Working on Nefertiti’s Cartouche – 3

Cartouche Finished

Cartouche Finished

I did a lot of staring balefully.

I picked out a whole selection of threads, looked at them, and dismissed them. Partly, it must be said, because I had decided, after all, to use Plaited Braid Stitch, and that uses a lot of thread. I wasn’t sure that I even had enough of some of my choices!

In the end, I decided to use an overdyed pearl cotton in a sort of faience colour. Years ago, my mother managed plaited braid stitch using stranded cotton, but I tend to feel that that is making life unnecessarily difficult, so stranded threads or floppy threads were removed from consideration as soon as I had settled on the stitch…

I must say, I hadn’t expected to find the stitch getting narrower as I became more practised. I had to deliberately broaden the stitch as I got nearer to the start so I had some chance of joining the ends neatly.

Can You See The Join?

Can You See The Join?

And I really don’t think I did too badly – in fact, if it weren’t for the colour change, I think the join would be rather hard to spot!

And by the way – the dreaded Plaited Braid Stitch is no longer dreaded!


  1. Carolyn says:

    That looks very effective.

  2. Fab colour choice. It complements the piece perfectly and will really hold its own under your floaty screen cloth. One more to tick off. You are in danger of completing Dreams of Armana!

  3. Sue Jones says:

    Yes, you’ve done a great job with the plaited braid stitch. It obviously liked the thread you chose for it – it has strong likes and dislikes, does PBS. A very good join, too. And the whole cartouche is very imposing now it is properly bordered.

  4. Dima says:

    It looks wonderful. I really like how you finished off the cartouche.

  5. Kim McCool says:

    Love the color – so sorry it’s been a rather….painful experience. But we all have those projects, don’t we – now and then…..

  6. Lady Fi says:

    Wow – that is stunning!

  7. Anita says:

    Lovely colour. The cartouche looks beautiful. I’ve tried the plaited braid stitch with stranded cotton floss and it was a complete disaster . Your mother has done it so I guess the problem is with the embroiderer and not the thread.

  8. karen says:

    it’s a wonderful stitch and looks gorgeous here….I like the colour change, adds interest and definitely doesn’t detract form the perfect execution of the stitch.

  9. Cynthia says:

    I can barely see the join, and the colors are beautiful. The cartouche is lovely and so well stitched.

  10. Alex Hall says:

    Doing that amount of one stitch certainly would either killed you or cured your apprehension! It really looks spectacular – just weighty enough to really enclose everything and the colour is fabulous.

  11. jenclair says:

    What a great stitch! Beautiful colors!