Tuesday, February 7, 2012

3D Cake with DMC Embellishment - part three

Hi Everybody... Robin here.

I received permission from DMC, and now I can share the rest of the DMC Memory Thread lesson with you. Get your notepad ready...

During the 3D Cake Embellishment class, I showed the students some wonderfully stitched needlepoint pieces with applied DMC Memory Thread. Everyone was getting comfortable working with it... now was the time to introduce places to use it.

Are you intimidated about where to put the DMC Memory Thread? Here's what I did: make a color paper copy of the painted canvas and get a Sharpie pen. Then, draw lines on your paper indicating possible locations for the DMC Memory Thread.

Plan your pathways with a Sharpie on paper, first.

You can use DMC Memory Thread to outline an area. You can use it as a structure for needleweaving or stumpwork. You can make a 3D design element. You can use it to show movement. It is so versatile. And, there are 28 colors.

Fan Peddler by Labors of Love / LL 270C

Alice Okon, a wonderful designer from DMC, stitched the Fan Peddler from Labors of Love (LL 270C). Her applications were exciting. Just look at all the ways she added DMC Memory Thread to the needlepoint.

Photo #1 shows DMC Memory Thread applied by Alice Okon:
  • the Hat and the Ruffle: nice use of two shades of DMC Memory Thread relating to the painted canvas. The Ruffle Edge is enhanced with the DMC Memory Thread.
  • the Hair: nice use of the DMC Memory Thread showing the Curls of the Hair on top of the Basketweave stitching.
  • the Outline of the Hat Pin: the Silver DMC Memory Thread gives an identifiable edge to the Brooch.
  • the Fan Edges, Doubled Fan Edge and the Collar: these edges are more refined with the application of the DMC Memory Thread. Nice Colors, too.
  • Note: the twisted and coiled DMC Memory Thread into a Purple Rosette on the Green Fan.

Photo #1

Photo #2 shows DMC Memory Thread applied by Alice Okon:
  • the Fan Handles: Picot Needleweaving technique using DMC Gold Or (284 AZ) for the Gold Handle; twisted DMC Memory Thread for the White Fan Handle.
  • the Fan Outlines: keeping true to the painted canvas, the Fan Edges are stitched with DMC Memory Thread.
  • the Fan Embellishments: note there are Beads surrounded by the DMC Memory Thread for detail. Size 8 Mill Hill Beads can be strung onto DMC Memory Thread, as seen on the White Fan Handle.
  • the Basket Edge: is outlined with a single piece of DMC Memory Thread for a nice edge.
Photo #2

Photo #3 shows DMC Memory Thread applied by Alice Okon:
  • the Twisted Edge of the Basket Rim: using two colors of DMC Memory Thread twisted together.
  • the Basket Edge: is outlined with a single piece of DMC Memory Thread for a nice edge.
  • the Fan Edges: double pieces of DMC Memory Thread couched together for the Fan Edge; single piece of DMC Memory Thread used for the curved Fan Edge.
  • the Fan Handles: Picot Needleweaving technique using DMC Gold Or (284 AZ) for the Gold Handle; twisted DMC Memory Thread for the White Fan Handle.
  • the Sleeve Ruffle: the DMC Memory Thread has been used to separate the Sleeve Ruffle placed on top of the Basketweave stitching.
Photo #3

Photo #4 shows DMC Memory Thread applied by Alice Okon:
  • the Spiral Roses: the DMC Memory Thread has been coiled and then shaped into Roses.
  • the Green Leaves: the DMC Memory Thread has been shaped into Leaves on her dress as well as on the Fan.
  • the Purple Coiled Rosette: two pieces of Purple DMC Memory Thread (or one long piece doubled then twisted) have been twisted together and then wrapped into a Coil.
  • the Blue Fan Handle: two pieces of DMC Memory Thread were couched side by side for greater size and proportion of the Handle.
  • the Collar: these edges are more refined with the application of DMC Memory Thread.
  • the Green Fan: has Gold DMC Memory Thread for an outline and a Satin Stitch of Gold Thread inside.
Photo #4
 Here are more photos... close up. Photos from Liz Saylor/DMC. Thanks, Liz!





Next time, I will conclude the DMC Memory Thread journey. So much fun is yet to come.

Until then... Hugs, Robin

2 comments:

  1. Robin, I am stitching a stocking that you've previously stitched and I'm wondering if this will work on all the silver ornaments hanging from the tree. What do you think? Will it hold up to the movement? Is the Memory Thread something that needs to be stretched, matted and framed? After seeing what you've done I'm eager to try it myself! That cake looked good enough to eat!

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  2. Hi Penny,
    Great to hear from you. I think the silver DMC Memory Thread would look nice on the ornaments. Since you would be couching it in place, I believe it would hold up to movement. You don't need to stretch it. Just use it straight off the shuttle. Why not try it on one ornament and see how you like its look? Let us know how it goes.

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