So this idea was born from a combination of inspirations. A few months ago my friend Nikki sent me this tutorial from Honestly...WTF. It's beautiful and you should definitely check it out. Ive been seeing more and more tribal inspired prints and fashion and I am loving the muted and toned in color combos. Check out this Etsy shop. I also recently misplaced my favorite glitter headband and have been searching high and low for something just as fabulous... to no avail. So I decide to made my own. And to top it all off I decided to include a built in feather extension. So without farther ado, I present this very special How To!
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Now for the fun part. To switch colors bring the string you are working with around the back side of the headband and over all the other strings. Hold it with your finger as you grasp one of the other colors from behind it and begin to wrap the new color in the same direction. The first color is now tucked inside the coil with the other strings.
Now continue this process all the way around the headband, changing colors periodically to create whatever pattern you desire. I changed my patter up regularly to give it a sort of random look but you can get creative here. Make it your own! Be careful to keep an eye on the strings to make sure they don't get tangled. Just take one moment at each color change to arrange them and this shouldn't be too difficult.
When you arrive at the other end of the headband it's time to cut the strings. At this point you need to think about how long you want your feather extension to be. This will depend on the length or your hair and the look you desire. Remember, it will hang down from the back of your ear so this is where you should measure from. Multiply this length times 3 or 4 and cut the strings to this length.
Repeat again and again and you'll get this:
DEEP BREATH (you're almost done!) Attach the feather to the end of the headband by tying one of the feather strings to two of the headband strings and the other feather string to the remaining headband strings. (I know, the picture should help)
As a finishing touch, I used one of the feather strings and did some friendship bracelet stitches down the shaft of the feathers and over the rest of the strings. After a few stitches I trimmed all of these strings and continued to do friendship stitches until the ends were covered up.
Finally, take your embroidery needle and thread the last string through it. Using the needle, thread the final string under the remaining coils on the feather shaft to secure the end.