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Happy 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.
If 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.
You 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.
For 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’!
Masterpiece Theatre’s Downton Abbey is back, and like most fans, I’m intrigued by the beautiful costumes and props, which often feature needlework. But did you know that the show has inspired some modern-day designers as well?
Here are a few of the projects inspired by this uber-popular PBS series.
Jessy Ellenberger of Making Jiggly features this unique hand embroidered illustration created from an outlined image of Highclere Castle (the real-life British estate used as the backdrop for Downton Abbey) worked in embroidery floss.
And check out these embroidery patterns created by April Heather Davulcu. They’re available on Etsy and feature some of our favorite characters.
Select from groups of characters, or the entire set of 19 patterns. They’re perfect for embroidering on tea towels and would make a lovely gift for a DA fan, wouldn’t you agree?
…and check out these Downton Abbey-inspired handmade earrings by Kelli Peduzzi from Pure Bliss jewelry.
The colors Kelli has used in her designs are lovely and truly inspiring. I wonder if she has used DMC Memory Thread in any of these designs? The wired thread would definitely be easy to use in this type of project.
It’s always fun to see how a television series can spawn an entire design theme, and these ladies have definitely created some unique pieces that reflect the spirit of the program. Bravo!
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).
Can you believe we’re up to Week 10 of our 12 Weeks of Free Holiday Ideas already? Time flies when we’re having fun!
This week’s blog features pretty items you can put together using paper doilies, colored paper, card stock, glue, thread, and a few other craft room essentials using easy hand embroidered stitches made with DMC Embroidery Threads. Coordinate the floss to match your chosen papes.
The Memory Thread halo uses twisted threads, while the hair featured curls. Use a narrow knitting needle or BBQ skewer to make perfect curly tendrils of hair, or simply curl the thread with your fingers.
Many of the same techniques were used to make the free-standing Paper Angels shown here. They make a lovely accent when displayed on a mantel or table – or add a hanging loop and place them on the tree!
You can get the free PDF instructions for these projects by selecting the hyperlinks in the paragraphs above.
If you’ve missed any of the previous weeks of crafting and stitching fun, visit the web page for the previous weeks’ projects.
Week four of our Twelve Weeks of Holiday Projects brings you this fun, easy project created using DMC Color Infusions Memory Thread.
This soft, fiber-wrapped copper wire can be used to embellish all types of needlework and craft projects. It’s colorfast, fade resistant, acid free, and is available in 28 bright beautiful colors, wrapped on a recyclable shuttle to keep the thread tidy and ready to use.
In this project I’ve used three shades of green and plain white Memory Thread to create simple charms that can be used to embellish the stems of your wine glasses, adding a festive touch to an otherwise plain object. One shuttle of each color will make about 4 charms.
The wired thread is shaped into small leaves (shown full-size in the pattern for tracing) and the stems twisted to form a curled hook. Teeny tiny ready-made pompoms adorn each charm, but you can substitute beads or buttons instead.
Memory Thread is available at craft needlework stores, or online at Shop DMC.
Our No Hassle Tassel technique speeds up and simplifies tassel making —no need to ever wrap thread around a piece of cardboard again!
Next, embellish the tassel with jewelry findings to make gorgeous necklaces similar to those shown in the photographs.
Make several as gifts for your friends, the kids’ teachers or your coworkers. Pick up a 6-pack of Light Effects floss and in just a small block of time you’ll have your gifts made – and one or two for yourself – or get your friends together for a crafting party and make them together!