Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Finca Perle Cotton Sources UPDATED

Perle Cottons and Cotton Flosses for Bitch
I've gotten my threads together to stitch Bitch.  As you can see I have perle cotton from Finca and cotton floss skeins from DMC.  The colors are not all good matches to the lettering, but I am hoping to mix and match shades of lavender and lilac on the design.  The Finca perle cotton colors and sizes are (top to bottom):  2720 (size 16), 2711 (size 16), 2699 (size 8), and 2687 (size 12).  The DMC cotton flosses are (left to right):  240, 210 and 211.  In person the best match to the lilac paint on the painted canvas is the Finca 2699.

For those who aren't familiar with Finca perle cotton, it is Egyptian cotton from Prescencia SA in Spain that is available in five sizes-- 3, 5, 8, 12 and 16.  (The larger the number, the smaller the diameter of the thread).  Currently there are 122 solid colors and 33 variegated color sets for the perle.  Finca's Mouline Embroidery Floss is available in the same colors if you need a combination of perle and floss style threads.  Note that Mouline Embroidery Floss has over 300 colors, though.  So not every floss is available as perle cotton.   This thread is distributed in the USA by Colonial Needle.
http://colonialneedle.com/Perle-Cotton/

Although you can order straight from the Colonial Needle website, quite a few shops carry Finca perles.  Among the shops stocking Finca needlepointers are familiar with are Amy's Golden Strand, Come to the Point, KC Needlepoint, Needle in a Haystack (the one in Alameda, California) and Needlepoint Land.  Here are their websites (in alpha order).  If you know of other shops that carry Finca perle cottons, please let me know so I can add the shop to this listing.
http://www.amybunger.com/home.html

http://www.cometothepoint.com

https://www.kcneedlepoint.com

http://www.needlestack.com

https://needlepoint.land

Many thanks to the King of Threadaholics--Michael Boren--for help assembling the shop list above.  And now, I need to start thinking background and embellishments....

UPDATE:  Blog's readers have come up with additional good sources for Finca's perle cottons and flosses (and their metallics and more).  If you are Canadian, Erica says you can stock up using Sew Fancy.
http://www.sewfancy.com/threads-finca.htm

If you live close to Northern Virginia, Sara Leigh recommends a visit to Web Fabrics.  They carry all the colors of size 8 and 12 Finca perle cottons and she says their Cosmo embroidery floss is really silky and comes in 422 colors.
http://www.webfabrics.net/cgi-bin/Store/store.cgi?.s0&lastmenu=&menu=submenu-1100.html

Kathleen says Silk Road Needle Arts carries Finca. too.
http://www.silkroadneedle.com

Thanks folks!

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7 comments:

  1. I get my Finca from a quilt shop in Purcellville, Virginia, Web Fabrics. They carry the full lines of the #8 and #12 Finca. They also carry a wonderful cotton floss, Cosmo, which you need to try if you haven't. The color families frequently have runs of 7 or 8 different shades, some more, some less. The 442 colors are rich, and the feel of this cotton is very silky. I find it far superior to DMC, and it doesn't cost that much more than DMC costs in a needlework shop. (It's way more than a Michael's or AC Moore charges for DMC though.) Really, though, there's no comparison between Cosmo and DMC. If you have the time for a road trip sometime, it's worth it to see all the Finca and Cosmo in real life.

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  2. For Canadians, Sew Fancy (http://sewfancy.com ) carries Finca. :-)

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  3. Thanks for the additional sources, ladies. I'll update the article with your information!

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  4. I did not realize so many places carried Finca. Good to know! I love the colors you have picked for the piece!

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    1. Thanks. All those purples are lovely. Finca has a lot of red-purples, too, which are my favorites!

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  5. I'm honestly not sure if my stitching home, Needle Orts (Altamonte Springs, FL) carries the Finca perle, as I've not looked for it. She does have the Presencia floss, though, which I highly recommend. As a previous reader said, it has a silky feel, gorgeous rich colors, and is beautifully lustrous. Far superior to either DMC or Anchor. The colors one would use for Caucasian skintones are so natural - the absolute best -, and a palette that neither of the others offers.

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    1. Thanks, Cindy. I hadn't thought to look at the floss colors for skin tones. That's a great tip!

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