Today, we are lucky to bring you a very special post and giveaway – designer Mollie Johanson, who you will no doubt recognize from her wonderful blog Wild Olive has a new book called Stitch Love!
We were so happy to hear that the projects in her book were stitched exclusively with DMC floss, and she put together a wonderful post for us today featuring the lovely bright palette of colors she used!
Meet Mollie Johanson!
Hi Emma and Friends! I’m Mollie, sometimes known as Wild Olive, and always known as a fan of DMC embroidery floss.
When I started working on Stitch Love: Sweet Creatures Big & Small, there was no question in my mind that I would use DMC in all of the projects and embroidery. Not only is it easy for me to buy locally, but I could put together just about any color palette that I wanted!
All of those options can be a little overwhelming though, so I set out to choose a limited group of colors to work with, while still having a good range of options. Since this is book of animals, I needed some natural colors, but also a few brights. I looked for colors that would work with a broad range of creatures, and chose a few favorite colors, too.
I wanted them all to work together, as well as in smaller groupings, because in most cases you only use a few colors at a time. Here’s what I ended up with:
Dark Green: 520, Medium Green: 470, Light Green: 472
Yellow: 743, Orange: 922, Coral: 352
Pink: 760, Red: 816, Red-Brown: 400
Brown: 838, Light Brown: 3790, Tan: 3864
Golden Tan: 167, Cream: 712, Gray: 646, Black: 310
Here’s an example of some of the palettes you’ll find throughout the book:
Thank you so much Mollie – for showing our DMC blog readers some stitch love! To help get one lucky winner started on their stitching, Lark Crafts and Mollie are giving away a special prize pack.
The winner will receive a copy of Stitch Love, one yard of the linen Mollie used throughout the book, and all of the DMC embroidery floss colors listed above! To win, simply leave a comment on this post by Friday, Feb. 6, 2015, 5 PM CST. Mollie will select one random winner, which will be announced on the blog. Good luck all, and thanks again to Mollie and Lark Books for this giveaway!
January is coming to a close, that can only mean one thing, Valentines Day! I love the romantic hues and patterns that Valentine’s Day brings. Over the next 2 weeks we will be embracing the essence of love and romance with creative projects and tutorials that are sure to ignite some romantic fireworks.
Today I’d like share some gorgeous heart silhouette projects that I found to get you in the mood. I just love this fabulous Valentines Day Coffee Cup Cozy by Feeling Stitchy. Who wouldn’t want to add more spice to their coffee or tea cup after seeing this fun project. Love it!
What about this Valentine Treat Bag also by Feeling Stitchy? A similar pattern with multiple possibilities. Make both, place the cozy into the bag with some candy for a great gift.
Over at Cat on a Limb, Catherine created this gorgeous piece, Tree Love. Over on her blog you can follow Catherine with her step by step instructions to make your own Tree Love Embroidery Piece. One word: Fabulous!
Canvas Heart Art over at Eighteen 25 is just so fun. I love how this project combines stretched art canvas and DMC threads. I could see a whole wall of these for Valentine’s Day or smaller ones as gifts. Visit Eighteen 25 to make your own.
Next week we will have some great Valentine’s Day tutorials on the blog, so excited!
We just can’t get enough of Natura Yarns over here at DMC. The colors and texture are just so yummy to work with. Natura is the perfect yarn for knitting, crocheting, tatting, weaving and chunky cross stitch.
With the growing trend to revisit vintage style, granny square patterns and projects have become popular again. Granny squares are crocheted pieces that have many applications, the most common are blankets but the possibilities are endless: lamps, bags, pot holders, cushions, shawls, sweaters to name a few. The most typical granny square pattern is a square but there are hexagons, circles and other shapes as well.
You might have seen a blanket of colored squares on your grandmother’s couch or in your mother’s guest room, those connecting shapes are the classic granny squares and were made all over the world. Things to Knit presents the following step by step tutorial to make your own granny square. You begin from the center and work to the outward spiral. Things to Knit has used Natura Just Cotton in 4 colors but can make your own combination. It’s the perfect project for all levels.
-Crochet Needle (2.55 mm)
Tutorial ( directions in English below, see photos for step by step examples. )
- With preferred color for the center, start with a riding 8 chain stitch.
- Join the beginning of a crochet chain stitch at the end of it to go around.
- Then work 3 chain stitches up.
- Work 15 double knit high points, so that the excess thread from the beginning is hidden while you weave.
- Cut the excess thread, once you’ve hidden it.
- When you finish the 15 point higher doubles, then join with at the beginning.
- With another color, begin the next round, as in the previous one, hide the excess thread while you weave.
- This turn is woven: two high points together, 1 chain stitch.
- With the next color, begin the next round.
- Weave in: 3 high points, 1 chain stitch.
- Start with the next round, repeat 3 times; Three high points, one chain stitch, until you reach the corner.
- In the corner: add a double knit 3 points higher, 2 chain stitches, 3 high double points and return to work in more 3 high points, one chain stitch.
- Finally, just turn around, finish off and cut the thread, then you will have a completed granny square.
More tutorials later this week. Happy Monday!
Breathtaking is the only word I can use to describe this Brambles Beret by Susixs on Ravelry. The Woolly shade she used is so icy and lovely, and the delicious stitch detail on that pattern makes me want to reach out and touch it.
These beautiful Endpaper Mitts by Shnuck93 on Ravelry really do have the exquisite texture of lovely endpapers in a classic book volume.
Stitched in two shades of Woolly, they look perfect for book lovers in need of cozy hands! If you’re not familiar with colorwork in knitting, this would be a great pattern to explore.
There’s nothing more delicious than a cozy garter stitch blanket, and this stunning Log Cabin Baby Blanket by Caroscrap on Ravelry is no exception.
Stitched up in no less than 18 shades of Woolly – this is a fabulous sampler of color and texture.
If you’d like to knit your own Log Cabin – there’s a great Log Cabin Blanket tutorial on Very Pink.
I’m loving the sweetness of these Mother Daughter Mitts on Country Maison. Knitted up in two pastel shades of Woolly – they look perfect to keep hands cozy and fingers free for crafting.
The Free Diagonal Eyelet Mitts pattern is available on Creativeyarn – it’s a great introduction to knitted cuffs if you’re a beginner!
What a weekend at Vogue Knitting Live 2015, so much fun was had by all. At DMC we were excited to showcase our yarns and products, but most of all to meet our customers. From the start we were mesmerized by the excitement of everyone at the show. There was inspiration everywhere.
At the DMC booth attendees could experience natural knitting. They could see our fabulous yarns in person, ask questions and purchase them.
Our Italian Wool, as well as our newly launched Woolly Yarn and Natura Yarn were a hit. Woolly Yarn is 100% super wash merino wool and Natura Yarn is a beautiful soft cotton yarn. Both are fabulous to touch and work with.
During the show, attendees could knit with; Woolly, Natura and Goa, some of our yarns at one of the yarn bars located throughout the floor.
To add to the excitement, attendees where treated to a DMC Fashion show on Saturday. Models were dressed in hand knitted clothes made by talented artisans using DMC yarns and patterns. The fashion show was truly amazing and brought our patterns and products to life.
Adding whimsy to the weekend wasn’t hard to do with our product; Top This. Unicorns, bears, giraffes, owls and monkeys were just some of the animals in the line. Top This is a great yarn ball kit that comes in brilliant colors with continuous textures, a lovable stuffed animal which finishes off the piece and free pattern.
Knitters and crocheters alike will love how easy it is to get the look of multi textures and colors without ever changing yarn. Top This is perfect for all ages.
Throughout the show inspiration just kept coming, it wouldn’t stop. Incredible designers, fashions, and speakers were everywhere. The show’s gala was incredible, knitted sculptures ( I loved the knitted tee pee) gracing the floors. The free spirited knitters that were creating every second and all the attendees at VK Live 2015 were the best and have us excited to come back for more next year.
To purchase our yarns and additional products please visit shopdmc.com
Thank You Vogue Knitting Live and all who visited the DMC booth for making this a spectacular event. Cheers till next year!
Do we have any Ravelry members in the house? Ravelry is perfect to explore knitting and crochet patterns and yarns – and today, I thought I’d focus on all the lovely things knit with our beautiful Natura yarn.
What I love about this shawl is that it doesn’t have any of the stiffness you might associate with cotton yarn – it looks billowy and breathtaking, doesn’t it?
These teeny-tiny Bootees by Al-Abrigo on Ravelry are so adorable!
Knit with Natura in a gorgeous, vibrant shade, using the free Saartje’s Bootees pattern by Saartje de Bruijn.
I have a feeling this pattern could be addictive, and you just might need booties in every shade of the rainbow!
This Clockwork Cozy by Strong and Mellow is so delightfully colorful. I can think of a few boring clocks that could use some sprucing up, and I love the bright Natura shades she chose!
Knit from a free Colorful Clockwork Cozy pattern by retrobaby – this is a great way to knit up little swatches as a guide to your yarn collection – perfect for your craft room!
Ok, this Flat Rat by maggiesc is hilarious! Particularly for those who have a horror of rats. Knit in Natura – it looks like it makes a cozy bookmark. Depending on how much you love your flat rat, this could also make a cute cat toy.
Try out the free Flat Rat pattern by Susan Glinert Stevens for a flat rat of your own!
I’m taken aback by the beauty of this Scabiosa Top by Alhana on Ravelry. It’s a lovely example of the intricate stitchwork and stitch definition you can achieve in Natura – so beautiful!
What about you? Do you love Ravelry? What have you knit with Natura yarn?