there was about two choices of floss available.
DMC and Anchor.
Today, thankfully, we have choices.
I am going to compare some of the top brands--
DMC, Cosmo, Valdani, Presencia, and Cottage Garden.
Other popular brands include Anchor, J.P. Coats, Threadworx, Weeks Dye Works,
and the list goes on.
I will be testing basic embroidery skeined floss;
as opposed to perle cotton, etc.
For my first test I checked for color fastness.
I placed all the floss on a clean piece of muslin,
then soaked them all.
Next I applied an iron with steam.
(This is the same method to test color fastness on fabric.)
Argh, my photo did not turn out at all. Figures.
Well, just to let you know...not a single one had a problem.
I have had one comment that a fellow blogger has had trouble with Cosmo fading.
And the Cottage Garden says to use a dry iron. The steam iron didn't hurt it though.
For my next comparison,
I took a piece of muslin and drew straight lines to show each floss side by side.
I stitched each with 2 strands (except the Valdani).
I will compare each floss as they are shown from top to bottom on my sample.
(note...don't judge my stitching, this is the first time I tried without stabilizer or a hoop.
I didn't like it. I found my stitching was not as straight.)
Floss # 1--Cottage Garden Threads
- Cost--$6.60 Australian dollars for a 10 meter skein--not readily available in the States.
- Variegated--the best I have ever seen. The colors change very quickly which is what you want. Why pay for a variegate that you never notice?
- Ease of use--I love it. It is smooth, shiny and doesn't tangle. Is similar to Cosmo.
- Overall thoughts--although much more pricey than the others and harder to find, it is my favorite of all. I will be buying more of this as soon as I can. The company is a small home based business and each piece is hand painted. Big thumbs up!
- Cost--$1.00 USD for an 8 meter skein.
- I only had white on hand so I was not able to test for colorfastness. Variegated is available but it is a longer variegate than the above floss.
- Ease of use--Smooth and shiny, non-tangle. Similar to Cosmo.
- Thick--It is a bit thicker than the other flosses. It kind of compares to using three strands or so.You can really tell in the photo.
- Overall thoughts--Another thumbs up for me. I like how easy it is to work with. And I actually like the 'thicker' look. It isn't enough to be overpowering.
Floss # 3--Valdani
- Cost--$3.20 USD for 29 yards. Available at The Raspberry Rabbits
- Claims to be colorfast. This thread is dyed using all natural/earth friendly processes. The variegate was a bit longer than I like but still nice for larger designs.
- Ease of use--Although sold in skeins, it is more readily available on a 3 strand ball. No separating needed. It sews and feels like DMC.
- Overall thoughts--I like it for the most part. I feel it is the best variegate that is readily available and I like that they use all natural processes to over dye. I also like that it doesn't need separation.
- Cost--$1.00 USD for 8 yards. Readily available via the internet.
- Colorfast and has variegated. One blog reader has had trouble with it fading. Not good!
- Ease of use--Sold in skeins, but also available in easy to use 2 strand spools. Smooth, silky, shiny, non-tangle.
- Overall thoughts--I am sad to hear that someone had trouble with it fading as Cosmo really is my overall favorite for everyday use.
- Cost--$0.50 USD
- Easily found, colorfast, very large color selection
- Ease of use--after trying the others I don't like it. I found it to be dull and it tangles.
- Overall thoughts--we've all used it. Get out of your comfort zone and try something different...and better! I am not even giving it a photo or net link. No need.
- After trying all these out; I am for sure no longer a fan of DMC. Why mess with tangles and dull when you can have shiny and smooth?
- Precencia and Cosmo are very comparable, Cosmo being the more widely used. I think that I actually prefer Precencia. I need to get some bright colors to check colorfastness.
- For a variegate there is no comparison to Cottage Garden. It is expensive; but I think worth every single penny.