Ever wonder why a popular line of hand dyed thread doesn’t have a blanket conversion to DMC colors? It can be virtually impossible to give accurate conversions when colors vary from one dye lot to the next! What works well for one design may not (and probably won’t) work well for another.
Picture “designer A” and “designer B” both using the same hand-dyed color (Blueberry) in their designs. They are the same color, but from different dye lots and look fairly different– one is bright blue and one is much lighter blue. If the designers do not provide DMC conversions and the stitcher is left to refer to a blanket conversion for the thread line, one of the blues will obviously not match. Or worse, if the conversion was done by someone holding yet another dye lot (a medium blue this time) neither stitcher will get an accurate conversion.
It’s always best for the designer to provide the conversions on their charts. When I do my conversions, I lay out all of the DMC on the fabric (do a floss toss) to make sure that the DMC version looks cohesive. That way, the stitchers who prefer to use DMC will always get a nice finish even if one of the DMCs does not exactly match the skein of hand-dyed thread. I would think that most conscientious designers do it this way.
Sometimes there is just no DMC equivalent available. Some of the hand-dyed threads can be so wildly variegated, there’s just no substitute. In that case, it’s probably best just to buy the called for color if you want the look to be the same. Of course, it may be more fun just to do your own thing, too!
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