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Seeing the World in DMC Color

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Categories: colors, DMC, nature

I’ve had this idea swirling around in my head for a very long time … years, actually.  It started one spring while I was studying my beloved lilacs.  As I admired their color, a question popped into my head – “which DMC shade best matches these sweet little flowers?”  (I still don’t know)  I’m sure I’m not the only one who has thought such a thing.  One thing led to another and I started wondering about all sorts of flora and fauna around the property, and their corresponding DMC shades.  But for some reason, I shelved the idea for another time, although I did write a note down to remember it, thinking that someday, I would traipse around the property, matching God-made things to DMC colors.  Today is the day!

I have to confess I had a whole lot of fun doing this but some would say I am easily amused.  I took a small notebook, pencil, and DMC color card outside to begin.

colors in nature

A creative world it is.

I walked around the property, trying to choose things which were not as variegated, although much variegation exists in nature.  I could have pulled out all my over-dyed flosses and silks for extra help but really just wanted to stick to DMC for this adventure.  As you will see, I couldn’t help myself and did choose some plants which had variegation.

As I studied each plant, I quickly realized this was no easy task.  Given the extensive color palette of the DMC line, one would think there should be a color for every plant out there.  Wrong.  I would say for most of the plants, there was no perfectly matching color.  The greens were the hardest.  I gave up on the mint.  No surprise that mint would prove difficult (the mint is my mortal foe in general – I shall write a post about our epic battles one day).

After writing down all my matches, I pulled out the corresponding flosses, set out with my camera and captured my choices for all of you to see.

Let’s begin, shall we?

Phlox (I was only going for a match for the outer part of the petals), 3609:

phlox

Tickweed, 444:

tickweed

Forsythia leaves (not a great match at all, but the best I could do), 3346:

forsythia leaves

Queen Anne’s lace, 3865:

queen anne's lace

Black-eyed Susan, 972:

black-eyed susan

Crown vetch (inner petal only; I could not find a pale enough purple to match the outer petals), 554:

crown vetch

Poison ivy, 3819.  Am I the adventurous (translate: dumb) one!  This was the closest I was going to get:

poison ivy

I decided to pair these next two together as I believe they complement one another perfectly.  They are growing in the field alongside one another and it’s a beautiful sight.  Bee balm and goldenrod, 209 and 973:

bee balm/goldenrod

Moss, 470:

moss

Elderberries, 310:

elderberries

Grapes, 989:

grapes

This next one was very interesting.  Blueberries are blue, right?  But the more I compared them to my color card, the grayer they looked.  In the end I chose a gray, 3799:

blueberries(Side note:  it would be interesting someday to match the overdyed floss colors with the actual plant/fruit/vegetable companies have named their flosses for … such as chives, carrot, baby spinach, red pear, etc.)

To my complete shock, I do not have 3837 in my floss boxes.  What kind of cross stitcher am I, to be missing a DMC color?!?  So I had to take the picture of this fan flower (scaevola) against the color card.  Try not to be too disappointed in me.

scaevola

Jewelweed, which grows all along the edge of the woods.  Many things going on color-wise in this flower.  I tried to match up the two main colors and settled on 972 and 947:

jewelweed

jewelweed

And because I could not resist, Chaney Gray, 414:

Chaney Gray This could be a fun enterprise in all seasons.  Because of my love for nature, plants, flowers and fruits were my obvious choice but it would be interesting to match up manmade items as well.  If I continue, it won’t be long before I’ll be going for a walk and for every color I see, my first thought will be, “that’s DMC ____!”

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Clover and Lace

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Categories: cross stitch, flowers, nature, new releases

Clover and Lace will be released this Friday, along with many other designs to celebrate Hoffman Distributing Company’s 30th year in business.  This piece was stitched on 40-count Weeks Dye Works linen (Straw) using DMC and threads from The Gentle Art.

Clover and LaceWhen I found this quote by Edna St. Vincent Millay, I knew right away I wanted to chart it because this is exactly what I do.  We have a four acre property and probably mow a little over two acres of it.  When I mow, I mow around the red clover, Queen Anne’s lace and every other beautiful wildflower I see.  I love red clover – the color is so vibrant and the blooms are fairly large, compared to the white clover that is also around here.  Red clover is also very useful medicinally speaking….look it up sometime.

red cloverred clover

Queen Anne’s Lace is equally as fascinating.  I love it as a filler in my summertime bouquets.  You might not know this but another name for Queen Anne’s Lace is ‘wild carrot’ which is why I tucked two little bunnies into my sampler just for fun.  That, plus the fact that I love bunnies.

white queen anne's lace

Queen Anne's Lace Ask for Clover and Lace at your local needlework shop!