But today, I want to complain about how Hobby Lobby has switched from DMC Perle cotton to some off brand called Artiste. I had to purchase some #5 Perle for kits I am preparing for a Make-It Take-It demo at our upcoming guild show. I hurridly went into HL to get the floss I needed, and thought it seemed smaller than usual, but in my haste I just looked at color and made sure it was #5 Perle. It was hanging with the DMC embroidery floss - so I thought that was what it was. It was not until I got home, and started preparing the kits did I realize the difference.
I have not workded with the Artiste thread yet, so it may stitch ok, but just from the feel of it I don't think it is of the same quality as the DMC.
This is exactly what the grocery stores are doing in the packaging - making it appear to be a bargain, but when you read the lable, you discover it is actually costing you more.
I am really surprised at Hobby Lobby! I intend to write their Customer Dis-service Department this afternoon, as I know it does no good to complain at the store - they just say, "Headquarters" makes all those decisions.
I guess I will be buying my thread at Michaels now, as the last time I checked they still carry DMC. The closest quilt shop or Joannes is about 20 miles away - too far to drive to just pick up some thread.
OK - enough of my rant. Hope to have a more fun topic to talk about soon.