Whitework with colour embroidery project ready for you to stitch.  Create your own beautiful piece of embroidery by following the simple, step by step instructions provided in this pattern. 

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The Xhosa are an ethnic tribe in the Eastern Cape of South Africa. The elaborate head dress includes beadwork and ornamentation that depicts the different stages of a woman’s life. All Xhosa names have a meaning: Thandiswa means "She is in love".  This pattern is adapted from the original project in my book Whitework with Colour.

Skill level

ALL.  Suitable for beginners, although it would be helpful to be familiar with some of the embroidery stitches.

Project Size

11 x 13cm (4.5 x 5.2 in)

  • 3 PDF Patterns:  The pattern, a copy of Embroidery Essentials and the Stitch Guide.
  • A full list of threads and materials required.
  • Clear tracing outline actual size.

You will need

  • Fabric
  • Thread
  • Beads
  • Needles
  • Hoop

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If you would like more information, on the technique, preparation and materials plus my own hints and tips, you can find a copy of my Handbook here.


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Françoise Moison
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J'ai acheté..et l'ai réalisé ...assez complexe tout de même mais j'en suis heureuse...cependant il manque la possibilité de la traduction des explications en français...