Free: DMC Inspiration – Color Variations

Today we have a review the  Colour Variations  section of DMC USA Inspirations; a website of free designs for DMC threads.

DMC Color Variations - Cabana

What is it?

To set the mood for a good weekend, we have Freebie Fridays; each week presenting a different designer.  All sites listed here design their own charts. These designs are copyright to the designers, please do not abuse their generosity.

When sharing knowledge of a free design, please link back to the designer’s original page. Do not just copy and share the pattern. The designers offer these free from monetary payment; we “pay” for them by visiting the designer’s site, seeing their other designs, commenting on their blogs and pages and showing them our stitching of their designs.  Please do not take and not give back.

Strawberry Treat
Strawberry Treat

Why this Designer?

The DMC Inspirations website offers free designs using every different type of DMC thread.  So if you are gifted some thread you have never used before, here are some ideas on how it could be used.

This is a really smart idea by the DMC corporation!  Especially for new products like memory thread or for those who have never used anything other than plain floss.

I am really pleased with the variety of designs in the Colour Variations section – beautiful and diverse designs.  Some have only a hint of variegated colour – others use only DMC Variegated floss. Some use only a few colours, others use many. There are designs here for all levels of stitching confidence.

DMC Color Variations collection
DMC Color Variations collection


DMC produces DMC six stranded thread, the staple of our stitching world.  The produce free designs via tear-off pads in your local bricks and mortar needlework store or digitally via the DMC Inspirations website.

To access the free designs, click on the image of the design you like.

This opens to a new page with a bigger image of the design, a list of the types of threads used in the project, the fabric used and the design size.

Armed with that extra knowledge, and deciding that this is still the design for you, click on the “Download project instructions (PDF)” link. This will save a copy of the PDF file.

Most of the free  DMC Colour Variations designs are small, suitable for cards or ornaments with only one or two pages of chart.

The first page will be a repeat of the information on the website: an image of the design, a list of the types of threads used in the project, the fabric used and the design size.

The second page will be the chart.  These are shown with black symbols on a coloured background.  The backstitch is also shown as a variety of coloured lines.  The joint floss list and symbol key/legend is on the same page as the chart.

I find that the symbols on coloured backgrounds can be difficult to follow when there are shades of similar colours, but it is a wonderful approach to differentiate symbols of completely different colours.

Rocking Horse
Rocking Horse

Places to Buy


Colours Down Under stocks DMC Color Variations floss and a variety of plain fabrics in stock.

Colour Cascade Fabrics stocks DMC Color Variations floss and their own range of fabrics.  Caitlin chose the Rocking Horse design and suggests stitching it on “Candlebright or Islands of Avalon”.

Tammy offers a 15% discount for readers of this site. Code is: CSReview. Offer ends 27 February 2015.


Traditional Stitches in Calgary stock DMC Color Variations floss and a selection of fabrics to suit your taste.


Casa Cenina in Italy stock DMC Color Variations floss and a variety of fabrics for your unique creation.

United Kingdom:

SewandSo stock DMC Color Variations floss has  a range of floss and fabrics to make this design uniquely yours.

Chromatic Alchemy  “I have opted to use Butterflies as the freebie this week. I think that Rhubarb and Custard creates a warm, sunny contrasting backdrop for them.”

Crafty Kitten ” Fallen leaves. I would stitch it on fallen leaf, Fall Foliage or Hint of Autumn.  The leaf colours might need to be changed, but I’d be tempted to use DMC 310 (Black) for a tile effect and let the fabric carry the colour.”

Sparklies “I chose Falling Leaves. I would stitch this on Harvest Blush fabric using Shades of Autumn, Titian and Bleached Copper threads.”

Thread Pickerz Silkz Eileen has been updating the Thread Pickerz Silkz website.  She offers 10% off each silk thread as it is added back into the collection.

For readers of this site, she offers an extra 10% discount if you use the code: Xstitchreview

United States:

123Stitch has the DMC Color Variations floss in stock and offers a variety of fabrics.

Black Cat Stitchery in Illinois has the DMC Color Variations floss in stock, with a range of fabrics to make yours a project to remember.

Erica is offering a 5% discount for readers of Cross Stitch Review.  Coupon code: CSRSPRING15. Offer ends 31 May 2015.

Stitches n Things has DMC Color Variations floss in stock and adiffering fabrics to kit up any of these designs for you.


Are you comfortable using DMC Colour Variations floss?  Do any of these free designs tempt you?

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Last Updated: 20 February 2015