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Artiste Floss from Hobby Lobby

When it comes to embroidery floss, I'm a little particular. This really should be no surprise, as it's one of the supplies that I use most often in my work. It's important!

DMC floss is my first choice. I like the feeling of the floss, the way it stitches, the nice sheen, the color range, the price...I could go on. Plus, when I've had the opportunity to work with them (I designed a few patterns for their blog and mentor program), they've been an absolute delight.

I've tried other brands, and although I find them acceptable, nothing has caused me to change over. In fact, sometimes I'm hesitant to try other embroidery threads because I expect to be disappointed, especially when there's hype. And of course, when it comes to "off-brands" of floss, I'm always leery. Have you stitched with the cheap packs of "craft" floss? Don't waste your money.

Artiste Floss from Hobby Lobby

It was with this "avoid the non-name-brand embroidery floss" attitude that I approached Artiste floss from Hobby Lobby. Now, I love Hobby Lobby, but I was unsure of their ability to produce something with which I would be happy to stitch. But the colors were so pretty! In open stock, they only had these variegated shades that look similar to DMC's Color Variations line.

Artiste Floss from Hobby Lobby

Thinking that this is a house brand of floss, I was expecting a good price, but it's about the same as DMC. Instead of deterring me, I found this reassuring. Maybe the price tag would mean that it's a better quality? I took a chance...

Just Stay Calm
Just Stay Calm

...and I was happy with the results! My first stitching with Artiste floss was this Just Stay Calm embroidery. The threads didn't tangle much at all, nor did the floss show wear or pilling. I even used extra-long strands to see how it would hold up! This is definitely not your standard off-brand embroidery thread, and I'm pleased to say that I enjoyed working with it.

Artiste Floss from Hobby Lobby

In the big picture, I won't use Artiste all the time, mainly because I don't use variegated floss all that often. But when I need colors like these, I'll definitely be heading to Hobby Lobby. Plus, who can resist colors with such great names and blends?

Oh, and I do want to point out that they offer bulk packs of similar Artiste floss for just $5.99. I haven't stitched with that, and looking at the skeins side by side, I'm not confident that it's the same quality. If you've used those, I'd love to hear about your experience!

Artiste Floss from Hobby Lobby

Pleasant stitching and pretty colors? Hobby Lobby gets my recommendation for these happy skeins of embroidery floss!

6 comments:

  1. So pretty! Such a shame we don't have hobby lobby here in the uk :(

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  2. I've actually had the exact same thoughts about this floss. I always see the specialty artiste floss at Hobby Lobby and I'm always hesitant to try it. The colors are so bright and fun so I might need to pick up one or two to try out!

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  3. Oooh, I love variegated floss (well, when I'm actually embroidering...which sadly I'm not). Those colors are fabulous. I'm very devoted to DMC but I have a good amount of Anchor in my stash as well, thanks to a winning garage sale purchase by my mom ;)

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  4. Anonymous12:09 PM

    I like variegated floss for certain things, but I tend to purchase only DMC (Anchor is only available a 45 minute trip away), not out of suspicion of quality, but because I hate having to deal with dye lots etc. I also hate to go looking for more, only to discover that they no longer make that color etc. I have tried the "off brand" variegated flosses but when I do, I purchase several skeins so that I will not get a headache trying to find enough to finish a project with. I have not tried the Artiste variegated because we rarely go to Hobby Lobby. Of the three craft stores we have here, it is the farthest (20 minutes) away, so I stick to DMC out of convenience. :-)

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