Sunday, 29 December 2013

A Really Late Show & Tell - Comparing DMC Floss to Kona Cotton Colours

I'd forgotten how little time you have to yourself when there's a baby in the house. My time is not so much my own as it used to be. My life is still in transition as well as my sewing room, so no quilting or crocheting has been accomplished. But it's worth it, seeing my adorable grandson every day. In between cuddling and playing with him today, I managed to finally finish choosing colours for my Bluenose II pixel quilt. My goal had been to not duplicate any colours, but I just found it impossible not to. After all there are 454 DMC colours, but only 271 Kona colours. Before I started this project, I didn't realize how many variations of blue there are, and trying to get the best matches has been a laborious process. At one point I actually considered buying all of the floss colours so that I could more effectively match fabrics. For those of you who might be interested in using this process to make a pixel quilt, I will share my colour matches to save you a little labour. As I said, however, they are mostly blues, so this won't help with many other shades.
Here's the list:

DMC # DMC Name Kona # Kona Name
155 Blue Violet Medium Dark 1003 Amethyst
156 Blue Violet Medium Light 1189 Lavender
158 Cornflower Blue Medium Very Dark 1541 Deep Blue
160 Blue Gray Medium 1123 Dresden Blue
161 Blue Gray 195 Evening
162 Blue Ultra Very Light 1513 Sky
169 Pewter Light 456 Shale
310 Black 1019 Black
311 Wedgwood Ultra Very Dark 233 Celestial
312 Baby Blue Very Dark 32 Surf
317 Pewter Gray 295 Graphite
318 Steel Gray Light 1223 Medium Gray
322 Baby Blue Dark 1452 Denim
334 Baby Blue Medium 196 Blue Jay
413 Pewter Gray Dark 1080 Coal
414 Steel Gray Dark 91 Steel
451 Shell Gray Dark 1713 Smoke
517 Wedgwood Dark 90 Pacific
519 Sky Blue 194 Lake
597 Turquoise 1011 Bahama Blue
598 Turquoise Light 362 Dusty Blue
647 Beaver Gray Medium 201 Sweet Pea
648 Beaver Gray Light 413 Parchment
747 Peacock Blue Very Light 1010 Baby Blue
775 Baby Blue Very Light 1028 Blue
792 Cornflower Blue Dark 1171 Hyacinth
794 Cornflower Blue Light 1285 Periwinkle
796 Royal Blue Dark 455 Riviera
797 Royal Blue 25 Ocean
798 Delft Blue Dark 357 Lapis
799 Delft Blue Medium 196 Blue Jay
800 Delft Blue Pale 152 Cloud
803 Baby Blue Ultra Very Dark 1218 Marine
807 Peacock Blue 1282 Peacock
809 Delft Blue 1285 Periwinkle
813 Blue Light 1060 Candy Blue
820 Royal Blue Very Dark 1218 Marine
825 Blue Dark 346 Regatta
826 Blue Medium 405 Alegria
827 Blue Very Light 277 Blueberry
828 Sky Blue Very Light 1028 Blue
890 Pistachio Green Ultra Very Dark 1137 Evergreen
924 Gray Green Very Dark 1361 Spruce
926 Gray Green Medium 1321 Sage
927 Gray Green Light 1328 Seafoam
930 Antique Blue Dark  1058 Cadet
931 Antique Blue Medium 1101 Delft
932 Antique Blue Light 318 Grapemist
934 Avocado Green Black 1166 Hunter Green
939 Navy Blue Very dark 1178 Indigo
995 Electric Blue Dark 171 Water
3032 Mocha Brown Medium 340 Herb
3053 Green Gray  1263 Olive
3325 Baby Blue Light 27 Cornflower
3371 Black Brown 1136 Espresso
3750 Antique Blue Very Dark 1389 Windsor
3752 Antique Blue Very Light 444 Fog
3753 Antique Blue Ultra Very Light 1513 Sky
3755 Baby Blue 448 Stratosphere
3756 Baby Blue Ultra Very Light 1387 White
3760 Wedgwood Medium 1101 Delft
3761 Sky Blue Light 1514 Robin Egg
3765 Peacock Blue Very Dark 454 Prussian
3766 Peacock Blue Light 1009 Azure
3768 Gray Green Dark 356 Everglade
3772 Desert Sand Very Dark 138 Earth
3799 Pewter Gray Very Dark  359 Pepper
3807 Cornflower Blue 357 Lapis
3811 Turquoise Very Light 1005 Aqua
3838 Lavender Blue Dark 1084 Copen
3839 Lavender Blue Medium 318 Grapemist
3840 Lavender Blue Light 1029 Bluebell
3841 Baby Blue Pale 152 Cloud
3843 Electric Blue 1376 Turquoise
3861 Cocoa Light 1371 Taupe
Now I just have to calculate how much of each colour I will need and get the fabric ordered, though I have picked up a few solids in the blue family over the past few months.
Now it's your turn. Here's my button:
 
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