How to Color Match Floss to a Kit

Color matching is not as hard as you think it is. It is easier to do it in the beginning than it is in the middle or the end of a project, when you have run out of thread to match to.

Most kits only have enough thread to stitch the pattern once. Even then, if you have had any mistakes and have had to rip out stitches, you may run out of floss. So it doesn’t hurt to color match your floss before you start your project just in case.

With this Dimensions Kit, they have the floss on a card showing what color, number and quantity of skeins are included in the kit. (Which is so nice!)

I cut each color apart and wrap the floss around the card, which gives me a nice saturation of floss to color match to, rather than trying to match to one small strand of floss.

Then it is all a matter of process of elimination. You want to make sure you stay in the color families. I started with all of the red/pinks-- putting them in order from light, medium and dark. Then I pulled some pinks that I thought would work well. Then it is just a matter of lining them up again, what you are trying to match to, and eliminating.

You want to make sure all the colors that you have chosen will work together and work with your fabric.


If you can't find the right shade in the DMC collection, you can always branch out to the other collections, including hand dyed floss collections.

Also, having the DMC Color Card is a huge help if you do not have the whole collection of DMC floss.

There are two DMC color cards available.  The DMC Floss Chart has actual floss wrapped around a card.

And the DMC Color Card, which has printed pictures of the colors. Just remember that printed color and in person color can be very different.

We love to hear from you, so let us know any color matching tips, tricks or questions you may have.

Enjoy & Happy Stitching – Donnett


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