More Slow Progress On The Crock Of Gold

Progress On The Sticks

Progress On The Sticks

I have been making progress on the sticks and the ground around the Crock and Lid. The speckling seed stitches are getting done in stages, rather as I tackled the (much bigger) job of the tête de boeuf stitch on the Map of Amarna.

The sticks are now all done, but in spite of the pattern of the shadows, they look a bit too flat. Somehow the pattern of dark and light is too undifferentiated.

With Highlights Added

With Highlights Added

So I have added some highlights here to two of the sticks. I’ve used the same stitch – split stitch – and simply stitched over the top of the first layer. It’s tricky, because in addition to the two layers of fabric, there are two or three layers of thread to get through. Nor am I entirely sure that it is giving exactly the effect I wanted.

Still, there is still much speckling still to do, not to mention the shadows of the pot and the lid. That will give me time to think a bit longer, and plan a bit more.


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  1. ladyfi says:

    You’re making progress! It’s looking good.

  2. Penny says:

    Once again I’m in awe of your stitching and creativity. I love to enlarge your pictures and just study the stitches one by one! Oh, should I throw in my admiration of your patience?? Of course I should!!

  3. Jules says:

    Your stitching just amazes me, stunning work!

  4. Carolyn says:

    That is looking wonderful. Maybe you could add some of the grey thread you have used in the left hand pot to break the solid colour of your stitch shadow?

  5. Oh – it looks fabulous. You have such dedication to getting it exactly as you want it …… I have a tendency to put it in the UFO pile if it doesn’t work out!!

  6. MeganH says:

    The crock is looking very crocky with the additional work….

  7. karen says:

    you may not be completely happy with this but I think it’s amazing!!!

  8. Susan says:

    It’s coming along nicely. Just love the shading in the lid…it gives such a great depth. YOu may be struggling but the results are proving that the struggle is worth it.

  9. Hannah says:

    I recommend propping it up and looking at it from across the room. Distance often helps with figuring out shading in drawings when something is bothering you.