Spooky Stitch Inspiration
I adore this Glow in the Dark Hipster Ghost Amigurumi on Crafteando! This free pattern comes from a lovely Spanish language blog – but you can scroll down on her page for the English language instructions.
Jenny has the ingenious idea of combining DMC Glow in the Dark floss with regular white acrylic yarn to make her little ghost glow!
And you can’t be a hipster ghost without some black felt hipster glasses, right? Adorable.
These simple, quick R.I.P. Cross Stitch Coasters by Eva Monleon on Handmade Charlotte are another perfect use for DMC Glow in the Dark floss.
I love that all you need for this craft are some black Aida cloth squares and a bit of thread, and in no time at all you have a quick Halloween craft!
This Say Boo! Wall Hanging Tutorial on Gen X Quilters is perfectly charming – a perfect way to combine a bit of embroidery with a basic sewing project.
I love this idea as a simple fabric sign to hang on your door to say Trick or Treaters are welcome!
I’m loving this cross stitch finish by Ann on A Hole in the Basket Primitives- you can find the Free Wicked Cross Stitch Pattern on Stitches n Stones.
Visit Ann’s blog for more inspiring spooky finishes!
A Celebration of Color!
This week, I am inspired by COLOR – and all the lovely ways you can incorporate it into your summer projects!
Look at the inspiring DMC floss colors in the Summer Nights Stitchalong by Little Dorrit on Sew Mama Sew – there’s an adorable free firefly pattern up for grabs as well!
I am loving the bright burst of summer colors in these Embroidered Pencil Pouches on Jacks and Kate – using variegated yarn on burlap creates such a wonderful colorful contrast.
I think this idea would look equally gorgeous in our own variegated floss or Color Variations floss on linen, as well!
This adorable tiny Crocheted Alligator on WoolCrochet.com is worked using DMC floss in bright green, red, and white.
It’s such a tiny little critter, I can see it embellishing a fanciful kid’s headband or bag – so sweet!
This Chevron DIY Notebook on I Try DIY uses three shades of DMC floss in a simple, striking design.
I absolutely love this vibrant color palette, and how easy it would be to experiment with simple shapes and lines on this!
How sweet is this Pete the Bear Free Pattern on While She Naps?
The coordination of bright scraps of fabric, and bits and buttons from your crafting stash make for a sweet bear, and stitching the facial expressions is an extra treat!
Crochet a Zoo
While I normally cover embroidery and needlework books here on the DMC blog, I also enjoy Amigurumi (stuffed toy) crochet books – especially when they are filled with cute animals or embellished with embroidery.
Crochet a Zoo by Altadena, California designer Megan Kreiner has both!
This new book is filled with instructions for making and embellishing over a dozen familiar zoo figures such as lions, giraffes and monkeys, along with their multi-cultural zoo keepers.
Many of the animal patterns feature charming male and female versions of the cute critters, as well as their young. The mommy kangeroo with her baby in a pouch is absolutely adorable, as is the sweet family of elephants.
Be sure to check out the tail end on each of these charming creatures. No detail has been spared in their design.
The facial features and some of the narrow stripes on the creatures are hand embroidered in basic stitches using embroidery floss. Larger details such as spots, wide strips and clothing accents are appliqued using felt that has been hand-stitched to the animals with sewing thread.
Instructions for crocheting each animal are clear and feature well-illustrated step-by-step images. Full-size patterns for all of the animals can be found in the back of the book.
Just for fun, Megan has even included a section for making zoo food from felt to keep the critters from getting hungry.
The Martingale Publishing has also made it easy to use the patterns by offering a printable template on their web site, instead of tracing from the book.
Be sure to visit Megan’s web site for more unique crochet ideas and inspiration.