This weekend I thought I’d try decorating myself with embroidery. Here is my kantha embroidery hair barrette:
It’s metallic gold thread on black cotton sateen so it’s actually fairly shiny, though that’s hard to photograph.
Even harder is photographing the back of my head (I didn’t have a friend nearby when writing this post).
To make it, I started with a plain hair barrette from Joann’s.
I traced the shape onto my fabric, and worked a flower in kantha embroidery (a traditional Indian embroidery based around running stitch).
It really shines in the sun – very pretty.
I cut the shape out with a little extra fabric around the edges, and sewed it onto the barrette over a little bit of batting for padding. I did a terrible job sewing it – it’s a mess on the back – but it doesn’t show and next time I will do better. Anybody got suggestions for the best way to attach it?
I think it came out quite lovely, and I hope it inspires some of y’all.