Nothing but Thread; part 1

There are currently two types of cotton thread – DMC and Anchor – that are favored among stitchers.  The argument between the two is usually based on color, price, and quality.

DMC currently offers the most colors with subtle shading from tone to tone.  If you are looking for a range of colors than DMC is the product to buy.  Anchor colors are brighter and richer then DMC but do not have the range of colors.  You can easily substitute Anchor for DMC.  You cannot easily substitute Anchor for DMC; you will be using one Anchor color for three of DMC colors in a bigger project.

DMC is the lower priced thread and can be found everywhere.  This makes DMC affordable and available to those of us who stitch lots and lots of projects.  Anchor is more expensive and usually only sold in stores that specialize in needlework supplies.  Keep in mind that it is up to the shop owner or shop manager to decide what products will be sold.

DMC and Anchor both have excellent quality.  There is a slight difference in my mind but it is not worth mentioning.  Especially, since quality is the touchiest subject among stitchers.  You will find that there are some stitchers who will only use one over the other and condemn the other; in other words, quality is a matter of personal preference.

I should mention that there is one other company that makes cotton floss – JP & Coats.  This use to be the ideal type of thread to use for anything until DMC hit the market.  You can still find JP & Coats on the internet and in some discount department stores like King’s or Alco.  However, like Anchor, it doesn’t seem to have the color range that DMC does.  It is decently priced with about the same quality as the other two.

In the next part, we explore metallic threads.  In the meantime, keep  stitching.


What the heck is needlework?

Needle work is anything that can be done with a needle and thread.  There are various forms that like fashion tend to fade in and out of style.  It includes but is not limited too Cross-Stitch, Needlepoint, Petite Point, Ribbon Embroidery, Embroidery, Hardhanger, etc.  Honestly, the list probably could go on forever.

Cross-stitching uses a needle with floss to make x’s on various kinds of fabric.  There is a pattern to follow.

Needlepoint uses a variety of stitches; including x’s.  The canvas is usually painted and there are some general instructions to follow.  Petite Point is similar to needlepoint, its just smaller.

Ribbon Embroidery uses ribbon and thread with a variety of stitches on fabric.  A pattern is traced onto the fabric and there are general instructions to follow.  Embroidery is similar to ribbon embroidery but does not use ribbon.

Hardhanger uses embroidery stitches and fabric.  However,  once the ground work is laid, threads of the fabric are cut out creating a lacy delicate look to pieces.

These are currently the most popular types of needlework and the ones I am most familiar with.  Each one is distinct and each one creates a treasure.





I wanted a blog page where I could share my wealth of information about various hand stitched projects.  I am not a craft supplier, a magazine, or a designer.  I am simply a stitcher who wants to share my love of stitching.

On this blog, I will talk about various forms of needlework and their history, where to find supplies, designers and their patterns, copyright laws, teaching, and learning.   I will have guest posts from a variety of people including store owners, designers, teachers, and other stitchers.  As well as events that can be found around the world for those of you lucky enough to travel.

This blog will only include crafts by hand, however, I will be including quilt stores on a directory for two reasons.  First, there are still people who quilt by hand.  Second, some quilt stores also offer floss for embroidery.  So sit back and let me show what treasures can be made with The Daedal Needle.