If you’re looking for conversion charts for your current embroidery project – say, you have a kit that calls for DMC, but you have Anchor floss – there are a few good resources on the internet that can help you.
Updated 2016: Unfortunately, the links that were included in this original article, which was written in 2006, no longer work.
So, here’s a list of current (as of 2016) resources that might help.
NeedleGraphics Down Under offers an Au Ver a Soie to DMC conversion chart.
Yarn Tree offers this DMC to Anchor Conversion Chart (there’s also a handy PDF link).
Yarn Tree also offers this Anchor to DMC Conversion Chart.
As with all embroidery thread conversion charts, the colors are close approximations and are not necessarily spot on. However, a thread color conversion chart will usually get you pretty close to the color you want. Just don’t expect the color match to always be exact.
Hope that helps you find the colors you need when converting your threads between popular brands of embroidery floss!