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Eterna Silk Discontinued

Hello everyone

It has come to my attention that Eterna Silks have been discontinued.  As you know I used a few of these silks in my projects in the book COLOUR CONFIDENCE IN EMBROIDERY, to accent fine details on some of the motifs.  I apologise for the inconvenience this will cause, these things are out of my control!

What I suggest you do is either substitute the Eterna silks with one strand of DMC – you can find an excellent conversion chart here for ETERNA TO DMC.

Or alternatively if you can find a Japanese or Chinese silk in similar colours that would work fine.  It won’t make a great deal of difference to the completed embroidery.

Have a wonderful weekend.  Trish

7 thoughts on “Eterna Silk Discontinued

    1. Hi Rebecca any silk threads that you can split down to a very fine width (finer than stranded cotton.) The silk is not used for its sheen, but purely for fine details such as hairs on a stem – so it does not matter if it has a sheen or not. Chinese, Japanese or any type of silk would be good. Hope this helps. Trish

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  1. hi trich love you work i am in south africa unemployed and love embroidery but are unable to buy do you perhaps have any offcuts that i can use i had a stroke and cant do much
    regards mrs van niekerk

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  2. Dear Trish,

    Thank you for the update on Eterna silks. I duly downloaded the conversion chart but found that many were not on the chart. These are the ones missing – 4620, 100, 278, 1440, 4023, 202S, 208S, 300S, 310S, 278S, 110S, 4350, 320S. There were a few numbers minus the S such as 300,310, 110 and 320. Am not sure what the S signifies. Most of the numbers in the Kingfisher were not on the conversion chart. Is there an updated version or did these colours get deleted before the conversion chart was published.

    I would appreciate some clarification as there has been some interest in doing the Kingfisher.

    Love your blog and all the interesting things you put on it.

    Regards,

    Ada

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  3. Sad for my fellow embroideresses. This is the one reason why I stick to regular cotton floss, because I know I will be able to buy more skeins of a color if I run out, and I have no storage space or extra cash to have a large “stash” of even regular DMC. My granma had that problem when I was a kid, before her artritis got horrible, which is where, as a teen, I got the idea to stick to brands I can almost guarantee the continuity of. In her case it was not silks or wool, but often being unable to find another skein with the same dye lot number. She still has several unfinished projects (that she, at 83, will never finish) because the old dye lot system even applied to DMC and Anchor (I think) back then. This is actually the second (I forgot the name of the other) “boutiqe” brand of silk/wool floss that has drowned in the past couple of years, there may have been more in the past few years, but I likely don’t pay enough attention to boutique brands to notice. Often enough, those boutique brands are not popular (or cheap) enough during long recessions to keep going. I am not saying that they are overpriced, I am just saying with tighter budgets, embroideresses are going to be purchasing less. This also happened to microbreweries and microdistilleries during prohibition and the great depression, they couldn’t keep afloat. Though calling it the “”great”” depression is just silly to me, since nothing about it seemed all that fabulous. Back to floss. In this case, embroideresses with larger “stashes” are luckier because they might have enough to finish a project without having to sell thier left knee on ebay to find just one more skein of the right color, but I imagine most of us (for one reason or another) don’t have a large stash of more expensive flosses. I do like your color schemes though, and that is unlikely to change, unless the world goes back to black and white like it was in the 50’s. (snicker) And, with the way that the current recession is going, even blue sky might become a high priced commodity.

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