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How to Convert Silk Mori to DMC

Updated April 17, 2017

Many hand embroidery and cross stitch charts are written to be used with DMC cotton embroidery floss. The same designs can be worked in Kreinik Silk Mori floss by converting the DMC colour codes to the matching Mori shades. Using silk floss adds a sheen and richness to embroidery perfect for heirloom projects and fine clothing, making it well worth the extra effort during the stitching process.

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  1. Identify the DMC colour numbers in your embroidery or cross stitch chart.

  2. Use the DMC Cotton Floss to Kreinik Silk Mori Conversion Chart to match the DMC colour codes to Silk Mori shades.

  3. If it's crucial that shades match exactly to DMC colours, you can order a colour card from Kreinik which includes samples of every shade of Silk Mori floss.

  4. Tip

    Remember that Silk Mori comes in skeins of 2.75 yards each, as opposed to DMC cotton which comes in skeins of 8.7 yards each. If your chart includes a number of skeins needed to complete the project, you will need roughly three skeins of Silk Mori for every one skein of DMC listed. The manufacturer recommends plying Silk Mori threads back together before stitching.

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Things You'll Need

  • Embroidery or cross stitch chart
  • DMC to Mori conversion chart

About the Author

Victoria Sweeney began her career writing testing documentation for software companies in Silicon Valley, and later moved into freelance technical writing. Since 1996, she has authored user documentation for everything from multi-platform corporate databases to independent video games to home hair dye. Sweeney studied English at San Diego State University.

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