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Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Somewhere over the rainbow....

I've been playing around with rainbow colors. Loving Mr. Roy G. Biv. So much fun! And cheerful!

I like making rainbows with embroidery floss. It comes in hundreds of colors, so you can always find what you want. Plus it's so soft and comfy to wear.

I actually made the cuff bracelet on the right first, from embroidery floss in my stash. They're still rainbow shades, but not your traditional colors. Hence the name "country rainbow." In order to make sure all the colors are equally represented, I wanted to do 2 rows in each color. This resulted in a wide bracelet, so the cuff kind of made itself. I think the wooden button is a perfect addition to a country rainbow.
From the bottom: brick red, pumpkin, gold, dark green, light blue, steel blue (for indigo) and lilac (for violet.)

Watching the cuff come together was so much fun I just knew I would have to make another, more traditional, rainbow. I thought it would be fun in a key fob but knew I couldn't make it as wide or it wouldn't fit into the snap clasp. So the one on the left has one row per color. I love how it came out. So much fun and it's so comfy to wear! As a child of the 80s, this one reminds me of sheets I had when I was a teen. Rainbows and unicorns. Every girl's dream.... <sigh>  :-)

The more traditional red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, violet.

I have to confess, crocheting with embroidery floss can by trying. You need to use a small hook (I believe I used a 1.5mm hook for these.) I also used all 6 strands of floss for each color, which means it wanted to split. So you have to be careful that you have all the strands when you complete the stitch. I had to unravel a few stitches to re-do them. A lot. But don't let that stop you from trying a project with the floss. The colors alone make it worthwhile! If you do crochet with floss, please send a pic. I would love to see your project!

Happy crafting!


  1. I love these, the traditional rainbow one the best. I also know a 4 year old little girl may be asking you to make her a white only (like mine) with purple beads if she is still at Dad's :)

  2. I wish I had purple beads here. I would make it & give it to her today as a surprise.