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Light red vs pink

I'm trying to adapt a cross stitch pattern that originally uses 3 shades of delft blue - light, medium, and dark. I want to use red because that's the recipient's favorite color. Medium and dark red are easy. But light red?

Apparently, light red = pink in most people's minds. But light red isn't the same as pink. You can have light/med/dark green or blue or purple... but it's really hard to find a thread color that is "light red" as opposed to pink. I've got almost all the DMC colors available, and there's many reds and way more pinks, but nothing that you could say is a light red. I've already swapped out a couple different pinks that didn't look right against the other reds once I began stitching.


(in case any stitchers are curious, I'm using DMC 498 as Dark Red and 321 as Medium Red)



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Aug. 17th, 2010 09:05 pm (UTC)
Maybe think pale red instead of light red, that might help.
Aug. 17th, 2010 09:13 pm (UTC)
It's still basically red and pink in the bin. I've searched the DMC floss list too, and it's red or pink all the way. :/

The problem is I also need it to be significantly lighter in color than the medium red, so it will stand out. I think I'm going to do all the medium/dark red pieces first and then look at what presents itself.
Aug. 18th, 2010 12:14 am (UTC)
with out knowing the pattern its a little hard for me to really judge colors that would work but by just taking the term "significantly lighter" and using the DMC chart here, http://yarntree.com/075dmcolors.jpg , I would suggest 3705 which is a little pinky bt still red IMO, or 3689 which is a little more lilac-ish.
Aug. 19th, 2010 01:05 am (UTC)
3705 is actually one of the ones I was considering! :D I'll take a look at 3689, too.
Aug. 17th, 2010 09:45 pm (UTC)
Maybe 352 or 353 depending on lightness. Looks like they have a touch of yellow and the lighter one is edging towards flesh coloured, but they are veering away from the pinks. I think you're going to need the yellow tones to escape Barbie land.
Aug. 17th, 2010 09:49 pm (UTC)
Thanks, I'll give those a try. The 321 and 498 are playing nice together, but so far I've needed to try several stitches of "light red" to see how it'll really look with them. The good news is that it's not a big design, maybe about 30 stitches square, so I'm not covering too much ground.

I did a similar one for Princess L's baptism (here but those were more purple-red and I had more leeway with the purple tones.
Aug. 17th, 2010 10:11 pm (UTC)
I don't know how light you need, the darker 351 may do the trick too.

The first scan looks red, but the framed photo is, I wouldn't say purple-y, but more crimson overall. The lighter thread in that one does look to be on my pink scale.

Red and white make pink. Unless you start adding a yellow (salmon, orange, flesh tomes) or blue (purples) tone, the lighter colour will always look pink. A more neutral option would be to see if you can find a grey tone.

Maybe poke around the Pantone colour charts. There are several online Pantone-DMC converters.
Aug. 19th, 2010 01:06 am (UTC)
Thanks, I'll take a look for those!
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