Saturday, 20 July 2013

Hippy Chic Vintage 70s Braided Eternity Scarf

I often find vintage 70s hippy silk scarves on my vintage shopping trips, and without fail they transport me to my teenage years of cheesecloth & denim.  I loved these scarves back then.  Now though, they aren't quite chic enough.  Added to that, many of them are made of such flimsy silk they can be positively ragged.  However I still love the colourway & patterns of the silks, and so wondered how I could rework them into an accessory I would enjoy wearing.

The answer was so so simple - braiding.  Forget rag rugs, this is a silk braid which is easy peasy to construct &, I think, has just the right degree of hippy chic.

I took three long skinny vintage 70s silk scarves.  None was in great shape; in fact one even had holes in it where the silk had worn through!  I secured them at one end with a knot and then got braiding ...

... until I had a long sausage of silk braid.

Next, I secured the two ends together by stitching through with toning thread & gathered the unbraided ends to form floppy petals of a large corsage type flower which I finished off with a large button

The scarf created formed a long loop which can be arranged as you wish.  Easy, quick & effective.


Thursday, 11 July 2013

That was the week that wwwas ...

What a wwweek!  My laptop gave up the ghost last Sunday & I hadn't fully appreciated how much I relied on it.  I was unable to send emails that needed sending and as I didn't know any local techies, had a bit of a hunt round the local towns to find somebody to fix it.  So if anyone in Spalding ever needs IT support can I recommend the wonderful Mr Chips in Victoria Street.  He was friendly, professional & reassuring.  And he saved all my data!!  Busy getting gadgets & printers back in sync & realise I absolutely must get a second computer in case that ever happens again - afraid me & Mr. Brocobelle only use the most basic of PAYG mobiles & indeed our family often looks on us with pity when they realise the sad extent of our technological status.  Anyway, a small bouquet of my CD flowers above to brighten my blog - hope you're all enjoying the sunshine! x
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