Let’s learn about DMC Étoile floss. Here are 10 things I have noticed when working with this floss on my cross stitching projects. You might also enjoy using this thread with embroidery projects or while stitching on cards. These opinions are from my personal experience and your experience may vary. Overall I think it is really fun to work with and recommend it.
Disclosure: This post and the photos and video within it may contain Amazon or other affiliate links. If you purchase something through these links, I may receive a small commission at no additional charge to you. Thank you!
10 Things to Know about DMC Étoile Floss
1. It is much easier to use than DMC Light Effects, but also less shiny. It’s like having a thread of light effects surrounded by regular thread.
2. Be careful when pulling threads as it can be a bit trickier to see and catch the whole thread because its a bit loftier
3. It’s helpful to have a pair of sharp scissors to snip the ends and make it easier to thread through your needle
4. Different colors have different amounts of shine/sparkle. Some colors seems to pick up light more easily or the shiny thread contrasts a bit more with the standard thread. However they all do sparkle.
5. The color range is limited compared to the hundreds of colors of DMC. There are 35 colors of Étoile floss.
6. It’s more expensive than regular floss, but not quite as expensive as over-dyed floss especially if bought in a pack. It’s the same amount of floss per skein as standard DMC floss. It is available individually or in a pack of all 35 colors. At the time of publishing I saw
Regular DMC floss at $.66 a skein (8.7 yards)
Étoile DMC floss at $2.15 a skein (8.7 yards)
Over-dyed floss $2.55 a skein (5 yards)
However it seems to be much cheaper to purchase a pack. I have seen the pack of Etoile average close to $1 a skein when purchased as a set.
7. Fun fact : étoile means star in French which is the country DMC was founded in and where the floss is still made.
8. The shiny thread is pretty consistent throughout the strand so you can use a loop start with two threads or a ‘sewing’ stitch and still get a good amount of sparkle.
9. Not every stitch will have sparkle so be careful with confetti stitching or lots of color changes. However, most stitches did appear sparkly. I think the Étoile is best when stitching a few stitches next to each other.
10. It is widely available and can be found in big box craft store stores and on Amazon