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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.
Black/WhiteUse 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 #|
|Burgundy Rust||LS2rt||918 or 221|
|Tan||LS2tn||422* or 3045*|
|Red||LS2rd||817*, 304*, 347*|
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|
|Burgundy Rust||slightly more intense*|
|Rusty Brown||very close|
|Buckskin||slightly more intense|
|Dove||very slightly darker|
|Violet||slightly more intense|
|Red||somewhat more intense*|
|Wine||less pink than shown|
|Ivory||very slightly darker*|
|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|
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.
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.
- Violet, Light Brown, Grey, Cadet Blue (the grain side is a very close match to the catalog swatch on this one), Teal, Tan.
Medium Brown is sueded on both sides.
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