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egyptian-benu-embroidery-stitchout-quilt Benu Embroidered Quilt

2 1/2 Feet x 2 1/2 Feet

Like the sun god in Egyptian mythology, Benu's (Bennu) own birth is attributed to self generation.
In quoting from The Book of The Dead, Wallis Budge reads a passage that says "I go in like the Hawk, and I come forth like the Bennu, the Morning Star (i.e.the planet Venus) of Ra; I am the Bennu which is in Heliopolis".
This passage informs us that the Benu is the resurrected Osiris.
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Detail of the Benu Bird Stitchout
The Egyptian Designs I digitized for this quilt can be found on Egyptian Embroidery page of my website.
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Detail of the Benu Bird Stitchout

Although machine applique is not my specialty, I did create one area where a piece of fabric can be added. I used a two-tone satin in the area of the bird's neck
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Galanthus and Marsh Plants
This is yet another instance where I thought I was making one thing and it turned into something else! It was going to be a cover for a pillow but one thing off-center here and another thing leaving a big negative space there and pretty soon I had a quilt square that measures about 2 1/2 feet by 2 1/2 feet.

I wanted to test sew my designs and I was short 1 Christmas gift so I took the opportunity to kill 2 birds with one stone. I stitched out the Bennu bird on a piece of silvery-olive silk and then added my digitized galanthus plants down each side.
I filled in the empty space with small embroidery files of plants and insects. Many of these fill-ins I collected as free files online at various sites. Thanks to all who give samples of their work!
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Hieroglyphics Embroidery
After stitching the Benu Bird and the galanthus flowers and a few other designs, the piece seemed like it was missing something. I digitized a few hieroglyphics to run across the top.

This is where I ran into trouble because I had intended to have the characters centered between the plants and I was way off my mark. Not only didn't I get them centered, but when I flipped the embroidery file and started a reverse stitch-out to fill in the gap, it wasn't on the same level. So, although I had the characters centered, they now were going up hill!

I was able to rectify the problems by stitching around the hieroglyphics with some decorative stitching. I didn't try to hide the fact that they were not on the same level. I also filled in the empty space with small embroidery files of plants and insects.

Many of these fill-ins I collected as free files online at various sites. Thanks to all who give samples of their work!

I digitized the rippled water as an applique so I could add a different bit of shimmery satin to the bottom field. I had been practicing with my copy of Fancyworks Studio, an embroidery digitizing program, and I had created a small embroidery ornament that I realized looked like a very stylized fish when laid on its side. This came in very handy! I was able to finish this piece by quilting it together in one evening and it made for a lovely Christmas gift!


The Egyptian Designs I digitized for this quilt can be found on Egyptian Embroidery page of my website.
Please note the applique water I used to create this quilt is no longer a part of the design package. I was unhappy with the outlining stitches and have not hadthe chance to make alterations to the my file. When I do get it to stitch out to my liking, I will add it back to the package.
Benu Bird Egyptian Quilt Square
2 1/2 Feet x 2 1/2 Feet

Machine Embroidery
Quilt size is 2 1/2 Feet x 2 1/2 Feet
This quilt is not for sale

Quilts created by Jennifer Wheatley-Wolf. Images owned by the artist used with permission only!

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march-clover-embroidery
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March Clover in 2 sizes! 2.31in.x 2.98in. and 2.98in. x 3.87in. Enjoy!
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