Tuesday, 10 July 2018

Headwrap post

This is really for friends who like to head-wrap (or, as I keep typing by mistake, head-warp).

If you've followed this blog a long time, you may remember one summer a few years ago I posted about the kapps I like to make that I called "podvigs". Podvig is a word out of the Russian Orthodox tradition to do with intentionality and vocation, which made it feel apposite to headcovering.

I can't find the post now, I think I must have deleted it at some point. 

The podvigs are very simple to make. You just need a rectangular piece of cloth — I generally use an old tea-towel (for US friends, that's the English term for a wiping-up-washed-dishes-cloth) because they get to look a bit weathered and battered and I like my hats that way. They are also quite rough cloth, which means they stay put and don't slip, unlike synthetic fibres and smooth naturals.

You measure from just below one ear, up over your head to just below the other ear. Add a little extra for a hem on either side. That gives you the long straight edge of your podvig. Use the long straight edge of the tea-towel.  You then make a D-curve (draw it on the wrong side so it doesn't show later, so that you've drawn a D shape on your fabric.  Not a semi-circle, you go down straight a little way, then curve round, then up straight a little way to the other end of the long straight side. Are you with me? You just cut out a D, of which the long straight edge is a little longer than below one ear and up over your head to below the other ear. I can't give you measurements, it all depends on the size of your head, but if you do what I just said then it'll fit you.

So you cut out your D. I'm assuming the long straight edge is already selvedged or hemmed. Around the curve, make a tiny hem, just to stop any fraying along the raw edge. Then, again around the curve, make a deeper hem, perhaps a centimetre, to be a channel for elastic. Leave the ends open to thread the elastic through. Use knicker elastic type of width. 

Thread a length of elastic through, stitching it down at one end and anchoring the other with a safety pin to experiment until it is both tight enough and loose enough to wear comfortably. Then stitch down the second end of your elastic, and you have your podvig.

But here's the bright idea I had today. You can get online those fair-traded headbands from Nepal, inexpensive. Get one of those. Or any other headband you may have, but it must have a rough enough surface to create cloth-to-cloth traction (ie not slip).

Put the headband on first, to keep your hair firmly in place, then put the podvig on over the top. Because they are both rough cloth, it'll stay put.

I think it looks really good.

It's a lot easier than all the winding and knotting and whatnot that goes with most wraps.

And these are in a whole different league!!


Sandra Ann said...

I always think you look fab wearing a podvig! I would however look terrible!! It's not about looks I know but you have to feel able to wear it with some degree of confidence I would have thought xx

Sandra Ann said...

Just had a thought maybe you could do a simple photo tutorial as a follow up to this post?

Pen Wilcock said...

Thank you! The great thing about this system is that you don't even need a tutorial, because there's no wrapping or tucking involved, you just put on a headband positioned however you want it, then the podvig just sits on your head. It's just a hat, elasticated to fit snug. x

Pen Wilcock said...

The best site for head-wrapping info is Wrapunzel — they do good tutorials too.

BLD in MT said...

I admire the look of those elaborate crown wrappings, but I am much more a plain-jane type. Like yours. Though I prefer darker colors near my face. My favorite headwrap is a long black rectangular scarf wrapped in a very flat turban. So flat that turban isn't even the right word. It is calming, simple, and goes with everything. ;) I finally bought one of Wrapunzel's velvet headbands and I must say, it keep the thing on my head through a whole day and night hiking/camping and traipsing about. When it goes kaputz I will make my own though as having seen how it was done it is totally within my sewing range.

Pen Wilcock said...

I have one of Wrapunzel's signature shapers, and it grips like iron! A brilliant thing!