For my birthday in August we are going to watch “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” as part of the Cambridge Shakespeare Festival, performed in the gardens of Trinity College. We are all going as a family and they are encouraging children to come dressed as fairies. So with our Summer capes from last year we have made a stick crown.
There are thousands of sticks in our garden, many which the boys have collected on their travels. We selected a handful of relatively straight sticks, a strip of cotton from an old pillow case and a needle and thread, we used embroidery silk.
The cotton is foldered over, allowing for a space to insert the sticks. I then used the thread to secure it in place by doing roughly 7 over stitches along the stick.
Starting in the middle I kept adding sticks and securing with the stitches. I changed colour to add some interest too.
In total there was roughly 40 sticks but this will of course depend on the size of the sticks and the size of the head you are making for. I then sewed some thick elastic to the two ends to secure it together.
The finished crown – not just for fairies but maybe also Stickman or the base of an Easter bonnet?
Here we are trying them out before the performance.