I prefer doing punch needle with 3 strands of floss. I usually use a combination of both DMC and Valdani floss. I am also a budget conscious gal, so I thought I would compare the price of 3 strand DMC embroidery floss and the 3 strand Valdani balls to see which is the most cost effective floss.
I will calculate the price per yard of 3 strands of DMC floss and the 3 strand Valdani balls.
This calculation is done by taking the price and dividing by the number of yards of 3 strands of floss.
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Calculate DMC cost per yard:
I looked online to see the current retail price of DMC embroidery floss. At today’s prices, I found it for 56¢ at Hobby Lobby, 60¢ at JoAnn Fabrics, and 62¢ at Michaels.
I will use the median price of 60¢ to determine price per yard.
Each skein of DMC embroidery floss has a length of 8.7 yards.
Since each skein of DMC has six strands, we can separate it into halves, giving us 17.4 yards (8.7 x 2).
If we divide the cost of the floss by the number of yards, we will get the price per yard.
That works out to a price per yard of 3 strands of DMC floss of about 3.4¢.
Calculate Valdani cost per yard:
I normally purchase my Valdani floss from Snowflake Memories. They have a nice selection and process orders fast.
The price there is currently $3.60 for a 29-yard ball of 3 strand floss.
This works out to about 12.4¢ per yard of floss.
DMC Floss Cones:
I just found out that DMC also sells cones of 6 strand embroidery floss in some of their more popular colors. It is sold by weight and has approximately 450 yards of floss on a 100 g cone. That is almost 52 skeins of 6 strand embroidery floss!
Since this floss is 6 strands, you could separate it into two groups of 3 strands to get 900 yards of floss. That’s a lot of floss for punching!
At the current price, buying the cones of floss works out to be 2.8¢ per yard of 3 strand of floss.
If you punch A LOT with a certain color, buying it by the cone is a slightly cheaper method, but there is a large initial cost. Whether you want a whole cone or just a skein of floss, DMC is a more cost-effective choice.
But, sometimes it isn’t just about the cost! Ease of use matters.
You don’t have to thread the needle as often when using balls of Valdani 3 strand. But, you can separate an entire skein of DMC embroidery floss at one time so you can punch the whole 8.7 yards without re-threading.
Ultimately the most important aspect to me is the look of the finished project.
But, sometimes I want a solid color. I use DMC floss for those areas in a punch needle project.
Using a combination of the two allows me to add dimension to projects while keeping the cost of my punch needle kits down for you.
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