The Faience Necklace – still thinking…

Necklace Photo (Copyright The Egypt Exploration Society)
Faience Necklace (Copyright The Egypt Exploration Society)

After her discovery of the piece of tile that started it all, the first find that Mary Chubb describes is a faience necklace, discovered by the team then in Egypt, and written up in the Director’s Report which she has to disentangle and re-type legibly (remember, in the 1920s, typing wasn’t a skill that everyone had had to develop). It sounds completely enchanting, and yet I’m struggling to bring it to life.

In fact I last wrote about it in 2015, and I’m still wrestling with ways to represent it! I’ve already abandoned any idea of working a portrait of it (as it were). As you can see from the black and white photo, it’s crammed with faience beads, and it’s hard to imagine making a good stitchable design of it. So I’ve cut out some watercoloured beads, and pushed them around, taking photos as I go. Back to primary school!

Then another suggestion came in (thank you @IndiaGraceDsgns ), to think about mandalas…

And now I’m thinking about “samplers” of beads which still recall the way these broad collars and necklaces are sometimes displayed in museums.

I’m planning on using flat silks, when I finally pick one (comments, anyone?), and of course, the next question will be: what colour fabric I will be stitching it on?


  1. Yummy! I love the colours. Will you do some sort of padding?

  2. Lady Fi says:

    Love those mandalas!

  3. 11 and 9 are my favourites. Great colours. I suggest using a light gray fabric, so the colours stand out to their absolute best.

  4. Jen says:

    I can’t decide on a favorite, but the colors are lovely.

  5. Sue Jones says:

    Those are delightful beads, and the bright colours do suggest a grey ground as a foil. Medium-light or medium-dark, perhaps. An alternative would be a brown colour, suggestive of the wearer’s skin. It will be an interesting project, whatever colour you choose.

  6. Carolyn Foley says:

    Love the beads.

  7. Susan says:

    You are so clever about these things. I looked at the necklace, which is beautiful, even in black and white, and I thought about how one would ever do that. Then I looked down the post and saw your very creative solution of possibly recreating something with the feel of the necklace, if not an absolute copy. A splendid idea!

  8. Karen says:

    I am in no way talented enough to give you any advice on this undertaking but I must say, I can’t wait to see what you decide on doing for this necklace. I love your work.