Get To Know Danielle Clough

    1. How would you describe your style in three words?

     

    Vivid, joyful, unconventional.

     

    2. How long have you been stitching for?

     

    I’ve been stitching in some capacity or another since I could remember, mainly making badly fitted clothes as a young teenager, or plush toys for friends while studying. I started embroidery about 10 years ago, but I didn’t know what it was then. I called it thread sketching, and thought I had invented it! It was only years later in 2016 that it went from being my hobby to my vocation, and by then I knew I was not the first!

     

    3. What are your embroidery essentials?

     

    3-9 Embroidery needles, a beautiful pattered cotton or bright linen, 550 and 820 stranded cotton for saturated and interesting shadows and 892 pink for a flamingo pink pop. Every piece needs a little pink pop. You will never regret investing in solid beautiful snips (if you love them enough you never misplace them) and having a good assortment of floche for your final details. I find it gives me that happy finale feeling every embroidery needs to know when its done.

     

    4. What inspires you?

     

    What inspires me varies. I find inspiration from a new tool or challenge, a colour I’ve recently fallen in love with or a strange surface that begs to be stitched on. Inspiration is an amazing but fleeting force that, like a flash of energy, comes and goes. To me its motivation that is more important, it’s the driver that takes the inspiration or idea and turns it into something tangible. I am motivated to learn, and to get better at my craft. I am motivated to connect to others and travel with my passion. If inspiration is the feeling of hearing your favourite song, motivation is getting up and dancing.

     

    5. What’s your favorite stitch?  

     

    Long and short stitch, and lots of them.

     

    6. What’s your favorite piece of work?

     

    Yoh, this is an impossible question! The only original work I have in my home is my portrait of David Letterman that I created for his show on Netflix so I’m quite attached to it, and my portrait Two Gin, but even saying this aloud feels like I am betraying all the other works that I love. I have such fondness and even connection to them for different reasons. When you spend so much time sitting working with one thing, thinking, slowly indulging in colours and shapes, fixing, building and layering, it becomes a bit like a companion. Or am I just thread obsessed?

     

    7. How did you learn how to stitch?

     

    My mom taught me to thread a needle, tie a quick-roll-knot and running stitch. The rest as they say…

    SKILLSHARE X DMC 



    DMC partnered with our friends at Skillshare and embroidery superstar Danielle Clough to share a new online class where you’ll learn from Danielle as she shares all her tips to create amazing pieces that standout using her array of DMC threads. Dive right into this creative and artfully packed class and get ready to level up your stitching game.


    Whether you’re in the mood to embellish some clothes with a fun seamless patch, challenge yourself with creating a portrait or work on finding your creative voice through abstract embroidery, follow Danielle as she shares all her tips and tricks to creating amazing pieces that standout!