Three of our new patterns this month are by suggestion, but we are waiting to hear back from the people who suggested The Cup of Tea - Mary Cassatt and Snap the Whip - Winslow Homer. We can tell you that In Glacier National Park (leaves) - Ansel Adams was suggested by Brittany Rash from Virginia. She deserves a huge thank you from all Ansel Adams fans for making us aware that some of his photographs are in the public domain! He was hired by the Department of the Interior to take pictures of parks and public lands for a mural project (which was never completed due to the start of World War II) but the pictures remain.
We've upgraded the paper we use for our pattern covers! Until recently, we were using 60 pound card stock (which has a matte finish). We are now using 69 pound glossy paper, which we think is a big improvement. We hope you'll agree! You can read more about this and see some before and after examples here.
We had an email today from someone whose pattern called for DMC 806, but her local store didn't have it. 806 is one of the colors that DMC merged with another color which, with dye forumula changes, had become the same. Now, if you want 806, you have to know to look for 3760. The label says 3760 (806). We wish that retailers would put a note or something in the 806 bin, but DMC kept this change pretty quiet, and we heard from one shop owner who read about the change first in our newsletter! We have a plan in place to update our patterns so that they don't refer to numbers you won't be able to find but it will take some time to get it done. You can find a list of the merged colors here, and read about what we are doing to check how much various colors have changed and update our patterns accordingly, here.
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