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Color, Conversion and Consistency

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5th July 2011

Color, Conversion and Consistency

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I’ve written several posts about converting from another thread to Iris thread because I know it is a task that many embroidery business owners dread and want to avoid.  Although we try to make it as easy as it possibly could be,  the fact remains that, in switching from one manufacturer to another,  you could encounter color variations that might impact existing customers of your business.  This is, of course,  something we all want to avoid,  so I thought I’d take a minute to discuss how we make our conversions, how Iris thread is dyed and what variations might be seen.

When we first started working on conversion charts for Iris thread,  we started matching thread by hand.  We have  experts here who have many years of embroidery and color matching experience,  and they did our conversions by sitting around a table and comparing thread colors.   Matches were also examined under room light, OttLite and natural light.   The goal was to get an exact match,  or so close a match that it varied only slightly.   There were some thread colors from other manufacturers that we did not convert because we couldn’t find a match that was exact enough to meet our standards, and so we don’t offer a conversion for those colors.

Anyone who deals with thread knows that thread manufacturers have formulas for the colors they offer,  and that every effort is made to keep dye lots consistent with the formula and with each other.   We also know, however,  that slight variations can happen.  Most variations in shade will be so slight that they will probably be almost indistinguishable, but occasionally there is one that is more evident.  Bad dye lots are generally scrapped,  and Hilos Iris,  unlike a lot of thread manufacturers, does not re-dye bad dye lots to be sold as black thread.  To learn more about the dying process,  you can watch the video on our YouTube channel about how Iris thread is made.

Consistency of dye lots and color matches is as important to us as it is to you.   We know that switching from one thread manufacturer to another is a big step, particularly when your customers are accustomed to certain shades of thread.   There are also, as we well know,  customers for whom close enough will never be close enough.  When we created our conversion engine,  the goal was to give you the most precise conversion we could provide and,  if we couldn’t provide a conversion that we felt was a good match,  not to offer you anything at all.

EnMart is committed to making thread conversion as easy as possible for our customers.  Whether it’s the Dynamic Dozen program,  hand matching threads from a chart,  or providing an online thread conversion engine that offers matches for popular thread brands and PMS colors,  our goal is to make the conversion from the brand you’re using now to Iris Thread as smooth as possible.   If you have any questions about thread conversions or need assistance with making a conversion of your own,  please contact us.  We’d be happy to help.

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  1. 1 On August 25th, 2011, Sarah Bommarito said:

    Is there a list somewhere to figure out what iris numbers equal dmc numbers. Or is there a list of iris numbers and what colors they are? This is the only site that I have found a reply thing where I can ask questions. Please help me.

  2. 2 On August 29th, 2011, kristine said:

    Sarah, I sent you an DMC to Iris conversion chart via e-mail. If you didn’t get it, let me know.

  3. 3 On October 23rd, 2011, Stephani Lambert said:

    I would also like a DMC to Iris conversion chart.

  4. 4 On December 19th, 2011, Ivy said:

    I have searched for a while a DMC to Iris conversion chart in the web but could not find any. Up till now, I could not use the Iris thread which my husband bought for me because most templates use DMC as the reference. Appreciate if someone could email me if you have it. Thanks a million.

  5. 5 On March 3rd, 2012, Sarah said:

    I, too, would be really interested in an Iris to DMC conversion chart. I’ve searched the web, and all I can find is a really short, abbreviated version. If someone could email one my way, I’d be eternally grateful!

  6. 6 On March 4th, 2012, connie said:

    i also need the conversion chart from dmc to iris thank you

  7. 7 On April 19th, 2012, Denyell said:

    If possible can someone send the conversion chart to me as well. Thank you

  8. 8 On April 30th, 2012, Meng said:

    Hi,I also need the conversion chart from iris to dmc too! My husband bought a lot of iris threads for me as birthday gift yesterday, but unfortunately it is difficult to find the right color for my cross stitch because the drawings all use DMC as the reference. Appreciate if someone could email me. Thanks a lot.

  9. 9 On September 13th, 2012, Casey said:

    Could someone email me the conversion chart for Iris to Dmc. I would love to have it. Thank You

  10. 10 On November 22nd, 2012, Shirley Link said:

    I also need the conversion charf from Iris to DMC. Thank you.

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