To Make Your Headband:
I ordered a bunch of Angelus leather paints from Dharma Trading recently and nothing made of leather in my house is safe now!
I found these little hair clips recently that my mother made for me when I was little...and loved the hand painted details she added.
I was inspired to try and hand paint something of my own for Boo.
Step 1: I took some scrap leather (you can find pieces at fabric stores and craft stores...or you can cut up an old purse/shoes/jacket etc to salvage pieces)......
......and cut the leather into several strips:
I also cut out 2 leather flowers....the largest one is about 1.25" at its widest point:
Step 2: I took a small paint brush and cut off most of the bristles so it would paint small details easily:
Step 3: I painted some small "swoops" to resemble vines:
Step 4: I added small details like little leaves and little dots for small flowers....
...until I felt it was finished:
Step 5: I allowed the paint to dry thoroughly. To darken and soften the leather I used a technique that I used to break in all my horse bridles and saddles and to keep them clean and supple. I took some olive oil.....
.....and brushed the leather with a light coat.
Step 6: Once the oil had a chance to soak in, I put some Murphy's Oil Soap onto a wet rag and wiped down the leather to remove any excess oil residue:
Step 7: I let the leather dry completely and then used a tiny hole punch to add holes at the end of the pieces:
Step 8: Using DMC thread, I stitched the pieces together end to end....
....in a simple "X" pattern:
Step 9: I stitched the flowers using the same type of thread:
Step 10: I stitched 1/4" elastic (I would have used black but all I had was white) to the bottom of each end of the headband. I wrapped thread around the stitches to cover them:
The finished headband!
Now to find something else to paint :)