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During the past 3 weeks I’ve been taking you on a tour of the DMC Factory in Mulhouse, France. We started with a brief history of the area, then moved on to spinning, and last week we covered Mercerizing, dyeing and drying.
This week we’re ready to put up the thread onto skeins or balls and get it labeled and ready for shipping. After this section, the next part of the threads’ journey is from retailer to stitcher.
After the dye color is checked, the thread is then wound onto large cone so that it’s ready for winding onto balls or into skeins. There’s a veritable rainbow happening on this machine!
Depending on the type of thread, the cones are loaded onto machines that each perform a different duty, winding, and labeling the threads in a series of quick movements.
On one machine – wonder of modern machinery – winds the familiar pull-skeins of DMC Embroidery Floss, labeling and boxing skeins in quick succession.
Another machine almost 200 years old, yet still fully functional, winds DMC Pearl Cotton onto balls, inserting the familiar round label into the hollow cardboard spool.
The finished threads are then boxed, labeled and warehoused, ready for shipment to your favorite, local needlework store! I couldn’t resist posting this image of
In addition to all the wonderful DMC Threads, ready to send to all corners of the globe, these floor-to-ceiling shelves also contain books, kits, accessories, painted needlepoint canvas, needlework fabrics, organizers and more.
There are just so many DMC goodies for stitchers!
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- Crochet Flower Clutch
- A Beautiful Peace Label
- A T Shirt with Crochet Edge
- Baby Hat with Tassle
- Beautiful Crochet Top
- Black Mesh Shawl
- Bright Blue Denim Scarf
- Buttercup Embroidery Design
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- Cell Phone Case
- Charming Crochet Pillow
- Cherries Cross Stitch Oven Pad
- Cherries Cross Stitch Recipe Book Cover
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- Chrysanthemum Accessory
- Colorful Block Scarf
- Cow Cross Stitch Pattern
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- Free Crochet Pattern for Round Motif Afghan
- Free Crochet Pattern Tablecloth
- Ladybug Friendship Bracelet
- Loving Bears Cross Stitch Pattern
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- Purple Satin Medallion
- Satin Butterflies Embroidery Project
Keeping your collection of DMC Needlework Threads clean and tangle-free can be a chore if you store your threads in boxes and bins. To keep them tidy, and to make it easier to select colors when designing a project, here are some storage tips from other stitchers.
Jen at the Color My World blog uses plastic boxes and bobbins to store her DMC Embroidery Floss. She stores them in the same order that they are featured in on our color cards. It takes a while to wind the bobbins, but the results are worth it.
Mary at Needle ‘N Thread organizes her entire set of floss using our transparent binder inserts.
Tanya of Tanya Quilts in CO uses glass mason jars to organize and display her collection of DMC Pearl Cotton balls. This is definitely a shelf full of stitchers’ eye candy!
Presto! With just a bit of effort your threads are organized and protected from dust and tangling!
Wouldn’t they be gorgeous worked in DMC Pearl Cotton Variations too?
A vintage glass button has been used as a closure on both items. These are truly pieces of wearable art.
Looking for a way to jazz up your existing wardrobe for Spring? These pretty crochet button covers can be made quickly using the tutorial from Cynthia Shaffer.
Use them on items you already have in your closet, or on some of your own sewn creations.
This one from Touching the Past, available at Zibbet.com, has me inspired!
Make a headband or a ponytail holder by crocheting DMC Pearl Cotton into curls. They’re quick – and a bit addictive – to make, so you’ll definitely be making more than one.
Tuck the supplies into your handbag and work on them while travelling, commuting, waiting for the kids to finish practice, or while waiting for appointments.
Use traditional Christmas greens and reds for the perfect accent to a special Holiday outfit or make them in favorite colors that can be worn anytime. If you have students, crochet the pieces using their school’s team colors.
With the wide range of DMC Pearl Cotton colors available, there are no limits. Simply pick your favorite colors, grab a 3.5mm crochet hook, a blank headband or ponytail bands and and make some curls!
If you’ve missed any of our previous weeks of projects, check out our Twelve Weeks of Holiday Ideas web page.
They say all Quilters embroider, but not all Embroiderers quilt. I’m not sure if this rings true or not, but I do know many quilters use embroidery in their quilted creations. Embroidery adds detail, texture, or helps the maker tell a story.
This quilt made by Debby Schnabel -a retired ICU nurse who runs the Debby Quilts blog -has created this masterpiece feauring her favorite psalms, and has used embroidery extensively in her project.
Debby has used pearl cotton to embroider her masterpiece with a variety of interesting embroidered designs. The artists has used embroidery not only for the lettering in the text, but to also enhance images in the fabric, such as the tree show here, and to accent bold circles of color in the design.
As I look closely at Debby’s photos, I can see that she has painstakingly spaced rows of running stitch and bullion stitch, French knots and straight stitches in her circles, and has enhanced her trees with satin stitched fruit and detached chain stitch leaves.
The embroidered details are worked in basic stitches familiar to nearly anyone who embroiders or quilts, and really make the quilt come alive!
Quilt artist Allison Aller – one of the winners of DMC’s Trips to France – also uses embroidery to enhance her quilts and add incredible detail to her projects.
She recently completed a piece titled Twenty Years in the Garden, using a variety of embroidery threads and ribbon to stitch the abundance of vegetables, flowers and plants in her quilted garden beds.
Allison has used so many different hand embroidery stitches in her project that it’s hard to count them all, but I see French knots, straight stitch, stem stitch, detached chain stitch and lazy daisy stitches, running stitch, couching and more.
It’s amazing what embroidery can do for a quilting project, and I can hardly wait to see what these two incredible textile artists create next!