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DMC Glow-in-the-Dark Embroidery Floss

Reported by Susie Ziegler

This is another installment in my investigations of specialty embroidery flosses by DMC. Last spring I tried DMC Linen Embroidery Floss which I liked quite a bit. I was decidedly less enthusiastic about shiny and slick DMC Satin Embroidery floss. Up here where I live in the cold northern USA, these are the coldest and darkest days of the year, so I was inspired to test DMC Glow-in-the-Dark Embroidery Floss. This floss is part of the Light Effects specialty thread series which includes fluorescent shades and pearlescent colors. Although there are many thread colors to choose from in this line of flosses, Glow in the Dark only comes in this white:P1050781

This is a polyester thread, not a cotton like their traditional flosses. The first thing I noticed was that the cut ends loosened and frayed, and it was difficult to thread my favorite type of very small eyed needle. I had to dig around my sewing box to find a needle with a larger eye. You might not have this issue, as most people embroider with these needles already. As with all embroidery flosses, Glow-in-the-Dark Embroidery Floss separates into 6 strands. I stitched my little project with three strands. I did find the floss difficult to thread through the needle as the polyester fiber didn’t moisten as readily as cotton or linen floss.

Also, the threads really want to stay separated, although they weren’t nearly as wild and unruly as the satin floss I’ve used before.

This is a small tea towel project. Here at my house, we are bracing for another overnight snowstorm, so I thought a wee nighttime snowflake would be appropriate. Stitching on this went pretty smoothly, although I did find that the thread has a bit of a mind of it’s own. Since the threads want to separate from each other, I did have trouble with some knotting and slipping. Also, y’all, I make really perfect french knots. I don’t know what it is, but these sit up strangely and don’t look nearly as cute as I like.

Okay, but here is the real test. Does this stuff sufficiently glow in the dark? I was skeptical. But look! It really does! Even enough for me to get a fairly good photo in the pitch dark!


Pros:

  • Polyester thread is sturdy
  • Glow-in-the-dark products and projects are fun
  • Thread has nice “body” and fullness
  • Really glows!

Cons:

  • Threads separate
  • Not made from a natural fiber, so it has a synthetic feel
  • Only one color: white

I found DMC Glow-in-the-Dark Embroidery Floss at my local craft store in the embroidery section. Not all stores carry it. It is, of course, available at Amazon.com as well. It retails for about twice as much as other specialty flosses.

I can think of so many fun things to stitch with little glowing thread details! Are there any other specialty flosses I should test?

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10 Responses to DMC Glow-in-the-Dark Embroidery Floss

  1. Nan and B.A.G.S. the pug January 12, 2010 at 9:14 am #

    Hi Susie! Great article. I have used the Glow In the Dark Floss from my favorite place – Sublime Stiching. It comes in a few colors and I didnt see the result but maybe you have. I can show you the items when we meet up on the 20th!

  2. IamSusie January 12, 2010 at 11:50 am #

    I think Sublime Stitching carries another type that sells on a spool. Their site says it separates less than this kind. I saw the spooled stuff in my research. One day I’ll try it, but for now I have the rest of this little glowing skein!

  3. Sheila Bennett January 12, 2010 at 12:34 pm #

    How fun! Can’t think of a use for the glow-in-the-dark right now, but your snowflake really made me smile with how well it glows. 🙂

  4. rush8888 January 12, 2010 at 1:47 pm #

    my girlfriend loves novelties of this sort. she has glow-in-the-dark fabric, bracelets, sticks, etc. i can see using this for card-making…especially for halloween. thank you for sharing.

  5. Donna January 12, 2010 at 11:43 pm #

    I’ve used Kreinik’s glow in the dark braid for a Halloween wallhanging I cross-stitched on a rustic large-count evenweave (Floba I think). Was very cute!

  6. Erika Martin - Stampin' Mama January 13, 2010 at 8:25 am #

    I love it!!! I’m going to have to look for this the next time I’m at the craft store. I think this would be fun for my daughter to use on her crafting projects.

  7. Erin Bassett January 15, 2010 at 1:45 am #

    Wow, that’s so cool, I didn’t even know there was such a creature, LOL!! I’m going to have to keep my eyes open for this.

  8. Wieber Art January 31, 2010 at 11:01 am #

    What Fun ~ Definitely have to try this thread. Thanks. ♥

  9. Anonymous February 22, 2012 at 2:22 pm #

    is it possible to make friendship bracelets with this???

  10. Sarah Moore February 22, 2012 at 2:24 pm #

    oh sure! You could make anything with this that you could with regular floss!