Spooky Halloween Hatspiration

Friday, October 10, 2014

Crochet Pumpkin Hat on Hopeful HoneyI am loving all the free tutorials out there for spooky Halloween Hats to make! Cozy little hats like these are perfect for chilly nights and they’re a low-impact costume to make and throw on.

This Crochet Baby Pumpkin Hat on Hopeful Honey is simple and perfect for Halloween!

How cozy and sweet would a baby look sporting this hat and an orange blankie or onesie? So sweet! And better yet, you can hold onto your hat all through November for a fall theme!

Anna and Elsa Inspired Crochet Hats on Rick A Bam BooThese sweet Anna and Elsa Inspired Crochet Hats on Rick A Bam Boo are adorable enough to keep you cozy every day.

I think they’d also look perfect with a little embroidered embellishment, maybe some Light Effects floss for a sparkly frozen effect?

Frankie Hat Pattern on A Chick With SticksThis Frankie Hat Pattern on A Chick With Sticks is another sweet idea that is perfect for embroidered embellishment – using a couple of shades of DMC floss and bits of felt.

Just a bit of customization and you could make this cute idea a zombie hat, too!

Monster Hats on Fleece FunThese Monster Hats on Fleece Fun look like a super-adorable, easy stitch – using multicolored fleece or fleece and felt, you can craft something really cute for a little (or large) monster!

Don’t miss Angel’s other free hat patterns, the Halloween Hat Pack, for more fleecy fun!

Ewok Hat on Tiny PurrsOne of my personal favorites is this awesome Ewok Hat on Tiny Purrs! Adorable on a baby, a child, or even the grown-up Ewok in your life.

I love how the length in the front can keep you especially cozy – perfect if there’s a chilly Halloween in your forecast!


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Spooky Stitch Inspiration

Friday, October 3, 2014

Glow in the Dark Hipster Ghost on CrafteandoI adore this Glow in the Dark Hipster Ghost Amigurumi on Crafteando! This free pattern comes from a lovely Spanish language blog – but you can scroll down on her page for the English language instructions.

Jenny has the ingenious idea of combining DMC Glow in the Dark floss with regular white acrylic yarn to make her little ghost glow!

And you can’t be a hipster ghost without some black felt hipster glasses, right? Adorable.

R.I.P. Cross Stitch Coasters by Eva Monleon on Handmade CharlotteThese simple, quick R.I.P. Cross Stitch Coasters by Eva Monleon on Handmade Charlotte are another perfect use for DMC Glow in the Dark floss.

I love that all you need for this craft are some black Aida cloth squares and a bit of thread, and in no time at all you have a quick Halloween craft!

Say Boo! Wall Hanging Tutorial on Gen X QuiltersThis Say Boo! Wall Hanging Tutorial on Gen X Quilters is perfectly charming – a perfect way to combine a bit of embroidery with a basic sewing project.

I love this idea as a simple fabric sign to hang on your door to say Trick or Treaters are welcome!

I’m Wicked pattern as stitched by A Hole in the Basket PrimitivesI’m loving this cross stitch finish by Ann on A Hole in the Basket Primitives- you can find the Free Wicked Cross Stitch Pattern on Stitches n Stones.

Visit Ann’s blog for more inspiring spooky finishes!



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Halloween Stitching Inspiration

Friday, September 26, 2014

Free Betty Boo Sock Bat pattern by Heather BaileyThis week I’ve found tons of Halloween inspiration online to share with you!

How adorable and sweet is this Free Betty Boo Sock Bat pattern by Heather Bailey? I adore sock monkeys – but sock bats? Absolutely genius!

Get creative with some delicate stitching on your little bat’s wings and face to make this free pattern extra special! I would love to stitch those little teeth with some Glow in the Dark floss!

Black Cat pillow on UCreateThis Black Cat Pillow Pattern on UCreate is another quick project that can be customized some creative stitching and Glow in the Dark floss.

Ama stitched her pillow with a lovely palette of 4 shades of DMC floss which made for a wonderful, subtle look.

Cat Boo Cross Stitch on Silver’s JournalSpeaking of black cats, this Cat Boo Cross Stitch on Silver’s Journal is just begging to be stitched!

The free pattern lists all the lovely DMC floss you’ll need to complete the project – I absolutely love the look of it on our Carolina Linen!

Look What’s Brewing Chart on My Happy MemoriesI’m loving the elegant palette on this Look What’s Brewing Chart on My Happy Memories – if you want to break away from the traditional orange and black, this is the elegant pattern for you!

Angela also assembled a wonderful gallery of finished stitches to inspire your stitching!

A Jolly Halloween Pillow on Hudson’s HolidaysThis Jolly Halloween Pillow on Hudson’s Holidays is so delightful!

This adorable free pattern was designed by Shirley Hudson, and can be stitched up using DMC floss on tea-stained muslin. Wonderful!


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Therese de Dillmont

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

dollfus3.ashxHave you ever run across and antique DMC pattern booklet, or a reproduction of a booklet, written by a famous designer named Therese de Dillmont? This talented stitcher wrote many booklets for DMC.

…but who was she?

Therese was born in Austria and was both an accomplished needleworker and writer.Dillmont’s famous Encyclopedia of Needlework (1886) has been translated into 17 languages. You can view the complete English version of the book here.

In the 19th century DMC established strong links with the famous embroiderer. The friendship between this talented woman and Jean Dollfus-Mieg (both are shown above) led her to move to Dornach, a town close to Mulhouse (where the DMC factory is located), where she founded her own embroidery school in close cooperation with DMC.

collection_therese_de_dillmontA complete biography of this talented woman, along with can be seen on the DMC Archives site. The site is in French, but is easy to navigate and full of inspiration, including the images found on the pages featuring her work. You can also view images from the 2012 Exposition of her work here.

To this day her booklets and the Encyclopedia of Needlework are sought after by needleworkers around the world, as the quality of the education and designs are just as relevant today as they were two centuries ago. I’ll be visiting the factory and archives next week, and will be blogging more of the DMC story soon.


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Inspiring stitching with Glow in the Dark floss!

Friday, September 19, 2014

This week I’m featuring some inspiring examples of glow in the dark stitching!

Glow in the Dark ghost on Needlepoint Study Hall Glow in the Dark ghost on Needlepoint Study This Glow in the Dark Ghost on Needlepoint Study Hall is super-adorable in his colorful candycorn frame! The bright, vibrant glow of the DMC glow in the dark floss when you switch off the lights will be a wonderful surprise for your Halloween guests.


Free Boo Chart on Tokens and TriflesIf you’re looking for a quick and adorable stitch, how about this Free Boo Cross Stitch Chart on Tokens and Trifles – it would make an adorable stitched card, wouldn’t it?

Another cute way to stitch this pattern up would be to use a dark or colorful floss on the letters and the glow in the dark floss on the spiderweb and spider!


Iron Man embroidery by Lindy Iron Man embroidery by LindyA really spectacular combination of glow in the dark thread and cross stitch can be seen in this EPIC Iron Man Cross Stitch by Lindy, on Flickr.

I’m really loving her deft stitching on those electric rays – such a marvelous control of the threads, and truly inspiring!

So how about it – have I inspired you to try out some DMC glow in the dark thread? If I have, be sure to share your stitching in the comments, so I can share it on the blog!


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DMC Glow-in-the-Dark Floss

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Light Effects Color Card copy.ashxReady to put some spooky in your Halloween stitching? Try glow-in-the-dark floss from DMC! We’ve had a lot of questions lately regarding this fun thread. It’s perfect for Halloween stitching!

Glow-in-the-dark thread is part of our DMC Light Effects line and is 6-strand, and available in three colors – white, neon yellow and neon green. This type of information is always easy to access on the DMC web site for any of our threads, any time you need it.

To use glow-in-the-dark thread, simply replace the standard white, green or yellow thread in your project with he glowing thread. Or, you can substitute one of these colors for another in your project, to give your finished item an awesome glow.

Witch and Black Kitten.ashxWhen exposed to daylight, the special dyes absorb the light and will glow in the dark for a period of time after exposure.

Visit the Light Effects page for more details, including care and washing, colors and how to use light effects.

Looking for a fun and FREE Halloween project you an stitch? Be sure to sign up for the DMC Club, where members can find lots of free patterns using their favorite DMC Needlework Threads.

You’ll find this cute witch pattern in there too! Look under the Halloween section to find the pattern, as well as several awesome designs that are perfect for stitching with glow-in-the-dark floss.


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