Monday, May 5, 2008

Lei it on Thick

www.leichic.comWhat? Forgot it was May Day tomorrow? No more flowers at your house? Neighbors raided your plumeria trees? Oh, but need to make lei still yet?

Search around your yard (or your neighbor’s – but be better and ask first) for these unusual, oldie-but-goodie lei making materials. Then grab your needle and get to work.

Hair Will Do
No, not your hair, but Pele’s hair, also called hinahina or Spanish moss. Be sure to leave some where it hangs, and take enough to braid or double twist, and knot together.

French Braid
Braid ferns together (palapalai or pala‘a are good choices), weaving in new ones as the stems get short. Knot at the end and it’s ready to go.

The Old Standby
Thread bougainvillea flowers together (these buggahs are everywhere) including the colorful papery leaves, or weave into fern lei.

Never Woulda Thought
Gather leaves from the kukui tree, and continuously knot stems together until you have a fresh green, full lei.

No Mocking
Sew mock orange leaf clusters onto a fabric or ribbon backing for an unusual look.

Ti Time
Cut long, dark green ti leaves and if you’d like, soften in the shade for an hour or so. Debone them, knot stems together, then either braid three or twist two together, or simply shred with your fingernails and place around the neck in an open lei.

Posted on Monday, May 5, 2008 in Permalink

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Lei Chic associate editor Natalie Schack has been a cultural anthropology student,museum worker bee and dabbler in graphic design. When she isn't scouting new fashion, compiling to-do lists or crafting puns, Natalie spends her free time dreaming up elaborate picnic ideas; "researching" via YouTube tutorials, blogs and Instagram; and dusting off her pith helmet for the next adventure life throws her way.


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