Amarna Geese – stage 2

Detail Added To The Geese

Detail Added To The Geese

I’ve started adding more detail with needle and thread. The chevron pattern, the eyes, and the detail on the beak are all made using straight stitches in single strands of Appletons wool. I can’t think where I got a whole series of greys, unless it’s from hand-me-downs. I’m glad I have them now, but it isn’t a colour I much like and I can’t imagine going out and buying them!

For the legs, I have used three different colours of wool in the needle. I can see that for all my staring at photographs and trying to sketch, I’ve not really got a clear or accurate idea of the details of goose anatomy! And somehow, for all my care in placing the cut out felt geese, they’ve ended up attached in not-quite-the-right place.

Geese Needlefelted

Geese Needlefelted

Still, let’s not despair.

I’ve also added some ground below the the geese. Three strands of different colours of wool, again. I did a sort of loopy knot stitch crossed with a split stitch, which I couldn’t reproduce if I tried. But it produces a very good broken-ground effect, so as long as I don’t decide I need more ground, we’ll be fine.

Then I sat down at the embellisher and tried to blend the fabrics together. This meant quite heavy embellishing, but fortunately the fabrics are none of them dense, so there was room for the fibres to mingle.

When I noticed that the legs weren’t getting caught in, I twisted some more threads around them. That’s better.

Then another pause. Do I add leaves, to match my vague memory, or shall I leave well alone?


  1. Lady Fi says:

    Oh, the ducks are delightful!

  2. Lady Fi says:

    Sorry – I mean geese… 🙂

  3. deanna7trees says:

    love them. great shadowing.

  4. Kim McCool says:

    Love the geese – they made me smile.

  5. jenclair says:

    The geese are so charming! Love the chevron pattern on the wings.

  6. Deborah says:

    These geese are lovely, love the shadow you added, the overall effect is so lifelike.

  7. Sue Jones says:

    MIddle goose is remarkably long-legged! They have a lot of character and the wing-patterns are spot on.

  8. Dima says:

    I love the geese. They look adorable.

  9. Lin says:

    I love your geese. xx

  10. Cynthia says:

    The gees are darling. Yes the middle one is a bit long legged, but it still looks great.

  11. Penny Baugh says:

    I think its pretty evident that we ALL approve of your geese. They’re quite wonderful in all their glory. Always remember, nothing in nature is perfect!

  12. Looking good – and I know I keep saying it – but looking forward to seeing what happens next!!

  13. Carolyn says:

    Yet again, the geese look good and I think I would add the leaves to introduce another colour.

  14. Anita says:

    Love them. You’ve put so much effort in creating these little ones and the end result is worth every minute that you’ve spent 🙂

  15. Alex Hall says:

    Fabulous geese. The shadow on the ground has really brought them to life.

  16. The shadow really brings them to life, doesn’t it.

    Are these a stand-alone project or part of your blanket?