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DMC Diamant 2 Replies

Does anyone know the wraps/cm for DMC Diamant. I have the Paternoster book, but I cannot find the thread in here.Continue

Started by Dawn Ellis. Last reply by Dawn Ellis Nov 24, 2017.

Gold Thread 4 Replies

What gold thread is easiest to use for bobbin lace?The contest at the IOLI convention in Sacramento calls on associations with the California Gold Rush and requires the use of at least two gold…Continue

Started by Devon Thein. Last reply by Lisa Davy May 20, 2015.

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Comment by Administrator on January 7, 2018 at 3:14pm

For those who like to watch bearded guys harvesting nettles to spin.

Comment by Administrator on September 21, 2015 at 7:23pm

An interesting chart comparing thread sizes to prickings, in French

Comment by Administrator on August 2, 2015 at 5:58pm

A French language explanation of the thread numbering system, both metric and English pounds, with a chart.

Comment by Administrator on July 8, 2015 at 4:56pm

I have a question, not exactly about thread, but about silk netting. Does anyone know of a source for machine made silk netting, something suitable for hat decoration? A fine mesh, but definitely NOT nylon.

Comment by Devon Thein on April 4, 2015 at 3:10pm

During my researches, I discovered that DMC Broder Machine (Retors) and Madiera Cotona have about 120 colors, whereas Aurifil, which seems quite comparable, has 270 which really seems to argue for Aurifil, if I didn't already have about 120 Madiera Tannes. But, this is possibly deceiving because Jacquie Tinch tells me that she goes to garage sales looking for partial reels of DMC Broder Machine and is able to get a lot of discontinued colors. Likewise, if I combined my Tanne with Cotona I would probably be in the over 200 color range. So, one question is, does a company like DMC decide to have 120 colors, but then over time they discontinue some and introduce others. The fact that so many of my Tanne threads are in a series of alternate numbers, for instance, I had 711 and 713 in Tanne, and now I have 712 and 714 in Cotona makes me wonder about this. How frequently do they change out colors?  Do they intentionally not have adjacent colors because they are so close? Also, is this related to the Pantone Color card?

Comment by Administrator on April 4, 2015 at 2:55pm

Oh, those beautiful greens!  This is a wider color range than DMC ever had in Retors.

Comment by Devon Thein on April 4, 2015 at 2:30pm

Having bought a complete set of Madiera Tanne 50 many years ago, I was looking for a comparable cotton thread in a lot of colors to use with my remaining threads. A representative from Madiera has stated that Madiera Cotona 50 is the same thread, but just on a different spool. I ordered some examples of it from Sewing and Craft Club of Beaver Dam, WI to check them out and they just arrived. From looking at the colors, which are numbered, on the interenet the Cotona and Tanne colors seemed to be analogous, with possibly a few differences. As an experiment, I wrote down all the numbers of all the greens that I had in the Tanne and I ordered all the numbers of green in the Cotona that I was missing. In fact, the numbers being offered in the Cotona are often numbers that are missing from the Tanne set. So, now, I have 25 different shades of green as per the photo above. The first spool is the color that I was becoming concerned about having to replace, number 575 in the Tanne. The second spool is 575 in the Cotona. Although the picture makes them seem different in color, when you hold the threads next to each other they are very much the same color. However, I haven't worked with them. Maybe they would look different if you tried to put them in the same piece. The Tanne is probably at least 20 years old, so that could be a factor, as well. Likewise, since I haven't worked with them I don't know if there may be a subtle difference in how they work. I tried to wrap the Madiera Cotona around a pencil and see if it had the requisite wraps, 39 per centimeter, as the Madiera Tanne and it seemed likely, although I am not an expert at this process.

Comment by Administrator on March 2, 2015 at 1:13am

Version 6 of Brenda Paternoster's THREADS FOR LACE is just now coming from the printer.

Comment by Administrator on February 26, 2014 at 2:28pm

Ingrid. Thanks.

Comment by Sue M. on February 25, 2014 at 6:52pm

Thank you for your recommendation and link.   Indeed it looks very useful.  


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