May 18, 2023
Let's talk a little bit about thread conversions!
Did you know that I always include a DMC conversion for every pattern I design? Yep! It's true.
Each and every time I write up a new pattern, my process pretty much goes like this:
I do it this way each time I write a pattern, even if I've used that color in a previous design. I don't rely on a color conversion from older designs, or in any of the conversion charts available online for some of the thread companies. I do it myself, from scratch, each time.
Now sometimes, not too often, there just isn't an exact match. That's part of the charm of hand dyed and overdyed threads. And that's one of the reasons I love using them.
In those cases, I choose the DMC color that I feel will best keep the overall idea of the design intact.
There can also be a change over time in the dye process of some hand dyed threads, and what was a mossy green a few years ago may be more of a gray green. There's not much designers can do about that. But that's where the DMC conversion can be so handy for stitchers.
Even if you're planning to use the hand dyed threads, you can use the DMC conversion to make sure the colors are still consistent with the model. If a color seems a little "off" to you, check it against the DMC color listed. If it doesn't seem to match well you can use the DMC to choose another hand dyed color that is closer to it.
So, if you're a DMC lover, feel free to stitch away using the conversions I provide with each design!
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I'm Robin, the designer behind October House. You've found my blog, where I ramble on about stitching and sewing and anything else that catches my fancy!
I love quiet colors, gentle stitches and making things by hand.
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