The white, plucked straight from the hank, has a glaze or sizing on it that tends to make it grabby, catching on itself and being snarlish.
Did you know it can be untwisted down to four single strands? Why would anyone do that when there's DMC? Just being nosy.
Next pass, I'll use the natural but I'll give it a stroke of Thread Heaven to grease the way. It's what friends do, right?
I'm thinking that the coating is a lot about how Perle cotton is intended to be used - tatting, crocheting - those sorts of three-dimensional manipulations and not the tortures of the damned that stitchers are likely to put it through.
Still, it works up fast and fat if you need to make a loud embroidered statement. Looking forward to running a few lines with the blue. I had to bring the hank inside for drying. Might be a day or so.