DIY Variegated Thread

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About: I'm a hippie flower child who loves Led Zeppelin, music in general (seriously though, I'll listen to anything! <3) nature, summertime, and thunderstorms. :)

Materials:

-Plain white embroidery thread

-Sharpies

-Rubbing alcohol

-Dropper

-Something to color on

-Iron and something to iron on

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Step 1: Prepare the Thread

Grab your thread and remove the paper thingies. Place it on a plastic bag or something else to protect your work surface.

Step 2: Color

Color segments of it until you reach the end.

Step 3: Add Alcohol

Carefully drip rubbing alcohol on your thread so the colors blend and let it dry.

Step 4: Heat Set

Grab the iron and something to iron on (I use an old T-shirt). Place the thread on whatever you're ironing and iron. I leave it for about 5 minutes so the color is set. Flip it over and repeat on the other side. Then wind it on a bobbin and you're done! Enjoy! ;)

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    4 Discussions

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    ashleyjlong

    3 years ago

    Cool! Is there any risk of the sharpie bleeding out later, or is the heat set a total color lock?

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    zaikami

    3 years ago

    Can we use surgical spirit 95% ?

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    nanaverm

    3 years ago

    Thanks for showing us how to do custom team or group colors. (Go Red Hat Society! - red and purple).

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    Kozmicblues69

    3 years ago

    YES! I will never have to buy this expensive thread again! :p Thanks for sharing this, it's a very good idea!