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The Second Crest for the Dig

Last month, I had made several unsatisfactory trials with silver thread, and took my headaches to the Harrogate Knitting and Stitching Show to ask advice on the Golden Hinde stand. I got to the show with about 40 minutes to go of the Thursday evening late opening, which meant that the aisles were relatively clear […]


Experiments with A Marudai

I’ve been fascinated by Kumihimo braiding for ages. I first heard about it many years ago from a mathematician friend of my husband’s. Quite why, I can’t now recall, unless it was a desperate attempt on the part of the mathematician to find something textile-related to talk to me about. Jolly decent of him, don’t […]


A Dilemma

Now, you may recall from when I began the first one that there are to be two Crests, one for each panel, balancing each other. Furthermore, since there will be a gauze overlay, everything has to have the visual strength to show through it. I don’t think that this silver thread has enough force or […]


The First Crest for The Dig – Finished

The Cloud Filling Stitch variation that creates the ripple effect is fairly easy to do, and once I had decided to get working on it, finishing the first panel really ripped along. As you see, I’ve not been too pernickety about spacing. It would have been possible, but it wouldn’t have been in keeping with […]


Progress on the Crest for the Dig

The goldwork on the Crest for the Dig went rather quickly, and I found myself running straight into a brick wall. I narrowed my background choices down to two, and then stopped. I’ve even extended the patches of trial background, and propped the frame up to stare at. The arrowhead stitches create a subtle effect; […]


The Plan for the Dreams of Amarna

I had several very useful comments after my last post, but they all (understandably!) failed to take into account my overall plan for this project. So, a quick re-cap, for the benefit of everyone who hasn’t (unlike me) been thinking about the Dreams of Amarna for the last twenty years. I first wrote about this […]


Continuing The Crest for the Dig

The sensible first stage for the Crest was to do the goldwork. First of all, I’m not at all sure how I am going to do the background, so I should concentrate on the bit I’ve decided on. Secondly, I was a little worried that I might not have enough gold thread of the type […]


The Panel of the Excavation

Having completely redesigned the idea and the thrust of the second of the two background panels, I have to design the actual image I will use. This image is cropped from a photo of the excavation from that wonderful collection of photos that The Egypt Exploration Society has allowed me to use as reference material […]


The Crest For The Dig – Making a Start

Some time ago I started to work on a design for my version of the crest that John Pendlebury doodled for the dig on the first night after the expedition arrived. It was to be the corner design for one of the panel assemblies, matched by I’m-not-sure-what in the other corner. In the process of […]


Dreams of Amarna – a complete rethink!

In the intervals of stitching, I have been wrestling in thought with the background to the second panel of the Dreams of Amarna. My original idea was to balance “The Map of Amarna” with “London to Amarna, 1929″, but I have been struggling to envisage how to set the elements into a harmonious pattern. Then […]