Green panels, Nefertiti Shawl

Completed Green Panel
Completed Green Panel

There are two green panels in the design of the Shawl, which is based on the polychrome panel around Nefertiti’s famous (and unique-to-her) headdress, and they’ve been giving me no end of trouble.

If I’m completely honest, in fact, this whole piece has been giving me no end of trouble. The fabric is particularly mobile (although not quite as bad as that other pashmina I did!), and it’s been hard to find stitches that work comfortably. Originally I was working it in the hand, and that made it even harder.

Close Up Of Progression
Close Up Of Progression

In the end I outlined the design sections with chain stitch, and then picked a few stitches and threads. I tried to get some sense of variation in stitch density as well as colour. So there are complete coverage sections (using Bokhara Couching) and almost-no-coverage sections (using darning stitches) and almost everything in between (everything else)!

I’ve also changed and counterchanged between variegated and solid colours, and between floss silk and stranded silk. This is one of the reasons I ended up needing The Australian’s mathematical eye to help me keep track of the pattern I was building up in my haphazard way!


  1. Jen says:

    Gorgeous! How many tiny stitches! Too many to count!

  2. Kathy says:

    Oh my, there’s a lot of needleweaving in there, and the colours just work so beautifully with the pale outlines and those glimmering blues and greens. Gorgeous

  3. Sue Jones says:

    It looks smashing to me. A pleasing mix of colours, textures and densities with lots of variety and yet an overall feeling of balance. I want to see the whole shawl with all the sections together now.

  4. Carolyn Foley says:

    The gradations of colour are beautiful but soooo much work.

  5. But, oh, the result is stunning!

  6. Lady Fi says:

    Ooo – very nice!

  7. Lin says:

    You are very brave to work on that fabric – getting great results though! xx

  8. Meredithe says:

    It looks so complicated – no wonder you needed help!