Thursday, 1 May 2014

May Day is Lei Day: How to Braid a Ribbon Lei

May Day is Lei Day in Hawaii. There's even a song telling us so. A few meetings ago, Carey—just back from Hawaii—showed us a bit of hula and a method of making ribbon leis.

You start with two complementary colors of ribbon (we used 1/2" grosgrain ribbon provided by Carey, and it worked very well). For the purpose of this tutorial, we'll keep the lighter color on the left and the darker color on the right.

Make a simple loop at the ends to start.

Slip the dark loop through the light loop & pull it through about 1/2".

Next, form another loop with the light-colored ribbon and slip it through the dark loop.

Continue in this manner, looping dark through light and vice-versa. You may need to occasionally snug up the lei by tugging gently at the ends of the ribbons.

In about 15 minutes, you'll have a length of braid.

You can either tie the ends together, or try to match the braid as I did (before ultimately just stitching the whole thing closed).

Add an embellishment if you like, and it's ready to wear.

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