Loops & Threads™ Dye It! Floss Needlepoint Bracelet
- Loops & Threads™ Dye It! Kit
- Large Blunt Needle
- Small Sharp Needle
- Beads and Buttons
- Plastic Canvas
Measuring the Canvas
Plastic canvas is measured by counting the lines in the canvas. These lines are called “threads.”
The canvas shown is 6 threads wide & 7 threads high.
Stitches come up at 1 and all odd numbers and go down at 2 and all even numbers.
Tent stitches are formed by crossing once diagonally over the intersections of the canvas. Bring your needle up through the bottom of the canvas at “1”, down at “2”, up at “3” & down at “4.” Repeat.
This stitch is used to cover the outside edge of the canvas or to join two pieces together. You may have to go in and out of the same opening in order to completely cover the edges, especially in the corners. Cross diagonally over the top of the plastic canvas.
Cut a 7 x 16 piece of canvas.
Cut a piece of white floss to 36 inches. Thread plastic needle by bringing needle to center of 36” strand & fold floss in half.
Stitch on canvas using tent stitches, following chart below (click on "download pattern" button on bottom right).
After stitching the entire background, cut another floss piece 40 inches long; stitch around outer edges using overcast stitch. You may have to go around a few times to completely cover edges.
To make the tie, cut 8 strands of floss to 13-14 inches.
Hold ends together & twist all strands into a spiral. Fold the twist in half and keep twisting. Knot the ends together & stitch or glue the knot to the back of the canvas at one end.
Dye the bracelet using the dyeing instructions below.
Once the dyed bracelet is dry, use a metal needle to sew the beads and buttons to the front of the canvas. Be sure to use a larger round bead on the ends since this will form part of the closure for your bracelet.
Attach to wrist by wrapping twisted floss around wrist & sliding the loop over the bead on front of the bracelet.
Dying the Bracelet
Read all instructions before you start.
Do not add water to the dye powder until you are ready to use it.
Dye should be applied within 45 minutes of mixing with water or it will begin to lose color intensity.
Dye will stain skin and clothes, always wear gloves when working with dye.
Always use dye with adult supervision.
Dye many projects at the same time since dye mixed with water will begin to fade in 45 minutes.
Create custom colors by blending and overlapping dyes.
Do not allow wet dye to rest on unprotected surfaces. Wet dye will stain.
When you are finished, be sure to clean up your work area thoroughly by removing any excess dye or dye dust as it may stain surfaces or clothes.
Protect your work area by covering it with plastic trash bags. Cover the bags with a layer of paper towels.
Protect your clothes with an apron or smock and wear gloves.
Rinse the entire bracelet in warm water and pat dry with a paper towel. Bracelet should be slightly damp when dyeing.
While wearing gloves, mix dye by adding water to the dye powder in each applicator bottle. * Note: Adding more water will produce lighter colors, less water will create darker colors. Make sure cap is on tight and shake well until dye is dissolved.
Next, use applicator bottles to apply dye to the bracelet.
Be careful not to use too much dye as colors may become muddy. Use paper towels to blot off excess dye.
Let the bracelet set for 6 or more hours. The longer it sets, the more intense the color will be.
After it has set for 6 or more hours, rinse thoroughly with cold water and allow to dry before wearing.