Conversion and Reference Charts for Embroidery Thread and Floss

Embroidery thread and needle
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Many patterns, kits, books or magazine projects list the particular brand or type of embroidery thread or embroidery floss used in the featured project. This is most commonly the designer's favorite or the brand that is most common in their area. Sometimes projects are even presented by thread companies.

If you prefer to use a different brand of thread rather than the one recommended in a project, a conversion chart will help you find the corresponding color numbers for threads produced by...MORE other manufacturers. This is helpful when you enjoy working with a particular type of floss, are looking for a more cost effective thread or you are unable to locate a particular brand.

Most of the conversions are done by independent stores or websites and not officially published by the manufacturers. And while you could try to compare colors based on photos, it's hard to be accurate. Color charts are typically made by comparing actual skeins or spools, saving you time and potential error.

Updated by Mollie Johanson

  • 01 of 09
    DMC Color Card
    DMC

    DMC's color cards aren't so much a conversion chart as they are a great reference tool. They are available in two versions. The most common that you'll find is a printed card showing all of the colors, but if you order from their website, they also offer a version with actual thread samples for more accurate color matching. 

    Both versions have a chart next to each color showing which of their products (stranded floss and perle cotton in multiple sizes) are available in the different...MORE colors. 

  • 02 of 09
    Cosmo Embroidery Floss
    Cosmo Embroidery Floss. © Mollie Johanson

    Lecien, a Japanese company known for its fabric, makes Cosmo embroidery floss, a thread that many embroiderers love for its smoothness and slightly matte finish. Thimble Creek created this helpful chart for switching back and forth between DMC and Cosmo colors.

  • 03 of 09
    Aurifloss
    Aurifloss. © Mollie Johanson

    Aurifil is still new to embroidery floss, but their Aurifloss (packaged on wooden spools!) is quickly becoming popular with stitchers and quilters alike. Alex Veronelli, CBDO for Aurifil, recommends the conversion chart created by Filanthrope.

  • 04 of 09
    DMC and Kreinik Metallic Threads
    DMC and Kreinik Metallic Threads. © Mollie Johanson

    If you like working with woven metallics, rather than twisted metallic threads, this chart will help you convert DMC Light Effects colors to Kreinik #4 Braid. 

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  • 05 of 09
    Cyber Stitchers Conversion Tool
    Cyber Stitchers

    This web site features thread conversion charts for kit projects, as well as individual manufacturers. The charts are interactive so you can type in what you're searching for.

    Here's a look at what they offer: 

    Manufacturer's Thread Conversions
    DMC to Anchor, J&P Coats and Sullivans
    Anchor to DMC, J&P Coats and Sullivans
    J&P Coats to DMC, Anchor and Sullivans
    Sullivans to J&P Coats to DMC, and Anchor

    Kit Conversions
    Bucilla to DMC, Anchor, J&P Coats and Sullivans
    DesignWork...MOREs to DMC
    Dimensions to DMC, Anchor, J&P Coats and Sullivans
    Candamar to DMC, Anchor, J&P Coats and Sullivans

  • 06 of 09
    DMC to Anchor Conversion Chart
    Yarn Tree

    Anchor embroidery floss is brand of embroidery thread that has been around for many years. YarnTree offers online and downloadable PDF versions of the following conversion charts for handy reference:
    Anchor Floss to DMC
    DMC to Anchor Floss

  • 07 of 09
    Presencia

    Colonial Needle Company, the U.S. supplier of Presencia threads has handy charts for converting several thread brands to Presencia Finca, both for mouline floss and perle cotton. 

    DMC to Presencia
    Anchor to Presencia
    Cosmo to Presencia

  • 08 of 09
    Sullivans Conversion Chart
    Sullivans

    Sullivans USA offers conversion charts to change out their own thread colors from DMC, Anchor, and J&P Coats all in one guide that you can flip through online or by downloading as a PDF. They also have an online conversion system that lets you search by typing in a Sullivans or DMC number, or you can search visually by color.

     

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  • 09 of 09
    Weeks Dye Works Conversion Chart
    Stitches 'n' Things

    The threads from Weeks Dye Works and hand dyed and have a subtle variation of colors within each color, so this conversion chart from Stitches 'n' Things often lists multiple colors for each conversion. Choose one color, or blend multiple colors together for a better match.