What do the numbers on embroidery floss mean?
A graph adjacent to each color swatch tells you what thread lines the color is available in. For example, color number 3840 is available only as 6-strand floss, while color 800 is available as 6-strand floss as well as pearl cotton size 3, size 5, and size 8.
Are you supposed to separate embroidery floss?
Six stranded cotton embroidery floss needs to be separated before use. It is rare to use all 6 strands together in the needle at once.
How many DMC numbers are there?
The US DMC website lists only 489, there are some region-specific “exclusive” threads, and there are Étoile, Coloris, Color Variations, Light Effects, and even some Special Embroidery threads available.
What gauge is embroidery floss?
The most common size of hand embroidery perle cotton is a #8. If you’re just starting out or doing any general hand embroidery, this is the recommended thread weight.
How is Perle cotton sized?
Pearl cotton is not divisible, and instead comes single stranded in several thicknesses, including sizes 3, 5, 8, and 12. Size 3 is comparable to six strands of embroidery floss, while size 12 is comparable to one strand of embroidery floss.