Mounting Akhenaten – Part Two

Intermediate Padding
Intermediate Padding

Now, if your memory reaches back to the beginning of Akhenaten (no surprise if it doesn’t – that was in 2017!), you may recall that at the very beginning there were four layers – the calico, polyester wadding, light cotton padding, and then the silk. The first stage was then to outline Akhenaten and cut away all of the light polyester padding that wasn’t behind him.

So once the calico was laced into place, the next layer to be dealt with was the cotton padding. The eagle eyed may have noted that there’s a new piece of card here. That’s because this card has slots in to carry cotton tape. I’m intending to lace the finished panel to the middle of a larger fabric covered panel, and these tapes will help to support the weight. I hope. This is not a method of mounting I’ve ever seen before, and I’m making it up as I go along!

Copiously Pinned
Copiously Pinned

Then I pinned the silk into place, carefully, and not too tightly. Once I’d finished that, I turned over the whole thing and breathed a sigh of relief – the uraeus is still undamaged!

Then I wrapped him in acid-free tissue paper and put him away in a box. There are two reasons for this – firstly, because fibres and fabrics, particularly delicate ones, don’t like prolonged manipulation (yes, honestly, fibre in spinning mills is often left to “relax” between processes!), and secondly, because I’m still thinking about the details of the next stage.

The next stage is to fix the silk in place, and I’m still trying to work out how to do that without tangling with the cotton tape. I may decide to use double-sided sticky tape, but that is more likely to degrade and give way than lacing, and I really don’t want to do this job twice!


  1. Lady Fi says:

    He’s looking good! And even your pins are pretty!

  2. Andy Lloyd Williams says:

    Amazing planning and preparation !

  3. I am not too fond of mounting my finished work, maybe because I am afraid of ruining the embroidery. However I have found a smart way of mounting my greeting cards onto cardboard, so those cause my no nervous breakdown.
    Thank you for the information about fibres needing rest. I didn’t know that.

  4. Carolyn Foley says:

    Mounting is always fraught with imagined danger I find. Great big sigh of relief when it is finished.

  5. Sue Jones says:

    The cotton tape sounds like a sensible way to secure him to his panel. I hate, fear and frequently make a total mess of mounting things, so I can imagine how nerve wracking that proses was on his silky majesty!
    Thanks for the tip on ‘resting’ delicate fabric. Now I have a wonderful excuse for unfinished projects: “oh, I am just resting the fibres”!

  6. Meredithe says:

    Hmmm, think I’ll leave that problem in your capable hands (cos I don’t have a clue!!)