In one of my embroidery stash give-aways, I asked readers what their favorite embroidery thread is. The majority said they use DMC because of the good color range and the availability. DMC makes good quality threads, and they actually produce more than just the 6-stranded floss that’s so widely available.
For example, have you ever tried DMC floche? Floche is a non-divisible, long-staple, 5-ply cotton thread with a beautiful sheen. It’s used for all kinds of applications, especially cutwork and surface work where heavy coverage is desired. It’s the same thing as coton a broder (sometimes it’s called floche a broder or cotton floche or floche coton a broder… ), except that you can usually special order coton a broder in a variety of sizes, all the way up to 40 (the finest). Coton a broder in other sizes than 16 usually comes in white or ecru. Floche comes in a good range of colors. If you want to see a really lovely example of a piece stitched with floche, check out Jeanne’s post with her completed soft shading project on Just String. The project was worked with floche!
These buttonhole flowers were also worked with floche. Although floche is technically non-divisible (meaning you use the whole thread, you don’t strip it into separate smaller strands like you do with regular stranded embroidery floss), with care, you can actually divide the plies, then blend them with another divided strand. Check out the pansies in the photo below. You can see a kind of creamy yellow blended in with the purple if you look closely!
Floche and regular stranded cotton are standard threads in my stash, and I use DMC stranded cotton pretty regularly. When I teach children’s embroidery in the summers, I use DMC stranded cotton solely, because of its easy availability, its affordability, and the wide range of colors. With the kids, I also use DMC perle cottons (especially #5) regularly, since the thicker, non-divisible thread is easier for children to work with.
Finally, though, the news: DMC is coming out with a new thread, and I’m looking forward to trying it! It sounds enticing! It’s a new specialty thread called Satin Floss, and it’s supposed to be a nice smooth thread with a nice sheen. They’re producing a 36-color palette, and the colors are nice! The thread is 100% rayon, but it doesn’t look like the finicky rayon – it looks a bit more substantial. I haven’t tried it yet, but I’m hoping to soon – at which time, I’ll review it and give you some comparisons.
DMC is a tried-and-true embroidery company. It seems they’re trying to “come of age” with embroiderers today by offering some more trendy projects and so forth to their repertoire. You can see some of these in local craft stores: the Linea projects that were popular a couple years ago, and other clothing / accessory embellishment projects. I’m rather more keen on the “old country” (France) DMC offerings! For example, I’d like to see certain threads become more widely available or easier to order here in the US – like the floche, which can only be found through some specialty shops.
Hedgehog Handworks is a good source for floche. You can order two different sized hanks from them, which is nice: a 32-yard twists made up of 21 strands 55″ long ($1.25 each) or the standard 168-yard hank ($5.25 each).
DMC has a good website here in the US – DMC Creative World – which, from what I’ve heard, will be expanding with more informational and instructional items. I’m hoping to see more of their products on their DMC shopping pages some day, too, especially their specialty threads.