For the first time in 14 years, DMC threads are launching new colors. We were able to get a preview set, and so we’ve decided to help out and go into detail with the 35 new colors.
Firstly, the new colors range from code 01 to 35, and no colors are being replaced; these are all additional only. This brings the total range up to 500. They’re out in late October/early November (dependent on where you live).
Based of the new colors is clear that DMC have really listened to what customers wanted. Without further ado, lets look at each of the new colors.
01 to 04 – Greys
The first set is numbers 01 to 04, all grey. The current grey selection is a bit lackluster, with very popular colors such as 415, 318, and 414 being slightly purple-hued. The new set effectively replaces these colors by removing the purple, making a fantastic run of 762, 01, 02, 03, 04, 317, 413, 3799, 310. We’ve made this color swatch up below. Honestly, of all the new threads, we think these four will be the most popular by far and will stop that weird purple hue on grey scale projects like our Canabalt piece.
05 to 09 – Browns
The second set, 05 to 09, are all brown. At first glance they’ve very similar to the 453, 452, 451, 3861, 3860, 779 line, however that has historically been muddled and lacking in a progressive shading. Instead, the new line makes a pure brown, something that’s been missing for a while from the traditional line.
10 to 18 – Greens
Initially, it seems a little odd to have so many greens in the new threads, especially considering green has always been a strong point of DMC. However, if you think about the greens available, they either transition into blue, or brown. Hardly any move into yellow. This is where the new green threads come in, offering fairly pale greens that transition into yellow. In addition color 13 sits as a lighter 3849 to allow blue to green blending a little easier at pale ends of the spectrum.
19 – Orange
We then have the solitary 19, a peachy orange. This is clearly made to fit within existing 3823, 3855, 19, 3854, 3853 line. I must admit, I’ve never really seen much use of these colors, however unlike most other color ranges featuring at least 5 colors, it shows DMC are devoted to making their existing line perfect. (The images don’t do it justice.)
In addition this orange could be included within the next set of colors; flesh tones.
20 to 22 – Flesh tones
Skin tones have ALWAYS been an issue with threads, and whilst there are some good shades out there, the darker white skin colors have been missing for a while. Colors 20 to 22 solve that issue.
23 to 35 – Purples
Finally, we look upon the final section of new threads, colors 23 to 35. These compromise a series of purples, mostly light hued, without any runs of progressively darker threads. For a long time purple has been a big issue, with only darker purples being an use, as lighter ones were just way too pink. The new threads offer both lighter purples, but also a series of purples that merge into other colors, such as 28 and 29 which blend into a grey line 415, 318 and 414, which now feels a little orphaned with the new greys. 30, 31 and 32 blend into blue. And 33, 34 and 35 blend into red well, something there currently isn’t any of.
A word on compatibility
It’s worth noting that with all new threads, pick up is a little slow going at first. Most pattern makers will updated yearly, meaning the next update using these threads could be some time in mid 2018. We reached out to WinStitch/MacStitch which will send an update in the coming week. No update on when PCStitch will update, we’ll update this when we hear back.
In addition the DMC shade card
Where and when can you get them?
Officially the new threads go on open sale in November, with a few select retailers getting their hands on them early. One of these is SewAndSo.com where you can buy each thread with 25% off, or get a collectors tin with all of them included, in the middle of October. In Canda you can pick them up from StitchItCentral. We expect this will be the only place you can pick them up this early, with the DMC website, Hobbycraft and Michaels to carry the line once they’re officially out in November. We’ve got confirmation that Walmart will NOT be carrying the line at all.
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So, in looking at the gray colors including 415 has this particular color been assigned a new number? I ran out of an old skein in mid-project and when I started with the new skein it was MUCH lighter in color. Why are these changes not in the Lord Libidian master list of changed/retired colors.
No, 415 isn’t one that’s changed. I think the age of the thread was the issue here. 415 is one of the threads that tend to darken over time.
May print a free NEW updated DMC with numbers below the colors
DMC lists a total of 489 colors of floss including the 35 new colors. Where do I find the 11 colors not listed on the DMC site?
DMC’s US website for some reason doesn’t sell 11 threads separately, but there are 500 threads in total.
You need to look for 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 677, 734, 822 & 988.
What about the 16 new colors on DMCs website (3880-3895)? I haven’t seen anything on your website (which I just found; it’s fabulous) about them. Are they just temporary?
Thanks Susan 😀
Those 16 threads are specific to Northern America and aren’t sold elsewhere in the world. Its due to the dyes they use. You tend not to find them used in commercial patterns for this reason. However, DMC made new threads to replace these elsewhere in the world, which are:
3880 replaced with 223
3881 replaced with 164
3882 replaced with 839
3883 replaced with 722
3884 replaced with 535
3885 replaced with 312
3886 replaced with 3685
3887 replaced with 208
3888 replaced with 3740
3889 replaced with 445
3890 replaced with 3766
3891 replaced with 995
3892 replaced with 740
3893 replaced with 543
3894 replaced with 907
3895 replaced with 646
I would like to purchase the latest colour card please. I have a very old one an this does not have the new numbers on. Could you please advise me how to do this and would you be willing to post to Greece the postage is not a problem
Thanking you Ann
I’m afraid we don’t sell ourselves, you can pick one up on one of our suggested best online cross stitch stores
Ann you can go onto Amazon.com & put in dmc color card & it comes up I just ordered myself one.