Discontinued and Sometimes Hard-to-Find New DMC Threads

Alternative replacement thread colors to use

Posted by Thread Bare in cross-stitching on Jul 9, 2017

DMC don’t often release new colors but the last batch that they released in 2013 still seems to be difficult to find in stores. I have only managed to find them as a pack online at 123 stitch and also directly from DMC via their website, and they are not available at all in Europe/UK I think possibly due to EU regulations because of the dyes used.

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See this great comparison of the new colors and how they fit into the DMC palette range.

Here are the closest 1:1 matches. Although they should be good substitutes if you already have the pattern, it’s better to have a pattern created with the palette incorporated - it could mean different colors may be used in the context of the image:

  • 3880 can be replaced with 223
  • 3881 can be replaced with 164
  • 3882 can be replaced with 839
  • 3883 can be replaced with 722
  • 3884 can be replaced with 535
  • 3885 can be replaced with 312
  • 3886 can be replaced with 3685
  • 3887 can be replaced with 208
  • 3888 can be replaced with 3740
  • 3889 can be replaced with 445
  • 3890 can be replaced with 3766
  • 3891 can be replaced with 995
  • 3892 can be replaced with 740
  • 3893 can be replaced with 543
  • 3894 can be replaced with 907
  • 3895 can be replaced with 646

Also DMC occasionally discontinue colors altogether. Here is a list of discontinued numbers and the colors they can be replaced with should you have an older chart that uses them:

  • 776 is replaced by 3326
  • 781 is replaced by 782
  • 971 is replaced by 740
  • 504 is replaced by 3813
  • 731 is replaced by 732
  • 806 is replaced by 3760
  • 3773 is replaced by 407
  • 868 is replaced by 801

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