DMC Pearl Cotton Variations


DMC Pearl Cotton Variations is a highly mercerized, non-divisible 100% cotton thread on a twisted skein. During the manufacturing process, the thread is combed, singed by flame and then double mercerized. It is this double mercerizing which gives it its beautiful pearlised sheen and supple feel. The thread is soft, silky, does not fluff or kink, and 100% colorfast. DMC Pearl Variations is a multi-colored thread with the look of over-dyed in a size 5 thread. The thread 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 solid Pearl Cotton colors. The subtle color changes of Pearl Variations reveal themselves every few stitches with no harsh contrasts. With colors ranging from “Glistening Pearl” to “Tropical Sunset” and “Wild Fire” DMC Pearl Cotton Variations offers a breathtaking pallet of 36 soft multi-colors that is ideal for creating designs that bring color to life. Pearl Cotton Variations features 27 yards per twisted skein in a skein put-up. Made in France.


Click here to view the DMC Pearl Cotton Color Variations 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 Pearl Cotton Variations is 100% colorfast and can be washed on a frequent basis, without causing the color to fade. The thread can be washed at high temperatures 95° C/203° 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

There are two ways to work with your DMC Pearl Cotton Variations thread depending on the length of thread you prefer or need. For approximately 19” lengths of thread: Push the two labels toward the center.  Find the end with the two loops and cut through the bottom of each loop.  Move the labels back into place. Pick and pull out a single piece of thread from the top loop.

For approximately 38” lengths of thread: Remove both labels and untwist skein to form an oval. Cut through all the threads at one end of the oval. Pick and remove one thread for use as needed.
To keep the threads tidy for future use, put the color number label back onto the threads and slide it to the center.  Fold the threads in half and set aside.


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