Rainbows of DMC threads!

Rainbow cross stitch pattern on Crafty MummyThis week, I’m all about Rainbows, and all the rainbow-themed DMC inspiration I can find online!

This lovely Rainbow Cross Stitch Pattern on The Crafty Mummy is the first in a series of 9 free patterns, and features our lovely DMC floss in a gorgeous rainbow palette of shades.

Pull up some Aida cloth in your favorite color, and get stitching for a rainbow-colored treat!

Rainbow Cake-Topper on Cassandra DesignI love the bright threads in this Rainbow Cake-Topper on Cassandra Design – such a clever use for our beautiful floss to make bright pom-poms!

Best of all, the wide range of our thread colors allow you to match any palette you can think of – using a birthday or shower invitation as inspiration, choose 5 shades to complement or match your color scheme for a perfectly color-coordinated cake-topper.

Embroidery floss in a rainbow of colors on BenzieFor more gorgeous DMC color combinations, how about the Embroidery floss palettes on Benzie, an online shop that specializes in rainbow shades of felt.

These luscious groupings of DMC threads complement their felt selection and are a wonderful starting point if you’re seeking inspiration for a new embroidery project!

Ombre-edge throw on Purl SohoThis Ombre-edge Throw on Purl Soho features a gorgeous selection of DMC shades in their signature, elegant choices of brights and neutrals.

As always, their tutorial is a visual feast, and I have to say I am also impressed with the appealing way they’ve twisted and displayed their hanks of DMC floss!

Thread organization on Hugs Are FunOnce you own a rainbow of DMC floss – how do you organize it? On the blog Hugs Are Fun, Rebecca shows off her thread organization photos.

The photos of her process and tips are every bit as inspiring as seeing a rainbow of threads before you – the possibilities are truly endless!


It’s Almost S-P-R-I-N-G!

Winter is on its way out… finally!  After feeling like most of our hemisphere was locked in a deep freeze, it’s good to see the trees getting ready to bud.

This is the time of year I start to think about Spring Cleaning, and make myself a huge to-do list. Okay, I admit that by the time summer gets here, about 30% of the items on my list haven’t been tackled, but I always have more ambition than actual time. My intentions are good!

One of the first things I do each Spring is totally clean the kitchen – including taking worn-out dish towels out of service and replacing them with new ones. It’s one of my favorite rites of Spring.

I like to buy a stack of fresh, clean towels from my favorite home store, wash them, pull out my stash of DMC Embroidery Floss, and  stitch a little somethin’ on them. Yes, I actually use my embroidered towels. Why have them if I can’t use them or only save them for special occasions?

Here’s how I look at it. Working an embroidered design on a towel is a quick project, is portable and can be taken anywhere – soccer matches, a trip to the beach, waiting for a doctor’s appointment, etc. It’s also relaxing, fun and a great way to dress up the kitchen.

You can buy iron-on transfers at nearly any store that carries fabric and embroidery supplies, through online sources that are available for purchase or one of the many free pattern sites, or make your own.  By making your own, you can easily personalize your towels by adding your family’s name, or enlarging and reducing the size of the design.

The designs featured here are all free patterns available on the internet. Some include the entire DOW (Days of the Week).  Click the image to be taken directly to the site where you can download the pattern.

When making your own design, use a hot iron transfer pencil and trace the design in reverse.  Remember that you will be creating a mirror image the moment the design in pressed into the fabric with a hot iron. You can find our instructions here in more detail.

Several designers like Jacque Davis will provide the pattern facing both directions, like this one featuring an adorable pair of martinis.  For tracing, use the pattern on the left, and for hot iron transfers, use the one on the right… Very retro and cool!

Or, you can trace the design onto the fabric using a light box and a water-soluble fabric marking pen from DMC – the ink washes out with a regular laundering, and the design can be traced as-is with no need to reverse the image. On darker fabrics, try the white fabric marking pencil.

I’ve got a few patterns picked out, and I’m ready to stitch up some fresh, new kitchen towels!


Inspired by crochet

Embroidery Scraps into Crochet project by Penguin and FishThis week, I find myself inspired by all the gorgeous crochet projects on the web!

This beautiful Crochet Project by Penguin & Fish was created using her leftover embroidery floss scraps – what a wonderful idea! I love the beautiful random quality she has achieved by segueing from one floss scrap into another.

What about you? What do you do with your floss scraps?

Crochet Chain Bracelet on Fiber FluxThis Crochet Chain Bracelet on Fiber Flux uses DMC embroidery floss and beads for a wonderful variation on jewelry making!

I love the colors Jennifer has chosen – and there are so many color possibilities to play with in this project – literally every color of the rainbow beckons!

Crochet Sampler on Block-a-dayThis intricate “Apple trees” Crochet edging is part of a fascinating sampler project on Block-a-day.

Every week, blogger Lily plans to explore an edging inspired by a vintage crochet book and share her tips and experiences. This particular edging was crafted with DMC Traditions Cotton – beautiful, isn’t it?

Fan Bookmarks on UnFroggedThese delicate Fan Bookmarks on UnFrogged were created using DMC Cebelia and are just gorgeous, aren’t they? They have an airy, wispy quality to them that is breathtaking.

How to Sew a Whip Stitch on Sewing With KidsCebelia threads are wonderful for crochet, but they are also gorgeous to stitch with – as seen in this Whip Stitch Tutorial on Sewing With Kids. Sue offers wonderful ideas for getting children started with this basic stitch!


A Walk Through a Stitched Village

This week I came across an extraordinary site, created by multimedia needle artist Janet Browne of the UK.

She has developed an unusual style of mapping the places she visits, working from a diary filled with observations and sketches, which she transforms into places, towns and landscapes worked in fabric and thread. Essentially, she creates a journal in fabric, needle and thread.

The image to the left is part of her Tour de France series, and features Day 1 of her journey. The image to the right shows an allotment with a garden gate.

Click the image to visit her web site, then select the image to see the details in a larger format. Visit the main page of her site to see a full list of the subjects she works with.

Janet selects cotton calico and silks to create her maps, often over-dying them to achieve the colors she remembers in her mind’s eye of the places, objects, animals and other things she saw during the journey she’s memorializing in needlework. Once the artist has the design perfected and pieced, she then works hand embroidery and machine embroidery to create the details.

I’ve featured a few of her designs here – click on the image to visit the page to see the designs covering each subject.

Janet has definitely inspired me to re-think the way I journal about a trip or adventure – I’m going to pull out my DMC Embroidery Threads, cotton Machine Embroidery Threads and some photo albums!



Springtime stitches

Silk Ribbon Roses on Joyous NotionsIn my mind, nothing says springtime better than blooming flowers and landscapes dotted with green. This week I went on a hunt to find you DMC inspired flowers and spring landscapes!

Learn to make Silk Ribbon Roses on Joyous Notions using ribbon and DMC floss in a nice spring green.

Remember that you’ll need a needle with a larger eye to work with ribbon, like our DMC chenille needles.


Bullion Loop Flowers Tutorial on Southern MatriarchThese beautiful, dainty Bullion Loop Flowers can be found on Southern Matriarch – using just 1 strand of DMC floss- this is a creative and lovely use of bullion stitch.

The tutorial walks you through step by step, with wonderfully clear photographs and directions so that you can craft your own first bullion stitches.


Pygmy Owl Needlepainting on Berlin EmbroideryThis Pygmy Owl Needlepainting on Berlin Embroidery is a beautiful example of needlepainting – needleworker Tanja Berlin shares numerous detailed photos of her process, from start to finish.

Using a total of 17 different shades of DMC floss, worked with just 1 strand at a time, this is a gorgeous, inspirational work. I love that bright pop of spring green!

Interview with Margaret on Feeling StitchySpeaking of inspirational needlework – there’s a marvelous interview with a stitcher named Margaret on Feeling Stitchy.

In addition to some gorgeous photos of her works in progress, I couldn’t help but notice that she uses 1 strand of DMC floss in her beautiful needlework.

Spring Stitching Club on Wild Olive Once again, Mollie has assembled a gorgeous, bright palette of DMC flosses for her Spring Stitching Club on Wild Olive. Be sure to swing by for a visual treat!


Spring Stitching in the DMC Club

If you’re on the hunt for some fun, fresh projects to stitch away the winter blues, I have a terrific suggestion.

Did you know that over on the DMC Club site, we have dozens of complimentary patterns you can download and stitch? They’re totally free, and we have a variety of projects that are perfect for Spring stitching!

To access the patterns, simply sign up and sign in

Stitch a Plucky Duckling dressed in his new Spring outfit. The sweet little design can be stitched using floss or any of your other favorite DMC Embroidery threads. The design is 41 stitches high, and the duck is 26 stitches wide.

I’d love to stitch a reversed pair of ducklings on one of our CharlesCraft towels.

If you’re looking for a St. Patrick’s Day project, check out this Bunch of Lucky Clover.  This design is slightly taller at 47 stitches high, and can be used to stitch an ornament, as a center area for a pillow, or at the top of an apron. Just 6 colors of DMC Embroidery Floss are needed.

Or, celebrate the return of your backyard feathered friends after a long winter by stitching this adorable Birdhouse design.  This pattern is worked in DMC Light Effects Floss for glimmer and shimmer!

There are so many other wonderful freebies available in the club. Sign up today!


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