I have had a few questions about the colors I’ve been using for the Magdalena Horse’s, so thought I’d provide a list, in case you’re interested. These are all Valdani Pearl Cotton #12, with one exception, which is noted:
pink horse: JP 5
white horse: 5
inner star: P3
outer star: 6
lt. blue background: M1001 (118 would be nice, too ~ It’s a solid lt. blue/grey)
dk.blue background: O 578 (or 120 as a solid alternative)
black background: H 212 (or 8112 ~ solid)
lt brown background: 851
dk brown background: O 196 (or 8121 ~ solid)
cement grey background: P 3 (or 222 ~ solid)
for the flowers I’m using the same colors from the other elements in the design, except for the flower centers and outline of the middle flowers for which I’m using 841. This happens to be a 3 strand Valdani which I’ve had for a year or two, but I think it’s available in a pearl as well.
I hope this helps! DMC makes 6 strand floss in colors very similar to these, though without the variegation. However, I don’t have a list of DMC color codes, unfortunately.
On to coffee!
I’m ready to stain Two Horses, 6 Birds with some left over coffee. For this particular piece I will be brushing the coffee on so that I can better control the depth of staining. First, I’ll start by brushing on some plain water…
I find that by saturating the threads with water before adding coffee I get a lighter more consistent effect once the piece has dried. Next, coffee…
I brush the coffee on so that the punched bit and the weavers cloth around the edges are covered…
I happen to be using Starbuck’s Blonde which is a light roast coffee that I brewed on the weak side. The Blonde tends more towards yellow than red/brown, which I like for this piece. However, I don’t think it matters too much what one uses ~ coffee is pretty much coffee, and I’m definitely over-thinking things, here!
I could let Two Horses dry now, but I think it will be too dark for the look I’m going for, so I’ll go back in with more H2O…I load my brush with water and let it drip onto the piece. This way the coffee moves away from the drips but doesn’t go away altogether like it sometimes does if I brush the water on. If I were really unhappy with the way the coffee looked I could rinse the punch needle under the tap and it would come out, almost, completely clean. Once I feel like the stain is where I want it, I let it air dry over night, and bake it @ 250* for just a few minutes in the morning. Here we are, another project punched, stained and ready for finishing ~ and therein lies the rub… I ask the question which I ask of all my pieces… What on earth shall I do with you?
until next time ~ wishing you a decisive day!