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RETURN POLICY ON THREAD: Like most needlework retailers, we do not allow returns on thread except when there has been an error on our part. Please keep this in mind before you buy. When in doubt, we recommend you buy and test a small amount prior to ordering larger quantities. We have very low shipping charges of approximately $3.35 (subject to change) sent to US addresses(subject to change) for small thread orders to enable you to do this affordably. There are many reasons for this policy, but a primary reason is that once the thread has left our store, we can no longer verify that it has been kept clean and unused, and in most cases, we can no longer tell which dye lot a given thread came from. Therefore you can be confident that the thread you buy from us is clean, unused, and that we can send you multiple skeins from a single dye lot when that is important. If you buy thread from a company that accepts returned thread, how do you know where the thread they sell you has been before it gets to you?

CONVERTING THREAD: From time to time we get requests to convert thread from one brand to another or one type to another. This can be an extremely difficult and time-consuming task and we regret that we are no longer able to offer this service.


This page last updated November 9, 2020.

Wool is an animal fiber which has a soft look when stitched, and which does not reflect a lot of light. It is a wonderful thread to use for a "homespun" effect or for soft backgrounds.

DMC BRODER MEDICIS or "medici" used to come in 180 colors. This is a very fine weight wool used for canvas embroidery, crewel embroidery, and even counted cross stitch. Color cards have not been available for several years, and the announcement was made a while back by DMC that this yarn will no longer be available from them. We do still have the same yarn but now without DMC labels (except for some existing inventory). The yarn itself is the same, the yardage is the same, the colors are the same, the primary difference is that hanks are NO longer available and the 25 meter/27 yard skeins do not consist of continuous lengths but now consist of five 5 meter lengths.

Currently available in a range of 193 colors, 5 old colors were discontinued and several new colors added. Currently available colors (sorry, for now we can only list them by number) are:

White/blanc 8202 8397 8713
Black/noir 8203 8400 8720
Ecru 8205 8401 8725
Navy 8206 8402 8739
8009 8207 8403 8742
8023 8208 8404 8748
8026 8209 8405 8794
8027 8210 8406 8798
8095 8211 8407 8799
8096 8212 8408 8800
8100 8214 8409 8813
8101 8221 8410 8816
8102 8223 8411 8817
8103 8224 8412 8818
8104 8225 8413 8825
8105 8300 8414 8838
8106 8301 8415 8839
8107 8302 8416 8840
8108 8303 8417 8841
8109 8304 8418 8842
8110 8305 8419 8845
8111 8306 8420 8846
8113 8308 8421 8871
8114 8309 8422 8877
8118 8313 8426 8895
8119 8314 8427 8896
8122 8320 8484 8898
8123 8321 8500 8899
8124 8322 8501 8904
8125 8323 8502 8908
8126 8324 8503 8930
8127 8325 8504 8931
8128 8326 8505 8932
8129 8327 8506 8940
8132 8328 8507 8941
8133 8331 8508 8945
8134 8332 8509 8946
8135 8333 8512 8946
8136 8334 8514 8955
8151 8341 8515 8993
8153 8342 8542 8995
8164 8346 8544 8997
8166 8369 8610  
8168 8371 8611  
8173 8372 8618  
8175 8373 8627  
8176 8380 8634  
8200 8381 8666  
8201 8390 8685  

We are unable to accurately show colors on the internet. You may order by old color numbers if you know them. We are limited due to time constraints to help if you don't have color numbers to give, but let us know your needs and we will see if we can help.

Price per 27.3 yard (25 meter) skein of Medici ..... $1.50

DMC TAPESTRY WOOL (Laine Colbert) is a heavy weight non-divisible yarn primarily used for canvas work on larger mesh sizes (size 10-14), although in Australia it has also been used for lovely bullion stitches and other forms of embroidery. It comes in 390 colors. All colors are available in 8.7 yard skeins. A VERY limited color selection used to be available in 42.7 yard hanks but DMC is no longer producing hanks of this wool. DMC Tapestry Wool actual thread color cards are no longer available to stores to sell to customers which makes it hard for us to help you select colors (showing wool colors online is too inaccurate). This makes it very hard for people to buy DMC tapestry wool unless they have listed specific color numbers to purchase. If you uncertain which color or colors to buy we recommend you buy a single skein of a color first in case the color you get is not what you expected as we do not accept returns of thread. If it is important that you can see a thread color before you buy it, we recommend you pick a brand of thread or yarn that has color cards available for purchase.

In 2009 DMC reduced the color range of this yarn to 390 colors from 460 colors, a loss of 70 colors. We still have inventory of some discontinued colors but over time they will disappear and we will not be able to replace them. Click here for a list of the 390 colors that will continue to be made.

Price per 8.7 yard (8 meter) skein of DMC Tapestry Wool ..... $1.25
Price per 42.7 yard (39 meter) hank of DMC Tapestry Wool (available from us in single hanks in white, ecru and black (THESE HANKS ARE NO LONGER BEING PRODUCED AND OUR SUPPLY IS LIMITED; CONTACT US FOR AVAILABILITY ..... $5.00
Price per 31.7 yard (29 meter) hank of DMC Tapestry Wool (available from us in single hanks in white only (THESE HANKS ARE NO LONGER BEING PRODUCED AND OUR SUPPLY IS LIMITED; CONTACT US FOR AVAILABILITY ..... $4.30

APPLETON TAPESTRY WOOL is a heavier, tapestry-weight yarn which comes in all the same shades as Appleton crewel wool (currently 420 colors). An actual thread color card is available for $68.00 (card shows colors for both crewel and tapestry yarn). Appleton tapestry is similar to DMC tapestry yarn, but perhaps slightly thinner and a little bit less tightly twisted. The manufacturer raised prices of Appleton wool at the beginning of 2014 for the first time since 2009; current prices are listed below.

Price per 11 yard (10 meter) skein of Appleton tapestry ..... $2.00

Also available by special order (please allow 2-4 weeks) are hanks of Appleton tapestry, which measure approximately 65 yards, for $7.00.

APPLETON CREWEL WOOL is a finer-weight wool imported from England where it is produced in a gorgeous range of 420 colors. An actual thread color card is available for $68.00 (card shows colors for both crewel and tapestry yarn but samples on card are of tapestry weight).

Price per 27.5 yard (25 meter) skein of Appleton crewel ..... $2.00

Also available by special order (please allow 2-4 weeks) are hanks of Appleton crewel, which measure approximately 164 yards, for $7.00.

ANCHOR TAPESTRY WOOL is slightly heavier in weight than Appleton and roughly comparable to DMC tapestry wool. Although we stock all 400+ colors, if we are out of a color or if you need a larger quantity than we have on hand, it can take a few weeks before we are able to get more. Anchor tapestry wool is available in 10 meter (11 yard skeins). Color cards are currently not available.

Sadly the situation surrounding Anchor tapestry wool is going from bad to worse. We have recently discovered that the only company in the US authorized to import Anchor products to the US will not import the tapestry wool so we can't replace colors as we sell them. We are also unable to order this yarn directly from Europe as the people in Europe are prohibited from selling to the US. Unless this situation changes we will have fewer and fewer Anchor yarn colors in stock so please check with us prior to trying to place an order for Anchor yarn.

Price per 11 yard skein of Anchor tapestry wool: $1.50

PATERNAYAN PERSIAN WOOL continues to have supply problems after five years under new ownership. If you are looking for Paternayan, please contact us to see if we have the color/quantity you need; otherwise we may be able to supply you with or order for you the equivalent color in Colonial Persian Wool (see next entry).

Colonial Persian Yarn by Colonial Needle is a traditional 3-stranded Persian wool, using the same yarn/suupplier supplier as the old Paternayan company. Currently (October 2018) available in 249 colors, all colors are available for us to order in 1/4 pound hanks for $18.00 or on 8 yard cards for $2.00. NOT all are in our store currently. We will continue to sell our existing supply of Paternayan yarn while it lasts and fill in with the Colonial Persian when we can.

Wisper by Rainbow Gallery is a very fine thread/yarn made of 70% kid mohair and 30% nylon. Although we do not stock it in every color, we try to keep it in stock in color W-88 (white) and W-89 (ecru) plus most gray and brown tones. Please inquire if you need a color other than white or ecru. This thread looks extremely fuzzy on the card, but when you stitch with it typically you will "trap" the majority of the fuzzy part in the fabric or canvas. For the best results at achieving a truly fuzzy look, brushing it with a bunka or nap raiser brush is advised.

Price per 20 yard card of Wisper ..... $2.75


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