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Topic: Tabistry (Pop Tab) Headband and Hair Flowers for Tribal Bellydance Outfit  (Read 12221 times)
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« on: May 19, 2010 09:53:56 AM »

My tribal bellydance outfit has been an ongoing project that I just keep adding new things to.  Now, I've finished up a matching headband to go with my black and tan tabistry (made out of pop tabs) Turkish-style vest and belt set along with reworking my hair flowers a little.  I wore the whole outfit to Scarborough Renaissance Festival this past weekend to get some action shots.  There are more pics and info on the headband and the rest of my outfit on my tabistry blog.

I've also posted a tutorial for the hair flowers, which are made using buttons and hair pins.  Very cheap and easy to make.  I didn't use any glue, yet they stayed in all day with no problems.

Here's a pic of my mom and me together in our garb:

Thanks for looking.  We enjoy any comments.

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« Reply #1 on: May 19, 2010 10:04:34 AM »

Fantastic Tabistry! Grin
You both look amazing.

« Reply #2 on: May 19, 2010 10:05:20 AM »

Pop tops ARE part of our tribal culture. And you look fabulous.

LOVE to pop top pirate!

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« Reply #3 on: May 19, 2010 10:27:36 AM »

Everything you make looks so amazing and fun. I'll never have enough pop tabs even try to do something like this, but wonderful job. Smiley

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« Reply #4 on: May 19, 2010 10:55:20 AM »

You guys look stunning!
« Reply #5 on: May 19, 2010 11:02:34 AM »

Absolutely Awesome!
« Reply #6 on: May 19, 2010 11:07:19 AM »

Thank you guys so much, BonEsInspired, ScotSkipper402, amalgam, pixieval and Lady351 !

The pirate is a bit of a tabistry traitor (as pirates can be).  Cheesy  Mom went and bought the black Moresca bodice last year at TRF.  She's been favoring it over her green tabistry bodice lately.  Guess I need to make her a new tabistry bodice, so she'll wear the tabs instead.  Can't complain too much.  At least she wears her hat and necklace.  Smiley

I'm seeing more and more people at faire sporting can tabs.  Good sign it catching on.  Yay!!  HEHE   Grin

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« Reply #7 on: May 19, 2010 12:08:41 PM »

Gorgeous work! I love all the little embellishments on your costume. The pop tabs looks awesome the way you weaved them all together.

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« Reply #8 on: May 20, 2010 12:40:39 AM »

That is completely fabulous! You both look gorgeous.

What is tabistry? I've never heard of it.

« Reply #9 on: May 20, 2010 06:56:10 AM »

Thank you to PixieSkull and PinkLizzy Sews!

PinkLizzy Sews, "tabistry" is a term a friend of mine coined to describe my work weaving can tabs (aka: ring pulls, pop tops) together to make things.  Since then I've defined it on my blog as such:

Tabistry - [tab - us - stree] noun, plural  -tries, verb, -tried,  -trying.

   1. the art of creating versatile textile out of ordinary pop (soda)/bear/soup/fruit/other can pull tab woven together with fabric, ribbon, cord, wire, jump rings or any other material.
   2. a fabric consisting of can tabs which are woven together by hand to produce a design, often wearable, used for clothing, wall hangings, furniture coverings, etc.
   3. to furnish, cover, or adorn with pop tabs.
   4. also referred to as "pop topping"; and in conjunction with the terms "trashion" and "upcycling".

There are loads of examples at my blog, tabistry.blogspot.com.  And, other tabistry enthusiasts and I have just started a facebook group of the same name to share our discoveries!

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