Memory Thread Show Features

Thursday, January 26, 2012

I’m back from the TNNA show with my mind spinning from all the amazing creative stitchy genius that I saw at TNNA. I’m not about ready to rest yet! I will be California bound tomorrow for the Winter Craft & Hobby Show in Anaheim.

The Winter Craft & Hobby Show is produced by the Craft & Hobby Association otherwise known as CHA. CHA is an international, not-for-profit trade association consisting of thousands of member companies engaged in the design, manufacture, distribution and retail sales of products in the U.S. craft and hobby industry.

These shows are so much fun, there’s always innovative new products that are being showcased and great connections to make. I keep you posted from the show! If you are going to CHA this year come check out DMC’s Booth at #2733. Follow me on Twitter @DMCThreads #CHASHow.

I wanted to post some amazing inspiring pictures of our newest Memory Thread canvas that I’m currently obsessed with. This canvas was designed by Maggie & Co. and is absolutely drool worthy. Stitched and embellished by artist Alice Okon, this needlepoint canvas is a work of art and will be displayed proudly in the DMC offices in Kearny for years to come!

Alice braided, twisted, wove and shaped Memory Thread into a vibrant amazing masterful work of art. Everyone at the booth oohed and aahed at this piece. I think it’s safe to say everyone is catching the Memory Thread fever as stitchers and artists of all kinds are discovering all the many uses of Memory Thread. From embellishing your needlework projects – to creating dazzling statement jewelry pieces – to the possibility of tatting and crocheting with it. We want to see what YOU come up with! So please email us pictures of your creations for a chance to be featured on the DMC Blog!

How amazing is this piece? Check out some of the close-ups.

To achieve this result of the three dimensional leaves you shape the frame of the leaf with green Memory Thread and attach a middle piece of Memory Thread to enable you to weave your threaded needle up and over the leaf base to form the three dimensional effect.

These vibrant flower centers were created by braiding. twisting and beading Memory Thread. The flower center on the left was created by braiding together four pieces of Memory Thread, two fuchsia lengths and two lavender lengths. Once the circular braid is complete, couch the braid down using one strand of DMC floss. The flower center on the right consists of two lengths of Metallic Memory Thread, gold & silver, twisted together. Tightly coil the twisted length into a half inch diameter circle and couch down with silver DMC Metallic Embroidery Thread. A lavender piece of Memory Thread is beaded with Sundance lavender seed beads and couched down around the metallic coil with one strand of lavender DMC floss.

Check out these other parts of the canvas. Such amazing innovative ways to use Memory Thread! You can click on the pictures to enlarge them and see all the gorgeous detail.


Achieve this awesome three dimensional flower petal effect by hand looping these delicate perfect flower loops.

Easily make your own larger Memory Thread flowers by downloading the Memory Thread flower project sheet. Using Clovers Loom Tool you can easily shape the petals!








At the DMC Booth there were a number of displays showcasing beautiful pieces that you were created using DMC Threads and products. The DMC Memory Thread display case showcased Maggie Co. canvas. The carpet underneath was quilted by one of our favorites, Nancy DiDonato. She couched down Memory Thread and hand sewn in beads to create a beautiful carpet that looks great as a wall hanging.














Check out the beautiful quilted flowers in the vases. These were quilted and embellished with Memory Thread. I love these flowers and can totally see these on my bedroom balcony. They are so fresh and vibrant!




Our last featured Memory Thread piece was this fresh funky design showcasing some cute hair styling options with Memory Thread. Look out for this piece being featured in Needlepoint Now. Love those tight ringlets you can achieve easily by twisting the Memory Thread around a tapestry needle.


Stay tuned tomorrow for more news from the show!

Happy Stitching!

~ Emma


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8 Responses to “Memory Thread Show FeaturesComment RSS feed

  • Irene M.
    January 26th, 2012 4:33 pm

    The blue vase with gold swirls caught my eye first. But after looking at the close up photos of other ideas, I have to close my gaping mouth and wonder how do people think of such amazing things? I’m still trying to figure out how to make those 3D green leaves. What I wouldn’t give to have even 1% of that imagination. Beautiful work.

  • Robin
    January 26th, 2012 5:04 pm

    I was lucky to see these in person. Very inspiring. Alice Okon is the best.

  • Katherine Buchanan
    January 26th, 2012 5:39 pm

    I agree wholeheartedly with Irene. At first you don’t realize the detail, then suddenly it hits you. Wow!!

  • josephine
    January 26th, 2012 6:17 pm

    This blog is just too long IMO. Hard to read on a smart phone.

    • admin
      January 31st, 2012 7:25 am
      Author's Reply

      Good point – thanks for sharing, Josephine.

  • Karen Wolkenberg
    February 9th, 2012 10:23 am

    What a beautiful job Alice Okon did on this Maggie piece!!!! Her creativity just blows me away. I would love to purchase the stitch guide if possible. Could I get more info on how to obtain one??? Thanks much.

  • Pat smith
    July 25th, 2012 10:45 am

    I live in Fort Wayne Indiana. I am so excited with the memory thread. I am a fibre artist. Could you plese tell me if there are any stores in FW that sells this item or how do I go and order it.

    • admin
      July 27th, 2012 7:05 am
      Author's Reply

      Hi Pat – Memory Thread is available at several chains including Michaels, JoAnnes and Hobby Lobby. It can also be ordered online from various sites including Herrschners. An internet search using “DMC Memory Thread” in your favorite browser will yield quite a large number of results as well.

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