Did you know that you could buy most of your favorite brands of cross stitch, embroidery, felt applique and needlepoint straight from the manufacturer?
That's right. There are a few brands that only sell wholesale to retailers such as Riolis and Design Works, but for most brands you can buy directly from the manufacturer. But beware, cutting out the middleman doesn't always mean a "good deal". Often times you can find the same item for less on another online needlecraft store. The manufacturers sell their products at full manufacturer's suggest retail price (MSRP). For example; the average price (as of the date of this post) for DMC 6-strand floss is $0.56 per skein, but if you buy direct from DMC it will cost you $.077 per skein.
It is impossible for retailers to stock every product each brand has to offer. Retailers must pick-n-choose which items from each brand they are going to stock based on budget and sales forecasts. Browsing manufacturer's sites will allow you to see all of their products for cross stitch, embroidery, felt applique, needlepoint and more. Some items you just can't find anywhere else.
Here is a list with links of popular Brands that sell direct to the consumer.