The History of DMC

Sunday, June 26, 2011

For many of us, DMC threads have been a friend of the family for generations.

I learned to stitch using hand-me-down DMC Embroidery Threads stored in an old metal cookie tin when I was 6 years old, and I’ve been using it ever since!

DMC is the abbreviation for Dollfus Mieg et Cie,  which was founded in France more than 250 years ago.

It was Dollfus junior who discovered the invention of the chemist JOHN MERCER – “mercerising” – the process of passing the cotton thread through caustic soda thereby modifying the cotton and giving its strength, longevity and silky appearance.

Penny Nickels has been researching the history of needlework, and has written an awesome article featuring the legacy of DMC on the Mr. X Stitch blog site.

Mr X Stitch is a hip, contemporary embroidery and needlecraft blog, and featuring daily posts about people who are pushing boundaries of embroidery.

Their articles and patterns are hilariously irreverent and really bring fun to the world of embroidery –  they’re not for the faint of heart!

The  first part of their 3-part article  includes more information about the founding of DMC and includes awesome photos documenting the history of DMC threads.  Part One of the history ends around 1850 and is continued in the next section.

The second part includes material from 1850 onwards and featured historical documents dealing with DMC‘s various trademarks over the years.

The photos in this article are amazing, and it’s awesome to see the evolution of the trademark we all know today.

Part Two also features old advertising material, photos and information from the archives.

The third part will be ready soon, and will let you know as soon as it posts!



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  • […] in June of 2011 I mentioned the Part I of a series on the History of DMC Threads, written by Penny Nickels and posted on the Mr. X. Stitch […]

  • Karen Bennett
    January 14th, 2013 10:37 am

    I have a Carte de Couleurs which I believe is from around 1910-1920.
    I am listing it on ebay for sale, but it has been in my store’s filing cabinet for a long long time. Do you have any information on the salts of sorrel recipe for cleaning embroideries as listed in this color card?
    (1 3/4 pints water, 10 gr salts of sorrel, and 30 gr metasulphite of soda)
    Thank you for your help.
    I enjoy the history blog!

  • Nancy Nehring
    August 5th, 2013 9:02 am

    Salts of sorrel is oxalic acid. You can get it at a hardware store as wood bleach.

  • Lorrie
    March 22nd, 2015 7:20 am

    I landed on your page while researching DMC thread. I just wanted to let you know that your links are returning 404 errors.

    • admin
      March 23rd, 2015 6:13 am
      Author's Reply

      Hi Lorrie,

      Thank you so much for letting me know these links were corrupted. They have been updated.


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