Includes one skein each of 8 dark shades, 7 solids and one black/blue shaded. Often black is too dark, and using something almost black is more appealing to the eye. It’s likely it will look like black but it won’t be as harsh. Pepper Pot silk is used as is, single strand and works perfectly on 18 count canvas for basket weave. Between a pearl 5 and pearl 3 but loftier and softer than a pearl cotton. A favorite among stitchers who don’t like to ply.