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More from the DMC Factory Tour

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

imageDuring 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.

imageAfter the dyed thread is completely dry, the color of the dye is checked for accuracy by comparing under different types of light.

If it’s not right, it’s rejected and over dyed – as good ol’ black.image

The thread is then tested foimager strength, which I’ll discuss in another blog. There’s a lot to this step, and I want to make sure I do it justice.

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.

imageOn 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

imagethe warehouse and logistics center, with two of our DMC pals.

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!


DMC on FaveCrafts

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

ButtonIf you’re looking for some fun projects to stitch or craft this summer, check out the assortment of awesome project ideas over at FaveCrafts. You can get 1000’s of craft projects, patterns tips and ideas for FREE at including embroidery, cross stitch, crochet, knitting and sewing patterns along with much more.

The site also offers free tips and tutorials for a wide variety of needlework types, and features an email newsletter, so you’ll always know what’s new on the site.

medallionCheck out this awesome list of projects on the DMC page at FaveCrafts using DMC Embroidery Threads. Projects featured are made from our embroidery floss, satin floss, crochet threads and more:


DMC Thread Storage

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Keeping your collection of DMC Needlework Threads clean and tangle-free can be a chore if you store your threads in boxes and bins. To keep them tidy, and to make it easier to select colors when designing a project, here are some storage tips from other stitchers.

Jen at the Color My World blog uses plastic boxes and bobbins to store her DMC Embroidery Floss.   She stores them in the same order that they are featured in on our color cards. It takes a while to wind the bobbins, but the results are worth it.

The bobbins are available in cardboard or plastic at your local needlework store, or on our Shop DMC page. Save time – and your hands – by using a bobbin winder.

Mary at Needle ‘N Thread organizes her entire set of floss using our  transparent binder inserts.

For skeins, use the StitchBow plastic holders for DMC Embroidery Floss, and tuck them into the plastic sheets.

The patented design of the floss holder maintains the original shape and fullness of the floss skein when storing it, and has a handy slot for displaying the color band.

Tanya of Tanya Quilts in CO uses glass mason jars to organize and display her collection of DMC Pearl Cotton balls. This is definitely a shelf full of stitchers’ eye candy!

Presto! With just a bit of effort your threads are organized and protected from dust and tangling!


Wearable Spring Crochet

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Spring is in the air and the trees are starting to bud!  It’s time to put away the bulky scarves and chase away Winter. Do you have your Spring wardrobe put together, complete with accessories?

These gorgeous creations in crochet using size 5 and 8 pearl cotton – made by Christen Brown of Christen’s Creations – are just the thing to drive away the winter blues.

Wouldn’t they be gorgeous worked in DMC Pearl Cotton Variations too?

Christen made both a neck piece and a matching bracelet. The pieces were made using size 5 and 8 pearl cotton in a variety of colors.

A vintage glass button has been used as a closure on both items. These are truly pieces of wearable art.

Looking for a way to jazz up your existing wardrobe for Spring?  These pretty crochet button covers can be made quickly using the tutorial from Cynthia Shaffer.

Use them on items you already have in your closet, or on some of your own sewn creations.

She used size 20 Cordonnet crochet cotton, but you can also try size 12 pearl cotton or size 30 Cebelia if working the crochet over larger or smaller buttons that the ones shown in the tutorial.

I’m thinking of making a batch of these buttons, and then stringing them with some vintage glass beads, large pearls, or some genuine gemstone beads to make a romantic bracelet.

This one from Touching the Past, available at, has me inspired!


Crochet Christmas

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Week 7 of our Twelve Weeks of Holiday Projects series features these awesome crochet projects you can make!

Make a headband or a ponytail holder by crocheting DMC Pearl Cotton into curls. They’re quick – and a bit addictive – to make, so you’ll definitely be making more than one.

They’re also terrific take-along projects that you can make on the go.

Tuck the supplies into your handbag and work on them while travelling, commuting, waiting for the kids to finish practice, or while waiting for appointments.

Use traditional Christmas greens and reds for the perfect accent to a special Holiday outfit or make them in favorite colors that can be worn anytime. If you have students, crochet the pieces using their school’s team colors.

With the wide range of DMC Pearl Cotton colors available, there are no limits. Simply pick your favorite colors, grab a 3.5mm crochet hook, a blank headband or ponytail bands and and make some curls!

For a special bonus gift, use this ponytail holder as a package topper, or make several blossoms in Holiday colors to deck out a tree or stocking!

Download the Headband PDF or the Ponytail PDF to get started on these fun ideas for crochet.

If you’ve missed any of our previous weeks of projects, check out our Twelve Weeks of Holiday Ideas web page.


Embroidered Quilts

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

They say all Quilters embroider, but not all Embroiderers quilt. I’m not sure if this rings true or not, but I do know many quilters use embroidery in their quilted creations. Embroidery adds detail, texture, or helps the maker tell a story.

This quilt made by Debby Schnabel -a retired ICU nurse who runs the Debby Quilts blog -has created this masterpiece feauring her favorite psalms, and has used embroidery extensively in her project.

Debby has used pearl cotton to embroider her masterpiece with  a variety of interesting embroidered designs. The artists has used embroidery not only for the lettering in the text, but to also enhance images in the fabric, such as the tree show here, and to accent bold circles of color in the design.

As I look closely at Debby’s photos, I can see that she has painstakingly spaced rows of running stitch and bullion stitch, French knots and straight stitches in her circles, and has enhanced her trees with satin stitched fruit and detached chain stitch leaves.

The embroidered details are worked in basic stitches familiar to nearly anyone who embroiders or quilts, and really make the quilt come alive!

Quilt artist Allison Aller – one of the winners of DMC’s Trips to France –  also uses embroidery to enhance her quilts and add incredible detail to her projects.

She recently completed a piece titled Twenty Years in the Garden, using a variety of embroidery threads and ribbon to stitch the abundance of vegetables, flowers and plants in her quilted garden beds.

In the photo shown here, you can see the marigolds in-progress. Simply gorgeous.

Allison has used so many different hand embroidery stitches in her project that it’s hard to count them all, but I see French knots, straight stitch, stem stitch, detached chain stitch and lazy daisy stitches, running stitch, couching and more.

It’s amazing what embroidery can do for a quilting project, and I can hardly wait to see what these two incredible textile artists create next!


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