Step #1: Assemble stretcher bars.PrevNext
First, assemble your stretcher bars into a square frame and tack your canvas to it. You can cover the edges of the canvas with masking tape so the thread won’t get caught and snag.
Step #2: Stitch the cuff.PrevNext
- Once the canvas is framed, you’ll start to stitch with 3-ply of the silk, using a length of about 18" in your needle. Beginning a third of the way up the canvas and about 1" in from the left, stitch the entire cuff in Giant Rice Stitch.
- Use your laying tool to keep the stitches smooth and flat as you drop the needle in a hole, and work the bracelet in rows from left to right.
- Stitch each cross over 3 diagonal holes and make your rows long enough for the bracelet to go around your wrist in a cuff fashion.
- Your bracelet should have 7 rows of crosses.
- After completing the silk crosses, work the metallic green thread in diagonal stitches over the top of the silk, with each diagonal stitch crossing over 1 canvas hole. No need to use the laying tool with this thread, just make sure it isn’t twisted when you drop the needle in a canvas hole.
Step #3: Finish the stitch.PrevNext
- Once you finish the Rice Stitches, backstitch vertically over 2 canvas threads at each end of the cuff to create a vibrant red line on both edges. Use 3-ply of the DMC metallic for this step.
- Then, after taking the piece off the frame, fold the canvas back at each red end and whipstitch over a few canvas threads at the edges with 3-ply of the DMC to make the red thicker and to finish those edges.
- Whipstitch across each end of the cuff as many times as it takes for the red to cover the canvas underneath.
Step #4: Finish the bracelet.PrevNext
- Now that the piece is stitched, you still have to make it into a bracelet. I recommend taking it to a needlepoint shop, where they can finish it for you by folding back the raw ends on the length of the bracelet and covering the back with a piece of ultrasuede.
- If you want to finish it yourself, I suggest following the instructions found at the DIY Network website (craftzine.com/go/ cuff).
- When it’s finished, find a can of tomato paste (or something of a similar diameter), wrap your cuff around the can, and put a rubber band around it to hold it in place for about a day. This will give the cuff shape so it doesn’t fall off your wrist.
- Now it’s finished!