Starting On Akhenaten

Starting Akhenaten
Starting Akhenaten

Naturally, once I’d done the Head of Nefertiti, I wanted to do something of Akhenaten. The question was, what?

But I needn’t have worried. Almost before I have posed myself the question, an idea had sprung, fully formed, into my mind, rather as Nefertiti had done. It’s going to be a sort of unholy, but with any luck, truly gorgeous, combination of trapunto and goldwork.

I’m basing the design on the four colossi of Akhenaten, all of which are damaged in different ways, allowing me to put together something that should resemble an undamaged one. Then I started to forage among my silk fabrics to find something suitable, finally choosing a sort of pinkish orangey-brown which reminds me a bit of pink granite. The colossi aren’t made of pink granite, but the Egyptians did use it, and besides, this is a work of artistic interpretation!

Outline Stitched
Outline Stitched

Since the idea is such a mash-up of techniques, I’m not at all sure whether it will work, or what order to do what in (if you follow me!). I’ve started by stretching the calico backing fabric in the frame, overlaying it with two layers of a fairly lofty synthetic wadding and a denser layer of cotton, and then stretching the silk over the top.

Then I stitched the outline, using close back stitches. It doesn’t look very good at this point, because there is extra wadding where I don’t want it.

But the next stage is a bit scary, so I had to clutch my courage in both hands…

14 thoughts on “Starting On Akhenaten

  1. This one will be fun to watch growing! The silk is a beautiful colour (the photo doesn’t catch it properly). I think you’ll have fun with this one, once the wadding is where you want it.

  2. I am sure this will be another stunning piece.
    With so many layers, won’t the stitching be rather hard?
    What are you going to do with the extra wadding you don’t want? Cut it out? Then you need to clutch your courage in both hands! Good luck!

  3. Rachel, you are such a trooper! I can’t wait to see what Akhenaten will look like as he appears under your very skilled fingers. I hope the mix of techniques will turn out to be perfect for your vision of what he will look like.

  4. I agree, be brave. We are all so afraid of doing the wrong thing yet that is how we learn.

  5. That silk is a lovely shade of pink. I can’t wait to see how this develops. I always learn so much just from reading how you go about creating in the real world the vision you have in your mind.

    Thanks so much for linking up to last week’s Stitchery Link Party. Aloha hugs!

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