Loops & Threads™ Dye It! Rainbow Floss Needlepoint Necklace
- Loops & Threads™ Dye it! Kit
- Large Blunt Needle
- Small Sharp Needle
- Plastic Canvas
Measuring the Canvas
Plastic canvas is measured by counting the lines in the canvas. These lines are called “threads.” The canvas shown here 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.
Also called a “Gobelin Stitch”, this is a basic straight stitch that spans a number of canvas threads rather than intersections. It can be stitched either across or down.
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.
Making the Necklace
Cut a 12x12 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 and long stitches, following chart below.
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 necklace stings, cut 3 strands of floss to 40 inches.
Thread the strands through the back of the middle three backstitches near the top of the canvas and tie a knot.
Use a needle to string 2 beads onto the strands of floss.
Make sure necklace is desired length before tying a knot in the end and trimming.
Now your necklace is ready to dye!
Dying the Necklace
• 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 necklace in warm water and pat dry with a paper towel. Necklace 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 necklace 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.