Friday, August 30, 2019
New Needlepoint Project

It's relatively big, and takes up much of the canvas space at roughly 13x11 inches (33x28 cm)

It wasn't easy to limn, as I had to make three different tracing sheets from the line drawing.

You might be thinking, "At last, she's doing something that's not related to Ancient Egypt!"

You'd be wrong!

This color version of my inspiration was scanned at 1200 dpi, as it is originally a small image:

It is from Prisse d'Avennes' Atlas of Egyptian Art, page 126.

"The plants growing on hillocks below are from paintings in a small storeroom in the first part of Ramesses III's tomb at the Valley of the Kings."

Based on what I've seen, I believe the yellow bulbs are mandragora fruit. Here is an example I photographed at the Brooklyn Museum several years ago:

Tile Fragment with Mandragora Fruit and Leaves
Faience, 2 15/16 x 5 5/16 in. (7.5 x 13.5 cm)
Reportedly from Hermopolis Magna, Egypt
New Kingdom, late XVIII Dynasty, 1352-1336 B.C.E.
Brooklyn #52.148.2, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund

This project will take me a good long while to do! Unfortunately, my progress has been slowed, as I wait for the yarn I ordered to arrive. I originally was going to do the outline in black, but I'm thinking a dark brown will work better for the outside outline. The lines in the leaves will be a dark green.

Monday, September 9, 2019

Progress as of 5:15pm last night. (I've moved the hoop and am working on the center lower area now.)

I went looking on line for photos of Ramesses III's tomb, KV11, from whence the original Prisse d'Avennes illustration came. Alas! There's been two major floods and much damage since his days (1807-1879). They are working to conserve it as much as possible. But who knows if even a fragment of the original plant painting is in the rubble?

Wednesday, September 11, 2019
More Progress...

Progress as of noon. (I will move the hoop and tackle a new area now...)

Friday, September 13, 2019
Third Progress Report...

Progress as of 10pm last night. (I've moved the hoop farther to the right since...)
This piece is so big, the corners and some of the edges will need to be done without a hoop....
For size reference hoop size is 18cm, (7.08 inches)

Monday, September 23, 2019
Fourth Progress Report...

As of afternoon of September 22nd...

The bottom is done, except for the border. I decided later that it needs a border. That border eats through the dark brown thread like crazy, so I've ordered more.....

It's so big, I will have to face the bottom and the top. But I really wanted the border.

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