Get That Gatsby Style
June 17, 2013
Thanks in part to Baz Luhrman's recently-released film adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald's famous novel, roaring '20s style is in vogue. No complaints here! (Except for the fact that I don't really have the figure for it.)
I decided it was definitely time to add a few sparkly accessories to my collection that evoke that gorgeous, glimmery era.
First up, a headband!
I started by making what would be an accent element for the headband using 22-gauge wire -- it's got enough body that it's not flimsy, but it's small enough to fit through most beads. I am a little bit of a magpie when it comes to beads; if it's sparkly, I can't resist buying it, even though I rarely have a plan for it! So I have a lot of options for projects like this. I selected an assortment of aurora bicones, pearls and clear seed beads.
I wanted to make a series of three loops for the top of the accent piece, so I started stringing beads onto my wire. I tested out a few patterns before settling on one that alternated bicones and pearls with seed beeds as separators.
I finished each loop with a twist of my wire to keep everything in place.
Once I had three loops, I set the extra wire at the end onto a base of a circle of sticky-backed felt.
I applied a second circle on top, sandwiching my wire between the sticky surfaces.
Next, I used a needle and thread to create a three-strand fringe along the bottom of my felt base. Note: passing through the adhesive felt layers will get your needle sticky! I used a T-shirt scrap to wipe mine clean from time to time.
After the fringey bits were done, I used my wire once again to create a spiral of beads to cover the felt area of my accent piece. I started with a pearl bead slightly larger than my others, and kept adding beads and twisting them into a spiral until I had a circle big enough to cover my felt.
I then stitched it carefully to the felt base.
I wanted to make this piece to slide over a narrow headband, so I stitched two pieces of Jacquard Satin Stitches ribbon together along their edges (I ran the ends briefly over a candle flame to seal then first) to create a carrier channel to run my headband through.
I stitched my accent piece to the ribbon carrier, careful to only catch the edges of the ribbon and not close up my channel.
Before sliding the ribbon over my headband, I had a little hot fix rhinestone party, using the design of the ribbon to guide the repeating placement of the crystals.
And voila! Ready to dance all night at a decadent party, or just dress up and everyday outfit.
If you want to put something Gatsby-esque together on the quick, here's an alternate project:
I started with a beaded appliqué, and cut two pieces of grosgrain ribbon to span the length of it.
After singeing the ends of the ribbon to prevent fraying, I stitched the two pieces together along each side, creating a carrier as I did with the previous project.
Once my carrier was stitched, I glued it to the back of the beaded appliqué, and I was done! Super quick.
It slides right on the same narrow headband, and is ready to go.
An alternate use for an appliqué with the ribbon carrier on the back: Run a length of ribbon through the carrier, and tie it to your wrist to wear as a cuff!
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