The DMC floss color card is arranged in color families and shade groups rather than numerical order. This makes it really easy to find a range of shades of a particular color. You can find color families in a collumn with different shade groups combined.
We recommend to pick colors from the same shade group.
Shade groups are shown on a collumn from top to bottom. Each shade group start with the lightest shade and finish with the darkest shade.
For example when you’re looking for blue tones you can combine color 828, 3761, 519, 518, 3760, 517, 3842 and 311. They are all part of the same Blue color shade group. Colors 747, 3766, 807, 3765 are part of a different color shade.