Many patterns, kits, books, or magazine projects list the particular brand or type of embroidery thread or embroidery floss used in the featured project. This is most commonly the designer's favorite or the brand that is most common in their area. Sometimes projects are even presented by thread companies.
If you prefer to use a different brand of thread rather than the one recommended in a project, a conversion chart will help you find the corresponding color numbers for threads produced by other manufacturers. This is helpful when you enjoy working with a particular type of floss, are looking for a more cost-effective thread or you are unable to locate a particular brand.
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DMC Color Cards
DMC's color cards aren't so much a conversion chart as they are a great reference tool. They are available in two versions. The most common that you'll find is a printed card showing all of the colors, but if you order from their website, they also offer a version with actual thread samples for more accurate color matching.
Both versions have a chart next to each color showing which of their products (stranded floss and Perle cotton in multiple sizes) are available in the different colors.
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DMC Light Effects To Kreinik
If you like working with woven metallics, rather than twisted metallic threads, this chart will help you convert DMC Light Effects colors to Kreinik #4 Braid.Continue to 5 of 9 below.
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CyberStitchers Conversion Tool
This website features thread conversion charts for kit projects, as well as individual manufacturers. The charts are interactive so you can type in what you're searching for.
Here's a look at what they offer:
Manufacturer's Thread Conversions
DMC to Anchor, J&P Coats, and Sullivans
Anchor to DMC, J&P Coats, and Sullivans
J&P Coats to DMC, Anchor, and Sullivans
Sullivans to J&P Coats to DMC, and Anchor
Bucilla to DMC, Anchor, J&P Coats, and Sullivans
DesignWorks to DMC
Dimensions to DMC, Anchor, J&P Coats, and Sullivans
Candamar to DMC, Anchor, J&P Coats, and Sullivans
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Conversions to Sullivans
Sullivans USA offers conversion charts to change out their own thread colors from DMC, Anchor, and J&P Coats all in one guide that you can flip through online or by downloading as a PDF. They also have an online conversion system that lets you search by typing in a Sullivans or DMC number, or you can search visually by color.Continue to 9 of 9 below.
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Weeks Dye Works to DMC from Stitches 'n' Things
The threads from Weeks Dye Works and hand dyed and have a subtle variation of colors within each color, so this conversion chart from Stitches 'n' Things often lists multiple colors for each conversion. Choose one color, or blend multiple colors together for a better match.