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String Art

Mela Abesamis: Travel Icon String Art

DMC Philippines

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Materials:

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  • 3 balls of Natura (different colors) 
  • Hammer
  • Ruler
  • Pencil
  • Eraser
  • Pliers (optional)
  • Scissors
  • Drill pen (optional)
  • 10" x 10" wood, 15-20 mm thickness
  • Paper with design
  • Masking tape
  • Bunch of nails

Step 1: Using a pencil and ruler, mark the design with equally-spaced apart dots to serve as your guide in placing the nails. 1cm apart is ideal.

Step 2: Place the design on top of the wood (make sure it is at the center) using a masking tape.

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Step 3: Use a pen drill (if available) to help you make small holes on your dotted marks. If a drill is not available, you may use a hammer and a nail to slightly punch each dot first to be your guide in putting the nails after.

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Step 4: After completing the marking, slowly remove the paper. 

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Step 5: Start hammering (1/2 or 1/3 of the nail should be buried, adjust depending on wood thickness) the nails on the dots one by one. Use a pair of pliers to help you put the nails in place while hammering. Leave enough space on top of the nails for stringing.

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Step 6 and 7: When all nails have been hammered down, start stringing. One travel icon is equal to one different colored Natura ball.

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Step 8 and 9: Start from one travel icon. Tie one end of the Natura ball to a nail using a square knot. When tying, remember to leave at least an inch in one end as you will be ending your stringing at the same nail. 

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Step 10: Work your way through the nails. Wrap the string tightly around each nail. 

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Step 11: Once the string has passed through all the nails twice or more, you can now go back to the first nail and make a square knot twice, together with the remaining end of the thread.

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Step 12: Cut the excess thread after. Repeat steps H to K for the remaining travel icons. 

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Step 13: Your travel icons string art is now complete! 

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Kim Tendido: Dreamcatcher Wall Hanging

DMC Philippines

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Materials:

  • DMC Hooked Zpagetti (any color)
  • Dreamcatcher Hoop Size 10
  • Scissors
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STEP 1: Cut 12 pieces of DMC Zpagetti with 3 meters legth.

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STEP 2: Using the Lark’s Head Knot Technique, loop the 12 cords into the hoop. Make sure the ends match up so they are even.

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STEP 3: Make a double half hitch following the shape of the hoop.

STEP 4:Create a V-Shaped pattern using the square knot Technique.

Noted:  *Using the strand of yarn that is furthest to the left (holding cord), place it horizontally over (from left to right) all other strands (working cords).   *Progressing from left to right, tie double half hitches with the remaining working cord to get a row of knots. 

Noted:

*Using the strand of yarn that is furthest to the left (holding cord), place it horizontally over (from left to right) all other strands (working cords). 

*Progressing from left to right, tie double half hitches with the remaining working cord to get a row of knots. 

STEP 5: Make another diagonal double half hitch.

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STEP 6: Make another 3 diamond pattern using the double half hitch. (biggest to smallest)

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STEP 7: Lastly, wrap around the cords unto the hoop to enclose your design. You may cut the fringe into V-shape or inverted V-shape depending on you.

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Kim Tendido: Macrame Plant Hanger

DMC Philippines

A unique plant hanging using DMC Hooked Zpagetti. Are you a plant lover and a crafter? If yes, this tutorial is perfect for you. Check out this video by our DMC Artisan, Kim Tendido! DMC Hooked Zpagetti comes from recycled high-quality fashion fabrics from European textile manufacturers. This is the ultimate jumbo t-shirt yarn for crochet and knitting needs.

Available in various colors at our online shop, DMC Creative world and other retail stores nationwide.

Mela Abesamis: String Art Inverted Tree

DMC Philippines

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Materials Needed:

  • 2 balls of Natura (any color)
  • Hammer
  • Ruler
  • Pencil
  • Eraser
  • Pliers (Optional)
  • Scissors
  • Drill Pen (Optional)
  • 15" x15" wood, 15-20mm thickness
  • Bunch of Nails

Step 1: For the border: Mark 1/2 inches from all sides of the board (left, right, top, and bottom). You may draw a line to serve as a guide in plotting the dots for the nails.

Step 2: For the tree: Find the bottom center of the board, starting from the 1/2 mark of the border. Mark it with a dot. Then start drawing (lightly) the trunk of the tree, followed by the whole drawing.

Step 3: Using a pencil and ruler, mark the borders with equally-spaced apart dots to serve as your guide in placing the nails. 1cm apart is ideal. You may mark the tree outline as well.

Step 4: Use a pen drill (if available) to help you make small holes on your dotted marks. If a drill is not available, proceed to number 6.

Step 5: (Optional) You may use an eraser to remove pencil marks on the board.

Step 6: Start hammering (1/2 or 1/3 of the nail should be buried, adjust depending on wood thickness) the nails on the dots one by one. Use a pair of pliers to help you put the nails in place while hammering. Leave enough space on top of the nails for stringing.

Step 7: When all nails have been hammered down, start stringing. Get one Natura ball and tie one end to a nail using a square knot. When tying, remember to leave at least an inch in one end as you will be ending your stringing at the same nail. 

Step 8: Work your way through the nails. Wrap the string tightly around each nail. 

Step 9:Once the string has passed through all the nails twice or more, you can now go back to the first nail and make a square knot twice, together with the remaining end of the thread. If in any case you ran out of thread, you may use another ball of the same color. Just find another nail to tie the first knot.

Step 10: Cut the excess thread after.

Step 11: Your tree silhouette string art is now complete!

Diane Agujo: How to Make Fishtail Braided Bracelet

DMC Philippines

Coloris is a gorgeous 6 stranded cotton embroidery thread featuring four distinct DMC colours in a single skein. The contrasting colours in each skein are carefully selected to create a sophisticated palette and an intricate design when stitched - with no need to switch threads.
 

Kim Tendido: How to Make Macrame Wall Hanging

DMC Philippines

Kim Tendido is a recent graduate of Mapua Institute of Technology with a course in Multimedia Arts and Science. Not only is she passionate in video editing but is also gifted in the line of arts and crafts.

"Since my line of work involves digital platforms I wanted to do something that is not computer related during my day off, so I looked for a craft that I'll enjoy and at the same time can help me challenge my creativity. And that's when I became interested in doing Macrame. "

Macrame is a creative form of yarn knotting to make decorative patterns and styles. In the year 2015, Kim decided to open her online shop Makrama Wall Hanging in Facebook and Instagram, where she showcases all of her finished works.  

"Since I started joining bazaars, I gained more friends and met fellow crafters. I really couldn't believe how crafting changed my life"

- Kim Tendido

Cecilia Ciruela: How to Make Interchangeable Three Tassel Necklace

DMC Philippines

Introducing our DMC Artisan of the week, Cecilia Ciruela! Cecilia is a talented crafter by mind and heart. Her love for crafts started at an early age during her Home Economics Class. Having an innate creativity, she is very fond of producing and trying out different craftworks. Until one day, her works started to get noticed by other people. Her friends started to order her crafts which eventually led to the birth of her craft corners "Soleful by Cez" in facebook and "Hobbylane by Cez" in instagram. This became her avenue to showcase her talent and works to other people.

"I always put my heart in every projects that I make. It's the sense of fulfilment that I get when I see other people happily wearing my crafts. You just have to appreciate every process and always create time for your talent"

-DMC Artisan, Cecilia Ciruela

Oh! And did you know that Cecilia was able send her children to college because of crafting? Yes, she did it all. For Cecilia, turning a hobby into a legitimate business is really a life changing thing.

MELA ABESAMIS: RAIN CLOUD WITH RAINDROP STRING ART

DMC Philippines

Rainy season is the perfect time to stay cozy and warm in bed.  But want to be productive despite the weather? Don't worry! our DMC Artisan, Mela Abesamis will show you how to get crafty on this gloomy weather!  

Learn how to do the Rain Cloud with Rain Drops String Art perfect for the rainy season!

Materials you'll need:

  • 5 Assorted Colors of Art.117 
  • 1 Ball of Natura: N02 Ivory (shop now)
  • A Bunch of Nails
  • 10" x 10" Wood, 15-20mm Thickness
  • A Piece of Paper
  • Hammer
  • Scissors
  • Ballpen
  • Drill pen (Optional)
  • Pencil 
  • Masking Tape
  • Pliers (Optional)
  • Ruler

Step 1: Draw the design you want to work on a paper

Get a piece of paper and draw the design that you would like to do using a pencil. Today, I decided to draw Rain Cloud with Matching Rain Drops perfect for the rainy weather! Note: You can use whatever design you would like for your string art. 

Step 2: Place the paper on top of the wood. Make sure to keep it in place by putting masking tape on all sides

Place the paper with design on top of the wood. Make sure to center it on the surface where you'd like your image to be posted.  When you're done, using a masking tape, secure the design on top of the wood so it won't move when you drill the design. 

Step 3: Using a pencil and ruler, mark your design with equally-spaced apart dots to serve as your  guide in placing the nails 

To mark where the nails will be hammered, use a pencil and a ruler to measure the distance in between the dots. Make sure to carefully measure it so as not to ruin our finished design

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Step 4: Use a pen drill (if available) to transfer the design on the wood. Make sure all the dots are punched already before removing the paper. If a drill is not available, proceed to the next step

Using a pen drill, transfer the design to the wood. Start by drilling the dots one by one until all the details of the design are transferred. Don't have a drill? Don't panic, you can just skip this step and proceed to step 5.

Step 5: Start hammering (1/2 or 1/3 of the nail should be buried, adjust depending on wood thickness) the nails on the dots one by one. Use a pair of pliers to help you put the nails in place while hammering.Leave enough space on top of the nails for stringing   

When hammering, make sure that 1/2 or at least 1/3 of the nail is buried in the wood. If you are doing it on a thicker wood, adjust the depth accordingly. Using a pair of pliers, start putting the nails in place while you hammer it through. Oh! But don't get too excited, leave enough space on top of the nails for stringing. 

Step 6: When all nails have been hammered down, start stringing.

Once the nails have all been hammered, you can now proceed with the most exciting part of this tutorial..Stringing!

Step 7:Starting with the raindrops, get one Art.117 and tie one end to a nail using a square knot. When tying, remember to leave at least an inch in one end as you'll be ending your stringing at the same nail 

To turn my Rain Cloud themed design into a colorful and enjoyable day, I will be using assorted colors of Art.117 Embroidery Floss. Unlike the weather, DMC offers wide variety of colors in different shade. Note: So choose your color wisely! Start tying one end of the embroidery floss to a nail using a square knot, making sure to leave at least an inch on one end for the last stringing. 

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Step 8: Work your way through the nails. Wrap the string tightly around each nail

Start weaving and wrap the string tightly around each nail. Imagine it as coloring the teardrop with embroidery floss. 

 

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Step 9: Once the string has passed through all the nails twice or more, you can now go back to the first nail and make a square  knot twice, together with the remaining end of the thread 

To give the raindrop a fuller definition, make sure to wrap the embroidery floss through the nails at least twice or more. Once finished, you can now end the knot by going back to the first nail to make a square knot with the remaining end of the floss twice. 

Step 10: Cut the excess thread after

Using a pair of scissors, cut the excess thread to clean the raindrop design

Step 11: Repeat steps 7 to 10 for the raindrops. Use Natura ball for the cloud and repeat steps 7 to 10 as well 

Start wrapping the other raindrops with embroidery floss. You can use a different color for each raindrop for a more lively look

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Your string art is now complete!

DIANE AGUJO: HOW TO MAKE THREAD WRAPPED BRACELET

DMC Philippines

Diane is a recent graduate of Business Management from Ateneo De Manila University. Although she took up business management, crafting has always been her first passion. At the age of 12, she already learned how to do crafts.

She started to make beaded jewelry and decided to transition to woven jewelry back in 2014. Determined to chase her passion, she started selling her creations locally in 2014. True enough, Diane was able to turn her passion into a fruitful venture when she opened her online shop, Weave Tassy Co. to cater to international clients.

"I like making bracelets because it makes me happy seeing other people wear my creations. I also chose thread as my primary material because I love being able to mix and match different colors and weave them all together"

-Diane Agujo

How to Macrame'

DMC Philippines

The square knot is the basis of many designs. It is also called a Flat Knot or Reef Knot. 

The square knot is the basis of many designs. It is also called a Flat Knot or Reef Knot. 

Materials:

  • Hooked Zpagetti

STEP 1:

The left cord goes over the center, then under the right cord.

STEP 2:

The right cord goes under the center, then comes up through the hole (and passes over the left cord).

STEP 3: 

The left cord goes under the center, and over the right cord.

STEP 4:

The right cord goes over the center and then down through the hole (and passes under the left cord.

Thread Wrapped Letters

DMC Philippines

Give ordinary objects a cool and aesthetic look simply by wrapping them in yarn!

Give ordinary objects a cool and aesthetic look simply by wrapping them in yarn!

Things you'll need:

  • Paper Mache Letters
  • DMC Wolly or Natura
  • Acrylic paint that coordinates with yarn color
  • Paintbrush
  • Hot Glue
  • A pair of Scissors

Let's Get Started!

STEP 1:

Paint the letters with the desired color and let it dry

STEP 2: 

Hot Glue the tail of the yarn to the back of the letter, and then proceed to wrap the yarn around the letter. Be careful to cover all the curves. Keep wrapping!

STEP 3: 

Put a line of glue down along the edge of the letter to secure the yarn in place

STEP 4: 

For an added detail, wrap a section of the letter horizontally with the yarn. Secure in place with hot glue and you're DONE.

How to make a Pom Pom without Pom Pom maker

DMC Philippines

Things to do with leftover pieces of yarns and threads 

What you'll need:

  • 2 pieces of cardboard
  • any circular object for tracing
  • scissors
  • a pen
  • Yarn

STEP 1

Trace a circle onto each piece of cardboard, including a smaller circle inside.

STEP 2

Cut them out, adding a slice on one side of the circle, and hold the two circles together.

STEP 3

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Wrap your yarn all over your cardboard!

The more layers you cover the cardboard with, the more dense your pom pom will be. Try experimenting to see how your different pom poms turn out.

Additional Tip: don't wrap too tightly or it will make the next step a little difficult.

STEP 4

Starting at one of the slit ends of the circle, slide your scissors in between the two cardboard circle layers and cut through all the yarn wrapped around the top. You will want to hold the middle area of the circle tightly while you do this so you don't lose any yarn.

STEP 5

Once the yarn is all cut, slide a piece of yarn a couple inches long in between the cardboard layers and tie as tightly as you can! If it's not tight enough you might lose bits of your pom pom over time.

STEP 6

Give your pom pom a little haircut if there are any uneven spots. Just make sure not to get too carried away, or you might end up with a much smaller pom pom than you were planning on!

STEP 7

Either cut the ends of the string you tied, or use those ends to attach your pom pom to your project, like the top of a hat.

MAKE GOOD EARBUDS BETTER WITH THIS DIY HEADPHONE COVER

DMC Philippines

Want a cool headphone cover you can make? If you’re looking for a cool DIY project that only takes a couple of minutes, then this is the one for you. Make your headphone unique by adding some color and a little personality to it. 

Want a cool headphone cover you can make? If you’re looking for a cool DIY project that only takes a couple of minutes, then this is the one for you. Make your headphone unique by adding some color and a little personality to it. 

HEADPHONE COVERS | COOL DIY PROJECT

Have you ever pulled your headphones out of your pocket or purse only to find them in a tangled mess? This easy DIY project will keep your headphone cord neat and make them totally unique!

WHAT YOU'LL NEED:

- A pair of headphones  - Embroidery floss in your choice of colors

- A pair of headphones

- Embroidery floss in your choice of colors

STEP 1:

Cut your embroidery floss to 2.5 – 3 times the length of your headphone cord. Gather the ends and tie them around the base of the cord (just beneath the place where the cord splits in two). Be sure to leave a bit of a tail.

Cut your embroidery floss to 2.5 – 3 times the length of your headphone cord. Gather the ends and tie them around the base of the cord (just beneath the place where the cord splits in two). Be sure to leave a bit of a tail.

STEP 2: 

Separate your first color and knot it around the cord, the other strands, and the tail from the large knot. As you pull it tight, slide it up to the base of the large knot.

Separate your first color and knot it around the cord, the other strands, and the tail from the large knot. As you pull it tight, slide it up to the base of the large knot.

STEP 3

Continue knotting until you want to change colors (you’ll notice a ‘ridge’ beginning to form – this can twist or you can force it to stay straight by directing your knots in the same way. It’s totally up to you!).

Continue knotting until you want to change colors (you’ll notice a ‘ridge’ beginning to form – this can twist or you can force it to stay straight by directing your knots in the same way. It’s totally up to you!).

STEP 4

Change colors, allowing the remaining strand from your first color to blend in with the rest.

Change colors, allowing the remaining strand from your first color to blend in with the rest.

STEP 5

When you near the end with your last color, take the remaining strands and tie them at a knot around the base of the cord, leaving out the strand you are knotting with. Continue knotting with this strand, covering the tail of the end knot until you reach the base.

When you near the end with your last color, take the remaining strands and tie them at a knot around the base of the cord, leaving out the strand you are knotting with. Continue knotting with this strand, covering the tail of the end knot until you reach the base.

STEP 6: 

Tie off the end of your last strand and trim.

Tie off the end of your last strand and trim.

Tip: To help keep your headphones stable and stationary while knotting, secure them under something heavy or tape them to your table. I stuck mine under my laptop and watched a video while I was knotting – it worked like a charm!

This method can be used to cover all sorts of electronic cords – from phone chargers to USB cables, let you creativity flow!

This method can be used to cover all sorts of electronic cords – from phone chargers to USB cables, let you creativity flow!