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Cross Stitch Crown Tutorial

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Tuto Crown for the Galette de Rois is a fabulous universal crown project which can be made at any time of the year.  This project was posted on DMC France Blog around Christmastime. However I thought with the reds and creamy white colors that it could be a perfect crown to make for Valentine’s Day. 

cross stitch crown


-Charles Craft Vinyl Aida

-DMC Light Effects Embroidery Thread (I recommend Red Ruby E321 and White Gold E677

-Threading needle


crown supply


1. Cut a crown shape out of a piece of Charles Craft Vinyl Aida

2. Thread needle with light effects color of choice and begin stitching a continuous cross stitch “x” shape around the crown.

3. Stitch a few circle, button hole or heart shapes at the crown points.

So many possibilities with this project.  A crown for Valentine’s Day, St. Patty’s Day, Easter, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, Birthdays, the list goes on.  I’d love to see what you come up with.

crown tutorial steps

Grape Harvest Stitching

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

grape vines theme

Last weekend while on a road trip through wine country, I was enchanted by the beauty of the grape vines, loaded with fruit that is almost ready for harvest. I thought this would make a terrific theme for this week’s freebie roundup!

Over in the DMC Club area you’ll find this simple Grape Border pattern in the Fruits and Vegetables section that can be used to embellish our CharlesCraft Ready to Stitch Towels and accessories.

The design can also be stitched on an Aida band to make a candle or cake band, or use waste canvas or our innovative, clear water soluble canvas to stitch the repeating pattern on a tablecloth, runner or sheets.

grape Harvest pattern

Or, stitch any of the individual motifs found in the Grape Harvest pattern using our luminous Light Effects embroidery floss. You’ll find this pattern in the Light Effects section of the DMC Club.

The DMC Club area is free and filled with lots of great patterns you can download. Sign in and check it out!

If you’re planning a harvest gethering, why not stitch a set of napkins or placemats to match the theme? This freebie (shown at right) from the Made to Treasure site requires just three colors of floss and can be worked up quickly, in time for guests.

cluster of grapes pattern

Or, check out this beautiful bunch of grapes you can stitch using DMC Embroidery Floss! You can get the pattern here.

This design would be pretty stitched on our CharlesCraft Showcase Huck Towel.  A free cross stitch chart is included with each towel, including our own version of a realistic cluster of grapes.

Happy Stitching!

New Patterns for Baby

Monday, July 15, 2013

patterns for baby

I’m pleased to announce that we have two new booklets from Leisure Arts available featuring adorable designs you can stitch on our CharlesCraft Ready-to-Stitch Baby Collection using your favorite DMC Embroidery Threads.

Stitch a set of fun, matching Precious Baby bibs for our collection of Plush Pets featuring Dylan DuckPenny Pig and Madison Monkey. These soft pets are perfect gifts for a child, a new mother, or as a centerpiece for a baby shower.

baby bips

Or stitch an assortment of Baby Bibs featuring cuddly critters on our ready-made items.

The sweet designs can be stitched on our Baby Soft Infant Bibs featuring a 14-count stitching area in soft, wrinkle-free and stain resistant Royal Classic Aida or Toddler Pullover Bib in an easy to stitch 14-count Aida panel and high thread count ecru velour.

The selection of trim colors for all bibs can be seen on the Baby Collection page in the Shop DMC area of our web site.

Happy Stitching!

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