A while ago, I purchased an Anchor Fleur de Lis kit titled “Spring.” It’s a small square tablecloth. I thought it would be a fun, easy project for casual stitching. I started it (barely), but never got back to it. Rummaging through my boxes the other day, I came across the tablecloth, but realized that I had mixed the Anchor threads in with my other cotton threads, and had ended up using a lot of them in my summer embroidery classes…. Doesn’t it figure?
Around here, I don’t have access to Anchor threads, without special ordering them. But I’m not ordering any embroidery supplies for a while (my Resolution – hold me to it!). On the bright side, I do have a couple gift certificates that I’ve never used to Michael’s and Hobby Lobby, both of which carry DMC. The question, then, is … can I convert the required colors from Anchor to DMC?
To figure that out, I set about look for thread conversion charts. A while ago, I posted an article about thread conversion charts, but in checking those links, I’ve found that most of them are now defunct. The woes of relying on specific websites for needful information!
In the meantime, though, here’s a good color conversion chart from Crosstitch.com. It’s an Anchor-to-DMC conversion chart (or visa-versa), and the fun thing is, you can select the thread numbers, click a button, and get an image of the color as well as the corresponding DMC number.
You can select multiple color numbers by holding the control key down, and then you convert them, and get a nice chart indicating both DMC numbers and JP Coats numbers. If there isn’t an exact match, they’ll give multiple close matches.
One other conversion chart that I think is handy is this DMC to Soie d’Alger chart. I’m a huge fan of Soie d’Alger, so this is a great chart to have, especially for designs that call for DMC, but that you’d like to kick up a notch to silk.
And finally, the resource of resources – Needlepointers.com has a huge list of color conversion charts around the web. There are several color charts for rather obscure threads on there, and there are a few links that don’t work, but it’s a terrific list and a great resource to have! Add it to your favorites for future use!
Few color conversions are exactly accurate – you’ll probably never get the Exact Same Color in a different brand of thread – but they’re often close enough that no one would be able to tell. If, perchance, they aren’t close enough for this particular project, I have absolutely no problem picking out what I’ve done so far and starting over. I’ve got about one-eighth of one side finished. No biggie.
What do you think about converting threads? Do you cross over between brands when you stitch? Do you have any good resources for thread conversion? Speak up!! Help the rest of us out! Thanks!!