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DMC Stranded Cotton: I love to cross stitch, especially in the run up to Christmas. It's so relaxing for me to sit and stitch while watching TV and drinking hot chocolate! To cross stitch you need an embroidery thread (sometimes called floss) and the brand I use most often is DMC stranded cotton which will be the subject of this review. DMC stranded cotton comes in 8 metre skeins of 6-ply floss. To use it for cross stitch (and most other types of hand embroidery) you split the thread down, most commonly into 3 lots of 2 strands. DMC is one of the top three brands of hand embroidery thread and it is used a huge amount of the cross stitch kits that are available. There are a whopping 454 solid colours of DMC stranded cotton as well as 18 variegated colours and a bunch of metallic and "light effect" threads too. DMC stranded cotton is made from long staple cotton which is strong, I have never had DMC thread snap on me as I work like cheaper threads do. An important feature of DMC threads is that they are colour-fast. This is important as hand embroidery needs to washed after completion to remove oils from your hands and also allows you to embroider things that will need washing like clothes and cushion covers. The threads from DMC are also fade resistant which is really important too for any work that will be displayed. I love how DMC threads feel in my hand; they are smooth and very soft and they pull easily through the fabric without snagging. I do find DMC threads tangle a little easier than the other top two brands but the benefits out weigh this small flaw for me. Being 100% cotton and colour-fast allows DMC stranded cotton to be washed at up to 95 degrees, meaning you can embroider items like bibs and towels and know you can get them really clean if you need to. I haven't ever had a problem with these threads shrinking or pulling in the wash. Most craft stores that stock any cross stitch or embroidery supplies will stock DMC and there are literally hundreds of online retailers. I tend to buy mine on ebay or shop around online as you can get them from 35p a skein compared to the 90p - £1.10 you will pay in most high street craft shops. I love the range of colours DMC offer, there is a colour for everything from a wide range of skin tones, to neons and from neutrals to metallics. Anything you want to embroider you are sure to find colours to suit. For me DMC is always my first choice.