Friday, January 18, 2013

Renaissance Headband

Attack of the infamous 'Mom with too much time' monster!  This one really is quite simple, but it looks like a lot of work.  Start with dutch braids (that is a french braid done backward, strands crossing under instead of over each other) one going both directions across the top of the head securing with elastics.  I also secured the ends of the two braids together under the left over hair.  This just hides the ends.  Then, I grabbed two lengths of ribbon left over from Christmas (this is 1/4" ribbon) and a large eye craft needle.  After threading one ribbon start in the middle of one of the braids and poke the needle up through one of the links on the inside of the braid, then cross the ribbon over and thread it up through a link of the opposite braid avoiding poking the head.  Big key there, you don't want a crying subject before you finish! When you thread the ribbon back through the original braid leave one link open and use the next one.  Continue sewing the ribbon into the braids on both directions until you run out of links on both sides.  Next, take the other ribbon and sew it into the empty links in the same fashion.  When you run out of braids, tie the ribbons together.  I had a little ribbon left so on each side I wound the ribbon around the longer braid and tied the ribbons under the braids.  See, not hard, just a little more time intensive.

Enjoy, let me know what you think.

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