Crock of Gold Hoard – Working the Rim of the Crock itself

Foundation Stitches on the Rim of the Crock

Foundation Stitches on the Rim of the Crock

After much cogitation, I decided to work stem stitch band around the rim of the Crock of Gold. It seemed to me that that this might create the right combination of a rounded shape and a smooth line around the rim. Although satin stitch worked beautifully for the much narrower rim of the lid, I was sure that it would lead the eye wrongly in this case. In fact if you look at the foundation stitches for the stem stitch band, I think that confirms my suspicion.

Rim of the Crock in Close Up - Stem Stitch Band

Rim of the Crock in Close Up – Stem Stitch Band

The choice of stitch also meant that by changing colours as I worked the stem stitch over the foundation, I could keep the sense of movement that I feel recalls a hand-made pot. Had I worked the rim in satin stitches, changing colours would have created a rather blocky effect – fine when I come to re-create some of the geometric patterns the Egyptians used, not so good for a plain and undecorated earthenware pot!

I had a momentary wobble as I began to work the rows as the stitches seemed not to be packing together, and I kept catching my needle on the felt, but gradually as I added more rows of stitching I realised that it was working.

Both Rims Done

Both Rims Done

Now I have the rims done, I need to do the shadows, and I’ve not quite worked out how, as yet.

Still, thus far, the Crock of Gold is working pretty well. I think the raised effect of the rims will help to keep the chipwork visually contained, and that will be important, as there’s the potential for chipwork to draw the eye too much.


  1. Carol says:

    Just fabulous, Rachel! I’m awestruck!

  2. Lady Fi says:

    It really is brilliant!

  3. I’ve been eagerly anticipating progress reports on the rim. I too would have tried to do perpendicular stitches across the padding instead of flowing around the rim like you ended up doing. The stem stitches look great! Now for the fun part–the gold!

  4. Penny says:

    Its perfect!

  5. karen says:

    I would say that ”pretty well” is the understatement of the year…’s amazing!

  6. Carolyn says:

    It is coming along alright. Very nice.

  7. Anita says:

    It looks great! I agree with you ,raised stem is good choice and I think it’ll go well with the chip work than satin stitch.