Journey To A Complete Set Of DMC Floss Threads

“I’ve been stitching now for more than 5 years, and in that time; I’ve amassed more than 230 threads, but is it worth getting the complete set of DMC threads?”

That was a year ago, and now, with the full set of DMC threads, I can finally answer the question. However, as always, it’s not that simple.

My full set of DMC threads ordered by number

The story starts back when I picked up a small inch square kit from the local hobby store. I had nothing, yet instantly fell out of favor of the standard kits. So I started making my own and buying threads up.

The early years

At first, you buy a thread here. A thread there, and maybe you buy 10 or 20 for a big project. But it never really goes beyond that. You never finish a thread, resorting to reusing the same color next time, even if it isn’t a perfect fit.

Cross stitch is my main hobby

But things start getting better. You start larger and larger pieces, and you’re getting picking about the right colors. Sure, you still make changes to reuse old ones, but you have 5 reds to choose from, so its OK!

But you realize buying 1 or 2 threads isn’t effective. You get batches, and you start having over-spill from your storage boxes…

I’m serious about this now.

So you get new storage. Maybe you get the DMC Thread Storage Box.
But that makes you realize how few you have.

But you just keep getting through those blacks… So you buy a cone or two. And that’s where things hold.

You have so much selection you can always find 1st or 2nd choice threads.


And that’s where I caved. Now, to be clear, I didn’t go out of my way to buy all the threads. I had actually got an offer from a store to buy a kit at a discounted cost.
And I turned it down.

And regretted it instantly.

I made a new pattern and pulled up a list of colors to find I didn’t have any of them, which was rare in itself. I searched my thread book for a good alternative and didn’t have the second choice.
Or third.
Or fourth.

So I finally splurged on a full 447 set, complete with variegated threads for £250.

So many DMC thread number wraps…

Post purchase

Whilst initially I started using a few new threads, I quickly found another problem. Over-spill. I had worked with 230 threads for the better part of 3 years, and when I brought my new set, I also got those 230.
So I had to work through all 230 threads first.

It took 9 months, and a load of stitching, but I got through it all. Now, I can use any color. Now I have so much choice every piece uses a new thread just for the hell of it.

And you know what? I finally have a choice when it comes to skin color. Skin tone threads! Ahhhh!

Is it worth it?

Yes. Oh, my word yes.

Even though it doesn’t seem it at first, a complete set means you can always pick the right color. Hold it up to your screen to check its perfect, or put multiple threads next to each other and pick the best.
And it really shows in your work…

You can pick up a set yourself on at
I don’t have that illusive Limited Edition Golden Skein though…

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This Post Has 13 Comments

  1. jim

    retiring and unable to use my threads anymore. willing to sell my solid cherry thread chest and all threads for a very reasonable price. if interested drop me a line and i will send you some jpegs

  2. AG

    Ok, so now I feel guilty because I picked up an embroidery kit on canvas over last Christmas (Dec. 2018) on sale at Michaels which I didn’t do right away, but got me interested into embroidery. That led me to do a search which made me find and instantly in love cross stitch. Sure enough I went into the rabbit hole and I started my first mini kit mid Jan. 2019; a unicorn that I thought was fitting because my first grand kid had just been born that week, I love unicorns and had been buying unicorn theme stuff for her for months. After coming back from visiting the kids for the birth of the most beautiful baby ever born (idk what other grandmas say, mine is cuter!!), I started thinking of things I could make for her, her room so I started buying floss. Today (3Mar19), I bought the last few I “needed” to have the full set because I’m weird like that. I have no idea how long it will take to use it all up, but it looks so pretty I kinda don’t really care. Though, like I said, I feel a little guilty about it.
    Also, I try to justify the whole thing with “well, know I can make more things for everyone”, family, friends and my self. Then the guilt comes back when I remember how long cross stitch and embroidery projects take to complete. LOL It’s a vicious circle and all up in my head!
    And by the way, I’ve been binge reading your blog and have learned so much! So thank you!

    1. LordLibidan

      That is QUICK. 😛 But no need to feel guilty! Now you can stitch up everything you want, whenever you want. Also, don’t they look so pretty? 😀

  3. Axel

    Sadly it’s not £250 anymore but over £100 extra…

    If anyone knows a place to get them cheaper I’d be grateful!

  4. Domy

    I started stitching on 2009 and I take like 6 years to buy all the colours. But I love my boxes ♥

  5. Lyn Parker

    My darling husband bought me the full set for Christmas one year, the best thing ever!