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