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Date: 6/24/13 11:38 AM

On the Orchard it has you embroidering some details by hand. Which is ok. I haven't done any hand embroidery in quite a long time, but I will figure it out. I was looking at embroidery floss in Joanns on Sunday but refrained from buying any just yet. I saw some cheap assortments which I almost brought, but didn't say how many strands. But I would imagine embroidery floss is like our cotton threads good better and the best. I've seen DMC embroidery floss in the stores since I was young. I see also pearl cotton not sure what the difference is except n thickness. I will be putting alot of work into this so want to get a good floss.

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Date: 6/24/13 11:43 AM

I don't think you can go wrong with the DMC floss. It has been the standard for years. I have always used 2 or 3 strands for a project which means cutting off a strand and dividing it. The Pearl is significantly thicker so I wouldn't use that unless you need that heavier look. You could experiment with each on scrap fabrics to get the look you want.

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Date: 6/24/13 12:46 PM

Hi QW...
I do needleturn applique and it is recommended to use Perle #8 for the running stitch used mostly...It's a twisted thread and has a nice sheen as well. Embroidery floss is not twisted thread and is 6 strand thread that is used together which I have done with punch needle embroidery or break it down to how many threads you would like to use for your project.

DMC is readily available and always has been a quality product...color selection full spectrum in the 6 strand floss...not so much of a selection with the perle #8...the #5 is thicker and has a good color selection...but to thick for my purpose.

Walmart & Michael's carry a crochet thread that is also nice...it feels a wee bit thicker than the DMC perle #8...but not as thick as the #5. I use it as well...I can find it is lovely shades of pastels to medium tones. Michaels always has a 40% off coupon...every little bit of a savings helps.

I also do embroidery on felted wool and prefer the Perle 8 or 5...

There is also a pocket size embroidery book that is so worth the money. It is by DMC... Emma's Broidery's Embroidery Stitch Tool... You can find it where the embroidery floss is kept. I have seen it in JoannFabrics and Michaels. It's a life saver for me...the older I get the more visual aid I need...of course if I were doing it everyday then it would stick in my brain.

Happy Embroidering...Cheryl

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Date: 6/24/13 12:51 PM

I agree with Marie. DMC is the standard cotton floss, it is readily available, there are no dyelots, and it is of the finest quality. Anchor, which is actually German but sold under a British name, is also excellent thread, and there are patterns which are keyed to those colors which are in some cases very different from DMC. Anchor is harder to find, but much easier than years ago.

Some patterns use both DMC and Anchor because of the different colors available. I like the embroidery patterns by The Silver Lining, and a number of those designs use both. You cannot go wrong with either.

Also, and this is more expensive, you can now find wonderful silk floss, often hand-dyed, and unbelievably wonderful. There are other smaller companies who make flosses, but I won't go on about them unless you are interested.

Pearl cotton is quite a bit heavier. It comes in sizes, the most common of which are #5, #8, and #12. The way the thread is twisted is quite different from floss and gives a totally different effect. If you want that effect it is worth trying pearl cotton. (Pearl cotton is used in Hardanger, if you know what that looks like.) DMC and Anchor both make excellent pearl cotton. I believe that pearl silk is also available now, but I have never tried it.

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Date: 6/24/13 1:16 PM

Like Cheryl I prefer perle cotton over floss, but also find local color selection is limited. I like that it doesn't come untwisted when I'm trying to work with it

DMC makes excellent products. I would choose DMC floss if I couldn't find perle cotton in the color I wanted.

My only concern with using another brand would be colorfastness - place a couple inches on a wet (white) paper towel over night. If no color is left on the towel I would use with confidence. I've never had an issue with DMC colorfastness.

A couple years ago I got the whole set of 40 colors from Thread Art for my birthday. That should keep me supplied for decades...

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Date: 6/24/13 1:30 PM

Hi Tess..
Oh wow...love all the colors that Thread Art offers...may need to place and order. Not soon though...working on 3 quilts right now for the DGD's. Thanks for posting the website.
Cheryl

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Date: 6/24/13 2:07 PM

I know that set is tempting but I wouldn't use even half of it. When I was a teen I did a lot of crewel work and embroidery type stuff. Also did a lot of rug hooking. My sister got addicted to it then I got into it. I always liked needlepoint but just wasn't that good at it.

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