After posting a few pictures of a special project I've been working on, I received a lot of questions on how I stitched the braids. I decided that I would whip up a little tutorial to show you guys.
I can't show the project that inspired this tutorial...yet. It'll be worth the wait though, trust me. I can't wait to share it with you. I don't mean to toot my own horn but it's pretty epic. I'm in love with it.
Instead, I'll demonstrate with this lovely Senorita.
Where the braids will be I just used a general outline so I know roughly how wide they should be.
When stitching hair I generally use about 3 different colors. Here I am using 3 browns, my needle is threaded with one strand of each color (at the same time). Stitch a satin stitch diagonally until you get the desired width. There is no need to go all of the way across the braid, as this will get covered up anyways.
Next, bring your needle back up through the fabric above the section you just made but on the opposite side.
Stitch another diagonal section that overlaps the first portion you just stitched. Once you've reached an acceptable width, bring your needle back up next to where the first section of hair ended. Then overlap the chunk of hair on the opposite side.
Keep repeating this process for the entire length of the braid.
All of this overlapping helps to give it a fuller, rounder look that makes it very realistic.
Hopefully you find this helpful! And please don't hesitate to ask me any questions.
Enjoy what's left of your weekend, I've got to get back to my secret projects.