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Katie
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2:59 am May 17, 2008

I have just started Girl with Pearl Earring. Top let hand corner. Blending is no problem, but I guess my eyes are worese than I thought. I can't see it. I know it's there. Shocked Do I need to wait until I get more done to notice or maybe my eyes are just that bad. Thanks for any answers.
Katie
fenny
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6:10 am May 17, 2008

Sorry to hear that Katie.
My opinion is you better check your eyes out at the eyedoctor in order to make sure!!!!!
Don't know if you made a workcopie,if so, did you enlarge it? That can also help, but do check your eyesight.
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Katie
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6:18 am May 17, 2008

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Originally posted by fenny
Sorry to hear that Katie.
My opinion is you better check your eyes out at the eyedoctor in order to make sure!!!!!
Don't know if you made a workcopie,if so, did you enlarge it? That can also help, but do check your eyesight.
Happy Stitching


I can see the chart fine, it the blended thread that I can't see, but I will plod on. Just went to the eye doctor last month, Lord, I hate bifocals!! Laughing I've using my lying tool so hopefully it's all going the right way.

(Got my first pair of glasses 10 years ago after fininshing a large sampler for in-laws 50th. yikes)
fenny
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7:48 am May 17, 2008

Glad to hear that's allright, sorry, that I didn't understood the question Embarassed
Just go on stitching, you will see it, but the blending will stand out, that's why these patterns are so beautiful Very Happy
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fenny
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11:54 am May 17, 2008

Hi Katie.
Have the pattern myself and decided to have a look at it. You started in the top left, and there are the blended colours as the background ,all quite dark and I do think it will be difficult to see the blended colours, but still in the end you'll see the little different subtle changes in colour.
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2:37 pm May 17, 2008

The blended colors are often hard to tell that there are two colors, and dark colors are much harder to see or tell apart. On my current project, there are some blends that are used extensively and I have been putting floss on the blend bobbins 6 strands at a time instead of just one - but I don't always start with 6 and 6. Sometimes it's like 6 and 4 so when I am down to 2 strands I have to really squint to decide if there are 2 different colors there. (This would be a case of making life unnecessarily hard.) One time I made a mistake - in a blend where the colors were very close to each other I thought the 2 strands were different but when I began stitching I could see that I wasn't matching the blended color previously stitched. I still couldn't really see the 2 different colors in the stitches that were done correctly but the blending effect was very noticeable compared to the mistaken solid color. So (while I can't rule out your eyes) I think you are getting a different color by blending than you would with either color stitched by itself, even though you can't see 2 colors in the completed stitches.
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2:39 am May 18, 2008

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The blended colors are often hard to tell that there are two colors, and dark colors are much harder to see or tell apart. On my current project, there are some blends that are used extensively and I have been putting floss on the blend bobbins 6 strands at a time instead of just one - but I don't always start with 6 and 6. Sometimes it's like 6 and 4 so when I am down to 2 strands I have to really squint to decide if there are 2 different colors there. (This would be a case of making life unnecessarily hard.) One time I made a mistake - in a blend where the colors were very close to each other I thought the 2 strands were different but when I began stitching I could see that I wasn't matching the blended color previously stitched. I still couldn't really see the 2 different colors in the stitches that were done correctly but the blending effect was very noticeable compared to the mistaken solid color. So (while I can't rule out your eyes) I think you are getting a different color by blending than you would with either color stitched by itself, even though you can't see 2 colors in the completed stitches.



I changed my light bulb and now can see the subtle differences. Thanks for all the replies.
I might even get her almost done by the end of summer. I don't work and I rarely leave the house once we get over 105 degress Laughing This is the best time for stitching for me Very Happy
Katie
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7:47 pm May 18, 2008

Hi Katie, sounds like you're going to have a lot of fun this summer! I find blends are mostly very subtle variations of one colour scheme rather than two distinct colours, so often you can't really see the difference unless you're really examining the thread, and a good daylight lamp which shows true colour is a big help too! The beauty of blends comes out in the overall picture when you stand back and look at the picture as a whole. Nobody else will be able to see the subtle blending you did, but you know it's there and that's why your picture looks as life-like as it does!

Enjoy!
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