Aug 17, 2012

A light of a different color

Greetings! 
I was at Hobby Lobby picking out a frame (again) and decided on a very wide pumpkin color with black veining for Eunice.  Quite a departure from the black profile I had planned.  I fell in love with it and hope it will look spectacular.  I really like the wider frames with small pieces but Eunice isn't that small so we'll have to wait and see.  Unfortunately, they order frames on Tuesday and the delivery is Friday afternoon so I won't see it until the 28th.  Fanny and Lucy will be framed locally because their selection is not stellar and I couldn't find a wood tone that made me dance.  I checked into the museum glass since all my samplers reflect curtains, windows, and anything else BUT the stitching.  It looked great, until I looked sideways.  I saw the ceiling lights and the paper on the counter reflecting.  Straight ahead - beautiful!  Side, not much different than the regular and that is the angle of the sampler wall.  I can change that order and may since it's a smaller sampler, just to try it out.  If it works, (doubtful on that wall), I may change my old pieces, one by one.  You can use their 40% coupon on the museum glass.  But here's what shocked me.  Lucy came along for the ride (unmounted after her dryer incident) and as she lay on the counter, I couldn't believe what I saw.  I don't know if the photos will show it, since it isn't as noticeable in my home, but take a look at this.
Under their lighting, I noticed areas of the gold thread that were actually VERY green.    I tried to replicate the lighting at home but I'm not getting the shade as definitive as I saw it.  The DMC #420 skeins in my floss bag were both started, looked exactly the same, and I obviously was just pulling as I went.  Not a noticeable difference by eye, but certainly by light source.  Many areas started as gold and finished a greenish gold.  The framer noticed it right away.  You can see the initial M is green and the F beneath it gold.  I'm not changing anything within the body of the sampler but will certainly change the border.  You can see the left photo in natural light is perfectly fine!!  But under certain lights, huge difference!  Mark said since it looks the same in our home, leave it alone.  But who knows what kind of light bulb we will be forced to use in the future.  All fluorescent?  LED?  Halogen?  I'm not taking the chance, and if Lucy didn't tag along, I would never have known.  Lesson learned.  I have so many floss skeins started and some bags have 10 skeins in them, usually purchased at the same time, but this little episode will change that.  Here's two more.  You can see the MH is more greenish than the FH beneath it under flourescent, but not on the left.  Still doesn't show as prominently and from my testing, I think it's the fluorescent that changed it.   Halogen did not.














I'm anxious to get back to Pumroy and didn't think I showed you the Pearl Gray dip difference.  I used 1/8 tsp. in a cup of hot water and added a few crystals more as I went along.  Better to start with less and keep it dipped longer.  The very bright yellow turned a greenish shade so I will sub that one.  Still not sure which will work, be dipped again, or subbed.
Here's a photo of them on white background next to the original color.
I wasn't happy with the 1871 pin pillow - just too nice and neat.  So I spilled coffee on it, dabbed it with the wet grounds, scrunched it in my hand to wrinkle, and GG Patti - if you would like it - it's yours.    There I go again.  Giving you a stomach ache hearing this?   Yes I'm a little rough with some things but that's my style!  I have two tables from my mom (Italian provincial I think) with marble inlays and I can't handle it!!  Give me a beat up piece of old wood.
Thank you for your concern over my gums and pain.  Handling it just fine!  Summer ending hurts a lot more.  About the heart box and tray - heart weighs 2# and tray is almost 4# from zip code 16159.  If you're interested in purchasing, just go to USPS to get an idea of the rate for the package weight to your location.
That about wraps up this episode of what the hell is she doing now.  Sorry I made some of you cringe at Lucy in the dryer.  Have a wonderful and safe weekend!
Thank you for taking the time to visit and I'll talk to you soon. 
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15 comments:

Faye said...

Amazing about those thread variances Marly....wow. Makes me want to look closer..but, like you said, wasnt noticeable under normal household lighting~~ Also, those threads you keep dipping are just mar-vy....LOVE them~~~ Have a great weekend~~~ Faye

Jan - Life on Buttermilk Hill said...

Hi Marly! I am so behind on all blog reading I am deeply ashamed! This time of year, Shaker runs my life and I have no say in anything. As always, I enjoy reading your posts though I really don't understand a lot of the stitching jargon. I just know I enjoy seeing the work and processes of a talented stitcher! The differences in the dipped threads is amazing! Hope you are now feeling better from your dental visit (shudder)---Jan

Gabi said...

Wow. I know that some older and newer dye lots are not exact the same. But then you see it under any light.
I think your sampler is still gorgeous. But can understand that you want to change it. Although it might not be visible you will KNOW it's there...lol. At least that's how it works with me
Your colored threads are looking great. Looking forward to see them stitched up

cucki said...

Your colored threads are so lovely and so do the sampler..
Enjoy your weekend xxx

Vickie said...

Yes, unfortunately the thread variance would drive me mad. Sorry you are going to have to go through that.

Peggy Lee said...

I have found that what people call museum glass varies. I have some pieces that were framed at a shop with it that doesn't glare no matter what angle it is looked at from.
I framed some pieces using glass that I bought, being told it was museum glass and it glares just a bit but not as much as regular glass.
My advice is shop around. You might find some that you'd be better pleased with.

I love what you did with the threads and the pillow! I'm afraid I do what you do.....dab and smoosh until I'm happy. It makes some people nervous but I like that wreckless feeling!
:o)

Vera said...

Hi Marly, love your threads and pin pillow! I, too, have had issues with dye lots in DMC...sometimes I just look at it as though I used an over-dyed thread,,,easier than ripping out. Love that pin pillow too...I just pulled out that freebie design last night and hope to start it this weekend.

Margaret said...

I'm looking forward to seeing the frames you bought. That's interesting about the DMC in Lucy. I can see the difference -- so weird! But really, it just gives an effect of having used overdyeds, and there's nothing wrong with that, right?? I think it looks fine.

Shirlee said...

The dipped threads look wonderful as does the pin pillow : ) I don't see much difference in Lucy's gold threads.

Plumruncreek ♥ said...

Your stitching is beautiful! Love your basket of flowers!

Katherine said...

Why not just throw some coffee on Lucy? To be honest, I can't see the difference in the color. Must be me.

Joy said...

Okay Marly, this is a statement I learned long ago..."your face will never be that close to it again"...

Lucy is beautiful! She just has that over dyed look that you love. I hope you don't fret too much.

Can't wait to see your new frames.

Chocolates4Breakfast (TerriBoog) said...

I can't wait to see the frames you picked out - they sound perfect!
I can see the difference in threads after you point it out but if it were me, I'd let it be. Even if your lighting changes and you can see it, I don't think it looks at all bad. Just my humble opinion!

Love your threads and how rich the colors look after you've dipped them. Great job!

Anne said...

Something about that 420 DMC floss that changes for me too. I have about 4 of those and they are all slightly different from each other. Weird. Love your overdyed flosses!

TheCrankyCrow said...

What am I missing here? You spill coffee on 1871 and rub it with wet grounds, buy variegated floss, but have a wee problem with some color nuances in Lucy??? Just saying. :o) I wouldn't change a thing. (I've said that before here, haven't I???) Anywho.... my contribution to this whole thing is that my contractor informed me today that in a while (like less than a year I think he said), we won't be able to buy incandescent bulbs....just LED or halogen. Heaven help me....let the hoarding begin. And whoever GG Patti is, lucky her!!! I still love 1871!!! Smiles and Off-colored Hugs ~ Robin

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