You might think I'm talking about what my vines look like after the numerous hard freezes in my back yard but I'm not. Weathered Vine is the first Belle Soie (silk) in the seasons thread pack from Crescent Colours that released this month (see posting below).
You can see there is variation in the silk so if you are one of those people who don't like striping in a design, simply switch the direction of the second piece when realigning them. Sharon did this and then I tried it myself on an upcoming design and it is beautiful. You get an aged appearance without stripes. I like the stripes/banding on rooftops and some other things but now I am sold on this other way of using overdyed as well.
Another tip. . . . . . . use a good needle! If the eye of the needle is rough you'll have problems. And too, cut the length in half if you don't like stitching with long pieces. When it is time to "lengthen" your thread in the needle don't pull on the needle. Instead move the needle by hand up the length of the silk. All of these tips should make stitching with silk super easy and give you beautiful stitches that sit nicely on top of the fabric.
One more thing. . . . . that is a look at the cocoa linen in the background. I love it! It also comes in 35 count in which case you would use one strand of the silk.