Wednesday, 9 April 2014

Fashion Fix: Festival Headdress

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Native American chief headdresses are large and ornate, usually made with feathers and beads. In recent times they have become the ultimate festival accessory. Traditionally made with eagle feathers and worn as ‘warbonnets’, the headdress is steeped in history and instead of trying to recreate these incredibly intricate and superior creations, I have simply taken inspiration from the majestic image they present and created our own magnificent plumage for the festival-goer.

This gorgeous photoshoot was done in Ros's parents back garden, using a load of our friends for festival goers in the background and shot by Toby Farrow. It was featured in Cloth Magazine, which Ros and I used to come up with projects for and style the shoots. We built up a wonderful relationship with Toby as our photographer, and I hope the fun we had that day comes out in these shots.

I have collected together a number of projects made for summer issues of Cloth to inspire you over the next few months in time for summer Festival Fashion.

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You will need:
  • 2 metre x 2 inch thick strip of leather
  • 1m x 1 inch thick braid
  • 2m brightly coloured trim
  • assorted colours and lengths of ribbon
  • assorted beads
  • feathers: imitation eagle feathers, pheasant feathers, coloured quills, biots and strung biots. We used in excess of 100 feathers.
  • 2 Large disc-shaped gems
  • contact adhesive
  • glue gun and glue sticks
  • tape measure
  • fabric and paper scissors
  • sewing machine with leather needle
  • 20cm of 1 inch thick elastic
  • all purpose glue

How to do it:
  1. Measure your head circumference. Cut a length of leather that goes from ear to ear across the forehead. 
  2. Complete the circumference with the elastic, sew to the leather to make a head band.
  3. Starting at one end of the leather strip, tuck the end of the braid under and sew in place.  Fold and press so that the braid sits along the leather. 
  4. Create channels for each quill within the leather and braid by machining running stitches all the way along the leather headband.
  5. Tuck the end of the braid under to finish. 
  6. Using your larger feathers (pheasant and coloured quills) place a blob of all purpose glue on the quill nibs and push into the braid tunnels making sure your longer feathers are more central. Arrange to your own design
  7. Cut the remaining leather in half to give you two equal lengths. These will be the pieces that hang down either side of the main head band. Apply a thin layer of contact adhesive along the strip as well as to the nibs of the feathers. Leave to go tacky and then arrange feathers down these strips. Keep the longer feathers at the top of the strip and allow them to gradually shorten to a point at the bottom.
  8. Use your strung biots to add another layer of feathers to the central headdress and down the sides again using contact adhesive. Build up your feathers until you are happy with the look.
  9. Using all purpose glue use your coloured trim to cover the line of where all the feathers are glued onto the side strips of your headdress..
  10. Work out the angle you want the side pieces to hang off the main headdress and attach with contact adhesive.
  11. String assorted beads onto assorted ribbons and glue on the join either side of the headdress. Place excess feathers on if there is a gap between the main headdress and the side feathers. Place a large gem on top of all this with contact adhesive. Embellish and adorn your headdress to your own taste.

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Ros plus headdress, all of us camping in Bude

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