Care & Washing
DMC Color Infusions Memory Thread is intended for decorative and embellishment purposes only and it should be used on projects that will receive minimal wear and tear. If however your project needs laundering, the following washing guidelines are recommended. Please note that needlework on canvas should not be washed and professional cleaning and blocking is recommended.
Hand Wash in Cool Water
Needlework projects worked on cotton fabric with DMC Color Infusions Memory Thread can be very gently hand washed in cool water (up to 86 degrees F), taking care not to distort how the Memory Thread is shaped
Do Not Wring
Memory Thread should not be machine washed. Once hand washed and rinsed, it is recommended that the piece be laid on a thick towel and gently blotted with a clean dry cloth to remove any excess water. Do not wring piece.
If ironing of the piece is needed, iron from the back using very low heat (below 230 degrees F). Be very careful to keep Memory Thread shaped properly.
No type of bleach, either chlorine or non-chlorine, should be used.
Do Not Tumble Dry
Do not place in a dryer.
Dry cleaning is allowed using any solvent except trichloroethylene (assuming the fabric the piece is worked on dry cleanable). Care should be taken to not distort the shape/design of the Memory Thread.
How to Use
Memory Thread isn't a thread in the traditional sense - you don't thread it through a needle. Rather, it is a soft fiber wrapped wire you attach to a project by couching or tacking down with a single ply of coordinating DMC Floss. Memory Thread, when used for needlework, is applied to the surface once the project is near completion. The ends can be pushed through to the back side (through an enlarged hole) or they can be crimped back on themselves and stitched down on the front.
How to apply Memory Thread
Step 1. Determine Length Needed
Determine the length of Memory Thread needed for each area of the design, allowing an extra inch for shaping ease.
Step 2. Shape Memory Thread
If you are working from a printed design, follow the diagram and bend the Memory Thread into the desired shape. Use jewelry tweezers to achieve tight bends and curves.
Step 3. Insert End at Starting Point
If you want the ends of Memory Thread to be secured on the back of the project, enlarge a hole where the Memory Thread application begin. You can use a larger tapestry needle or an awl. Be careful not to tear the fabric or canvas. Then insert the end of the Memory Thread through the front of the project. You can bend the end of the Memory Thread close to the back of the project and tack down to hold in place.
Step 4. Couch Memory Thread into Place
Using a single strand of coordinating DMC floss, couch the Memory Thread into place (see diagram at left for couching stitch). For script words and multi-pieced areas, the Memory Thread should overlap slightly.
Step 5. Secure End
To finish the end of Memory Thread, you can enlarge a hole and push the Memory Thread through to the back of your work. Bend the end back and trim. Secure by tacking into place.
Or if you prefer, you can leave the end on the front of the work, but you will need to crimp it back on itself and attach to the project.
For 3-dimensional effects (such as bows and curly vines), you can leave the end loose. Be sure to handle the piece carefully and reshape the loose end as needed.
Tips for working with Memory Thread
1. Bends and twists can be smoothed by pulling Memory Thread gently through your fingers or over a spool of thread. Memory Thread can be reshaped repeatedly until desired shape is achieved.
2. If ends fray after smoothing, clip and apply a small amount of quick-drying glue to end and let dry.
3. A large tapestry needle can be used to enlarge the hole where Memory Thread is to be inserted from the front to the back of the project.
4. Memory Thread ends can also be left on top of project by bending them back on themselves and crimping into place before couching.
5. Jewelry tweezers can be a helpful tool for creating tight bends and intricate designs.
6. For complex designs and shaping words, trace the pattern onto tissue paper and pin onto project. Shape Memory Thread in sections and hold with fine pins until thread is couched into place. Tear tissue paper pattern away once design is complete.
Memory Thread Techniques & Inspiration
Look at these inspiring examples of unique and adorable Memory Thread embellishments. By adding Memory Thread, you can customize any project and make it truly personal.
Memory Thread can be applied as an embellishment in so many ways. Scroll down below to see numerous examples for inspiration.
Tying Memory Thread into a single or double bow with two strands is an excellent embellishment for a package or clothing or to top off an ornament. Simply tie a bow and tack it onto your project with matching floss. The ends of the bow can be shaped as desired.
Use Memory Thread to create flower tendrils. The ones in the picture are couched down, but you could also have the ends curled and not attached for a three-dimensional technique.
Multiple Strands Couched Together
A bolder design can be created by couching down multiple strands next to each other. This picture shows three strands laid next to each other and couched with a contrasting thread at even intervals.
Coils for Flower Centers
Flower centers can be embellished with a tight coil of Memory Thread.
Start at the center and insert Memory Thread through an enlarged hole. Coil the Memory Thread tightly around the center until the desired size is achieved.
Couch down the coil periodically to hold the coil together and in place on the project.
At the end, the Memory Thread can be tucked under the coil or the end can be brought to the back through another enlarged hole.
Memory Thread is a great way to add texture to a Santa Beard. You can create swirls and couch down.
These adorable flowers and shapes are created by shaping Memory Thread with tweezers and then attaching them to the project. A small drop of glue can be used to hold shapes together before attaching to the project.
Create Curly Hair Accents
Create 3-D curly hair accents by attaching a length of Memory Thread and secure one end on the back. Twist the loose end on a skewer into tight curls. Shape curls as desired.
Replace Backstitching on Cross Stitch
Instead of backstitching accents on cross stitch projects, you can apply Memory Thread for a more fluid line. This is a great technique for scrolls and stems and also for more dimensional outlines.
Create Shaped Flowers
In this picture, an intricate flower with 3 different colors is shaped and added to embellish a flip flop.
Create Trim by Twisting Together
Twist two colors together to create trim that can be applied onto a project or used in place of cording on the edge of an ornament. Finish by tucking the ends in or taking them to the back through an enlarged hole - use a separate hole for each color to reduce bulk.
Wrought Iron Details
Create the texture and look of wrought iron details by using black Memory Thread shaped embellishments. This is also a great technique for creating dimensional architectural details for doors and windows.
Twisted Trim Details
This adorable purse handle embellishment was created by twisting black and fuchsia Memory Thread together.
Memory Thread colors include Gold, Silver, the beautiful new White Luster as well as 25 other vibrant colors.
Black is perfect for outlining details and writing words.
With five greens you'll be able to make many types of leaves and floral embellishments.
The orange, purple, grays and green colors, along with black will make Halloween embellishments so easy.
3-dimensional hair accents can be made from black, brown, dark ecru, yellow, light yellow, gray, dark gray, peach, white and red.
The rainbow of colors available will spark your creativity!