Last details on the Nefertiti Shawl

Well, at last!

Polychrome Panel on the Shawl
Polychrome Panel on the Shawl

As you can see, I didn’t perfectly centre my sketch of the design when I put it on the pashmina, but once it’s swept around my shoulders, I doubt very much whether anyone will notice!

I’ve also put a narrower set of gold lines on the other end. I didn’t want to work the whole thing again, but I felt that a little extra colour would nevertheless help to make the whole this look a bit more thought-out. Or at least, more completely evolved!

Copy The Quilters
Copy The Quilters

However, I did decide that in the interests of not spending all my time on maintenance, I was going to line it, and I found another turquoise blue pashmina with which to do so. It is slightly narrower (so I turned in the selvedges of the embroidered one to meet it), slightly longer, and doesn’t have a fringe. So I could line just the fabric length, and cut off the excess.

How to control the fabrics while I was doing so gave me a little trouble, until I remembered seeing quilters use safety pins to “tack” fabrics together. That worked beautifully!

I spent a couple of evenings working running lines beside each of the gold lines. Just straight running stitch – in the case of Wavy Chain, I simply offset the line a little, rather than trying to follow the zigzags.

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9 Comments

  1. Sue Jones says:

    Now we need a photo of the finished shawl being modelled, please!

  2. Beautiful, close ups of the centre panel please!

  3. There is much to learn from, and share with, other crafters. Using safety pins instead of basting thread is a quick way to keep the layers together, but the thread can easily get tangled up by them. I think safety pin basting is a favourite for those who quilt by machine.
    Nefertiti’s shawls is BEAUTIFUL.

  4. Jen Mullen says:

    Ahh, beautiful and elegant.

  5. Carolyn Foley says:

    The shawl is beautiful. Aren’t safety pins a wonder? so many uses.

  6. Meredithe says:

    Such beautiful work. Do we get to see it worn?

  7. karen says:

    beautiful, vibrant colour Rachel and the central embroidered section is gorgeous…..

  8. Lady Fi says:

    I love the blue!

  9. Jillayne says:

    It’s beautiful Rachel, and yes, modeled would be lovely!