Skin Tone Floss Conversion

Image of cross stitch pattern with women of diverse skin and eye colors stitched in a variety of DMC and Anchor flosses
Image courtesy of KissyCross
A brown person’s hand  on the left side and a white person’s hand on the right side. With the following DMC floss threads on cardboard bobbins in the middle:
Ecru, 09, 105, 422,
433, 434, 435, 437,
632, 738, 739, 746,
754, 801, 842, 869,
898,938, 948, 951,
3861, 3862, 3863, 4140.
Light brown watermark reads:
On a grey marble table.
Image courtesy of

From “This is only a guide.  There are many more flosses that can be included and tweeding (mixing strands of different floss) works well too. I like DMC 3858 for blushing cheeks for darker skin tones.”

Other useful skin color conversion resources:

Lord Libidan’s Find The Perfect Skin Tone – DMC Threads

Lord Libidan’s Find The Perfect Hair Color – DMC Threads

The Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery’s Skin Tone Customization Guide created in collaboration with E. JulienGary Wayne Hovatter and Shelia McCann (Sunshine Stitchers), Eling Chang, Melanie Watkins, and Christian Montgomery.

LGBTQIA2S+ Stitching Resources

Dee Twenty’s Stitch4Pride Community List of for allies to support LGBTQIA2S+ stitchers, artists, and creators during Pride Season and beyond!

Floss Map for Pride Flag

The origins of this comprehensive DMC Pride Flag Map is unknown.


These are just a few of our favorite patterns. There are many more to explore and choose from.

Blackwork rainbow Designer: ElaraEmbroidery

Pride Flag Collection Designer: The Craft Xperimentalist

Trans Pride Cross-stitch Pattern Designers: Dee’s 20 Stitches x Uncanny Kari

Floss Bundles

AhemInTime (United States) carries DMC Floss Bundles, including Skin Tone, Pride and Hanukkah bundles.

Yamir of Almondmnms Studio (United States) hand dyes a lovely silk Skin Collection.

MillionOfStitches (Canada) carries DMC Skin Tone Bundles in 8, 9, and 21 skein sets.

The thread collection ‘Skin Tones’ by Stitch People is available through DMC and Stitched Modern. There are also thread collections by Stitch People for Blonde, Red + Auburn, Brown, Black, Gray and Salt + Pepper Hair.

junebug and darlin carries a fabulous assortment of needle minders, including a Rainbow Thread needle minder and Maker minders in a variety of skin tones. $1 from every Maker needle minder sold will be donated to The Okra Project, “a collective that seeks to address the global crisis faced by Black Trans people by bringing home cooked, healthy, and culturally specific meals and resources to Black Trans People wherever we can reach them.” junebug and darlin also carries a line of “Donation Based” PDF patterns that benefit a wide variety of projects, including Planned Parenthood, Black Lives Matter, and the Transgender Law Project.

International Alphabet Samplers and Patterns

These are just a few of our favorite patterns. There are many more to explore and choose from.

Japanese Hiragana Sampler Designer: Modern Folk Embroidery

Persian Love Designer: Marroomy Designs

Japanese Katakana Sampler Designer: Modern Folk Embroidery

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