Buyer Beware: DMC Blanc vs. B5200

If I remember correctly, several years ago DMC started producing B5200 because many people felt their white (or “blanc,” as DMC is based in France) wasn’t bright enough. Many used DMC for most colors, but chose to use competitor Anchor’s white because it was brighter than DMC’s blanc. Then came B5200, which DMC calls “bright white.” It is a brighter white, but it’s not always easy to tell which you are working with — until you use the wrong one on an in-progress piece of needlework and, hopefully, soon realize your error because you see the shade difference.

However, while helping customers at the needlepoint shop pick out colors, I’ve found that many people do not realize there is a difference and they just grab whatever white DMC pearle or stranded floss that they see. Big mistake! They may look the same if you aren’t looking closely, but on your project you will see the difference, poassibly after you have stitched quite a bit.

If you must buy more white for a project that you are working on, bring the project with you if you are not sure which color you have been using. To be on the safe side, buy a few of both shades — you’re bound to use them sooner or later, and they are pretty inexpensive. Bright white is nice, but you may want a more subdued white (but not quite ecru) for some projects. Be sure to actually check the label on the thread and not just go by what the caddy is marked.

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