Finally, completely finished!

More progress on SlowTVStitchery – Episode Eight is now up. Enjoy!

View Of Lining
View Of Lining

After washing the pashmina for the lining several times (it dyed the water bright turquoise the first three times at least, with no discernible fading in the fabric), ironing both of them, and pinning them together with safety pins, I settled down with my turquoise silk thread and ran simple running stitch quilting along all the gold lines of the design. This was easiest to do, I found, by cutting the thread to a little over the width of the pashmina and starting in the middle of both the thread and the shawl. Once the main lines were in place, I went back to the polychrome band and added the extra lines of stitching to delineate the frame.

Gold Stitch Band
Gold Stitch Band

It’s not easy to see, although I’ve done my best with this photo, but I’ve worked several rows of variegated golden lines across the pashmina on the otherwise undecorated end. I felt, when I finished the polychrome band that the whole thing looked a little unbalanced, and needed something to prevent the impression of something just fading out. I used Wavy Chain, Shell Chain, and Cable Chain, which are used on the other end, too.

Polychrome Band Laid Out
Polychrome Band Laid Out

And here is the polychrome band. You can see that the proportions aren’t quite perfect, but it is very much in the spirit of the StitchOff that the pashmina was originally bought for, in that it is intended to be worn and enjoyed, not stuck up on a wall. It wasn’t quick to do, but that is the fault of my own talent for over complication!

Nefertiti Shawl Finished
Nefertiti Shawl Finished

At long last, the Nefertiti Shawl is finished and lined, the lining has been controlled with lines of stitching, and the whole thing has been pressed. It should be seriously cosy – the lining is another cashmere pashmina, and it clings slightly as I wrap it around myself. It’s not an easy piece to photograph, hence the languorous drape over the sofa!

9 Comments

  1. Sue Jones says:

    It should have been photographed draped over you, with you draped langurously over the sofa.
    I am glad it has come to such a successful conclusion. And in very good time for a chilly autumn.

  2. Jen Mullen says:

    Beautiful! You should enjoy wrapping yourself up in this luxury.

  3. You will be the queen of the ball, as well as cosy, wrapped in that gorgeous shawl. Well done.

  4. Carolyn Foley says:

    It looks lovely.

  5. You should be very proud of yourself! The piece looks lovely. And I enjoyed reading about the whole progress and why you made certain decisions.

  6. Lady Fi says:

    Well done! It looks fabulous!

  7. Lin Tarrant says:

    Congratulations on your finish – it looks gorgeous and sounds very snuggly! xx

  8. Meredithe says:

    It looks so luxurious. Gorgeous colour.

  9. How lovely that looks, both as a piece of embroidery and as something to snuggle into when it gets chillier. And thank you for the introduction to the Lady’s Magazine stitch off, what a fun project.
    It’s lovely to see the next stage of your or nue. I can appreciate it even more now after my own efforts, understanding a little bit more about the technique and the time that it takes. I shall look forward to seeing what you decide about the children 🙂