DMC Etoile- it's new and kinda weird looking- but I like it......and there's a giveaway
Dear Tis the Seasoners-
Here we are in March and my "To-Do" list is still full of things I put on there in January and then added to in February... I'm aiming for a better result for March, but I'm not holding my breath.
I blame my lack of concentration on my love for shiny things- truth is, if it glitters, I want it. So- when the good folks at DMC took their regular stranded floss and added a sparkly strand, it was inevitable that I'd immediately want to have a crack at stitching something. Turns out, I liked it and I hope you will too. (Psst......Check out the end of this post for a wee giveaway).
The new thread is "Etoile" and it sparkles...... but it's not metallic (thank goodness). Its sparkle comes from a lurex strand that's woven with the cotton. If you want "major bling" you'll be disappointed. But, happy with a "dainty twinkle"? Then this is your thread.
It comes in skeins like regular stranded floss. Etolie's 6 strands are the same thickness as regular floss so you can divide and use it just as you would your normal stuff.
It's kind of fluffy and loose- and seriously folks, it does look a bit weird-
Because of the airiness of the thread. I thought it might be loopy to stitch. Happy to report that I had no problems. It stitches just like regular floss. I'd heard that you may need to pull your stitches a bit tighter to tame the thread- nope, not needed.
The colours (35 currently) are a close match to regular floss, but overall, are slightly muted/matte. The white/blanc is probably the strangest skein. The lurex thread makes it a pale grey, pretty much the same as the shade C415. Not sure that you would need to buy both. Check them out!
This is what I made to test this stuff out- It's a free pattern from DMC- See, I told you they were good folks.
Because of Etolie's subtle sparkle, it's hard to make out in the pic- and, if you've been around for a while, you know my camera is due for a major upgrade!
So.....back to the giveaway- If you purchase online (anything at all), we'll pop a set of 5 patterns in with your package. We'll also give you the threads to stitch the heart design that I stitched. You just need to pick a small bit of fabric from your stash and get started! We'll also have some packs to giveaway with purchases in store too- just mention to us that you waded your way through this blog when you make a purchase and a pack is yours! (while our stocks last)
We've got 10 of these packs to give away- and sadly, when they're gone, they're gone. And yes, the wee dragonfly is included-
Anyhoo- must away - my exercise class awaits but that's a story for another day.
PS: don't forget- the first 10 orders get the Giveaway- :-)