Professional level pencils like Derwent or Prismacolor offer the best quality and typically are the most expensive pencils to buy. The wax in these pencils is softer and the colors are a higher pigment providing brighter colors. The soft application allows blending and shading.
Crayon Tinting. Using crayons for tinting embroidery is the most common technique. It's easy to learn and most people have at least a few crayons around. Crayons produce a bold color, but you can also work more gently with them, resulting in a lighter tint. Just like coloring on paper with crayons, varying the amount of pressure and layering your coloring creates some very cool shading. That shading gives your embroidery texture and dimension, and it's fun to use with modern or vintage designs.