Well, At Last!

Rejoice with me!

I have finished the polychrome tent stitch on Eve In The Garden Of Eden!

It has taken what felt like forever (although the post describing the start is less than a year old, as it happens), because firstly, I have to do counted work in short bursts or it drives me up the wall, secondly it is very fine and required a magnifier, and thirdly – there’s a lot of it!

In fact, to be strictly accurate, I haven’t quite finished, but that is because the skip tent backgrounds for the cartouches reach under the trees, and I want to decide how leafy I want to make them before I do miles of tent stitch that may all be covered. But I feel as though I’ve reached a milestone, so please don’t rain on my parade!


  1. Lady Fi says:

    Well done you!

  2. deanna7trees says:

    beautifully done. i have some counted cross stitch pieces that are incomplete from years ago…..too hard on my eyes.

  3. Sue Jones says:

    Well done indeed. That looks like really, really fiddly stitching and working with a magnifier is very tiring. (Which is why I stick to my two-pairs of specs method for tiny stuff, so I don’t have to sit cramped in one position to see what I’m doing.) Now you can get on with the fun bits.

  4. elaine says:

    beautiful and very fine!

  5. tanya says:

    that looks like an optimistically large figleaf adam is sporting. how are you doing the tree?

    I sympathise, counted work does my head in too

  6. Well done you!! Maybe I should get out my unfinished counted cross stitch projects ……..

  7. Catherine says:

    It looks fantastic! Well done. I’m completely with you about not wanting to do more tent stitch than is necessary. Counted work isn’t something that holds my attention for long either.

  8. Dima says:

    I’ve been seeing this on Instagram. It looks fabulous 🙂

  9. Melissa says:

    Gorgeous! You have good reason to rejoice!

  10. Erica Marsden says:

    Rachel, your work is stunning. And so is your patience and perseverance!

  11. Penny Baugh says:

    Absolutely beautiful!! You are probably the only person in the world who would take this so very fine stitching on! Thanks for sharing it.

  12. Lin says:

    Gorgeous, well done you. xx

  13. Carolyn says:

    How impressive. It is looking great. I know what you mean by the short bursts with fine work. I can only sit for 3 lengths of thread and then my eyes go out of focus.

  14. So beautiful and elegant – you should be rightly proud of it! The detail in your work always amazes me! (sorry i’ve not visited your (or anybody’s!!) blog recently. Life has very much got in the way!). Hopefully, things will smooth out a bit now …. says she! xCathy

  15. Andy Lloyd Williams says:

    That is stunning work: I do admire you tackling such fine work and sticking to it! It must be very satisfying to have completed it.
    Best wishes, Andy

  16. Wendy says:

    Definitely a milestone! I don’t remember seeing this one before

  17. Terrie says:

    Very delicate fine work. Well done.

  18. Susan says:

    Congratulations on getting that done. This is exactly what happens to me when I do XS, and why I don’t do it any more. LOL Kudos to you for keeping on with it! I love the look of the framing around it, and the bit down the middle.

  19. Alex Hall says:

    Wow, that is really impressive and am more than happy to rejoice with you – a major milestone!

  20. WOW… I’m behind on visiting and have only seen this in your photos on Instagram. It’s amazing when seen all together like this!

    I admire the patience of anyone who can do counted stitching.

    Thanks so much for linking up to last week’s Stitchery Link Party. Aloha hugs!

  21. Karen says:

    the details in this are wonderful….