Wednesday, November 2, 2022
New Hathor Tapestry Begun!

Cross stitch on 20 grid aida...

This is my third attempt of this scene from Horemheb's tomb. The first is mixed media trace print/colored pencil. The second is a small needlepoint on 18 grid aida. This one is cross stitch on 20 grid aida. The greater "pixel" count is allowing much more detail than my first attempt. This version is departing from the colorization of the earlier pieces to have golden tones. I'm excited to see how she evolves.

Photo by William Petty from KV 57 that served as a guide for both the 2015 and 2020 pieces, (courtesy William Petty)

Wednesday, November 9, 2022
Hathor's Colorful Collar

Echoing the reds,orange, blue and gold elsewhere in the design...

Thursday, November 10, 2022
Hathor on the Scanner

Oh, the ordeal to get the drivers for this scanner!
(Windows 11 is great, except that it doesn't recognize the Epson scanner without an extensive hunt for drivers on the internet.)

Monday, November 14, 2022
She Has a Face!

Stitch by stitch, I'm getting there.

Wednesday, November 16, 2022
Tutankhamun Memorabilia

During the month of the hundred year anniversary of the discovery of Tutankhamun's tomb, I share my memorabilia.

The mask to our right says MMA 1976, created for the Metropolitan museum to celebrate the ''Treasures of Tutankhamun'' exhibition that toured in the 1970s. Although there's no stamp on the standing figure, I think he's also from the MMA designs, and based on this original.

The center medallion is my 'treasure'. It was designed by Stephan Robin for the Society of Medalists. The artist's resume shows under "GRANTS AND AWARDS", one for the "Society of Medallists Competition, Medallic Art Company, 1976."

Wikipedia states:
"The Society of Medalists was established in 1930 in the United States to encourage the medallic work of superior sculptors, and to make their creations available to the public. The Society of Medalists was the longest running art medal collector's organization in the United States and released 129 regular issues on a twice yearly basis from 1930 to 1995, as well as special issues marking the Society's 20th, 40th, and 50th anniversaries and the United States Bicentennial in 1976. Much of the inspiration for the Society came from the earlier Circle of Friends of the Medallion, which also issued medals on a semi-annual basis from 1908 to 1915. All issues of the Society were struck by the Medallic Art Company, originally located in New York City." However, another source more precisely states that the Society of Medalists was founded in 1928 and began issuing medallions in 1930.

(The Medallic Art Company was the mint that made my medallions of Hathor-Sekhmet in 2017. Both the Tutankhamun medal and my medal have the same dimension of 76mm (3 inches).)

Steve Roach reported for Coin World that Stephen Robins "hoped 'that those who own the medal feel they own part of the exhibition.'" and states a "total of 750 bronze and 150 silver medals reportedly were struck.".

I'm glad to have one of those 750!

Thursday, November 24, 2022
Pip, Pip Hooray!

I decided the relentless peach background needed some variation, orderly variation in the form of pink pips!

They are subtle....

Saturday, December 10, 2022
Slow Progress

She's slowly coming along...

Friday, December 16, 2022
Hathor's Ankh

The space behind her looked so empty...


I like these colors so much, I'm considering doing a larger one, similar to ones I've done earlier. Will I have enough of the light peach (no.20) and yellow (no.676) of the background? The ankh itself is (outer: blue (no.3765) and magenta (no.917)) and inner: dark blue (no.312) and dark magenta (no.915). The pips (which in that case I would hope look like flowers) are two shades of pink (nos. 204 and 603)

Saturday, December 31, 2022
Year End Progress

The space behind her isn't finished, but we don't see that in this scan,

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