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Floss & Pat­terns

Just Cross Stitch - - Contents - By Christy Sch­mitz

DMC Em­broi­dery Floss

Today's stitch­ers are so for­tu­nate to have a rain­bow of col­ors to choose from when work­ing on a project. DMC, one of the best-known and long­est-stand­ing thread com­pa­nies in the world, has al­ways boasted an ex­ten­sive pal­ette with col­ors rang­ing from the palest, soft­est yel­low to the deep­est, dark­est indigo. DMC was founded in 1746 in Mul­house, France, and has re­mained an in­dus­try leader and trail­blazer for more than 250 years. So when this com­pany, with al­ready more than 400 thread col­ors to its name, in­tro­duces even more col­ors to the rain­bow, it's a grand day! En­ter the 35 new col­ors of DMC cot­ton em­broi­dery floss! These new col­ors are 100 per­cent col­or­fast and fade re­sis­tant like all other col­ors of DMC cot­ton six-strand em­broi­dery floss. As with DMC's other trea­sure chest of col­ors, these flosses are made from long-sta­ple Egyp­tian cot­ton and boast an in­com­pa­ra­ble sheen thanks to their double mer­cer­iza­tion process. Ac­cord­ing to the DMC web­site, mer­cer­iz­ing, named for chemist John Mercer, in­volves pass­ing cot­ton thread through a caus­tic soda, thus cre­at­ing a stronger thread that also has a sheen and silky ap­pear­ance.

The new col­ors from DMC range from a soft gray to a bright lime green and from a gen­tle, del­i­cate pur­ple to a deep, rich wine. These new shades bring the to­tal cot­ton em­broi­dery floss pal­ette to 489 vi­brant col­ors. The newly re­leased skeins, which are 8 me­ters in length, are avail­able in­di­vid­u­ally for 73 cents per skein from DMC. To see the new rain­bow of col­ors or to or­der, visit www.dmc.com/us/.

Lovely Let­ters: 9 Cross-Stitch Al­pha­bets & Mono­grams

An­nie’s $17.99

Stitch­ers can never have too many pat­terns, es­pe­cially ones that al­low for com­plete cus­tomiza­tion and per­son­al­iza­tion with al­pha­bets and mono­grams. En­ter this book that in­cludes more than 30 projects fea­tur­ing nine cross-stitch al­pha­bets, mak­ing it easy to add a per­sonal touch to al­most any­thing. Cre­ate mono­grams or spell out en­tire names, and add those stitched de­signs to book­ends, scarves, bags and even or­na­ments. The book di­vides the styles into three sec­tions—Clean & Clas­sic, El­e­gant & Ex­quis­ite and Fun & Funky—and ev­ery chart is shown in easy-to-read black-and-white charts. Each project is also ac­com­pa­nied by a “Make It Your Own” sug­ges­tion that will help guide you in ad­di­tional ways to per­son­al­ize your project. Don't miss a minute of stitch­ing fun when you or­der your dig­i­tal book today by vis­it­ing An­niesCraftS­tore.com.

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