During the past 3 weeks I’ve been taking you on a tour of the DMC Factory in Mulhouse, France. We started with a brief history of the area, then moved on to spinning, and last week we covered Mercerizing, dyeing and drying.
This week we’re ready to put up the thread onto skeins or balls and get it labeled and ready for shipping. After this section, the next part of the threads’ journey is from retailer to stitcher.
After the dye color is checked, the thread is then wound onto large cone so that it’s ready for winding onto balls or into skeins. There’s a veritable rainbow happening on this machine!
Depending on the type of thread, the cones are loaded onto machines that each perform a different duty, winding, and labeling the threads in a series of quick movements.
On one machine – wonder of modern machinery – winds the familiar pull-skeins of DMC Embroidery Floss, labeling and boxing skeins in quick succession.
Another machine almost 200 years old, yet still fully functional, winds DMC Pearl Cotton onto balls, inserting the familiar round label into the hollow cardboard spool.
The finished threads are then boxed, labeled and warehoused, ready for shipment to your favorite, local needlework store! I couldn’t resist posting this image of
In addition to all the wonderful DMC Threads, ready to send to all corners of the globe, these floor-to-ceiling shelves also contain books, kits, accessories, painted needlepoint canvas, needlework fabrics, organizers and more.
There are just so many DMC goodies for stitchers!