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Tutorial: Make your own Rainbow Yarn
I wanted to alter my Moleskine calendar with a little embroidery, but I couldn’t find a nice rainbow-colored yarn. So I thought I might dye some white yarn. It worked! So here’s how I did it:

Posted by Anke A. from Wernau, Baden-Württemberg, Germany • Published See Anke A.'s 15 projects »
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  • How to make a yarn. Rainbow Yarn - Step 1
    Step 1

    Take some white yarn at the length you desire and wrap it around a pen. Cotton yarn works best – synthetic fibres wouldn’t absorb the dye.

  • How to make a yarn. Rainbow Yarn - Step 2
    Step 2

    Attach the end of the yarn with a piece of tape:

  • How to make a yarn. Rainbow Yarn - Step 3
    Step 3

    Now you need three ink colors: Red, Yellow, and Blue.

  • How to make a yarn. Rainbow Yarn - Step 4
    Step 4

    To achieve a rainbow effect, dip some color directly on the yarn (ringlike, as shown in the picture). Yellow must be in the middle. Use a clean brush if your ink bottles don’t have droppers.

  • How to make a yarn. Rainbow Yarn - Step 5
    Step 5

    Take a clean and damp brush to blend the colors. Move from yellow outwards to red and dab the yarn around the pen. An orange ring will appear. Now clean the brush and do the same with yellow and blue – green will be the result.

  • How to make a yarn. Rainbow Yarn - Step 6
    Step 6

    When the colors have blended nicely, you’re done with the most difficult part.

  • How to make a yarn. Rainbow Yarn - Step 7
    Step 7

    Put a drop of blue ink on the red end and a drop of red on the blue end to get purple ends. Blend them with a damp brush – you don’t have to clean it in between.
    Put the pen on the rim of a bowl or a plate to let the yarn dry.

  • How to make a yarn. Rainbow Yarn - Step 8
    Step 8

    When it’s dry, unwrap the yarn and use it for embroidery – have fun! Here’s what my calendar looks like:

    And what will you do with your rainbow-colored yarn? Please leave a comment and add links to your creations.

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Joanna
Joanna · 4 projects
Thank you!! I've been wondering how they made rainbow yarn/embroidery floss for the longest time!
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Lydia H.
Lydia H. · 20 projects
Schauts sehr schoen aus!
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luan m.
luan m. · 3 projects
awesome idea!
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Miho S.
Miho S. · 28 projects
Great idea, I'll certainly have to try that.

Thank you *^_^*
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Kim P.
Kim P. · Chicago, Illinois, US · 5 projects
very clever
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