J.L. Walsh Silk and Wool is a beautiful thread that's about to become extinct! The dyer can no longer get the undyed silk and wool base fiber that she uses, so we won't be able to find it much longer. Scarlet Thread has a limited quantity of this thread. It's a 50% silk/50% wool five-strand fiber that comes in a 12-yard skein. Both Dawn and I love just touching the skeins, they're so soft and luscious.
We first used it earlier this year when we embarked on a stitch-along project with seven other women, Tony Manieri's "Stars for a New Millenium." It wasn't until I pulled a length from the skein that I appreciated its subtle variegation, the effect of the hand-dying process. Some colors are more variegated, some less. Mine was very subtle. I'm not sure these pictures do it justice:
You can see how it looks when stitched in this square from Stars, Marilyn Monroe:
In the center cross, it's the underlying medium orange. In the trellis border, it's the underlying cross stitches. If you click on the image, you should be able to see a larger version.
Check out the colors we've been able to get and see what you might want to add to your stash. This wonderful fiber may be just what you need for your next canvaswork project or painted canvas.