Still More Work on the Map of Amarna

Section of the Amarna Map

Section of the Amarna Map

This photograph shows a completed section of the Amarna Map, which demonstrates most of the design choices I have made as I went along.

The long lines to the left in the picture are worked simply in Chain stitch and represent the Nile that runs beside the site. Small tête de boeuf stitches represent the cultivation, represented by hatched stars on the original map.

The text is worked in Back Stitch. It isn’t perfectly regular, but it isn’t really intended to be, either. I knew that all my favourite line stitches would be too heavy and detailed for the scale and the intention I have, so it is deliberately chosen to be as simple as I can make it.

Remember there will be areas competing for attention here and that what I want is a general impression that the viewer can then look at more closely if they want details.

There is at least as much again to do before the Map is finished – that’s why I have tagged this post “Perseverance”!


  1. Jan says:

    I love seeing your progress on this project! This section is coming together very well. Keep persevering! You’ll get there. Large projects can get you down – they seem overwhelming at times. But I love what I’m seeing.

  2. Janice says:

    Yes, like Jan it strikes me that you’ve made a lot of progress on this recently. The good thing about this particular large project is that it falls into sections so you can think of each part as a project with a fairly close end-date. Looking good! Am really looking forward to seeing the whole thing!

  3. Lady Fi says:

    Wow – amazing… Can’t believe you’ve actually stitched that writing!

  4. Sara says:

    This project is awesome! I love maps and embroidery. I’d love to see the finished work some day!