More on Akhenaten’s Return

Trying Again for the Face
Trying Again for the Face

I’ve felt the face was rather weak, so I decided to try again.

This time I needlefelted the padding underneath, to try to get the nose, the heavy brows, and the mouth in place.


Separate Face
Separate Face

Then I covered the padding that seemed the better with silk, and stitched the features again. In some ways, this is better than the first attempt, but it still looks a bit twisted. The eyes are certainly staring, but the nose isn’t straight.

In my defense, it became harder and harder to stitch, even though I began to feel that the shaped padding wasn’t shaped enough. Or even padded enough!

I think that before I attempt another version, I need to work out a way of keeping the silk under control while I add the features, without actually attaching it all the way around

In spite of that, I decided to attach this face in place of the last, and see whether I felt that a face “stuck on afterwards” would be a problem.

More work needed!
More work needed!

Well, no, I don’t think it is, although it’s hard to be sure. Not least, it involved removing still more of his headdress. That will need more padding to sit well with a more padded face.

I am sure that I need a new version, though. At present he looks like an apoplectic trumpeter, and that is not a good look for the Heretic Pharoah!


  1. Jen Mullen says:

    I had to laugh at “apoplectic trumpeter”–poor fellow!

  2. Good idea to use a felted base for the face.
    When I do the stump work portraits I stitch the nose by pinching a fold of fabric. Another way is to stitch a canal on the face foundation fabric and then add knitting yarn from the back – just like TRAPUNTO.
    To get the facial expression we want is VERY difficult. I think the eyebrows are important.

  3. Lady Fi says:

    LoL about looking like an apoplectic trumpeter!

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  5. Carolyn says:

    Right out of my depth here as I have never tried stump work. I think Queenie will give you the best tips. He does look like he is about to blow bubbles!

  6. Sheryl says:

    A difficult task but I´m sure in the end your perseverance will be rewarded..

  7. Catherine says:

    Oh dear, the poor fellow! I imagine you are also working on a small scale which won’t help you at all. Could you tack the silk on or pin it to keep it in place whilst stitching the facial features? I’ve never done this type of work so I am well out of my depth!

  8. Susan says:

    He definitely looks like an angry man, but the version I saw last on IG looked pretty good.

  9. karen says:

    I love your persistance and how you are not afraid to alter, to try again if you aren’t happy even if it looks perfect to us.

  10. […] you may recall, my last attempt at a face for Akhenaten wasn’t entirely successful, so I started again… This time I needlefelted the shapes […]