A lot of cross stitchers really love Sulky 12 weight cotton floss for cross stitching. I haven’t tried it but I’m going to try it soon. From what I’ve read and heard, one strand of Sulky 12 weight (probably any 12 weight) is similar to two strands of DMC. I have started stitching almost exclusively on 36 and 40 count linen so I can use only one strand of floss. I do not like using two strands. Of course, 40 count especially, leads to the problem with having to use magnifiers. So, if I could stitch on 30 or 32 count linen with one strand of 12 weight thread, I’d be happy. I will still have to use magnifiers with 30 and 32 probably but they won’t need to e quite as intense and, with good lighting and good glasses, I might can stitch on 30 count without a magnifier.
Also, people who stitch with Sulky 12 weight say it glides through the fabric in a similar was as does silk floss.
A week or so ago, a friend on Facebook posted that Sulky had everything 25% off. The best I can figure out is that Sulky has 130 colors of 12 weight thread available on either 50 yard petite spools or 300 yard regular spools. The 50 yard spools are $1.69 and the 300 yard spools are $5.99. It’s almost half price to buy the 300 yard spools but . . for cross stitching, that’s a LOT of thread, especially in some of the weird colors.
It looks like, as of now, DMC has 489 colors and that may be just the solid colors. So, DMC will probably always be the choice when stitching something that requires a whole lot of shading.
I did the math and when the Sulky is on sale, considering one strand of Sulky has the same coverage as two of DMC, the price of Sulky is almost the same if using the 50 yard petite spools. If using the 300 yard spools, it’s probably less for Sulky.
I’m anxious to try it and hopeful I will get good coverage on 32 or 36 count fabric . . where the holes are larger and easier to see.
I love that Sulky has collections that can be ordered so you end up with ALL the 12 weight solids and ALL the blendables, along with the carrying case.
Anyone still reading? If so, here are my questions for those who have used Sulky 12 wt. for cross stitching:
- Did you like it? If so, what did you love about it and what did you not love about it?
- Did you or would you mix Sulky with DMC in the same project?