All cross-stitch patterns in our kits are coded for DMC stranded cotton floss as these threads are excellent in quality and easily available in needlework shops and craft stores. But you can also achieve an entirely different look by downloading these substitution charts and using other threads by looking up how they correspond to the DMC color numbers in the chart. Please note that these substitutions are not the exact match to the DMC colors, and, depending on the manufacturer, not every color might have a substitute.