The Head of Nefertiti – Goldwork Completed

Primary Goldwork

Primary Goldwork

There are small elements of goldwork which I am planning to work last, but most of it, I wanted to put in place first, so that I can be sure that the whole thing remains in balance.

As I’ve mentioned, the framework for the silk is in Ladder Stitch – the whole of the first section redone, as I threatened.

The narrow line around the base is in reverse chain stitch (much easier to work in a frame than the ordinary chain stitch). The coloured bust suggests a gilded inner section for the headdress, and I have yet to decide how to represent that. Maybe gold kid?

The ornament on the front of the headdress looks rather heavier and thicker than the other lines, so I’ve worked it in Hungarian Braided Chain Stitch. I’m a little disappointed with it at present, and wondering whether I need to pick a still heavier stitch – such as the dreaded (not any more!) Plaited Braid Stitch. I’ll decide, I think, when I’ve completed the rest of it.

Trial Weaving

Trial Weaving

So, on to the silkwork. I had a previous, failed print to experiment with, and I’m just as glad I did.

I’m rather underwhelmed by this effect, with the silk woven through the gold. I thought it would allow a subtle glint of gold, but in the end it has simply undermined the effect of the silk. Hmm…


  1. Lady Fi says:

    I like the goldwork!

  2. BEADS. This screams for beads instead of silk.

  3. Mary Ruth in NC says:

    You could try a thinner silk thread to allow more of the gold to show through.

  4. Sue Jones says:

    I agree with Jane, it does look like beads would be glitzy enough to stand up to the goldwork. Impressively neat ladder stitch, Rachel.

  5. jenclair says:

    I love the silk. Oh, the problems of working through experiments!

  6. Lin says:

    Lovely goldwork Rachel – beads do sound nice but maybe a finer silk would work? xx

  7. Your stitching is so neat! I would go for beads, but then I do like a bit of bead embellishment!

  8. Catherine says:

    I’m loving watching this grow and develop and your thoughts about how to approach it. Your ladder stitch is so lovely and neat.

  9. Carolyn Foley says:

    This is looking very interesting and I like the beading.

  10. Maybe if you weave a single line of gold in the middle and then weave silk on either sides..

  11. wendy says:

    it’s looking good. Maybe you could do or nue with the silk to allow the gold to glint through?

  12. CathieJ says:

    This is pretty. I have always been fascinated with the ancient Egyptians. Your gold work is very pretty. I look forward to watching your progress.