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Amazing Thread Art

Friday, April 18, 2014

Check out this amazing art installation by artist Marta Elise Johansen, utilizing found objects, hardware, and DMC Light Effects floss.

The art is featured in a Los Angeles, California restaurant called Faith and Flower.

Marta was born to an American mother and Norwegian father in Pakistan, grew up in Vermont, and now resides in Mill Valley, California, and has her studio in Sausalito. She has traveled extensively around the world, and her work has been influenced by bother her travels and her upbringing. You can read more about Marta and her work here.

Everywhere she goes, she absorbs fragments of light, color, design, and sound as her experience and inspiration. She believes that the most simple materials can be as exquisite as the most precious.

Marta primarily works in ink pen on paper but has special occasions where she can experiment with other materials, in this case DMC Light Effects Floss in E677 White Gold, E301 Copper, and E3821 Light Gold.

One of her closest friends, a musician who lives in Echo Park, Simone White, helped her to execute this feature, which evokes the rich art deco history of L.A.’s past and the ever present sun of the city, all with the simplicity of objects found at the local hardware store.

On my next trip to the hardware store, I will definitely be looking at the items on the shelves differently!


Thread Jewelry Ideas

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

DMC Embroidery Threads are not just for stitching – they can also be used to create other fabulous crafts and wearables! This week I’m featuring some of the inspiring thread jewelry ideas from around the web.

Gina Michelle has combined 4 skeins of coordinating floss with chains and beads to make this pretty necklace, perfect for coordinating with your Spring wardrobe. The complete tutorial is available on her site.

Check out the gorgeous necklace Tassel Wisp necklace from Anthropologie.  I love this wispy necklace with thread tassels.

The color is fresh and fun, but by making something myself, I can change the design to any color. I’m inspired to make my own version in pink!

We’ve even got a tassel necklace here if you’d like to make one using our existing pattern. Ours is made from DMC Light Effects metallic floss. Links to the PDF instruction sheet are featured on the page.

The 2014 Geometric Jewelry Trends article features fabulous geometric shapes wrapped with embroidery floss. I love the random colors chosen – they go together beautifully.

You can wrap nearly anything with thread to create a similar design. KAYEganda created the pieces using recycled cardboard holders from game pieces, but I’m thinking of looking for several types of belt buckles to create a similar version.

Prefer bracelets? No problem! Michelle Sexton has featured a step-by-step tutorial for making this color-blocked bracelet with bling on her So Here’s My Life blog site.

She’s used a clever wrapping technique to transform an old cuff bracelet into a wearable piece of art.

Need more bling? Make this elegant braided rhinestone necklace set from embroidery floss and a strand of rhinestones from the craft store, or from a thrift store necklace.

The tutorial from Erica on the Honestly WTF site will show you how to make these beauties from start to finish.

They’re perfect for a dressed up night on the town, or to pair with jeans and a crisp white blouse for a casual day of shopping and hanging out with friends.

Such fabulous ideas – I love them all!







Spring Stitching in the DMC Club

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

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!


Valentine’s Day Stitching Inspiration

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner! Making a heartfelt, handmade Valentine for someone special is always so much nicer than buying a pre-fab, store bought card. Here are some ideas you can stitch.

Applique fabrics hearts to a ready-made towel and add a hand-embroidered monogram like these pretty towels featured on the Serendipity Refined site.

Or, pull out your sewing machine and your digital embroidery  cards and make appliqued, monogrammed towels using DMC Machine Embroidery Cotton.

These were inspired by towels at a retail store, but what makes them even better than the store-bought version is that you can make them in your own favorite colors using your own favorite font. Embroider a monogram, a name, or a romantic quotation.

The French Knots site features several heart designs that you can use to stitch on tea towels, pillow cases, accent pillows and more!

Enlarge or reduce the designs to fit your needs, and then embroidery the design using DMC Embroidery Floss. If you want to add a bit of sparkle to the design, try one of the beautiful colors in the Light Effects Floss line.  Pink Amethyst E316 would look fabulous!

Or, make a wall hanging to display around Valentine’s Day, declaring your affection.

This beautiful pattern is available on the Craftsy site as a PDF download. It was created by Sew Jenaissance, and uses several colors of floss. I love the hoop finish and the mixture of different embroidery styles.

There’s plenty of time to create our own hand-embroidered Valentines, and I’m already stitching!


Stitching in the New Year!

Friday, January 3, 2014

For this week’s roundup, I thought we’d pay a visit to all of you stitchers out there, and show off the hard work you’ve been doing with our DMC threads!

Pattern Darning on The Compleatly Dressed AnachronistThis darning sampler was created by Edyth Miller on her blog The Compleatly Dressed Anachronist. The black pattern at the bottom left was stitched with 3 strands of DMC linen floss.

As the first post in a monthly series of Medieval Crafting Skills, Edyth presents a fascinating history of darning stitches, as well as a tutorial and free pattern to create your own darning stitches using #5 pearl cotton.


Tatting With Variegated Threads on Snowy’s TattingThis lovely example of tatting can be found on Snowy’s Tatting – using variegated DMC tatting thread in two colors she was not too sure of, this stitcher created some gorgeous work!

I think this is a wonderful example of how inspiring it can be to just try some new threads out – and you’ll be surprised at the beauty of the results!


Focus on Detail on Victoria WrenThis gorgeous whitework on Victoria Wren is an example of Bermuda fagotting, an elegant heirloom stitch.

Using just 1 strand of DMC floss, Cassie created this breathtaking adornment for an antique bonnet. This project has inspired her to focus on detail for the rest of the year.

I love her idea of choosing a year-long focus or inspiration for her stitching – what would yours be?


Stitching Year in Review on Sew In LoveFinally, one of the things I always love to see is a stitching year in review like this beautiful post on Sew in Love.

Elizabeth shows some amazing examples of her stitching this year, including this delicate stumpwork dragonfly from a DMC kit.

The kit is unfortunately no longer available, but there are plenty of lovely tutorials to get you started if you’d like to try stumpwork!


Stumpwork Dragonfly on The Floss BoxTry this excellent stumpwork tutorial by Emily on The Floss Box, and don’t miss Emily’s own gorgeous stumpwork dragonfly, stitched with DMC Light Effects floss.

I hope we’ve inspired you – but more importantly – thank you – all of you – for inspiring us with your wonderful stitching with DMC threads!


It’s a Wrap!

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

We’ve reached week 12 of our Twelve Weeks of Holiday Projects series here on the blog. Time sure flies when we’re having fun – it’s hard to believe we’ve been doing this 12 weeks now, and that next week is Christmas!

To help you with your package prettification process, this week’s theme is gift wrapping.

Give your gifts a stitcher’s handmade touch using DMC Needlework Threads as trimmings. Many of the ideas in today’s Free PDF Pattern use some of the techniques featured previously in our Twelve Weeks of Free Holiday Ideas.

An assortment of embroidery threads has been used to wrap the beautiful gifts shown here, including Embroidery Floss, Memory Thread, Light Effects Floss, and our pretty gold CharlesCraft Stardust Aida! Use our suggested colors and materials or choose your own to coordinate with your wrapping paper.

If you missed any of the previous weeks of fun including the tiny wreath and no-hassle tassels,  you can find links to the pdfs from the previous 11 weeks on our Free Holiday Ideas page.

And as a special treat for stitchers, any orders of $25 or more placed through our DMC Shopping Centre between now and December 24th will receive a FREE DMC mug (while quantities last. US and Canada orders only).

Happy Holidays!


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