Pearsalls Color Chart

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Pearsalls Color Chart

Post by Greenwell » Sat Dec 01, 2018 2:17 pm

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I scanned a Pearsalls Silk Color Chart and thought I would share it with you. These charts used to sell for just a few dollars but are now almost impossible to find. I make no claims as to how close the colors are to the original but it should be useful as a guideline.
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Re: Pearsalls Color Chart

Post by Greenwell » Sat Dec 01, 2018 2:20 pm

Silk Numbers.jpg
And here are the number/color references from a Veniards catalog.
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Re: Pearsalls Color Chart

Post by ForumGhillie » Sun Dec 02, 2018 9:04 am

A question I often wanted to ask.... Why didn't Pearsall ever want to put the color number on each spool?

That certainly would have made things easier.

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Re: Pearsalls Color Chart

Post by hankaye » Sun Dec 02, 2018 9:57 am

WiFlyfisher, Howdy;

I reckon the answer would be, "we are just supposed to know". that applies
only if we had several spools of each color.

The same question could be asked about women and new born children,...
we are just supposed to know ... :roll:

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Re: Pearsalls Color Chart

Post by tie2fish » Sun Dec 02, 2018 10:57 am

Very nice find, John. Two spools of purple and is that a spool of ash in there?
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Re: Pearsalls Color Chart

Post by letumgo » Sun Dec 02, 2018 11:21 am

Thanks John.

When we had our first flymph gathering (June 2012), we took pictures of Pete Hidy's color chart, on which he had written the names for each of the colors of silk.

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I remember seeing that he had also written the color & number on each of his wooden spools of silk.

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Re: Pearsalls Color Chart

Post by Greenwell » Sun Dec 02, 2018 11:53 am

Very nice! I think that your camera caught the colors better than my scanner.
When the spools were wooden, I would always write the color number on them. The plastic spools were much less satisfying then the wooden spools in many ways.
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Post by letumgo » Sun Dec 02, 2018 11:59 am

Agreed. I've tried writing on the plastic spools with Sharpie markers, but unfortunately the writing tends to wear off after a while.
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Re: Pearsalls Color Chart

Post by Greenwell » Sun Dec 02, 2018 12:08 pm

The Pete Hidy color references are useful in correlating his terminology to the Pearsalls names/numbers. I just transcribed them to a color list.
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Re: Pearsalls Color Chart

Post by ForumGhillie » Sun Dec 02, 2018 12:10 pm

I am curious, isn't there an actual Pearsall's color reference chart? I thought I saw one once in a book, but I am not sure.

Or maybe I was thinking of this one...
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