ANG Stitch of the Month 2014 - January

by Mary K. Campbell

Bracelet #1: Spring Has Sprung

Cut 18 mesh canvas 6" by 12"

Stretcher bars 6" by 12"

Sewing thread or 1 strand cotton floss for basting (any color that you can see against the canvas, but avoid reds)

Size 5 pearl cotton or its equivalent in weight, and/or cotton floss:

Golden Acrylic Paint or other quality brand: green, yellow, white, black, white iridescent

Beads, charms, or other embellishments of your choice

Closure for the bracelet:

Cloth backing for the bracelet:

Paint the canvas with a multi-colored wash:

Dampen the entire canvas with water (this helps to keep the paint from filling in the holes).

Pat the canvas dry with paper towels. Use sponges (make-up or painting type) for the painting, dabbing the paint on - it makes more interesting patterns this way.

Paint the entire canvas with areas of thin washes (the paint should be the consistency of whole milk), completing one, two, or all of the following colors:

  1. Green
  2. Green with a touch of black
  3. Green with white
  4. Green with iridescent white
  5. Yellow (keep very scant on the canvas)
  6. Yellow with white (keep very scant on the canvas)

After the canvas is dry (let it sit for at least 24 hours), press it with a steam iron and mount it on your stretcher bars.

Decide the length of the bracelet you want (this will have a cloth backing):

Add between 3/4 inch and 1 1/2 inch overlap to the actual measurement of your wrist. End with a design length divisible by 20 (+10)

e.g.: 7 1/2 inch wrist plus 1 inch overlap = 8 1/2 inches; 8 1/2 inches * 18 threads per inch = 153 threads; Design length of 7 * 20 (+10) = 150 threads

Baste a rectangle with sewing thread the number of canvas threads you decided for the length by 40 threads wide. Your stitching will be within this basted rectangle.

Triangular Ray Stitch:

Using 2 or 3 shades of green thread, stitch the Triangular Ray Stitch along the inside of the long basting lines. You will begin and end with partial ray stitches.

Please notice that this diagram is for the outside row of the stitch. Stitches 1-2 and 3-4 of the first partial ray will share holes with your exterior basting thread. After you finish the first partial ray, the thread will not be in the correct direction to start the second ray stitch, so you will need to insert a tiny tacking stitch over 1 thread (A-B) before coming up at 1 to start the first full ray stitch. Continue to use this tacking stitch between each ray stitch bundle.

Now that the base is along the length of the bracelet, you add 2 more rows of the stitch toward the inside of the bracelet. Please notice that the third row of ray stitches is missing the longest stitches on the bottom. I eliminated that stitch because it made the border too bulky. This makes rows 2 and 3 share a long stitch rather than each having its own.

Next Month: Flowers for your Spring Garden