The First Crest for The Dig – Finished

Detail Of Crest

Detail Of Crest

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 the original inspiration, besides being utterly maddening to achieve.

Finished First Crest

Finished First Crest

I began by working each row individually, first the short stitches and then threading the pearl cotton, but I soon found that it was much quicker to do several rows of the holding stitches, and then threading the pearl cotton through them.

So here it is, done. The other crest panel, when I get to it, will be in silver, with the same background. I need to get the other piece of fabric onto the frame and get ready, because it is good to have at least one project in which I know exactly what I want to do.

There is one question that remains to be solved – how will I edge each panel? I’ve been thinking about lucetting, crochet, or kumihimo. I have a feeling that a lot of experimentation lies in my future.


  1. Sue Jones says:

    Very nice. It’s kept the sketch-book-doodle nature of the original drawing, while adding the shine and polish of neat goldwork. The background makes it stand out well. I think a darkish-blue edging will bring it out even more – however you finally choose to make it.

  2. Penny says:

    I like this. I always admire your patience and your skill — too bad you can’t bottle that and send some this way *smile*. What is your next project going to be?

  3. coral-seas says:

    Nice effect, and I think all the nicer for not being perfectly regimented stitching. Both the variegated thread and the irregular spacing add to the appeal of this charming panel.

    Do you know of any authentic Egyptian braiding techniques?

  4. Janice says:

    Yes, looks very good. Will be well matched by its partner in silver but with the same background. I’m sure you’ll find the perfect edging for it. It will come to you.

  5. Jules says:

    I like it! Could you tell what pearl cotton thread you used please.? With regards to edging – you could always refer back to those Egyptian hair extensions for braiding inspiration!

  6. karen says:

    it’s perfect Rachel….kumihimo….I love that word….

  7. Ok, there was a slight delay as I had to look up kumihimo! Your stitching as ever is superb and as always I amlooking forward to seeing the next stage!

  8. Carolyn says:

    I like the effect you have achieved with the cloud stitch. It suits the piece.

  9. Lady Fi says:

    wow – how gorgeous!

  10. Alex says:

    That’s impressively even given that you were being a bit more laid back! Are there any Egyptian techniques you could incorporate as an edging?