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News about DMC threads

November 20, 2017 3:18 PM | Jill Hawkins

I just received an email from Jo Firth (an English supplier) which I thought I would pass along. I know most of you will not be ordering from the UK, but the information about the DMC merger/takeover is worth sharing, as is the note about Anchor Lace thread being discontinued.

"We are having trouble with certain DMC threads. DMC in the UK at least, have been taken over by a company called Blue Gem, who have merged DMC, Sirdar Wools and Wool And The Gang into one "DMC Group" and have moved operations to  the Sirdar warehouse in Wakefield. This is about 30 mins away from me by car but parcels are taking longer than they did from France!  (Getting better as difficulties are ironed out) However in their wisdom, they have decided not to stock certain DMC products. The ones which concern lacemaking/tatting/crochet etc are the Perle 12 in colours and Special Dentelles 80 in colours. They are only stocking white, black and ecru in these. They are not stocking Broder machine 50/2 or Variations Perle 5 in hanks. Having argued the cause for lacemaking until I am blue in the face, it has been decided that we (UK suppliers) will be able to still order these items from France, WHEN they have sorted out a method by which to do so. So please be patient and do not believe certain suppliers who are telling people that DMC have stopped production! In the meantime, I keep removing colours from the web, so even if you see the colour on the photograph, it might not be in the "available" list.

To make matters more complicated Anchor have stopped making Anchor Lace thread. So only available while stocks last."



  • November 22, 2017 10:21 AM | Sharon Sacco (Administrator)
    Alas, this seems to be the way of modern merchandising. If it doesn't make someone extremely rich, why do it? For those who only see DMC at Joann's, there may not be a big noticeable change, but for those who do more specialized work such as lace or fine embroidery, this news is bad. At this time we bemoan the fact that very fine linen thread disappeared with World War 1. One hundred years hence will people be telling similar stories about the consequences of the takeover of DMC?
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  • November 26, 2017 12:12 PM | Carolyn Wetzel
    Good thing Handy Hands is still making Lizbeth in size 80, in colors, and Presencia makes size 12 perle cotton. But losing DMC and Anchor does reduce the choices.
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