African Woman: Beaded Embroidery Headress

by Rose Barden.
(Florida USA)

I was inspired with this piece from attending the Zora Neal Hurston Festival in February 2014.

African Woman - finished

African Woman – finished

The Beginning- Outline - Headress

The Beginning- Outline – Headress

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More Details - Face - headress

More Details – Face – headress

More details - face - headress- braided hair - clothing - finished

More details – face – headress- braided hair – clothing – finished


So I decided to do a Beaded Embroidery of multicolored beadings, a shell I picked up in the beach last summer; and place it on Gray felt back drop.

Rose Barden
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  • This is a fascinating design, Rose, and neat to see the steps of how it was created. I love how you used the seed beads to “draw” the picture, and the shell for her headdress. It also has an interesting air of mystery – because although we can see the lady’s silhouette, we have to imagine her face. Thank you for sharing this!

  • Colleen says:

    Rose, can you send in a pick with someone wearing your head dress? I bet it looks beautiful on.

  • Joy Jones says:

    This is truly unique and a very lovely piece!

  • Rose says:

    @Collen, this headress, is an original from creating.

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