The Red Panel on the Nefertiti Shawl – Part Two

More circles..

More circles..

Moving on to the next set of stitches…

The circles weren’t perfectly drawn, so the slightly wonky appearance of perspective is partly owing to that. The lighter coverage is Cretan Stitch. I often have trouble using cretan stitch in my more figurative projects, so I’m hoping that being reminded of it will help me to find uses for it in future. Up and Down Buttonhole stitch is an old favourite, as long term readers will know. I’ve done it more neatly, but I always enjoy stitching it.

Still More Circles

Still More Circles

This pair was actually among the last to be finished. Italian Border Stitch can be described as a fly stitch with a French Knot instead of a straight stitch. First I did a single row, and it looked a bit thin, so I added a second layer. Much better!

The second circle is in Chained Feather Stitch. This one curves well around  the circle, and has something of the feel of a victor’s laurel wreath about it. Maybe an omen for me finally finishing the Dreams of Amarna in the next year?


  1. Terrie says:

    Always like reading your blog to know the names of stitches. Very interesting.

  2. Lady Fi says:

    Very nice!

  3. I will miss Dreams of Armana when you finish it, even though I want you to stitch faster so I can see more.

  4. Dima says:

    I like the italian border stitch. You’re always introducing me to new stitches 🙂

  5. jenclair says:

    Love the feathered chain stitch!

  6. Dreams of Armana could be one of your 17 in 2017!!

  7. Renee says:

    Beautiful stitching!

  8. Carolyn says:

    This is looking nice. I love up and down button hole stitch. Seeing it here makes me want to use it again.

  9. Wonky stitches are the best!

  10. Sue Jones says:

    Italian border stitch is new to me. I like the Cretan in particular, it looks like a lot of happy people dancing in a ring.

  11. Anita says:

    Chained feather stitch circle looks good.I use petal and single feather stitch a lot around shisha and I think this one will work too.

  12. Lin says:

    Lovely stitching Rachel. xx

  13. Alex Hall says:

    As always, fascinating to see how different stitches behave, especially round curves.