Sweet summer mermaids

Friday, June 13, 2014

Free Mermaid pattern on Ellison LaneThis week, I am inspired by mermaids, and all the lovely free patterns to stitch them up using DMC floss!

First up, how adorable is this free mermaid pattern on Ellison Lane?

I adore the soft colors she’s chosen here – a sweet, subdued palette, not to mention the whimsical design! And how lovely would some of our Light Effects floss look on the tail?

Free mermaid pattern on The Little StitcherThis free mermaid cross stitch pattern on The Little Stitcher is a delightful little stitch – using another subdued palette of DMC shades.

For a bit of fun, try substituting any of the recommended colors with DMC Color Variations floss.

Snowflower Diaries Little Mermaid free patternThis little Mermaid free pattern on The Snowflower Diaries is absolutely delightful.

Once again, the pattern lists a lovely, summery selection of DMC floss colors that would look equally wonderful on a colorful blue or white Aida cloth.

For another lovely option, this bright, lovely design would also look gorgeous on a natural linen background!

Free Mermaid Smocking design on Dandelion Ave

This Free Mermaid Smocking design on Dandelion Ave is also the perfect inspiration for a variety of other craft techniques, like needlepoint, cross stitch, or perler bead.

Using 5 bright shades of DMC floss, I can see this sweet design on everything from a child’s summer tote bag to a skirt or t-shirt hem. Adorable!


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June 2014 Specials in the DMC Shop

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

June Towel Sale v2Are you getting ready for Summer guests, parties and barbeques? Make some welcoming hand-stitched towels from the DMC Shop for your guests to enjoy.

Starting Friday June 13th through June 19th 2014, DMC will be offering 15% off our ready to stitch kitchen, guest and hand towels! Use promo code June14 when ordering through the DMC site to get the discount.

CL050LSSelect from our gorgeous set of two cotton linen striped towels or Boreal Collection towels (shown), or our tried and true CharlesCraft Ready to Stitch Banded Huck Towels, Maxton Guest Towels, or any other towel in our collection.

You can see the entire collection of DMC and CharlesCraft towels and towel sets, featuring 21 different styles on the DMC Towels Page.

CL053LSAll individual DMC hand, guest and kitchen towels come with an exclusive free pattern collection designed to fit the towels perfectly.

The sale lasts 6 days and starts Friday!


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Fresh summer projects

Friday, June 6, 2014

Felt Pear Pin Cushion on Molly and Mama MakesThis sweet Felt Pear Pin Cushion on Molly and Mama Makes is delightful, down to the sweet tiny bird detail.

Lauren stitched her version with DMC floss, and I’m thoroughly enjoying the sweet colors she chose! Her tutorial is full of helpful tips and details and definitely worth a visit.

Love cross stitch on Freshly Pieced Modern QuiltsThis Love cross stitch was stitched up as a centerpiece using DMC Water Soluble canvas on Freshly Pieced Modern Quilts. I love her color choices here – her finished project is going to be lovely, I’m sure.

If you would like to stitch up a version yourself, get the free pattern on Jennifer’s Blog!

Moonlit Owl on Trish Burr’s blogI am in awe of this lovely Moonlit Owl on Trish Burr’s blog – using DMC Floche and an assortment of light-colored threads, she renders this lovely vintage owl pattern with her own take on classic whitework embroidery. Breathtaking!

Cross stitch flower chart on Paola GattibluSpeaking of breathtaking, Paola has made this gorgeous Cross stitch flower chart available on her blog, Paola Gattiblu.

The free chart includes all the DMC floss colors you’ll need to complete this gorgeous project – and it is a truly beautiful selection!

Embroidered Woven Placemats on Just Crafty EnoughI’m loving the simplicity of this Embroidered Woven Placemat Project on Just Crafty Enough.

Using just a bit of embroidery floss in contrasting colors, you can add a bit of sweet and understated embellishment to your placemats. This would be a wonderful way to experiment with a handful of new stitches to create a placemat sampler!


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A Whopper of a Fish Story

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

CF_DMCfish2As I drove along the river last week, there were hundreds of small boats filled with frigid fishermen (and fisher persons) dotting the surface of the water.

Of course it gave me an idea! Who’s up for some fishin’ and stitchin’?

Today I’m offering up this whimsical DMC Fish Story pattern as a freebie. I’ve created this exclusive design just for DMC Blog and Facebook Fans to celebrate both the ones that got away and the ones that became dinner!

CF_DMCfish1Download the PDF Fish Story Pattern, and enlarge or reduce the designs as needed. The link is in the text in the previous sentence.

The designs can be stitched on a variety of pre-made items including – but my no means limited to – aprons (to keep your fishing garb clean while cleaning your catch), table linens (to serve your bounty in style), kitchen towels (you’ll have some clean up…) and any other fabric items that you can get a needle and thread through.

CF_DMCfish4You can stitch the assorted designs – 4 are included in the PDF – using basic embroidery stitches and DMC Cotton Embroidery Floss.  Use a variety of colors, or stitch in a single color. The fish would look awesome in red thread – like Swedish gummy fish!

For stitch ideas, visit our embroidery stitch guide on the web site, or refer to Emma’s Embroidery Stitch Tool for a variety of stitches you can use to embroider the fish.



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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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