DMC Color Variations is a multi-colored thread with an over-dyed effect made from 100% long staple Egyptian cotton and double mercerized to give it brilliant sheen. another. These ÒoverdyedÓ threads are beautifully designed to create subtle variations in color without having to change threads. Each skein has a blend of soft multi-colors that flow seamlessly into one another along the length of the thread. Each skein is a combination of DMC colors, with 4 inches of every color corresponding to the 117 Floss colors, so you can coordinate Color Variations with DMC Embroidery Floss to stitch beautiful designs with colors that compliment one another. The subtle color changes of Color Variations reveal themselves every few stitches with no harsh contrasts.