DMC Glow in the Dark Floss E940 Now Available

DMC glow in the dark floss (DMC E940) is now available in my Etsy shop!

DMC E940 glow in the dark flossI’m offering this floss at a good price and at a reasonable shipping rate – same as all of the variegated flosses I offer in my shop.

As you can see here, this DMC glow in the dark floss really works! It’s a great way to add some intrigue to a Halloween project, to include a secret message into a needlework project, or to add some fun to a friendship bracelet!

You can use this floss as you would any other six strand floss, and it appears white in daylight conditions. In typical 14 count Aida cloth, using two strands works just fine. It has a very slightly different texture than regular floss, but that doesn’t affect how you treat it while you’re stitching or the quality of the stitches at all.

In the photos below, you can see how I used it this KM 0 pattern and kit, one of my series of street sign projects,

DMC glow in the dark floss E940 - KM0 glow in the dark street sign cross stitch daylight

DMC glow in the dark floss E940 - KM0 glow in the dark street sign cross stitch in the dark

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

and here I used it in this Monty Python sampler:monty python cross stitch pattern - Mind you, moose bites can be pretty nasty

Iron ManDMC has an nice little post on some other uses of this floss, and I found a couple of great examples on Flickr including this awesome Ironman project by Lindy.

 

 

 

As DMC says on it’s blog post, “One of the main challenges of crafting with this wonderful thread is photographing your awesome results, which can be tricky…” No doubt! I was unable to get a really good photo of my Monty Python project in the dark. The human eye can pick up the glow quite easily, but a camera lens is more difficult to manage. Don’t let that discourage you!

This floss is a lot of fun to work with, and I enjoy seeing how people use it in new and creative ways.DMC glow in the dark floss E940

Monty Python Cross Stitch Pattern – Moose Bites

This Monty Python cross stitch pattern is now available in my Etsy shop!monty python cross stitch pattern - Mind you, moose bites can be pretty nasty

The quote for this pattern comes from the opening credits of their 1975 movie, Monty Python and the Holy Grail

This is one of the silliest movies in history, starting from the very first moments of the opening credits. Lots of people involved in the credit sequence were “sacked” for, among a great laundry list of funny things, putting these fake Swedish subtitles on screen. “Mynd you, møøse bites Kan be pretti nasti…” is one of my favorites, and that’s only 2:00 minutes into the opening…

I must admit, as much as I like Monty Python and the Holy Grail, it’s not my favorite Python movie. That honor would go to their 1979 effort, Life of Brian. However, Holy Grail has some classic moments that always make me laugh. Even if you haven’t seen the movie yet, upon your first viewing you would recognize some of the references. Many quotes from the movie are thoroughly incorporated into the lexicons on both sides of the Atlantic.

The continuing popularity of the film also inspired the musical stage production Spamalot, which opened on Broadway in 2005, a full 30 years after the movie debut.

I stitched this project on black 14 count aida cloth with DMC’s glow in the dark floss (DMC E940) which makes it fun to see at night. However, it would look equally as good in DMC’s white, B5200 (bright white), or even one of their fluorescent flosses.

This cross stitch pattern is quick to stitch, and is perfect for any Monty Python fan. Especially the ones who are being repressed or need to go and face the peril!

[Update: I now carry DMC’s glow in the dark floss in my Etsy shop!]

[Update to the update: I have a second Monty Python themed project available now – remember how to defend yourself against a piece of fresh fruit?]

Variegated Floss Projects Part 1

Welcome to Part 1 of this six-part series on variegated floss projects! I’m going to share a ton of ways to use variegated floss in craft projects ranging from needlework and quilting to furniture, jewelry, and home decor.

Variegated flosses are beautiful and by their very nature, they make every piece that uses them unique. No two people will ever use the exact same length of a floss in the same way, thus every project will have a different result! This makes creating with them an exercise in curiosity and a fun adventure.variegated floss projects - DMC 4211

This first post on variegated floss projects is going to concentrate on three types of needlework: cross stitch, needlepoint, and embroidery. These are probably the most popular ways of using variegated floss, and for good reason as you are about to see.

Before we get to the projects, Alison Murray at Dream a Little Big has this excellent tutorial on creating your own variegated floss, and in her part 2 she has a free pattern that you can use with your new floss!

 

 

 

All DMC Variegated FlossHowever, there are hundreds of beautiful variegated flosses available from a variety of companies and retailers. I’m proud to have all 76 colors of the DMC six-strand variegated flosses available in my Etsy shop. They’re gorgeous to look at and, with the consistent quality of DMC floss, they’re easy to work with.

Variegated Floss Projects in Cross Stitch

On About.com, Connie G. Barwick has a few things for newcomers to consider when working on variegated floss cross stitch projects, such as her free “Yummy Watermelon” pattern seen here.

Also on About.com, Connie shared some very helpful advanced tips on using variegated floss in cross stitch, including dyeing methods and how to achieve certain looks with specific techniques. Definitely worth the read.

variegated floss projects - cross stitch samplerThis pretty variegated floss sampler by Nancy Rossi through Better Homes and Gardens can be seen in a couple of places on the net. The pattern is not in print anymore, but you can still find it on Ebay.

 

 

 

 

 

variegated floss projects - floral borders bookThere is a ton of inspiration in this LeisureArts book of variegated border patterns. The different elements of these designs could be mixed and matched in a million different ways!

 

 

 

 

 

Tsmcs4blogIn a more modern vein is this great project by Elizabeth Hartman featured on her blog Oh, Fransson! She replicated the Tokyo subway map first for a quilt and then for this cross stitch. She changed floss colors every nine stitches, creating a variegated effect. I think variegated flosses would work very well in this project, with the added bonus of not having to tie off and start so darn much. Regardless, what a bright, colorful and fun project!

I love this little biscornu project by Lorraine at HippywitchCrafts. It uses variegated floss around the center and then again in the border. It’s just darling…

[Here’s a link to more information on biscornus]

 

 

This pretty bookmark is a free design from Lady Kell of Kincavel. As the pattern is relatively simple, the variegated floss nicely augments the design.

 

 

 

Image of AventailSome of the best cross stitch patterns that lend themselves to using variegated floss come from Tracy Horner of Ink Circles. Her designs range from this small “Aventail

 

 

 

 

Image of Turkish Delightto the more complex “Turkish Delight

 

 

 

 

 

Image of Baroqueand her popular “Baroque,” all of which look stunning executed in variegated floss. Take a leisurely look through her store and her latest news to see all her great projects that could be executed in variegated floss.

 

 

 

variegated floss projects - nordic needle itty bitty patternAnother great source for patterns is Nordic Needle. As well as carrying many of Tracy Horner’s Ink Circles designs, they feature other artists as well. This Itty Bitty’s design is a perfect way to try out lots of new variegated flosses,

 

 

 

variegated floss projects - nordic needle coffee patternwhile this coffee pattern would look terrific in a variegated floss. Might I be so bold to suggest DMC 4000 – Espresso?

 

 

 

 

variegated floss projects - nordic needle plum puddingI’d also like to share this pattern, called Plum Pudding. Here, in it’s original purples, it’s a gorgeous design.

 

 

 

 

Then Kristal, one of the employees at QuiltingAdventures, stitched it in different colors, and I must say, to a beautiful result. When you look at some of the detail photos, you can see where she used variegated flosses to add just a sparkle of visual interest to some of the backgrounds. She started this color scheme by picking out some flosses from her stash. What an amazing stash that must be!

Variegated Floss Projects in Needlepoint

variegated floss projects - hexagon needlepointThis hexagon pattern might appeal to those people new to variegated flosses and would like a fun project on which to try them, or those who may have existing stashes of variegated floss. This example comes from the CarolStitches blog.

 

 

 

hexipuff-with-groutThe project originated in Janet Perry’s May 2012 Stash-Busting Club. I believe it uses the mosaic stitch shown here to make a glasses case (I wish I had a link to more information about the project). What a great way to experiment with variegated floss while working with hexagons – currently one of the most popular shapes in crafts!

 

A quick project is this needlepoint and leather keychain on RedFlannelPantry, given to a 16 year old girl when she got her driver’s license. Variegated floss in the basketweave stitch is a great choice to create the background effect you see here.

 

 

This post by Laura at TwoHandedStitcher shows how different colors used with the same pattern can produce completely different end results. I like how she used variegated threads to create a little more visual interest, especially in this green and gold example.

 

 

 

variegated floss projects - chrysanthenums gardenInspiration and patterns for needlepoint projects that use variegated floss can be found all over the web. The Caron Collection has several including this pretty “Chrysanthemums Garden”

 

 

 

variegated floss projects - venetian glass stockingand this “Venetian Glass” stocking pattern. Clicking the link to this design will also show how vastly different the same project can look using different colors and stitches.

 

 

 

 

 

variegated floss projects - detail of jmd projectThere’s plenty of inspiration in this post by Janet M. Davies. She has quite a few smaller projects that use lots of variegated floss, including this detail from one of her fantastic creations,

 

 

 

variegated floss projects - summer logsand 123Stitch has lots of needlepoint patterns by a variety of designers. A great example is this Summer Logs pattern that uses no less than 18 different variegated flosses in an amazing array of different stitches. This fun sampler would never get boring!

 

Variegated Floss Projects in Embroidery

I’ll start with some machine embroidery inspirations as I have a really lovely story about hand embroidery that I will use to wrap up this post.

variegated floss projects - machine featherDesignsinStitches has quite a few patterns that call for variegated thread. One example is this feather pattern; one of a set of 10.

 

 

 

 

variegated floss projects - machine embroidery butterflyEmbroideryDesigns has a series of four birds and this pretty butterfly,

 

 

 

 

 

Paisley Motifs Embroidery Designsand ABCEmbroideryDesigns has this cool Paisley Motifs set. This example is stitched in a rainbow variegated thread that suits the pattern perfectly.

 

 

 

 

And this is one of a set of 15 sea shells available through NeedlePassionEmbroidery. They are a really gorgeous collection!

 

 

 

 

I’ll start the hand embroidery with this lark of a project, embroidering patches for old jeans, from Charlotte on her Ta Da! blog. This little patch is a great way to experiment with different stitches and variegated floss.

 

 

Amy Friend at DuringQuietTime used a Sizzix to create the pattern for this lovely partridge Christmas ornament. She then used Cosmo variegated floss to stitch the embossed pattern to a very sweet result.

 

 

variegated floss projects - line embroideryI bet this pattern from Lady Kell of Kincavel would look great in variegated floss. It’s a bit of a flashback to a Rush laser show at the Planetarium, but there’s nothing wrong with that!

 

 

 

UntitledI love this simple but elegant idea from TheSmallestForest on using up leftover floss, and I love how she’s put some variegated strands in the mix. I think the variegated gives the piece just that little bit more randomness and visual interest than solid colors alone would produce.

 

 

Aqua Snowflake Embroidery PatternFrom Polka&Bloom, this fun and lighthearted Aqua Snowflake pattern, along with it’s siblings the Gold and Lilac Snowflakes, would look awesome in variegated flosses (if they’re not already). These three patterns are a lovely trio.

 

 

 

Stitch Around The Clock page Augustus for CQJP 2013.For some more beautiful inspiration and examples of embroidery stitches in variegated floss, you need go no further than the Flickr photostream of Margreet from Holland. On her crazy quilt blocks, she consistently produces embroidery of great quality. She uses a multitude of colors and types of stitches to achieve all kinds of textures and effects.

 

 

variegated floss projects - DMC 4235My last example is a story from Kim, one of my customers, who purchased skeins of DMC 4240 and 4235 (shown). As I love these flosses so much, I ask many of my customers how they use them. She replied: “I stitched a labyrinth in a hoop for my friend who lost her mom to ALS in October. Walking a labyrinth has meant a lot to her. I used the 4235 and my friend said the colors were just perfect.”

What a lovely way for Kim to support her friend! I’m really happy that I was able to provide Kim with the floss for her project.

If you would like to see the design, the labyrinth pattern she used is available from Jenny Hart’s Sublime Stitching, and it was featured in Jenny’s tutorial on the backstitch.

 

That rather touching note wraps up this first of six posts on variegated floss projects! Are there any projects in the crafty categories of cross stitch, needlepoint, or embroidery that you would like to add to the comments?

Stay tuned for more in knitting, quilting, scrapbooking, jewelry, decor, and a whole lot more!

Update: Here are Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, and Part 6.

All DMC Variegated Floss Now Available

All 76 colors of DMC variegated floss are now available in my Etsy shop! This includes all 60 of the newer (4000 series) Color Variations and 16 of the original, classic variegated flosses.
All DMC Variegated FlossI’m offering these flosses at good prices and with excellent shipping rates.

dmc variegated floss 4245I have found it incredibly difficult to find these variegated flosses at reasonable prices and for reasonable shipping. Big brick-and-mortar stores like Michael’s and Jo-Ann don’t carry them. Some small boutique embroidery and needlepoint stores do carry them, but charge much more than standard retail for the skeins. You can find these flosses in big online shops, sometimes for prices below the manufacturer’s recommendation, but many times you’ll have to buy a minimum of six skeins of each color.

dmc variegated floss 4210And then there’s the shipping. With most online stores, shipping is expensive considering the weight of the floss. Don’t get me wrong – I understand their shipping charges are based on the dollar value of what your purchase, rather than the actual weight of the items. This makes perfect sense for a big retailer with millions of products. However, it’s hard to justify paying $7.00 to $10.00 for shipping 4 skeins of floss.

With all that in mind, this is why I am offering these variegated flosses for the manufacturer’s recommended retail price, and with reasonable shipping.

dmc variegated floss 4030I’m also very happy to answer questions about the floss. A woman recently asked me if I could recommend close matches to four variegated flosses that had been discontinued. That was a fun bit of research, and I was glad to give her some information that helped her.

 

 

I really enjoy looking at these flosses and wondering how I can incorporate these gorgeous combinations of colors into some of my future designs. Do you do the same?
DMC Classic Variegated Floss

Review – New DMC Floss Colors

For the first time in nearly 15 years, there are new DMC floss colors! The company has released other products in recent years – variegated flosses, metallic solids and medleys, fluorescents, and a glow in the dark floss (that works great), but these are the first solids in a long time.
DMC Floss New October 2013 At this time, these new flosses can only be purchased in a pack with all 16 colors. I’m hoping that they start selling the individual flosses soon! DMC has a press release with a link to a color card about these new colors that you can read. However, here’s my take (and you can click on the photos below to take a closer look):

DMC 3886First, I think the best additions are the purples. DMC 3886 is called Very Dark Plum, and it comes after 915 (top of photo). It is absolutely gorgeous and a very welcome newcomer.

 

 

 

DMC 3887I’ll say the same for DMC 3887, called Ultra Very Dark Lavender (first from top). These two purples fill some real gaps in the DMC pallette.

 

 

 

DMC 3880DMC 3880 is called Medium Very Dark Shell Pink. According to DMC, the color falls between 3721 and 221 (first from top in photo). I find this color to be nearly identical to 3722 (third from top)

 

 

 

DMC 3880 Suggestion and I’m wondering if this color would work better as in this photo, between 3859 and 3858.

 

 

 

 

 

DMC 3881DMC 3881 is Pale Avocado Green, and it is supposed to fill a gap between 471 and 470 (second from bottom)

 

 

 

 

DMC 3881 Suggestionbut I’m wondering if it may look better in this green color family, between 3348 and 3347.

 

 

 

 

DMC 3882I’m going to sound picky again, but I’m thinking that DMC 3882, Medium Light Cocoa, might go in another spot. According to the color chart, this color should go between 3861 and 3860 (second from top). I find the color to be nearly indistinguishable from 839,

 

 

DMC 3882 Suggestionand may actually look better between 3862 and 3031.

 

 

 

 

 

DMC 3883DMC 3883, Medium Light Copper (second from bottom) is a nice addition to this orange family, although it’s only a very slight variation from it’s neighbors 922 and 921.

 

 

 

DMC 3884DMC 3884 , Medium Light Pewter, falls between 169 and 317, (second from bottom) which is part of a realm of subtle differences in grays. I find it’s also very close to 535.

 

 

 

DMC 3885DMC 3885 is called Medium Very Dark Blue. While I welcome new blues, I find this one to be nearly the same as it’s neighbor 824. Fortunately, they’re both really lovely royal dark blues.

 

 

 

DMC 3888DMC 3888 is Medium Dark Antique Violet. According to DMC, it falls between 3041 and 3740 (first from top). Like the blue 3885 above, it’s a lovely color, but it is incredibly close to it’s neighbor 3041.

 

 

DMC 3889DMC 3889, Medium Light Lemon, (first from bottom) is a good addition to this series of yellows.

 

 

 

 

DMC Bright BluesBeside the purples at the top of this post, the two turquoises DMC 3890 and DMC 3891 (at top and fourth from top) are my favorite new colors. They expand these sets of incredibly bright and vibrant blues that I love.

 

 

DMC 3892DMC 3892 (second from top) is called Medium Light Orange Spice and it fills a gap in this family of orange. However, it is very, very close to the two colors 971 and 970.

 

 

 

DMC 3893DMC 3893, Very Light Mocha Beige, is a subtle step between it’s neighbors 543 and 3864.

 

 

 

 

DMC 3894I’m happy to see this new green, DMC 3894, A.K.A. Very Light Parrot Green (at bottom). This is a perfect newcomer to this nice bright set of greens.

 

 

 

DMC 3895Last, but not least, is DMC 3895, Medium Dark Beaver Gray. It’s a good addition to this range of subtle grays.

 

 

 

 

I have a couple footnotes on this post. First, in order to get the full effect of the differences and similarities of the flosses, you really need to see them for yourself in different types of lighting. I’ve tried my best to capture the subtleties of the color differences, but cameras can’t always do the same job as the human eye.

Interview Q2Second, you have to account for some differences between the color of skeins. DMC has incredible quality control and they produce amazingly consistent colors. However, I may have skeins that are slightly different in color than DMC’s laboratory conditions or the lighting in your house or workplace. So when you look at 3892 and think “That’s not even close to 971 or 970! Is she on drugs or something?” The answer is “well, maybe a glass of wine,” and please remember that colors will look different in various locations and lighting.

All that being said, what do you think of the new colors? Have you been able to see them in person? Has my review above helped you? Let me know in the comments!

new dmc floss colors patternUpdate February 2015: I now have a project that uses all of the 16 new colors in a fun geometric pattern. Take a look!

DMC Variegated Floss Now on Etsy

I decided to start selling DMC variegated floss. I love variegated floss – the color combinations especially in the 24 new colors offered by DMC are just lovely. I think my favorite must be 4245 – Mystical Midnight (fifth from right in the photo).

the 24 new colors of dmc variegated floss Getting your mitts on the DMC variegated flosses, however, can be tough. Among the big retailers, brick and mortar M*s doesn’t carry variegated floss, and online H*s has them at a reasonable price, but the shipping is expensive considering the weight of the floss. There’s also C*F*L*, which has a good price but we have to buy a box of six at a time, and the shipping again is a bit pricey for the weight. Don’t get me wrong – I understand their shipping charges are based on the dollar value of what your purchase, rather than the actual weight of the items. This makes perfect sense for a big retailer with literally millions of products. However, it’s hard to justify paying $10.00 for shipping 4 skeins of floss. So I think I’ll give it a shot (and with reasonable shipping rates to boot)! Today I listed all 24 newer colors of DMC variegated floss on my Etsy shop. If someone wants a variegated floss that I don’t have listed in my store, just contact me and we’ll make arrangements.

[Update January 2014 – I’m now selling ALL 60 color variations and 16 of the older original flosses in my Etsy shop.]