Egyptian queen costumes are long, sleeveless sheath dresses accented with ornate, gold accessories like thick bracelets, snake armbands, jewelled belts, collar necklaces and headpieces. Traditional Egyptian queen headpieces have gold accents with heavy beaded fringe. They are often worn with a long, black wig with fringe.
Place the headband on your head. Measure the length of the front of your headband from the outside of one eye and across to the outside of your other eye. Cut a piece of beaded fringe the same length. The fringe across the front of the headpiece should not hang more than 2.5 cm (1 inch) and should end above your eyebrows. Spread glue along the front seam of the fringe and press onto the inside bottom edge of the front of your headband.
Add long, beaded fringe to the sides and back of your headpiece. The fringe should be at least 13 cm (5 inches) long but can run the entire length of your hair. Measure the length of the remaining part of your headband. Cut a piece of beaded fringe the same length. Spread glue along the front seam of the fringe and press onto the inside bottom edge of your headband.
Set the headpiece aside for an hour to allow the glue attaching the fringe to dry completely. If you used heavy fringe, add extra support by adding a few sewing stitches along the edges of the fringe seam.
Measure the length of your headband. Cut a piece of ribbon the same length as your headband. Use ribbon as wide as your headband that is decorated with metallic designs or intricate patterns. Spread glue on the back of the ribbon. Find the seam on your headband and glue the end of the ribbon to the seam. Press the ribbon onto the headband, smoothing the ribbon from one end to the other. Allow the glue to dry completely.
Create a centrepiece by gluing a large fake jewel to the centre of the front of your headband or gluing three jewels, placing the largest in the middle and a smaller jewel on each side.
Fabric and craft stores carry different styles of beaded fringe in all price ranges.
Things you need
- Stretch headband, 2.5 to 5 cm (1" to 2") thick
- Cloth measuring tape
- Beaded fringe
- Needle and thread
- Ribbon, the width of the headband; decorated
- Cloth scissors
- Craft glue
- Large fake jewels