If you’ve ever wanted to try the DMC Diamant metallic needlework thread, then this review should help you out! Discussing both DMC Diamant and the new DMC Diamant Grande, learn about the differences between these threads and DMC Light Effects, and Kreinik braid. Not sure whether these metallic threads are easier to use than other metallic threads? Watch the video to find out… 🙂
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DMC Diamant metallic thread characteristics
- Diamant = 2 strands DMC embroidery floss in diameter (aka equivalent to #4 Kreinik braid)
- Diamante Grande = double the thickness of Diamant (grande = 6 ply), equivalent to 4 strands of DMC floss or #8 Kreinik braid
- Colours used in the tutorial:
- Diamant – D225, D317
- Light Effects – E168, E3831
- DMC six-strand embroidery floss – 06, 03
- Diamant Grande – G317, G225
- Seems to hold a knot well for anchoring
- Doesn’t leave bare “core” where needle eye rubs against the floss like DMC Light Effects can
- Very silky to work with
- Putting the floss end back into the cut slit at the top of the spool can be tricky depending on the spool
- Slips out of the needle SLIGHTLY more easily than regular floss
- Twist doesn’t seem super tight, so individual strands can get “pulled up” as you’re stitching with it, similar to the Light Effects floss. That’s a good sign to cut the thread and start with a new section.
- DMC Diamant threads and free patterns
- Access the Blackwork Heart and Tiny Heart patterns shown in the tutorial by joining the Peacock Lounge
Want to see more recommendations of stitching materials and tools (including other metallic threads) as well as stitchy books? Head to the Peacock & Fig Amazon page! 😀
Is the Diamant metallic thread washable and ironable on my Aida 14 cloth?
It’s washable, but if you have to iron your piece be careful about any metallics — most stitching metallic isn’t using real metal (thus why it’s washable), it’s made of synthetic polymers that may or may not react badly to heat. Try a little sample first, and never iron directly onto any metallic threads — guard them with a tea towel or a piece of fabric so the iron isn’t touching them directly, and be careful of your heat setting. 😊
I really enjoyed the metallic thread comparison video. Just beginning to use it so this will be very helpful.
My favorite pattern so far is the Lord and Lady baby arrival pattern. With the craze of Downton Abbey it is very fitting for those couples that aren’t your typical baby pattern lovers — like my son and his wife! Working on it now …. first grandchild due the 14th!
I hope I have entered the contest correctly!
I’m glad you enjoyed the video Deborah! 🙂 To enter the giveaway, you can just copy paste your comment from here onto the comments under the YouTube video itself, you can get to it here — peacockandfig.com/four-million 🙂 I’ll only be randomly selecting from the comments under that video itself, as then they’re all in one place. Good luck! 😀