Jenny Hart, of Sublime Stitching, has a new book coming out and in preparation for it has a tutorial about blending two colors of floss at her publisher’s site.
The technique, needle blending, is useful for shading, when you can’t find the right shade or just tom give your needlepoint an interesting effect. The first time I did it was for these pansies, because there was no floss in the color I needed.
Jenny does embroidery on cloth, but the process is the same for needlepoint. In her pictures she uses two wildly different colors, so you can see clearly how the process works, but most of the time, you will use closely related shades (pictured above).
You can even blend together a solid thread with an overdye, as I did in this fall canvas. It’s easy to do and will add such richness to your stitching, even just Basketweave.