Quick Update on The Map of Amarna

Fields Of Amarna

Fields Of Amarna

The cultivation on the Map of Amarna will take quite a while to do, but since I’m really quite happy with the progress it is making, I thought I would post a quick update on it.

The scatter of tête de boeuf stitches is as much as I have managed to do since I finally decided that that was the solution I was going to use. Granted, I’ve been working on a lot of other pieces at the same time, and sometimes I am simply not in the mood for single-stitch work, but it’s also more time consuming than you might expect. I’m trying very hard not to use a regular pattern of stitches – the scatter is as random as I can make it, given the human proclivity for pattern-making.

Since what remains to be done is about four times as much as I have done, I expect it will be quite some time before you see it again, but rest assured, I haven’t forgotten…


  1. Elmsley Rose says:

    What is the count of the linen you’re working on? I remember it as being awfully high/fine. I was just talking with Susan Farmer about 110 ct being available.

  2. You muust have great patience to stitch that!! You have reminded me that I have a counted cross stitch map of Hampshire that I have benn ignoring for quite some time (we lived in Hampshire in the 80s)

  3. Alex says:

    The tete de boeuf stitches in that gently variegated thread are spot on for the plant/cultivation effect. Didn’t realised you still had so many to do though!

  4. I have just been doing some experimenting with this stitch and thought it would be great as a representation for plants. It does work well doesn’t it.

  5. karen says:

    I agree…it is very time consuming yet there is a great sense of achievement when it is finished

  6. Penny says:

    Love your scatters!!!

  7. Janice says:

    I was thinking about the elusive Dreams of Amarna only the other day and wondering where you’d got with it. It looks beautiful.