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Take Yourself To A Better Place…Mat!

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

place mats 2Ah, there’s nothing like the look of a new table setting to make you feel inspired and brighten up your entire home. But let’s face it, stocking up on our favorite place mats can be pricey — that’s why we’ve made our own, of course!

These crochet place mats are made from our incredibly durable and soft Natura XL. They’re easy to make and so creative and original your friends will be asking you “where they can buy them!” — and you’ll feel even better when you tell them you actually crafted these yourself!

Below is everything you need to know to give your table a new, festive look.

Materials:

3 balls of of DMC’s Natura (in any color you like!)

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A Bamboo crochet hook (Also available at DMC)

The Process:

Make a chain of 33 basis points and make a crochet in the second chain stitch counting from the hook.

Weave a dwarf in each of the 14 points following chain stitch.

Make 20 chain stitches more.

Once woven, base sheet continues to form following the pattern for the next 18 passes.

place matsNote: You will use several points besides the ridges and crochets described: High Point, High Point Double and Double High Point; there are increases and decreases for each one.

Send us photos of your finished products or post on our Facebook page! We can’t wait to see your creations…





 


Free Valentine’s ideas around the web!

Saturday, February 7, 2015

Heart Wrist Pin Cushion on MessylaI hope you’ve been enjoying our Valentine’s posts! Today I thought I’d tour the web, and find even more inspiring Valentine ideas for you!

This Heart Wrist Pin Cushion on Messyla is so lovely, isn’t it? I spy our beautiful DMC Goa Tricot Yarn in Peach in this wonderful crochet tutorial.

How handy is it to have your needles in ready reach on your wrist? Clever and sweet!

Ironic Conversation Hearts on Honey ThistleI absolutely love these Ironic Conversation Hearts on Honey Thistle – since you can stitch your own sentiment on a heart, be it silly, sarcastic, or loving!

Since all these take are bits of pastel-colored felt, you can use up your scraps, along with a few strands of floss. I’d also love to try some pearl cotton on these, to experiment with a chunkier line.

Valentine Key Ring on Dream a Little BiggerThis Valentine Key Ring Tutorial on Dream a Little Bigger makes such sweet, stylish hearts!

I’d add a sweet sentiment, or loved one’s initials for an extra bit of goodness. You could also vary this idea using pastel felt for a conversation heart, or bits of scrap fabric, for a quilted look.

Of course we were so happy to spy our lovely DMC floss in the tutorial!

Free Stamp Pattern on Bored and CraftyLast but not least, this sweet Free Stamp Pattern on Bored and Crafty is a great way to experiment with a simple stamp carving project – and the results are adorable, as you can see!

The mug design would look equally sweet as an embroidery design, with or without some wool felt accents!





 


Crochet Basics

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

filetcrochetthrow.ashxCrochet can be used to create a wide variety of wearable and home decor objects using various weights of yarn. To help you get started with crochet, DMC has created a series of pages featuring things you need to know to start crocheting.

There are a large variety of crochet patterns available. A good place to start is the Inspiration section on this the DMC website. Other places include your local craft store, bookstores, and needlework catalogs which will have crochet leaflets, books, and magazines.

Pattern instruction symbols small.ashxCrochet pattern instructions include everything you will need to create the crochet design, including the quantity and type of crochet thread or yarn, hook size, gauge and complete row-by-row instructions. However, deciphering a pattern can seem daunting for a newbie.

To help you follow a crochet pattern, DMC has created a page dedicated to helping you Read a Crochet Pattern.   In addition to basic terminology, you’ll also find a section on common abbreviations and symbols.  These are used in instructions that are written row by row or round by round.

crochetfashiontop.ashxOnce you’ve picked up some Crochet Yarn and hooks and are ready to start a project, you can check out our How to Crochet pages where we feature a variety of helpful information on crochet, including a Stitch Guide and information on Blocking and Finishing a completed Project.

Free crochet patterns are also available from DMC, and can be downloaded from the Crochet Patterns page. – including the lacy throw and the pretty lace sweater shown here.

Once you’ve completed your project, be sure to check out the helpful tips for laundering your crochet items. We’ve got your crochet covered!





 


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!

 





 


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:





 


Free festive ideas from around the web

Friday, July 4, 2014

Free Circles Embroidery pattern by Brian CampbellThis lovely Circles vintage pattern posted by Brian Campbell on Flickr looks just like festive fireworks, doesn’t it?

I’d love to interpret this pattern with a lot of buttonhole stitch outlines and lazy daisies! This would be a perfect pattern to go crazy with color, and a nice stitch to relax with on a family picnic or cookout.

Sparkle Hoop Earring Pattern on The Purple Poncho
I’m loving the clever way Carolyn from The Purple Poncho has incorporated our DMC Light Effects floss into her free Sparkle Hoop Earrings pattern!

Using a teeny crochet hook and silver hoop earrings you can craft a sweet and festive last-minute accessory. You can easily swap out the Light Effects floss for DMC floss in festive red, white and blue, too.

 

Hand Embroidered pin cushion tutorial on Make it HandmadeThis Hand Embroidered Pin Cushion Tutorial on Make it Handmade is another quick and lovely way to while away the time while chatting with family and friends today.

Quick, concentric lines of running stitch form the simple design, and any fabric scraps make the shape.

Plaid Embellishment Tutorial by Rebecca Ringquist on Oliver + S
Learn how to create this gorgeous pattern by Rebecca Ringquist with the Adding Embroidery Tutorial on Oliver + S.

I spy some gorgeous DMC threads in the supplies used to create these beautiful textures, including our DMC Pearl Cotton, and I am also in love with the color palette Rebecca chose.

 

Free festive embroidery pattern on SpecklessThis sweet free Festive embroidery pattern on Speckless says it all, I think!

Go out and celebrate on this beautiful day, and however you celebrate I hope it’s a wonderful day, for all of you!





 


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