Monday, 11 October 2010

Special Offer!

Throughout October we're offering FREE postage on all purchases of our knitted wire bracelets on Etsy. Plus, come to the Artsmix Craft Fair at Castle Howard, nr. York on 31st October and, as a Halloween treat, we'll give you a 10% off voucher with every purchase to use at our next craft fair!

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Friday, 1 October 2010

Design Team Project - Hairbands!

Every now and then, I like to dive into my button tin (it's a special spotty Cath Kidston one) and the kilner jars of fabric that I've acquired and which I usually save for a rainy day. I must admit that I've been eyeing up Altered Element's polka dot ribbon for a while now. I'm a bit of a dot addict. I own rather too much polkadot 'stuff' than is probably healthy... Still, I was really excited when the new plastic hairbands came onto the website (www.alteredelement.co.uk) and jumped at the chance to have a play with them as something a bit different from my usual tiaras and hairpieces.



First I wrapped the ribbon around the hairband to check I had the correct length needed to cover the whole band. This 1 metre piece was a perfect length. I secured the end with strong glue and began wrapping neatly around the whole band. I secured the other end with glue and closed the ends of the ribbon by sewing them. I then superglued two buttons from the vintage pack onto my hairband, in lovely contrasting colours, and let the glue dry. Voila!

I also made the hairband below using some gold velvet ribbon left over from a previous project. I left a space to wrap part of the band in gold wire and attached this gorgeous little butterfly which I knitted with gold wire and Glass Naturals seed beads. I then wrapped some antique style beads in dark brown to finish off this autumnal piece.