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HDF/DMC Conversions - help needed!


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dawnathan
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HDF/DMC Conversions - help needed!     Reply with quote  
 
 
3:45 pm Dec 22, 2009

Lurker alert! Longtime reader, first time poster here...

This one is for Rife, who mentioned working with some different flosses in an older thread (hee!), but anyone who has experience just chime in, please...

Just bought my first SQ - Cats by Steinlen. It's for a very dear relative whose kitties (now gone) were VERY similar to those in the picture http://www.scarletquince.com/pat.php?pat=STE003. I'm a fairly experienced stitcher, but I've never done a BAP like this before. I did a small project using silk threads recently (Crescent Colours) and *loved* the feel and look. So much so, that when I worked on a project with regular floss a couple of nights ago, it felt icky and coarse. Given the amount of time I will spend working on this SQ, I'd like to use silk floss. Rife gave HDF a good recommendation so I visited the site, and have lined up in my cart all the floss needed. After recovering from my faint at seeing the total cost, I thought I'd get some more info here. I don't mind the investment - it's for someone who will REALLY appreciate the time and effort - but I want to be sure it's worth it before handing over my $$.

Rife, how accurate would you say the conversion chart is for the HDF to DMC solids? I have nearly every DMC solid in my stash, but I know better than to trust monitors for comparison. I would order samples, but getting a sample in each color I need is not that much cheaper than ordering outright, and in cases where I need multiple skeins, I want to make sure I have the same dye lot anyway.

They look pretty good to me, so I'm really just looking for some reassurance. I promise not to come back and blame you (or anyone else) if they don't turn out the way I want!

Dawn

PS - I was tempted to do this one on linen, but I have the perfect amount of 22-count in my stash, so since this is all solid stitching I thought I would use it up.
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Re: HDF/DMC Conversions - help needed!     Reply with quote  
 
 
4:45 pm Dec 22, 2009

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Originally posted by dawnathan

Rife, how accurate would you say the conversion chart is for the HDF to DMC solids? I have nearly every DMC solid in my stash, but I know better than to trust monitors for comparison. I would order samples, but getting a sample in each color I need is not that much cheaper than ordering outright, and in cases where I need multiple skeins, I want to make sure I have the same dye lot anyway.

They look pretty good to me, so I'm really just looking for some reassurance. I promise not to come back and blame you (or anyone else) if they don't turn out the way I want!

Dawn

PS - I was tempted to do this one on linen, but I have the perfect amount of 22-count in my stash, so since this is all solid stitching I thought I would use it up.



I haven't done a lot of converting from DMC to HDF for exact matches, more of choosing what I like within the conversion guidelines, but from the few I have done, and from what so many HDF fans have said, they are pretty spot-on - but take into account that the silk is going to look slightly different overall, because it's silk compared with cotton.

You might want to get a couple of skeins of HDF and try a small design to get a feel for the silk - the HDF has a different feel from the CC Belle Soie. Belle Soie is similar to Gloriana & Thread Gatherer, my other 2 favorite silks, but they do feel considerably different than HDF - not in a bad way, of course, just different. And Dinky Dyes & NPI feel different still - NPI is my least favorite, because they snag and shred a bit, IMHO. I think you'll really, really like the HDF - most everyone does, once they give them a try - but I do suggest trying them on something smaller first, just in case you really don't like them.

Once you've decided HDF is definitely for you, I would recommend you go ahead and get the straight conversion you already have in your cart, and once you get to working the design, if you feel something is off, e-mail Vikki directly and ask her what she would suggest instead. Though if it's in a blend, you have to stand well back from your project to see if it really doesn't work - many of the blends used in these designs can look really strange close up as we work - but if you stand back at the distance you'll be viewing the completed piece, it doesn't look weird anymore Smile We stitchers are often too close to see the forest for the trees Smile

As for the 22ct, no reason not to use it if the whole thing's stitched. I use aida & linen/evenweave both, because sometimes the base matters, and sometimes, it's nothing more than base. If it is stiff, like some aidas are, you might want to use shorter lengths of thread, to reduce the friction and fuzz potential Smile A rough fabric can destroy even the best silks (not to mention needles and hands if you handle it a lot), as easily as cotton fibers. I've got one piece of 22 ct that I could sand a car with - I'm only hanging onto it for a last-chance just-in-case I-need-something-tough, which I hope to never need Smile


Was that even remotely helpful??? I hope so - let us know what you decide to do! I don't think you can go wrong with the HDFs if you like the feel of them!!
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