canvas on Domestically BlissfulHow about some Autumn-inspired stitching? Isn’t it funny how the end of Summer turns on a dime, and suddenly we’re filled with thoughts of fall? That’s ok, because who doesn’t love fall? And you’ll love these ideas I’ve found around the web for you!

This Autumn Canvas Tutorial on Domestically Blissful is perfectly simple and sweet. What I love most about  ideas like these is how easy they are to customize. In lieu of jute, you could easy try some fall-themed DMC threads, or I would also love to see a chunky size #3 Pearl Cotton in 51, a gorgeous variegated shade that pictures all the beautiful colors of autumn!

Autumn Bucket List on OktoberdotsI’m in love with this Autumn Bucket List on Oktoberdots - as you make your way through the Fall, why not print this out and check off your progress!

The illustrations are so sweet, I can see this as an embroidered piece – you can stitch each motif to “check it off” of your Autumn Bucket List!

Braid and Chain Friendship Bracelet on Dream a Little BiggerYou all know I’m a big fan of friendship bracelets, and this Braided Chain Friendship Bracelet on Dream a Little Bigger is such a classy, grown-up take on the friendship bracelet trend!

Of course I also love the fall colors that are gracing this idea, and that it’s another lovely way you can quickly craft with a handful of DMC threads.

Apple Hoop Art on Live Laugh RoweThis Apple Hoop Art Tutorial on Live Laugh Rowe is so clever and adorable!

A cute way to modify this idea is to use some bright red Aida cloth as your apple background, then stitch the names of your children on them. I can already picture an adorable wall of these to celebrate back to school!

Cable Cozy on Live It Love It Make ItBack to school once meant pencils and paper, but nowadays it means computer cords, cell phone cords, and iPad chargers! doesn’t it?

Get a handle on all your cords and chargers with this adorable Cable Cozy Pattern on Live It Love It Make It!


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September Sales in the DMC Shop!

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

DMC_SaleFabricWe have some awesome sales going on the the DMC Shop, along with a Special Gift for the month of September!

Shop our Fabric Sale and save 30% to 60% on some of your favorite needlework fabrics, including colored, metallic, and printed Aida. We’ve got the perfect fabric for those special Holiday projects.  Try the Metallic Aida on Christmas ornaments, or the Desert Sand Aida on a Halloween project.

Limited quantities are available and the sale ends September 22nd.

DMC_HalloweenWhile you’re on the site, check out our new Halloween Tapestry Kits.

We have two brand new kits featuring everything you need  Select from the Jolly Roger or a Spooky Spider in its web. They’re perfect for both new and experienced stitchers.

These fun kits are complete and include easy to follow instructions, 10 ct printed canvas, tapestry needle and DMC soft cotton thread. Each measures 6×6 inches finished.

DMC_Bag2DMC is also offering a FREE GIFT with purchase, through September while supplies last! Spend $50 or more and receive a DMC Messenger Bag with your order!

Keep it for yourself, or give it as a gift to a lucky needleworker!


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Quick and Colorful Ideas

Friday, September 5, 2014

Easy Summer Bracelet on Honestly WTFThese lovely Easy Summer Bracelets on Honestly WTF are gorgeous, quick crafts. This great idea incoporates your favorite DMC flosssome upcycled bangles and pretty charms.

We have so many threads you could experiment with, and I’d love to try out our variegated shades.

Make enough and your bangles could even double as handy color cards!

Friendship Cords on Brit + CoI’m loving this Friendship Cords Tutorial on Brit + Co – such a cute and colorful idea to try with your favorite shades of DMC floss!

You could use this idea to color-code different cords for different items if you (like me) tend to store them in a messy pile.

Now all your cords can be easily spotted from afar!

Felt Fortune Cookie Garland on Oh Happy DayI’m also loving the gorgeous pastel tones on this sweet Felt Fortune Cookie Garland on Oh Happy Day.

A great way to customize this idea would be to twist together your two favorite shades of DMC floss in lieu of baker’s twine, or try some lovely pearl cotton! I also think those “fortunes” are begging for some embroidered messages!

DIY Animal Snack Mats by Mollie Johanson on HellobeeSay hello to some happy faces on these DIY Animal Snack Mats by Mollie Johanson on Hellobee!

Of course, I absolutely love the embroidered embellishments on the little faces, and the quick and easy stitching.

The tutorial shows you every step of stitching with fabric laminator – what a fabulous idea to make your embroidery easy to clean!

Embroidered Growth Chart on The Long ThreadThis beautiful Embroidered Growth Chart on The Long Thread is so inspiring! What a wonderful way to record the growth of your child on a personalized, hand-embroidered quilt.

You could also cross-stitch the growth dates on bits of Aida cloth and applique them onto a blanket!


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Stitching Pretty… on the Go

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

imageTote your current project along with you in style! DMC’s Canvas Floral Tote is the perfect size for the stitcher on the go.

This pretty tote bag is made from durable canvas fabric featuring a colorful floral print with solid tan lining, a zippered closure and attached shoulder straps and measures 19″w X 11″h X 6″d. It’s roomy interior will easily hold all of your needlework threads, embroidery fabrics, hoops and accessories.

imageThis tote bag has a large main compartment with a zip top closure and a lined interior that offers plenty of storage not just for your crafts supplies and accessories, but also for anything else you need to bring along, like books, patterns – or even your lunch.

It’s available exclusively in our online shop!


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Back to school and organization inspiration!

Friday, August 29, 2014

Hello all – yes, it’s actually back-to-school time, and we’re here with some lovely free ideas found online to inspire your stitching!

Enjoy the Little Things free pattern on Fort Worth Fabric StudioWhat’s more back-to-school appropriate than a trusty pencil pouch? This Enjoy the Little Things free pattern on Fort Worth Fabric Studio includes the 5 sweet DMC floss shades you can use to stitch up your piece.

I love this simple palette, and that it’s a nice, washable pouch you can pop in the washing machine when it gets a bit gritty by mid-October!

Free Pencil Bracelet Design by DMCSpeaking of pencils, this adorable Free Pencil Bracelet Design is available on our DMC site under Free Craft Patterns, along with a host of other free friendship bracelet patterns.

A great project that’s easy to make and share, pick out your favorites and have a relaxing bracelet-making crafternoon!

Scissors Case Tutorial on Minki’s Work TableThis Scissors Case Tutorial on Minki’s Work Table will walk you through creating these absolutely beautiful fabric scrap scissors cases.

This looks like a perfect way to display your sharpest scissors safely – I can envision a whole line of scissors displayed beautifully on your favorite crafting shelf!

I love the variety of scraps Minki uses in her examples, and the sweet fabric-covered buttons and rickrack adornments.

Free School Days Cross Stitch Pattern on Albion GouldThis cute Free School Days Cross Stitch Pattern on Albion Gould is a quick, sweet stitch with just a few floss colors and Aida cloth.

This would be a perfect sweet first-cross stitch by a new stitcher as a gift for a favorite teacher – customize it usng one of our Free Alphabets to make it extra-special!


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Free Fruit Pattern for Hand Embroidery

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

DMC_FruitSaladVerticalAs summer comes to a close and fruit salad is one the menu, I thought I’d feature one today as a free pattern!!!!

Stitch up a bushel of fresh fruits including apples, pears, grapes and citrus. The simple designs featured on the Free PDF Pattern can be transferred to your embroidery fabric using a water-soluble Marking Pen and embroidered in your favorite DMC Embroidery Threads.


In the examples I’ve shown here, the designs were used to create a vertical and horizontal band of fruit that can be used to embroider tea towels, table cloths, sweet cotton curtains, placemats and more!

DMC_FruitSaladApronYou can also use the design to embroider a band on an apron using DMC Embroidery Floss, or stitch a single fruit on a pillow or pocket.

Embroider the designs in stem, outline stitch or back stitch for the fruit shapes, running stitch for the leaf veins, and detached chain stitch for the seeds. Learn to work these simple stitches here.



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