DMC has always been special, from embroidery to crochet thread , all is Crème de la Crème. After a long history of threads, colours, and kits, DMC did something special…. BUT!
This Golden Skein collector’s edition features 24 carat gold wash and is crafted by hand in our factory in Mulhouse, France. 17,460 Golden Skeins are available throughout the world, each are individually numbered and includes a certificate of authenticity. Each luxury box features embossing on the top, gold leaf, and is covered with a light matte film for longevity. Each box is sealed with tape, hand-knotted and packed by hand.( DMC WEBSITE)
This is a nice idea, BUT, even with a massive discount, I find it very expensive. The full price, $115 , well excuse me…. even your discount $40 is simply #nuts!
I create jewellery with embroidery and lace, so how much will the end piece be, if one floss cost $40? Simply insane, specially if you think about that it’s a wash gold……
‘From one fine thread, a work of art is born.’ Testing DMC Thread
If you crochet, make lace, do tatting, this thread is a must or at least you heard of it and you want to try it out. This thread is Made in France and it is one of the best in the world.I purchased this thread to create Romanian Point Lace. DMC in general stands for high quality and for great results.
We all talk about DMC …. but do you know what it stands for ? Since 1746 DOLLFUS-MIEG & Compagnie makes thread in France e voila DMC was born! They are true heroes in the textile world and still provide the highest quality since they open the doors.
It is an amazing thread that I can only recommend. If you worked with it you understand the price. It is not cheap but it;s worth all the money you pay for it.
Jean – Henri DOLLFUS, Jean Jacques SCHMALZER, and Samuel KOECHLIN—were the founders of DMC and the first to manufacture hand-painted Indian prints in Europe. A revolution in the textile industry in Europe. High quality threads and fine textiles were very well known in the East far China and India. ( Silk Road)
It is also fabulous to use for embroidery and lace knitting. It comes in many different sizes and colours galore!
If you are based in the USA here is the official website. If you visit DMC the Head Quarters on the first page you will be redirected to the country you are based.
Not only that they changed the world of threads and textile in Europe they changed the world of textile in general, by having John Mercer a chemist who experimented with thread and discovered that when you add caustic soda to the thread, it makes it stronger and it gives the long lasting shine that we find today with all DMC products. Is that your AHA Moment?! That was mine when I found this gold piece of information at uni when I was studying Fashion Design. That is the understanding behind Mercerise cotton!
I was surprised to find that they have many location sites in Eastern Europe but not in Australia. Australia has such a high demand and love for DMC.
Like you can see in the example above it is fabulous for fine crochet and Romanian Point Lace. I purchased my DMC thread here .
It was a great experience and I am in love with the large colour range. If you never worked with this brand before try to purchase one floss or a small cotton pearl and give it a go!
The company is still today top thread when it comes to quality. There are only a few other brands like Romanofir who can compete with them. I will talk about them in another post.
With a tradition of over 270 years, I ruly believe you can give DMC a try if you have not by now!
This fabulous brand is going into my top ten brands to work with! DMC you rock!
Lace making is such an intensive , consummating craft that you need to choose quality.
Quality starts with the design, I am talking about Romanian Point Lace in this case and the thread you are using.
In this post I want to introduce to you a very high quality thread. I like to call it the DMC Thread of the Eastern Europe! LOL
This thread is divine to work with. It;s perfect for fine crochet and of course lace making. These days it comes in all colours but the traditional colours are still the best to work with. Ecru and Cappuccino.
The thread is called ROMANOFIR and is Made in Romania.
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You can order the thread online ROMANOFIR or from different yarn and thread stores online in RO. Most of them speak English.
Once you work with this thread, you will want no other.
We all know that lace has a long, very long history and that it channels like a river into different fields and spreads into new designs and concepts.
The first time Romanian Point Lace made it’s first steps into the western part of Europe was due to a very popular Craft Magazine named Anna. It is still today a pioneer in the field of crochet, lace making, seasonal crafts and knit. A beautiful concept developed by Anna Burda Brand- introducing a new lace making craft to the western world.
This is the cover that made history, March 1981 in Romanian Point Lace and transformed the world of craft and lace making. It actually opened up to a new generation of crochet and lace makers.People got hooked!
Funny is, that it was called Macramé Style Crochet. I agree partially with this name because first of all the original name of RPL was actually Macrameu. Macrameu because RPL was developed and created in Romania, to be more specific in Transylvania.
So, now you know there is more coming out of Dracula Country….. that leaves an impact in our society
But you could not translate it Macramé because you would confuse it with the Macramé knotting.
Well they included the word Crochet into it because, the cord is created with a crochet hook. It is wrong actually because once you created the cord, you put the crochet hook away and do not use it any more. In January 1990, Anna Burda, started to print single lessons on RPL and since then the name got changed to Macramé Lace.
You will find many books out there saying that RPL was actually invented in Belgium, some say in Spain , or France. Now this is wrong- all these countries, have different type of lace that they are known for.
From generation to generation Romanians create only this type of lace-macrameu. The tools to create it have not been replaced, changed, etc…. The basic ideas are still like from the start. We use ancient materials like vinegar to preserve the pattern, we do the same organic floral and leaf designs…. It is known in Romanian that is spread via Christian Nuns who went to Egypt and other parts of the world and created macrameu. From there it took a long journey in North Africa and South Europe. Once in Europe is kinda spread not only fast but with a own mind! In Spain it developed into Bobbin Lace, In Germany into Battenburg Lace, and In France into Guipure Lace, etc….
One thing all these lace types have in common is the type of thread they use. Ecru , white or beige thread mostly #10 -cotton.
Ecru is the traditional shade of beige used for the Romanian Point Lace Designs. White is common for special occasions like weddings.
Devoted RPL -makers, ( I am talking here about generations – at least 3-5 ) do not step away from the traditional tone, colour and thread type. It;s like an unwritten law. Use DMC ECRU. On top of that they like to stick to traditional designs – meaning floral and leaf combo, leaf or floral.
The RPL design has different geometrical shapes.Meaning the most designs are oval, round or square. You will never find abstract forms or shapes. In Romania the typical macrameu thread looks like this. The good quality thread comes form Sibiu. Now you can buy this type of thread from ebay or
The cord in the image below is made with traditional Macrameu thread from Sibiu.
In the next part I will talk about the designs and the fillings….
If you have any questions about RPL, feel free to contact me
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