I am really enjoying stitching the SDW sampler with our SAL, so when I heard that a larger group were planning to SAL on the new Scarlet Letter Manifesto sampler I was really tempted :) Isn't it beautiful? you can see close ups on the SL website HERE While waiting for my chart to arrive, I have been planning how I could fit this project in :)
I began to plan how I could convert this from DMC into wool. I had a DMC colour chart and I quickly ordered one for Appleton's Crewel Wool. I love these fibres! The Appleton Brothers have been making crewel wool in London from British wool spun and dyed here for more than 150 years, their crewel and tapestry wools were used by William Morris. The colours are fabulous although the piece will have a more muted feel than one stitched of silk or DMC.
Next I tried to estimate how much wool I would need, not easy! I have assumed quantities given in the chart are calculated based on using two strands of DMC which means an 8m skein of DMC will give three lots of 2 strands per cut length = 24m, which is about the same as a 25m skein of Appleton's using one strand. I have assumed I will use three times more wool than DMC for the background as I need 3 strands of crewel wool. This calculation is very crude, but I will start with one skein in each colour apart from the backgrounds, I can quickly get more if needed. I am not too concerned with dye lots, although I have ordered hanks of the background colours to try and minimise differences, the motifs stand alone and as I am using three strands I can blend any old/new dye lots in the background easily.
stitch count: 600 x381
finished size: approx. 30" x 19"
fabric: penelope 10/20 needlepoint canvas
fibres: Appleton's crewel wool
motifs: over one with one strand and size 22 needle
background: over two with three strands and size 18 needle