The best part? The 2/30 pearl silk was the right weight. Not need to freak out after all, and the colors are gorgeous. I got a black cone for this design, as well as some deep rusty red and a nice blue for other projects. For some reason, instead of the deep blue I thought I had ordered, I was sent some paler version of it that is almost (a pale) purple. But I ended up falling in love with it so I will keep it instead of sending it back.
Heck, after all, remember that blackwork came in assorted colors! Red, blue, green, and even yellow, are all colors found on extant pieces with monochromatic embroidery. And lord knows what other colors would have been used as well, since we only have so many extant pieces to go around. I guess that if they could dye it, they would use it.
I can't wait to put my hands to linen and silk!
And speaking of embroidery, thanks to attack_laurel, who has been making these patterns available, I think that we are going to see several versions of these coifs around. It will be great, as we will be able to see what people come up with in the way of stitches and decorations. A great period practice if you ask me, since people also purchased patterns and designs in period. The actual stitching was often left to the embroiderer's creativity. This will be no end of fun!
So yes, attack_laurel, this is all your fault!