~ Greetings and Warm Welcome Friends ~
thank you for all the kind comments on my
"Afternoon in Paris"
that made my heart smile :)
We have an "Ask Vonna..." question today!
This question comes from Amanda Lowery and she asks:
"Hi Vonna, my question is this - when you are substituting over-dyes for DMC, do you have a chart for substitutions or do you just eye-ball it?"
Well...here is how I do conversions from DMC floss to Over-dyes (or vice versa really....)
I have one of those old DMC floss card books...
the kind that has actual floss wrapped around the page inserts. They sadly, no longer make these, the only kind you can get are printed color cards, but since I've been a long time stitcher, I have one.
So I take this color book...
and let's say we are looking for an over-dye for green 731, I look at my color card to see what green color it is, then I go through my Over-dye collection and pull random greens by eye-balling what I think looks close to the green I'm going for. I lay it on the card to match.
I realize that many people are probably saying PHOOEY! I don't have one of those cards!
Well never fear! I also do it this way and you can too!
Now remember I am a
hoarder stitch enthusiast and I have a very large collection of all three of the leading over-dye company's threads. You will remember from THIS POST how I organize and store my over-dyed threads. Many people may not see the positivity to storing your thread like this, but when you are doing a conversion, it sure is a positive thing because my threads are all hanging straight and I can visibly see each skein and the color it is by easily sliding my files of threads.
So we are going to do a conversion...
the pattern calls for DMC 356 which is a rusty/Terra cotta color.
I have my three boxes lined up and I quickly sort through each box pulling off to the side the colors that are rusty/terra cotta color. (SEE THEM HANGING OUT ABOVE?!)
Then I go through with my carded DMC 356 and lay it right on the skein.
Is it GAST Copper...
no, that's a little too pink.
Is it GAST Woodrose...
nope that's a little too brown.
Is it WDW Shiny Copper?
Not bad...a little dark...but close...I'm going to leave that hanging out for final selection.
Is it Classic Colorworks Persimmon?
Nope too pink.
Is it Classic Colorworks Clay Pot?
Hmmm...not bad I'm going to leave that hanging out too.
Then I go to the pattern calling for DMC 356. I look at the pattern picture, and I'll also search on google images for a picture of a stitched piece that maybe a stitcher uploaded to a blog, etc.
I look to see which of the two skeins I have chosen as possible maybes work best...
Would a pinker variety look good?...
would a more orange coppery look good?....
do I need to start all over?....
do I need to stay with DMC 356?...
Sometimes if I don't find exact color matches, I will pull what I think best suits for ALL of the colors that I'm converting for a piece. And I lay them out and I look at them together.
Do they work?
Then I'll again look at the photo of the pattern and ones that I've found online.
Do I like the way my palette that I've chosen matches up?
Sometimes I switch things in and out based on that...
Sometimes I don't....
It also depends on the look that I'm wanting to achieve for my piece.
For instance. If the over-dye is not heavily mottled or variegated then, I sometimes will stay with the DMC. Typically I want a variegated look if I'm going to use an over-dye. Or I want an aged, worn look, therefore a heavily variegated skein color is what I want.
I hope this helps you Amanda and any other stitcher out there that is wanting to know how to get started in building their over-dye collection and converting DMC palettes into over-dye palettes (or vice versa).
There ARE some files of lists of DMC to Gentle Arts to Classic Colorworks to Weeks Dye Works that people have created and shared on the Internet. Just google "DMC to.....(whatever thread)" and you'll find them.
Here is my very first DMC to Over-dye Conversion that I did. I used a mix of all three company threads: GAST, WDW and CCW
This is "Thomas" by Notforgotten Farm
stitched on 40 ct. Light Vintage Mocha
He's a goodie and makes me smile :)
Thank you Amanda for your question!
If any other stitchers out there in Internet land has a question, click on "Ask Vonna..." on the tabs above and leave a comment with your question and we'll see what we can do!
Spring has sprung in my house....
It makes me smile :)
even though it's cold and rainy/icy outside today...
Now Let's talk Nashville TNNA Market!
What's on your list?
You got any must haves?
I was going to be strong...
I was NOT going to fall into the trap...
I have a whole, entire Needlework shop in my basement.
But...if this is the worst thing in the world, then so be it. I'll be a
hoarder stitch enthusiast with the biggest hoard collection.
My list is:
Miss Kelly's Needlework School Repro from Lindsay Lane Designs
(this was the first one to ding my bells and whistles) and I've looked at her blog post about it about 50 (million) times. I adore everything about it.
Liberty Welcome from Plum Street Samplers
(I have all the other welcomes
languishing excitedly waiting their turn, three makes a collection so there you go, have to have it!)
Little House Needleworks Exclusive
Classic Colorworks Exclusive pattern and three new threads.
That was going to be it. I was smug. I was patting myself on the back. I was going to make it through NASHVILLE MARKET with spending less than $100 bucks. It was perfect.
Then Brenda Gervais posted her offerings at With Thy Needle and Thread.
I was firm.
I begin to tremble.
I wasn't going to look.
Then I did.
And I caved.
So I frantically sent a FB text to my LNS owner saying:
PUH-LEASE add the following:
With Thy Needle and Thread's: Gilmour House Sewing Tray (The Gilmour Bros were from INDIANA - I had to have that, I'm a natural born Hoosier and lover of my home state!) Brenda was right, A Weaver's Work is the perfect compliment to Gilmour House...so add that to my list.Then how can I deny those sweet birds in a nest...all I have to do is move Miss Robin over and add another baby head peeking out and I have my four babies in the nest, so please add: Where Hearts RestAnd that darling Good Deeds Live Long..that's like my life motto!! Can't do without that...And wouldn't that sweet...Needle and Thread look fabulous with my other themed stitches hanging on my wall? And OMGosh...is that a Red Bird Fraktur? And you know my love for Frakturs...Then I sneaked a peek at Scarlett House's offerings...and well....
"Oh Honey, I love you!...what credit card bill...that must be a mistake!"
I'm worth it. That's what I'm saying and I'm sticking to it ;)
Until next time.... I'll be...
Keeping my hands to work,
and my heart to God...
while treating my neighbor with love, kindness and respect
~ because you just never know what they are dealing with, do you? ~and trying to be the best ME I can be.
It's hard, trying to do this...
And Lord knows, I fail, time and time again...
I may stumble and I fall...
but then I remember:
To thine own self be true...
I want to BE the change I want to SEEin this old world.
I pick myself up and I march on!
Because there is joy in my journey...
and there is joy in yours...
We are blessed!
Love and Hugs in stitches,