DMC Color Block Project

Friday, August 17, 2012

DMC color project finished!

Meredith‘s beautiful DMC color block project is right up my alley – as you know, I love our color cards, but when I want to reach for just the right shade – how nice would it be to have a little stitched example of every color on hand? That is exactly what Meredith did – cross-stitching tiny 6-square blocks of every shade of DMC cotton embroidery floss, in numerical order, on Aida cloth. I love the quilt-like effect on this!

To make her DMC color project a perfect square, she explains in her project post that she left out a few shades close in color value to ones she already stitched. Still pretty amazing, huh? Meredith is no stranger to color and stitching – in her Etsy shop, she sells original patterns that update gorgeous sampler-style motifs with snarky quotes, movie lines, and pop-culture TV references.

wrong side of the color projectAs if her project is not amazing enough, she also included a photo of the backside of her work:

Sheesh, Meredith! That’s some seriously gorgeous cross-stitching!

I’d love to try my hand at a DMC color block project of my own – I think I’d start with a nice neutral, textured surface like our Charles Craft Fiddler’s Cloth or 14 ct Carolina Linen, and okay, maybe I don’t have time to stitch every color, but I could create a small piece devoted to my favorite colors…

Have any of you done a color project that includes every DMC shade? If so, I would really, really love to see it!





 


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  • Tracey
    August 17th, 2012 7:35 am
    #1

    It would be really cool to see the actual NUMBERs stitched in the color that they represent :)

  • Mary Peter
    August 17th, 2012 8:54 am
    #2

    I have a color block in progress – still a long way to go

    http://marykathryn.wordpress.com/2008/09/16/big-project/

    I’m stitching the color number as well

    :0)

  • Marian
    August 17th, 2012 2:56 pm
    #3

    that’s awesome

  • Delene
    August 18th, 2012 4:43 am
    #4

    Wow that is beautiful

  • Sandy Todd
    August 21st, 2012 2:36 pm
    #5

    Whoa! That is some awesome piece! The tenacity it took! WooHoo!

  • Chanda VanDuser
    September 10th, 2012 11:28 am
    #6

    First off, I love this blog and I check it everyday for new posts. I wanted to share an idea I came up with after reading this post. My big problem with doing one like this was I would end up spending a lot of time trying to figure out the color number to go with the block I was trying to use. So, I spent a lot of time thinking of a way to do this that would make finding the right color for my project the easiest. What I came up with uses those small pieces of leftover aida we all get when we cut fabric to do a project and it uses the leftover floss pieces that I cannot bring myself to throw away so I end up trying to wrap them back onto the bobbin (not always as easy as it may sound as I am sure you already know). Anyway, I cut the scraps of fabric into pieces 1 inch wide by 2 inches high. Then my wonderful hubby who quilts stay stitched the edges of each piece one square in to prevent them from fraying. Next, we inserted a 5/32 size eyelet at the top of each piece which makes it so that the pieces slide really easily onto one of DMC’s metal rings for storage. Now, after I finish working on a piece, before I put all my floss away, I use the leftover pieces of floss to stitch an 11 stitch by 10 stitch block of the color onto one of the pieces of fabric and then backstitching the color number underneath. I have printed the shopping list from the DMC website and I amusing that as a checklist for the squares I have finished to avoid the mistake of doing more than one of these for each color. By doing it as I finish projects, I am not only avoiding having to wind the leftover pieces on the bobbin, I am also breaking up stitching of these squares a bit so that it doesn’t end being a tidious job. However, it also means it will take me a bit longer to finish my whole set but it gives me time to collect all the floss colors (spreads out the expense) and I know in the end I will use the heck out of it as I often personalize pieces I do for others (like changing the color of a dress in a piece I did for the little girl next door whose favorite color is pink not green). It usually takes me forever to find the colors I am looking for especially since the pictures on the DMC color card while helpful don’t do the actual floss colors justice. I have pictures of what I have done if you would like to see them. (It might make what I have tried to describe easier to understand) I just wanted to share my idea with you :)

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