LaDuc Crowne Affair

2009
7 ½ x 7 ½ x 19 ½
Beaded Headdress
$2900

Every few years the Dakota County Historical Society announces a juried art show based on embroidery designs from the Hastings Needle Work Company. Started in 1888 by Alice and Florence LeDuc, Hastings Needle Work produced unique embroidery pieces for their clients from 1888 to the mid-1920s. Over 1,200 patterns have survived, showing a broad variety of design.

Although the designs were originally intended for embroidery, participants were invited to use the medium of their choice. Of course I chose beadwork and at the time I was working with headdresses.

I used three different patterns in this interpretation, the middle front long piece, the birds, and then the shells along the bottom edge. I really like that someone saved these patterns, I feel we have lost so much from the past.

This headdress won first place.