We are delighted at Skeleton Leaf that Morwen Ayres has joined the team. Morwen loves arts and crafts projects and interior design, so she will be sharing her skeleton leaf “makes” with us. In this blog she tells us how to make a Gothic style headband and choker.
“I had been looking for inspiration to help me make a Halloween costume for a dance event and came across some pictures on Pinterest of gothic costumes using leaves, twigs etc. It got me to thinking about what a good match Skeleton Leaves would be with all the colours and sizes – so began the choosing. I had decided to go with a gothic theme so decided to create a headband and choker with traditional black and slightly different purple as my colours.
To create the headband I used from my existing craft collection an old headband, some black netting, some purple fabric flowers, some lengths of black & purple ribbons and the newly acquired leaves.
The first step was to create the ribbon type bow by gathering the cut to size netting into a loose bow and stitching to secure then, adding the ribbon lengths and sewing to secure also.
Once assembled I secured this to the headband with more stitches at the back but slightly offset – a lot of moves in dancing have hands coming close to the back of your head so didn’t want it to cause an obstruction!!
The next step was to design the net at the front of the band to create a hopefully alluring net over the eyes so after using a model (an upturned mixing bowl!) to get the look right this was secured with a few more stiches.
The fabric roses were attached to this afterwards in the right position.
The final step was to use the Skeleton Leaves, mostly the purple ones to stand out against the black netting, to create the leaves of the flowers. I was also planning to use some more of the leaves around the headband but sadly time limits prevented this.
The leaves were easily sown onto the fabric with some careful (and small) stitching to wrap around the central vein on the leaves and at the top and bottom to firmly anchor them.
The finished result!!
I also used some of the leaves to create the lace choker – another elemental feature of the overall look I wanted.
To create the choker I used some lace plus a black beaded necklace. I worked out the lengths of necklace to choker that I wanted then used a few stitches to hold the necklace to the bottom edge of the lace. I have done this in such a way that the necklace can be easily detached after use and go back into normal use if required.
The next step was to use the black leaves in between the beaded necklace drops at the bottom edge of the chocker – they will stand out against the paler skin well and the beads act as frame for the leaves.
To finish it off I used the purple leaves on the main body of the lace to add some subtle colour and tie the 2 pieces together.
I’m really pleased with my creations and they both got some compliments on the night and the leaves stayed firmly in place despite some pretty energetic dancing!
Right, I’m going now to make some halloween tea light holders using some more black leaves with red ones this time to glue on some plain glass tea light holders – the light from the tea lights will really make the shape of the leaves stand out. I will use clear craft glue and it will work a treat – a repeat of an earlier project in different colours! Hopefully using the larger red leaves will make it look like flames…….”
Blog by Sam