Rainbow Summer Scarf

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This summer flaunt a colorful cotton scarf made using scrap pieces of embroidery floss.

You Will Need

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  • Cotton scarf
  • Embroidery threads (as many colors as you can find)
  • Needles
  • Scissors
  • General Stationery

Make Reference Line

Draw lines on the fabric at equal distances (I marked mine about 1 inch apart). Make sure you make lines with a pencil or a medium that can be washed off.

 

Arrange Color Sequence

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If like me you are working with a ton of colors, arrange the colors in a sequence before starting to avoid confusion. Take a photo after you are happy with the placement for reference. As you can see I went with a VIBGYOR color scheme.

 

Running Stitch

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In this scarf I went for a number of embroidery patterns many of which are repeated.

The running stitch was the easiest and in my opinion the prettiest.

To complete one line:

Length of thread = Length of fabric

 

Fern Stitch

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Fern stitch is another easy stitch that follows three repetitive steps as shown.

To complete one line:

Length of thread = 6 x (Length of fabric)

 

Vandyke Stitch

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The Vandyke was the most complex stitch of them all. It required a few trial runs to perfect, but the result was worth it.

To complete one line:
Length of
thread = 5 x (Length of fabric)

 

Cross Stitch

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This is one of my favorite stitch. It is easy to do and turns out beautiful.

To complete one line:
Length of
thread = 4 x (Length of fabric)

 

Chain Stitch

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Chain stitch is an easy but complex looking stitch, that is quick to make.

To complete one line:
Length of
thread = 3 x (Length of fabric)

 

Looped Running Stitch

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I like this stitch as it gives the humble running stitch an easy makeover.

To complete one line:

For running

Length of thread = Length of fabric

For loop

Length of thread = 1.25 x (Length of fabric)

 

Balloon Loop Stitch

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This again an easy way to give a running stitch a new look.

To complete one line:
For running

Length of thread = Length of fabric

For loop

Length of thread = 4 x (Length of fabric)

 

Crossed Running Stitch

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This stitch was my favorite and a scarf covered entirely with this one stitch would look great.

To complete five lines:
Length of thread = 12 x (Length of fabric)

 

Complete Design!

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Here is what my complete design turned out like from the front and back.

Since I used scrap pieces of embroidery thread, I chose the design according to the length of the thread. I have included approximate amount of thread you will need to make each stitch.

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