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This quick guide will assist you in selecting matching colors of DMC brand embroidery floss to match our suede colors. Embroidery floss can be used in many ways including braided accents on tack items, fringe on doll clothing, cinches, decorative stitching on saddle blankets, etc.
Some of the colors are very close to the suede color, while others have no exact match, but the closest floss number (or numbers) are offered. The suede colors may vary a slight bit from piece to piece as well. A * indicates the floss color is the closest match possible, but no closer match is available.

Use standard black or white for these colors. White suede is actually a bit off white, however, DMC makes no off white color that is a better match than regular white.
Suede Color Rio Part# DMC Floss #
Dark Brown LS2db 3371
Medium Brown LS2mb 801*
Light Brown LS2lb 433
Chocolate LS2ch 938*
Burgundy Rust LS2rt 918 or 221
Rusty Brown LS2rb 300*
Tan LS2tn 422* or 3045*
Buckskin LS2bk 680
Grey LS2gy 535
Dove LS2dv 840
Violet LS2vt 550
Red LS2rd 817*, 304*, 347*
Wine LS2wn 221
Ivory LS2iv 644*, 3782*
Royal Blue LS2bl 820
Cobalt Blue LS2cb 995
Cadet Blue LS2cd 3750*
Mallard Blue LS2ml 924
Turquoise LS2tq 807
Aqua LS2aq 598
Forest Green LS2fg 500
Teal LS2tl 991

Catalog Reference Notes:
Due to variances in the printing process, its not possible to get exact color matches of items in print. However, we did try to come as close as possible. While there is some variation from catalog to catalog, here are our observations between the printed version of the catalog and actual color samples:
Catalog Color Variation of Actual Sample
Dark Brown a little darker
Medium Brown very close
Light Brown very close
Chocolate very close
Burgundy Rust slightly more intense*
Rusty Brown very close
Tan very close
Buckskin slightly more intense
Grey very close
Dove very slightly darker
Violet slightly more intense
Red somewhat more intense*
Wine less pink than shown
Ivory very slightly darker*
White very close
Royal Blue darker and more intense (very electric actually)
Cobalt Blue more intense and a bit darker
Cadet Blue several shades darker
Mallard Blue a little darker and more intense
Turquoise a shade darker
Aqua a shade darker
Forest Green a shade darker with a bit more blue tone than shown
Teal very close

Personally I feel that the catalog swatches for Wine and Cadet Blue are the most "off"in terms of what the actual color looks like, and the rest are very close for purposes of comparison and choosing colors you may wish to work with.

**Special Note**
If you plan to use the suede with the GRAIN side out for boots and other small accessories (as opposed to the sueded side out) note that the grain sides may not match the color of the sueded side (as shown in the catalog).

Colors in which the grain side is notably different in hue from the sueded side include:
In most cases, even colors that are very close between the two sides will have the grain side appear as a slightly lighter shade.

Medium Brown is sueded on both sides.

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