DMC Color Variations


DMC Color Variations is a multi-colored thread with an over-dyed effect made from 100% long staple Egyptian cotton and double mercerized to give it brilliant sheen. Color Variations is comprised of 6 size 25 easily separated strands, allowing you to adjust the thickness of your stitching by using a different number of strands. The thread is 100% colorfast, fade resistant, and offers guaranteed DMC color consistency from one skein to another. These “overdyed” threads are beautifully designed to create subtle variations in color without having to change threads. Each skein has a blend of soft multi-colors that flow seamlessly into one another along the length of the thread. Each skein is a combination of DMC colors, with 4 inches of every color corresponding to the 117 Floss colors, so you can coordinate Color Variations with DMC Embroidery Floss to stitch beautiful designs with colors that compliment one another. The subtle color changes of Color Variations reveal themselves every few stitches with no harsh contrasts. With colors ranging from “Glistening Pearl” to “Tropical Sunset” and “Wild Fire”, DMC Color Variations offers a breathtaking pallet of 36 soft multi-colors that is ideal for creating designs that bring color to life. DMC Color Variations features the familiar 8.7 yards in a pull skein put-up. Made in France.


Click here to download the DMC Color Variations Floss Color Card. Please note that the resolution of your computer screen can slightly distort the color shades of the threads.

Download the full DMC Color Chart (pdf)

Care & Washing

DMC Color Variations is 100% colorfast and can be washed in warm water 60° C/140° F. Particular attention should be paid to the fabric on which the thread was embroidered. Wash your embroidery with one teaspoon of mild soap such as Orvus. After washing, gently wring it out and rinse it as many times as necessary to get the soap out of it (until the water is clear). Use almost cold water to rinse the piece. Wrap the embroidery in a towel to remove excess water, then dry flat. Place the embroidery on a clean towel, preferably while still damp, and iron on the reverse side, at the temperature setting recommended for the fabric.


How to Use

Color Variations is perfect for stitchers of all levels.  So, whether you are an experienced or new stitcher, you'll find Color Variations quick, easy, and fun to stitch with!  Color Variations is designed to be stitched using any embroidery technique, its color combinations will always show. DMC Color Variations Floss offers fun and faster stitching thanks to fewer color changes and innovative designs; no two stitched pieces are the same.

Color Variations is an overdyed multi colored thread that creates subtle variations in color without having to change your threads.  Available in both embroidery floss and Pearl Cotton 5, they stitch just like their counterparts but add the surprise of color variations within each length of thread.

For counted cross stitch designs there are two ways to form your stitches:

  • One Cross Stitch at a time:  by completing each stitch individually, Color Variations will  distinctly graduate into the thread's next color.  This method gives you more control over the placement of the variation in the thread.
  • Standard Method: (stitching a row of half cross stitches in a row from left to right completing each stitch on the return)  Threads stitch using this method will create a “tweeded” or blended look of softly mixed colors when completed.









If your Color Variations threads become twisted while stitching, simply drop the needle and allow the threads to unwind itself.

To assure you get the best results, take your time.  By stitching slowly, you’ll have better control over the placement and laying of your stitches.

Each color in the DMC Color Variations line is a distinctive combination of DMC Embroidery floss colors.  You can create beautiful designs by combining Color Variation thread threads with DMC’s extensive floss line.


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