More on the Amarna Family Group

So, edges. Obviously, with the straight version of this technique, the edges are simple – either every single one is plunged, or maybe every other one, if the threads are used doubled. I have a strong aversion to plunging threads, I hate waste, and I just couldn’t face the tangles I experienced when I was working on Christus Natus Est.

So the edges of this piece are being done simply by turning the thread back on itself. I will, of course, have to cut the thread to fill in the corners, but that’s much less fuss, and I am intending to oversew each end very firmly, and not plunge the threads at all.

I began on Nefertiti’s dress intending to do something like I’d done with the pleats on Akhenaten’s kilt, but making the lines more definite.

Having started, though, I decided it wasn’t at all satisfactory. Whether it was the wrong colour, the wrong resolution (not that I can make the lines any narrower!), or simply not simple and crisp enough, I’m not sure. I was sure that it needed to come out.

So that’s what I did.

Unpicking is really not fun, and some of the white silk fell victim to my unpicker, so the raggy bits had to be eased to the back and tidied up before I could even think about reinstating the white.

Notice, however, that the little girls are making pretty good sense just as they are!

The next episode of Slow TV Stitchery is up – Episode 24 – which covers Looking ahead to The Next Epic Project, lessons from the Impressionists, and the trick of making a design’s evolution look “meant”. Do go and have a look!


  1. Sue Jones says:

    I like those turned edges, they look right, somehow, and I do hope the work can be finished in a way that leaves them visible.

  2. Jen Mullen says:

    Yes, the little girls are looking good!

  3. I am sure that oversewing the ends instead of plunging them is a good choice.
    The children look great.

  4. Lin Tarrant says:

    The little girls look good and your restart on the dress is working well too. xx

  5. Kathy says:

    How tidy it looks without all those needles and threads awaiting your attention – although I know they will be back once you get to the right edge. You really are nearly there aren’t you? How very exciting. I shall look forward to seeing how the stela comes together

  6. Catherine says:

    The girls are looking great as they are! I too have an aversion to plunging – I like the concept of not plunging and stitching over the exposed edge. I’m just not sure I can pull it off. I look forward to seeing your progress on this piece – it’s not my favourite technique by any stretch of the imagination, but I am enjoying seeing you pull this together!

  7. Carolyn Foley says:

    Those edges look good.