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Wednesday, April 25, 2012

My Favorite DMC Color Palette

 I have compiled a list of my favorite
DMC thread color palette to share with my readers ~ so here you go :
I turn to these colors time and again for all of my punch needle and cross stitch work ~

first, are the colors I turn to when filling in backgrounds for punch needle,
 both dark & light:

ecru - white
310 - black

here are my favorite greens/browns :
(leaves, stems, trees, animals, etc.)
and my lavenders are

I use 3064 (top) for flesh (heads, hands, feet)
and my reds are :

my golds are :

of course, I do add or subtract from this list on a whim, but this is my general palette ~
I tend to keep within this muted range for all of my work...
this includes threads, fabrics, wools and even paint colors.

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  1. You are so generous with sharing your talents. Thank you..

    I do have a question, do you ever punch with #8 cut wool? Or do you strickly use that for hooking?

    I am thinking about trying punching but want to do it with wool.

    Thanks for your help.

  2. Hi Jaqueline ~ thanks for your comment!
    I hook with wool strips, but I handcut my strips so they tend to be a little larger if you're going to punch with #8 wooll strips, may I suggest that you use the #10 Oxford Punch Needle. If you need my help you can email me at :)

  3. Hi Lori,
    Your list of colors is very similar to the ones I use - they seem to work well with any color palette one is using the piece with...rather neutral.
    Thanks for sharing with us.


  4. Great video! I keep meaning to do something for my blog....most people have no idea what punchneedle is!

  5. I love your color pallet also!! I use whatever colors I'm feeling for a particular project so it really depends. Can't wait to see more videos of projects your creating!!

  6. I love the colors and am going to keep the list in my files. Also wanted to know why you use 6 strands of thread, I have always used 3, I would like to know what the difference is. Love your work and the tutorial was great, thanks!

  7. I finally found my punch needle tucked away in one of my many baskets .... :-) I can't wait to play !!! Your colors of floss are so soft , I have to add some to my collection ! Thank you again for your help .

  8. your colors. I'm a color gal. I love brights and pastels! I can never make up my mind, which is probably a reason that I don't design...I'm good at stitching and punching whatever someone else comes up with! :)

  9. Lori, I have often, when looking at the things you make, say "I just love those colors". So , thanks for sharing your palette. I think floss is just beautiful. -Steph-

  10. Hi Lori, I got a message from Weeks Dye Works about the copyright message and wanted to let you know I am joining the effort and posted something about it on my blog too. Thanks for saying something about that site and the copyright issues. I enjoy your blog and have been following for a while now! Keep up the good work. Cathie

  11. Ronnie ~ I use a MEdium Ultra Punch (Cameo) Needle that accomodates 6 strands of floss...I love to work with 6 strands because I don't have to cut & thread the needle as often and it fills in your work rather quickly.
    I usually punch with it set on the #2 OR #3 SETTING (LOOP HEIGHT)
    Hope this helps!

  12. I have had so much FUN punching away today !!!!! Your tutorial was such a Big help , then I had to run to Michaels to buy more paint (their paint department has shrunk & they don't carry any of my favorite colors (Grrrrr) ) Anyway, I took you list of colors & they are so pretty !!! A good excuse not to paint...punching away here !!! :-)

  13. Lori ~
    Thanks for sharing your color palette.
    Pug hugs :)

  14. Thanks for sharing your favorite colors to use! I'm just about to finish my first punch needle pattern!

  15. Lori if it's not too much too much to ask I would LOVE to see this list as a pdf so I could download and save it.

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