More Long Buried Projects

Made A Start

Made A Start

I’ve not really been able to settle to anything this summer, which has lead to a lot of reorganisation, rather than any real progress. Consequently, I keep on finding long-forgotten projects and thinking “Must finish that!”. Here’s another one…

This is in fact a legacy of the early stages of my original, pre-internet, usage of the word “VirtuoSew”, when I was producing counted cross stitch kits as “DevaStitch Designs”. The idea, developed by my husband The Australian, was to use whole stitches, fractional stitches, and back stitches to create a sort of dithered “newsprint” effect.

A Long Way To Go

A Long Way To Go

The Stalking Tiger never got beyond early stages, but it’s an interesting technique, if not one for cross stitchers who hate fractional stitches!

I might wait until I’ve got on top of the Garden of Eden, which also involves a lot of counting, before I try to wrap this one up…


  1. This looks amazing, I’d love to see the finished piece.

  2. Penny Baugh says:

    Hmmmm I wonder how that would work for a very fine punchneedle project? Perhaps reverse punchneedle? Isn’t it fun to go through all your ‘stuff’ and find new-to-you treasures? I’ve been having great fun with that lately.

  3. Dima says:

    Wow that looks super complicated. I think even HAED stitchers would cringe at that pattern. Did you create the pattern from an image?

  4. Lady Fi says:

    So many projects, so little time!

  5. Lin says:

    An interesting idea Rachel – looks super complicated though. xx

  6. Carolyn says:

    Now that looks like a project that you would sit and do in the cooler weather. I would get too hot and bothered with the counting in summer.

  7. Anita says:

    I’d love to see the finished project Rachel.Though it seems complicated I think it’s an interesting idea.I guess you’ll be using only 2-3 colors to get that effect.

  8. Karen says:

    these are beautiful surfaces…..I like your description, ”dithered newsprint”. I also see eroded plaster, worn clay….

  9. Alex Hall says:

    My goodness, that is lovely and fearsome-looking at the same time!

  10. Cant wait to see it when you finish! Such a lovely design

  11. Susan says:

    That’s so unusual. I can’t even begin to imagine that kind of stitching!

  12. Jillayne says:

    A very good idea – and a very unusual design. I have also been looking at things lately, deciding what to finish – what will never even get off the ground, finishing up, letting go, moving things around. It feels like I’m not accomplishing much but I know I am – just in a slower way than usual. It feels right for this time of year though…