If you’ve heard all about the new DMC Étoile embroidery threads but haven’t had a chance to pick some up yet, this quick review should give you a good idea whether they’ll be a yay or a nay for you.
Disclosure: Please note that some of the links in this post are affiliate links and if you go through them to make a purchase I will earn a commission (such as from Amazon). Keep in mind that I link these companies and their products because of their quality, and not because of the commission I receive from your purchases. I would never recommend something I wouldn’t use myself. 🙂
DMC Étoile thread positives
- No issues with friction or tangling like you can have with other metallics, these are way easier to use
- Nice range of colours, the tin is gorgeous (and might make a nice project box as it’s deep enough for a small hoop)
- Nice that DMC keeps innovating new things for us stitchers
- Easy to separate strands from the skein
- Coverage seems equivalent to regular DMC even though it feels finer in your hand
- Good for both cross stitch and hand embroidery
DMC Étoile thread negatives
- The sticky tape on the bottom of the tin makes it a little tricky to remove the floss skeins without damaging the labels or catching the floss
- The floss is slightly softer (not a bad thing), but you may find you need to use slightly shorter strands so the eye of your needle doesn’t start to fray your thread
- The metallic is really pretty in person, but it is hard to photograph or film as it is so subtle
So overall I’d recommend picking up some of these metallics to try out for yourself! They are really nice to stitch with (especially if you’ve avoided metallics like the plague in the past), and the shimmer is very pretty. You can buy these specialty flosses individually or as the set in the tin, and below are some links as to where you can buy them from. Happy stitching! 🙂
Links mentioned in the video:
- Fa La La Wine cross stitch pattern
- Merry Snarkmas cross stitch pattern collection
- Shops to buy from:
- Canada — Charting Creations
- US — 123stitch.com
- US — DMC
- Amazon —
Want to see more recommendations of stitching materials and tools (including other DMC threads) as well as stitchy books? Head to the Peacock & Fig Amazon page! 😀
I tried to check out the product from the set of US links without success. The DMC list just said “Sorry! This page does not exist!” And 123, brought up a slew of links for patterns and such. Before searching the sites for other means to purchase, I wanted to inform you. Especially if these are affiliate links.
Hi Linda, thanks for letting me know! That’s odd, they worked when I posted them, I’ve updated them now so they should work. None are affiliate links, I’ll always put a disclaimer at the top of the post if they are (as that’s required by law anyway). Happy shopping! 🙂
I got one of these threads as a freebie in one of the British Magazines yesterday and am looking forward to trying it out this weekend (hopefully).
Nice! I hope you have fun with it Ann, I liked using them. 🙂
Thank you for your review Dana. I just did my first piece with these threads (part of a piece actually) and I love them. I had no problem with it tangling or twisting and I am a stitcher who frequently has to drop the thread and let it untwist. I had ordered 6 skeins of white to use in with snow pictures but it is not a true white when you have it next to white, it is more a light gray, so first project it was used as shading in Santa’s beard on a doily I am stitching. Otherwise, I love everything about this. Will have the full set after Christmas as it is a gift from my mom to me without the tin. I am excited about these and the possibilities they have.
Awww I’m glad you’re having a lot of fun with them Dawn, and that’s good to know about the white. I just stuck to the basics to relatively mimic the colours in the original design, I’m glad you’ll soon have the full set to play with. 🙂