A few weeks back, my flower loving designer pal Corrina brought me back a Lei needle from Hawaii, homeplace of the art of traditional Lei making. It got me thinking about stringing flowers and plants together with a needle and thread, to make flower crowns, floral necklaces, and……..Hat Bands? I hope to learn more some day about the craft and ritual of traditional Lei making but for now, It was time to experiment.
This is Corrina with a Lei made of Hawaiian Pussy Willows. Gorg, right?
I spent several hours last week foraging plants and playing with flowers in my studio. What came out of it was a killer Floral Hat Band, and a million and one more ideas for using a needle and thread to make beautiful floral adornment.
Today, I’m going to show you how to make a Floral Hat Band in the Lei tradition, with foraged flowers, a needle, and thread. Get yourself a Lei needle to make it easier to string, or you can just use a regular needle and thread. I used white nylon thread for this tutorial.
A note about foraging flowers……..
Lei’s require foraging in the native forests, collecting seeds, pods, vines and flowers. The wise lei maker who is perpetuating the continuation of a culture and a lost art, must keep in mind the damage of foraging as well as the interruption of the natural cycle of these plants. It is important to cause as little damage as possible to the area and to restock when possible. –Angelfire.com
Begin threading your flowers, gently through the strongest point at their base. Keep adding them in whatever order you want, using flowers as well as greenery.