Prairie Rug - 29.25 hours with a major setback

by brae  

I am currently at 29.25 hours of work on the Prairie Rug, but this has become irrelevant due to a major problem with this project.  While punchneedle does go quickly, much of the work I've done on this rug is likely for naught.  You can clearly see the two different colors of green/grey in this photo.  Since most of the area rug will be shown in the room, this is not acceptable.  There will be nothing to disguise it.

I didn't notice this until photographing the rug tonight since the colors look relatively close in person, but the camera really picked up the difference.

I am using a different brand of floss - Sullivans - for this rug because the store I went to did not carry DMC.  I've always used DMC and have never had a problem.  Of course, I've never done large swaths of color in DMC to make a fair comparison, but Sullivans clearly has shifts in dye lots.  There's no indicator of dye lot on the Sullivans floss tags either.  I have three more skeins of this color, but it's impossible to tell if they match the green or the grey without stitching with them.

I might be able to salvage the project by removing the grey areas and trying one of the other three skeins to see if it is a better match to the original. I think it's worth trying this at least.

But, if the remaining skeins don't match the original green, the project might have to be scrapped altogether.  I could try removing all of the green and buying DMC floss of consistent dye lot to redo it.  There are potential problems with this approach, too.  Since I'd be removing a lot of green, it might be worth just starting over from scratch.  I don't know if the fabric would even take new stitching after pulling all those threads and it might take just as long to undo the green as to start over.  It would likely pull the other color threads that are close to the green as well.

I'm just glad this wasn't a huge investment of time.  It's still frustrating and disappointing.  :\

Update: I took Deb's suggestion and photographed the three skeins I have left on the rug.  They match the grey.  :[

So, it's back to the drawing board...or rather the ironing board to transfer the pattern to a new piece of fabric.  And, I'll be buying a huge matching dye lot of DMC 522 to use.  April suggested taking my work and camera to the store that carries DMC to see if it might match the existing piece on an off chance.  Also worth a shot since I have to buy the floss anyway.  :]

Update 08-29-13: I contacted Sullivans, and they were very helpful in trying to resolve the issue.  I'm still stuck at this point, but I was pleased with their attentiveness and generosity.


Comment from: April [Visitor]
Oh No! Is there no way to find a DMC to match the green work that's been completed? :(
08/22/13 @ 18:43
Comment from: brae [Member]
All of the green is Sullivans not DMC, so DMC probably wouldn't match it. :no:
08/22/13 @ 18:48
Comment from: Blondie [Visitor]
Oh no!!! If you can't find a solution, mail it to me as-is and I'll put it in the Beacon Hill under some furniture, like a bed. I promise to hide the mismatched parts. :)
08/22/13 @ 19:30
Comment from: Deb [Visitor]
Since it didn't really show up until you photographed it--why not photograph the rug again, along with the skeins of floss on top of it? You can then see if they match the green or the grey . . . before you tear anything out. Hope you find a solution! It's too pretty to scrap!
08/22/13 @ 20:51
Comment from: Abbe PB [Visitor]
That's terrible! I was so looking forward to an update on the Prairie Rug, too. Your blog inspired me to pick up punchneedle myself, and now I'm very grateful I've stuck with DMC. That is a huge discrepancy in color! I'm eager to find out what you ultimately decide, good luck.
08/22/13 @ 21:07
Comment from: brae [Member]
Blondie - :)) You did say you wanted to try punchneedle, or were you saying I should just finish it and then send it to you. &#59;D Deb - excellent suggestion! I've added an update. :D Abbe - don't let this deter is a great form of needlework. :yes:
08/22/13 @ 22:06
Comment from: Bonnie [Visitor]
Brae, I think it's a completely different color. Probably had the wrong bands on the skeins. I would contact the company as you might not be the first one to have a problem with that shade. It happened to me once with carpet. I ordered beige and they showed up with charcoal gray! The sample book had the swatches glued in the wrong spots.
08/22/13 @ 22:48
Comment from: Elga [Visitor]
Oh, I am sorry Brae! I have had this same problem with DMC thread before and that one you could see with the naked eye. To me the difficulty is how does one work out how many skeins you need. I hope you can solve this without starting over.
08/22/13 @ 23:52
Sorry to hear that, and just a heads up in general: Sullivans is a brand that is carried in $2 shops and discount stores here, so not a brand I generally trust to supply quality products.... (
08/23/13 @ 01:27
Comment from: 12Create [Visitor]
Oh, that is so disappointing Brae. The rug looks fabulous apart from the mis-matched colours. I hope you can fix it. I think I would want to cry. 30 hours is still quite an investment of time. I love the splash of red in the rug.
08/23/13 @ 04:37
Comment from: Christiane [Visitor]
Oh no! How disappointing. Despite the color issue, the rug still looks fantastic!
08/23/13 @ 09:41
Comment from: Deb [Visitor]
Well darn! Glad I could help you find out they were all wrong--but then again, they were all wrong. 8-( On the UP side--you're getting REALLY good at needlepunch, right! (Trying hard to see a positive!)
08/23/13 @ 11:46
Comment from: Deb [Visitor]
Another thought--and you may have already discussed this--but could you go get more of the Sullivans, matching the color you need? Perhaps exchanging what you haven't used for the right color? I just hate to see you have to start all over . . .
08/23/13 @ 11:49
Comment from: brae [Member]
I plan to go to all the floss stores in the areas of home and office - taking my camera and needlework with me - to try to find something that will work. Thirty hours is a relatively small investment for me, but I would like to salvage it if possible. I also have a friend who said she'd be willing to take it, look in her area and send it back. So, we're going to exhaust the possibilities first! :yes:
08/23/13 @ 12:02
Comment from: Hannah [Visitor]
oh no! Hope you can fix it! I do think it could work with one "square" in grey, but if you don't have more of the green one it might be hard to get it finished in a nice way.. Can you do another one and have this in a room were the shades wont show as much?? Good luck! Hannah
08/23/13 @ 14:34
Comment from: MeMe [Visitor]
If it was me, I would create a story about the carpet:like the painters who came to paint ,spilled paint, and when it was cleaned the color changed on the carpet! :) :) I do sympathize, but I do like how you had moved on with the bubble in the wallpaper, so I do hope you have a happy ending here!
08/23/13 @ 15:34
Comment from: jane S [Visitor]
Oh no, your right its terrible!! send it to me so that I can cherish it and place it in a gold framed box and tell people that I got a one of a kind masterpiece form a fantastic mini artesian. Because .. its .. terrible ..*cheeky grin*
08/23/13 @ 20:06
Comment from: Debora [Visitor]
So sorry to hear this! It was looking so good. I hope one of the fixes works.
08/23/13 @ 20:07
Comment from: beth [Visitor]  
I would be devastated if I were you. That is really sad. However, I do like the one grey block. Can you fill that one in completely and then try to fix the small patch on the other large block. Love your work. Hang in there!
08/24/13 @ 07:53
Comment from: Sarah [Visitor]
Have to laugh at Jane S' comment. Crossed my mind that I could convince you to finish it anyway, and send it to me! I really understand why you are annoyed about this, I would be too, I see the colour difference, but, I don't think its screaming difference :D We had an indian carpet once, that one side was a different shade to the other, and odd patches too. I would just keep going with it, life is too short. Make another too. I hate the shade of green thread in my needlpoint rug I am doing at the moment, and toyed with the idea of pulling them all out, and then realised, it would take FOREVER :D Its quirky! Finish it!! :)
08/24/13 @ 16:14
Comment from: Chris M [Visitor]
This is utterly tragic. I am so sorry for you - the rug is so beautiful! I have learned something important, although I'm so sorry that it's at your expense. The next time I do a project that requires multiple skeins, I think I will photograph all of the skeins together before I begin. That's probably a good way to make sure they match.
08/24/13 @ 20:05
Comment from: Sandra Campbell [Visitor]
O Brae, what a disappointment! I would let the makers of Sullivans know, send a photo and express your disappointment, also stating that you do needlework constantly but will not be using that brand ever again because of the unreliability of their colours. This is totally unacceptable! All those hours of work, wasted. Even if they don't take any notice, at least you will have expressed how you feel and will probably feel better for it :) And it might encourage them to put dye lots on their skeins from now on too. My sympathy. Sandie
08/25/13 @ 05:24
Comment from: elizabeth s [Visitor]
Hi Brae! After all that work, too !!!!! I would be soooo MAD! Could you try to color it yourself with some felt markers? Sounds cheap when I say it, but who knows?.... In any case, I would finish it anyway and then see what you could do to salvage it, rather than to unpick it all. The tautness will no doubt be lost, if you do and then the whole thing will be a toss off! I would contact Sullivans and let them know how you feel, as suggested by Sandra and perhaps, they may have a solution that could help! elizabeth
08/26/13 @ 21:55
Comment from: brae [Member]
I did send them a message and hope they at least respond, but even with that, I'm still out the hours invested if I can't find a suitable match...which will entail running all over the place with my camera in hand. :\ Needless to say, I've shelved it for now.
08/26/13 @ 22:33
Comment from: brae [Member]
I wrote to Sullivans about the dye lot problem with the Prairie rug and received a quick reply. They were very apologetic and said this hasn't happened before. They are sending me replacement skeins, so I hope these match the original green. I'll post an update when the skeins arrive.
08/27/13 @ 17:46

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