Imagine, me with more to say about a subject! This time, I’ve gone too far the other way. In the cretan stitch in the example below, I used Caron Wildflowers in a light blue to lavender colorway (the tag has gone hiding). It has a very subtle color swing. The thread looks gorgeous on the skein, but when I did the actual stitching, you really can’t tell it’s variegated. So, why bother? Another live and learn thing I guess. That’s not to say that the Wildflowers aren’t worth getting. I have a fabulous purple, #006 Amethyst, that will make great grapes. The color swing is wider on this one, and since grapes don’t all get ripe at the same time, it will add lots of character to my next batch of grapes. Probably better even than beads, though as a total bead junkie, I might find that difficult. I love beads, big ones, little ones, teeny tiny ones, but that’s another subject entirely.
While we’re still on the subject of varigated threads, another Caron, #063 Black Forest, has huge potential for tree trunks. This one really does have a narrow color swing, but with lots of stitching in a small area, it will be perfect. It might even save me from blending two different strands of regular brown floss together to get a good bark texture. I selected only a few skeins of this brand, on the excuse that I wanted to be able to have good examples of the differences in characteristics when I teach, but it would have been very easy to go hog wild with all the pretty colors. Tonight I feel like road testing that brown blend on a tree trunk. I’ll be back with a report sooner or later.
Until next time….