Oh boy...were we really talking about embroidery math before I took a break? I think we were. Incentive: If you make it to the end of this post, you get a picture of the pretty yarn for the project!
And now...how much yarn do I need? I scoured the Internet, and general consensus seemed to be that tapestry-weight wool covers about 9 square inches per 11 yard skein.
My design will be 12x16 inches (to fit on a pillow), so that's 192 square inches. (12 * 16 = 192)
Which is just under 22 skeins. (192 / 9 = 21.33)
I'm going to order 25 skeins to be careful. I'd rather have too much yarn than too little.
I divided my nifty homemade pattern into 2 colors of blue and 3 colors of green.
The darker parts are green and the lighter parts are blue. I'm guess-timating that my pattern is 40% blue and 60% green. Of that, I think that the blues are 1/3 darker blue and 2/3 lighter blue. The greens will be about 1/2 medium green and 1/2 darker green, with a smidgen of a very dark green.
So, once I chose the colors and fiddled with the rounding error, I ordered:
7 skeins Appleton 403 Sea Green Medium ((25*0.6)/2 = 7.5)
8 skeins Appleton 404 Sea Green Medium-Dark ((25*.06)/2 = 7.5)
1 skein Appleton 406 Sea Green Dark ("smidgen" = 1 skein)
7 skeins Appleton 322 Dull Marine Blue Light (((25*0.4)/3)*2 = 6.7)
3 skeins Appleton 324 Dull Marine Blue Medium ((25*.04)/3) = 3.3)
And its so pretty!
I will get to work on this project soon. But it will take some time for me to finish. While we all wait for a final product, I hope to introduce some new features to the blog. Thank you so much for reading.