DMC Celebrate 270 Years of Business

We know how much you love DMC. Their variety of thread is much adored and their colours are gorgeous. This year they are celebrating their 270th birthday!

With this being such a massive achievement they have released something extra special. They have made a LIMITED EDITION golden skein.  I’ll give you all a moment to pick your jaws up off the floor! I know, it is pretty special!

DMC Golden Skein

DMC has created 17,460 of this 24 carat golden skein to honour the year the company was founded in 1740. Each skein is uniquely numbered and comes in a luxurious presentation box with a certificate of authenticity and a beautiful gift card.

To complete this beautiful memento, a gold-leafed, hardbound written history of DMC incorporates authentic reproductions of antique cross stitch charts.

Delicately handmade, the golden skein remains genuine DMC Mouline, with a core of cotton wound in silver, then bathed in 24 carat gold.

The DMC Golden Skein is designed to be a collector’s item. However, with careful needlework, you could add luxurious embellishments to the most precious of projects.

The first golden skein produced will be on display in the museum in Mulhouse, where their factory stood for centuries. While skeins 00002 – 00009 will be used to raise money for charity.

To celebrate we are giving you the chance to WIN not one but TWO DMC Golden Skeins; one for you and one for a special friend or relative. For your chance to win, all you have to do is go to our Facebook page like the post and tag the other person you would give the other skein to and tell us why.  Competition ends mid-day on Thursday.

DMC Golden Skein

DMC history

More than 250 years ago, in 1746 art and business joined hands when the 23-year-old artist, Jean-Henri DOLLFUS started a joint venture with two equally young entrepreneurs Jean-Jacques SCHMALZER et Samuel KOECHLIN. Capitalising on the fashion trend at the time of painted fabrics and Jean-Henri’s talent, they were the very first to manufacture hand painted Indian prints in Europe.

For many years they were just in the fabric printing business, but they had the vision for larger things and aimed to sell their fabrics all over the world.

Near the end of the 18th century Jean-Henri DOLLFUS’ nephew, Daniel DOLLFUS took over the reins of the business. In the spring of 1800, he married Anne-Marie MIEG and joined his wife’s name onto his own, as was often the custom in those days. That same year he gave the company the new trade name of DOLLFUS-MIEG & Compagnie, or D.M.C.dollfus

While Dollfus junior was studying in Leeds he discovered the invention of chemist John Mercer, ‘mercerising’ – the process of passing cotton thread through caustic soda thereby modifying the cotton and giving it strength, longevity and silky appearance.

It was also in the 19th century that DMC established strong links with the famous embroiderer, Therese de DILLMONT. The friendship between this talented woman and Jean DOLLFUS-MIEG led her to move to Dornach, a town close to Mulhouse, where she founded her own embroidery school in close cooperation with DMC.

Both world wars slowed down production, and in 1961 the company merged with THIRIEZ & CARTIER BRESSON. The new company kept the trade name of DMC, with THIRIEZ & CARTIER BRESSON contributing the now famous horse’s head.

DMC Golden SkeinToday the DMC Group remains an international organisation manufacturing consumer threads, industrial thread and textile related products. The company’s commitment to quality and creativity remains as strong now as it was in the 18th century. The Dollfus family’s early motto remains alive today:


“From one fine thread a work of art is born”


The DMC Golden Skein is now available to buy on our website. We must remind you that it is LIMITED EDITION. We have secured a small quantity of this gold thread to offer to our customers. Therefore, if you love this ultimate collector’s item as much as we do, then don’t delay!

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