Pulled work, Drawn thread, and Hardanger Inspiration

Friday, August 8, 2014

First of all, a quick poll for our readers: pulled work, drawn thread, and Hardanger – are these all separate techniques for you, or do you use these stitching terms interchangeably?

Pulled Work Embroidery Sampler on Tea in a TeacupThese techniques are the subject of my inspiration this week, and here are some lovely examples from talented stitchers online!

This gorgeous Pulled Work Embroidery Sampler on Tea in a Teacup is the first in a series of posts on pulled work – this beautiful sample of wave and honeycomb stitch were worked using DMC floss and white sewing thread.

Drawn Thread Embroidery Sampler on Bulawul TextilesHere’s an equally gorgeous Drawn Thread Sampler on Bulawul Textiles – worked using 28 ct evenweave linen.

I love the variety of stitches in this simply stunning piece – it is so inspiring and so beautifully worked!

Drawn Thread Work book on Antique Pattern LibraryFor some marvelous drawn thread stitch examples and instruction, look no further than this wonderful Drawn Thread Work book by our beloved Thérèse de Dillmont, available as a free download on Antique Pattern Library.

You can also find some lovely modern Drawn Thread examples in Kimberly Ouimet‘s 100 Stitches project – her easy-to-follow examples are stitched with DMC pearl cotton in bright colors on Aida cloth.

Hardanger Wedding Embroidery on The Girl’s Gone CraftySpeaking of pearl cotton, I’m loving the pretty pop of color in this Hardanger Wedding Embroidery on The Girl’s Gone Crafty.

Worked in variegated DMC No.5 Pearl Cotton on 22 ct white evenweave fabric, I think it creates a gorgeous contrast with the white background.

I also love that it incorporates an ever-popular chevron design with an ombre effect in the corners.

DMC Hardanger Embroideries on the Antique Pattern LibraryThere are many wonderful vintage Hardanger titles to be found online, but naturally, one of my favorites is this DMC Hardanger Embroideries book, also available for free download on the Antique Pattern Library.

I love the detailed work which must have gone into stitching that title page!


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The Slow Stitching Movement

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

SlowStitchMove1In a fast-paced world where everyone and everything seems to be moving at the speed of light, slowing down the pace is a good idea. It causes us to pause for a moment in time, take in the details, and truly savor what we’re doing or eating. Slowing things down increases our awareness of what we’re doing.

Over the years, grass-roots groups have been coming together to rediscover the cooking arts with the help of the slow foods movement, and now there’s a similar movement underway for stitchers and needle artists. It’s called the Slow Stitching Movement, and is the creation of international quilting celebrity Mark Lipinski and his uber-talented friends.

The tenets of the Slow Stitching Movement are simple, and encourage stitchers of all types and genres to:

  • Approach your creative art-making in a totally different way.
  • Recharge your passion for the needle fiber arts.
  • Engage the connection between your body, your quilts, and your legacy.
  • Expand your creativity, self-esteem and even your spiritual journey.
  • Tap your right brain, to train and develop your imagination.
  • Find the creative genius in you.
  • Implement your creative thought in today’s too-fast world.
  • Heal your life, emotions and boost your physical health.
  • Create groups and habits to support your creative vision.

Definitely words to live by and methodology to aspire to.

For me, the Slow Stitching Movement really hits home. I love it when I love myself in my stitching.  The hours can fly by in an instant.  I approach a project in small bites, creating each stitch as a separate work of art that when combined with the other stitches, creates a whole.  I am happy, satisfied, and relaxed.

keepcalmstudio-com-crown-support-your-stitching-and-start-a-slow-salon-2Another aspect of the movement is the creation of local Slow Stitching Salons, where groups of like-minded stitchers can come together to work on their projects, discuss what’s happening in the stitching world, and learn something new. The very first event was held recently in Pennsylvania. You can read about their fun day on the movement’s blog.

Why a Salon instead of a regular guild? Mark’s brilliant explanation is:

“A Slow Stitching Salon is a time for creative reflection as well as a time for thoughtful and helpful discussion. It is not a coffee klatch nor is it a place to learn technique or to finesse your work.

The purpose of a Slow Stitching Salon  is to spend time with creative people, like yourself, to share in a very intimate and inspired way,  your slow stitching process and  progress with like-minded souls.  It is around these Slow Stitching Salon tables, and in these Slow Stitching Salon rooms, where you will find the creative fellowship, disagreements, concepts, and understanding, that will not only clarify your place in slow stitching art world, but will open up yet another layer of creativity and inspiration within you as you share your own journey with those who will recognize themselves in your story, and vice versa.”

To read more about the Slow Stitching Movement, you can visit their web site. While there, be sure to poke around the site, because there are some beautiful and inspiring things to see over there, including a gallery of slow stitching projects.  You can also submit your own photos of a project you have created while taking your time and enjoying the creative process.

img_2866To start your own Slow Stitching Salon, visit the blog and gather up a group of stitching friends of all types. The beauty is that they can come from all types of needlework backgrounds including embroidery, quilting, knitting and crochet. Ask everyone to bring along their current slow stitching projects, their threads and supplies, and hang out together for some quality stitching time.

In this image, from the recent gathering at Liza’s place, you’ll see (left to right) our pal Allie Aller along with Chawne Kimber, Liza Prior Lucy, Mark Lipinski, and Meg Cox. Be sure to visit their blogs for more information on their stitching.

You’ll find an inspiring article on creating your own salon as your scroll through the Missed the Boat Monday posting, complete with more images from the gathering.

Thank you, Mark!



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Midsummer Inspiration

Friday, August 1, 2014

Summer Garden Pincushion on Fiberluscious This week, I am so inspired by all the summer crafting in mid-swing, and I’ve found lots of gorgeous examples from around the web!

How gorgeous is this Summer Garden Pincushion on Fiberluscious?! Follow Jill’s fabulous tutorial week by week for a detailed walkthrough that will show you how to make this gorgeous piece.

Don’t miss Jill’s Guide to Embroidery Floss, either – with amazing photos of her favorite DMC floss and wonderful ideas for a summer floss palette!

Free Summer Solstice Pattern from The Primitive HareThis beautiful Free Summer Solstice Pattern from The Primitive Hare is absolutely lovely, as stitched by Lili on Stitching Basket.

The pattern calls for 5 lovely shades of DMC floss, and looks beautiful on antique linen, as shown. I think it would also look perfect on a nice bright white Aida as well!

Felt Teepee Tutorial on Munchkin and BeanI’m also loving this sweet Felt Teepee Tutorial on Munchkin and Bean – a perfect cute summertime craft to make with kids.

The tutorial demonstrates using felt, DMC floss, and watercolor paints to create lovely geometric designs. I think some hand-embroidered designs would be lovely, too, and a great springboard for a young imagination!

Stitched Leather Bracelet tutorial on Blitsy CraftsThis Stitched Leather Bracelet tutorial on Blitsy Crafts is a wonderful way to show off your favorite shades of floss!

The interlaced chevron design would also show off Color Variations floss beautifully, too! Such a simple, gorgeous project.

Miniature floss and craft room on A Cuppa Tea With MeAnd ok, how amazing is this Miniature DMC floss made by Lisa Leggett on A Cuppa Tea With Me?

I may not be a kid anymore, but I am still fascinated by dollhouses and dollhouse furnishings, and the fabulous miniature craft corner Lisa created, including a punch needle and embroidered rug are just breathtaking!

Hippy Chick by justfabulousdarling Last, but most certainly not least, is this fabulous Hippy Chick embroidery stitched by justfabulousdarling on Flickr.

This stitcher uses a combination of intense, colorful inks, vibrant embroidery floss, and amazing stitchery to create this piece. Truly inspiring!


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Back-to-School Shoes

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

OwlSneakersHappy Shoes-day! Back-to-school shopping is in full swing, and parents across the country are once again looking forward to a moment of peace and quiet. This year, instead of purchasing the usual boring shoes, send your student off to school in style with a pair or two of fun, hip, embellished sneakers – like this pair we shared on the JoAnn Fabric and Craft Stores site.

All you need is a pair of plain white cloth sneakers in your kids’ favorite color, shuttles of DMC® Memory Thread™ in the colors given in the PDF pattern on the site, clear-drying glue or DMC Embroidery Floss to match the Memory Thread, a water-soluble transfer pen, jewelers tweezers, clean nail polish and a few basic notions.

To make the shoes, trace the design onto the shoes using the pen, crimp the ends of the Memory Thread using the tweezers, and secure the ends with a dab of clear nail polish. Then, either glue the Memory Thread in place, or couch it in place along the marked lines using a single strand of the DMC Embroidery floss to match.

Embroided-Doctor-Who-Shoes-1-580x386If you prefer a shoe color other than white, you can easily adjust the colors of Memory Thread to use in the project. For example, if you choose turquoise shoes, work the outer eye area in white to compensate for the color change.

There’s so much you can do with a simple pair of shoes. Consider them as a blank canvas, waiting for you to transform them with embroidery and a bit of creativity and imagination.

canvas_shoe_kitty_patch_10_tzomYou can even personalize your shoes to celebrate an occasion, show off a talent, or memorialize a favorite game or television show. The pair shown above right featured on the Mary Sue site features imagery and commentary from the popular Doctor Who television series, rendered in hand embroidery.

Any type of canvas or fabric shoes can be used to make a fun, personalized pair for back-to-school. You can easily embroider on a comfy pair of slipper-type shoes too!

The pair from The Zen of Making is made from slip-on shoes, and featured an adorable kitty patch – and it’s really a patch! Haley Pierson-Cox covered a small hole in an otherwise perfect shoe to create a fabulous pair of slip-ons that convey her fun personal style.

00141For a fancier shoe, check out this beautiful pair of ballerina flats featuring a neon doodle design and shown on the Dream a Little Bigger site. Our DMC Color Infusions Floss would be perfect for a project like this!

If you’d like to know more about stitching on shoes, Allison Murray walks you through the entire process for making this pair of personalized shoes on her blog.

Keep on stitchin’!


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Inspired by Floche!

Friday, July 25, 2014

Monogram on Baroque EmbellishmentsThis week I am inspired by the beautiful work stitchers have done with DMC Floche thread!

This breathtaking Monogram on Baroque Embellishments was stitched in floche and hand-drawn by Kimberly. She also shows off the gorgeously worked antique hem described in the Encyclopedia of Needlework by Thérèse de Dillmont.


Blessing Gown Embroidery on Dream Quilt CreateHere’s another gorgeous monogram stitched in floche on this Blessing Gown Embroidery on Dream Quilt Create.

Cynthia used shadow embroidery to stitch her monogram, and there’s a wonderful overview on Shadow Work embroidery  and a descriptive floche thread overview on Needle n Thread, if you’re curious.

Pink floche flower on The Unbroken Thread


I had to mention a stunning 18th Century Bedcover Project worked in floche threads on The Unbroken Thread.

From this fabulous pink flower, to every detail of the green foliage, to the wonderful detailed history of the piece, I thoroughly enjoyed this tour through Kathy’s stitching!


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DMC on FaveCrafts

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

ButtonIf you’re looking for some fun projects to stitch or craft this summer, check out the assortment of awesome project ideas over at FaveCrafts. You can get 1000′s of craft projects, patterns tips and ideas for FREE at FaveCrafts.com including embroidery, cross stitch, crochet, knitting and sewing patterns along with much more.

The site also offers free tips and tutorials for a wide variety of needlework types, and features an email newsletter, so you’ll always know what’s new on the site.

medallionCheck out this awesome list of projects on the DMC page at FaveCrafts using DMC Embroidery Threads. Projects featured are made from our embroidery floss, satin floss, crochet threads and more:


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