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Tinksky 100 Skeins of 8M Multi-color Soft Cotton Cross Stitch Embroidery Threads Floss Sewing Threads (Random Color)
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- 100 skeins of the cross stitch embroidery thread in one set will be sold together by random color.
- Material: durable soft polyester cotton.
- Each skein is 8 meters in length and composed of 6 strands.
- Each skein is double mercerized to create more shiny effect and smooth sheen for your projects.
- Can be used for freestyle and counted thread embroidery, and is particularly popular for Cross Stitch.
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The set of items include 100 skeins of multi-color professional and practical cross stitch embroidery threads, and each skein is 8 meters in length and consists of 6 strands. The embroidery thread are made of durable soft polyester cotton material, and special for cross stitch lovers to embroidery flowers, fruits, animals, natural scenes, cartoon characters and other craft projects.
100 * Skeins of 8M Multi-color Soft Cotton Cross Stitch Embroidery Threads Floss Sewing Threads (Random Color)
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The pack I recieved contained a pretty good variety of colors - several shades of each color. The only objection I had about the color selection was that my pack didn't contain a true white (just a slightly off white) and no black. I would expect any large floss variety pack to contain both black and white. Each skein came marked with a color number, and being familiar with many of DMC's colors by their number already, I could tell at a glance that these numbers matched up with DMC. To see how close they were, I pulled a few skeins at random from the bag and matched them up with their DMC counterparts. This is where I discovered that every single color was atleast 2 shades off from it's matching DMC color. I've included photos of this - the skeins are Tinksky's floss, and the bobbins are DMC, though it was hard to capture the differences on camera. The most obvious ones I noticed were 741 (orange) and 552 (dark lilac). What this means is that this floss is not suitable for patterns that rely on using lots of colors to get accurate shading. Anyone looking to stitch patterns by designers such as Heaven and Earth or Golden Kite is best off sticking to the original DMC.
However, there are thousands upon thousands of patterns that do not need accurate exact colors. I picked one such pattern - a Christmas ornament by Barbara Ana - to test stitch this floss. For this sort of project, where colors can be picked by eye, rather than needing to match exact numbers, this floss is a great choice. The colors are vibrant and the floss stood up well to the stitching process as long as I didn't cut the lengths too long (I would recommend no more than 12 - 16 inches) The strands separated easily and the floss didn't get too twisty as I stitched. The ends of it did fray a little though, making it harder to thread needles - but nothing that a needle threader tool can't solve. Individual stitches lay flat and need and the thread has enough twist in it that they are well defined. The threads are even and smooth, and while not quite as lustrous as DMC, did have a slight sheen of their own. Once the stitching was done, I gave my snowman a bath in a bit of warm soapy water - and am happy to report that there was absolutely NO bleeding of colors. This is a big issue with some brands of floss.
The price of this floss at the time of my purchase works out to 15 cents per skein. Compared to DMC which sells for between 40 and 79 cents per skein depending on where you shop, this is a great price for someone who is starting out and building their collection.
To sum up, I think this floss would make a great starter kit for someone who wants to jump into cross stitch and get several colors at a good price to begin with. It is also especially good for stitchers who aren't necessarily looking for exact colors but want to pick their own as you never know what exact colors you will receive, and even the colors you do get aren't exactly the same as their DMC counter parts. The quality of this floss is considerably better than some of the other bargain brand flosses I have used.
I received this set of floss at a discount in return for my honest and unbiased review. All opinions above are based on my comparing the floss to DMC, and testing it out by stitching with it.
Oh and I learned a new word. Several of the girls were sorting out the colors that they wanted to use and there was some debate at to whether a color was more purple or more brown. It was settled when one of the girls said that it was "purgandy." So there you have it friends, purgandy is in fact a color.
Updating this review. Received a very nice email from the seller. They apologized for the lack of multiple colors of the same shade and offered me a partial refund. I really appreciate this and have adjusted my rating.