If you’ve bought one of our embroidery patterns, or just have an eagle eye, you might wonder why we never use pure black thread (DMC 310) and always use a very dark gray (DMC 3799) instead. There’s a few reasons for this, and since we use so very much of it in our new Dracula embroidery pattern, it finally occurred to me to explain!
When we first started designing patterns, we did use 310, but we quickly noticed that it was really difficult to get an even, yummy line with it. It always seemed a bit fuzzy and every tiny flaw in the stitching stood out by a mile. I thought it might be because the contrast against a while background is so stark – which is the same reason I use a very, very dark gray as text color in my knitting patterns. It’s just a little tiny bit softer on the eye, but still reads as black. (It also photographs better, as you can see above – less glare, more thread definition – which is a lovely side-benefit if you’re photographing patterns for sale.)
Of course you can always substitute pure black anywhere that our patterns use 3799, but we swear by it! Now, with only a couple of days left to enter, get your name in for our giveaway for a copy of the Dracula pattern!