Signing and preparing to finish the Amarna Family Group

I decided, when it came to it, that I would sign the Amarna Family Group on the gold, rather than on the support. I’ve been regarding the whole process of assembling the stele with something akin to terror, and signing on the velvet just seemed like bridge too far, especially since it would already be stretched on the frame at the time.

It looks a bit squiffy, I admit, but then it always does!

I’ve also painted the background calico with inktense. I’m going to try very hard to ensure that all edges are properly turned, and either concealed by the pile of the velvet or by other means, but knocking back the gleaming cream should help with the camouflage.

Both of these tasks were done while the fabric was still mounted on the frame, but I want that frame for William Marshall, so I’m going to have to get going…

Finally, I screwed my courage to the sticking point, and cut the threads holding the fabric stretched at the sides, at least half expecting some sort of terrible crinkled effect. But no, everything stayed nice and flat. Sighs of relief all round!

I want to pad the goldwork before I apply it to the stele, so the next stage was to use a photocopy of the goldwork to make patterns for the buckram and wadding I intended to wrap it around.

I could see what I was doing much better than the photograph suggests, I promise – although it wasn’t an entirely straightforward process, and I ran out of oomph at that point.

More in another post…


  1. Must have been scary but it looks so good!

  2. Sue Jones says:

    Oooh, what a tense moment! I am very relieved it went so well. Though I bet I am not nearly as relieved as you are. So many hours of patient work and such a lot of valuable materials involved. Phew! And breathe.
    You can take your time with the next stages of finishing, and work only when you’re calm and able to concentrate.

  3. Congratulations. It must have been nerve-wracking to cut the ‘umbilical cords’, but the ‘baby’ behaved well. No wonder, being so beautiful!

  4. The goldwork pictures look amazing.

  5. Jen Mullen says:

    Beautiful! Can’t imagine how tense you’d be wondering if cutting the threads would cause a problem–after all those hours of creation!

  6. Carolyn Foley says:

    I had my heart in my mouth for a moment there, but, it all turned out well and, from that small image, it looks amazing.