17 UFOs in 2017 – August

More Progress On Eve

More Progress On Eve

Now I’ve got Eve out again, it’s fairly romping away, which means I genuinely have progress to show for Meredithe’s “17 UFOs in 2017“.  At least, it is romping away when you consider that everything has to be done twice…! The second hillock took a couple of afternoons (I try not to work at the frame for too long at a time, in case it makes the shoulder worse again!), and then I got started on the trees and their branches.

Trunk And Branches

Trunk And Branches

The trunk and branches are of couched silk gimp. The kit included four different colours of gimp, with the accompanying Soie Ovale, for couching, and each colour is couched as a single length. It’s expensive stuff, and you end up using three or four inches at each end for plunging and finishing off. Most of the branches will be covered by the foliage, also in couched gimp, but I’m pausing for a moment to consider whether I want to fill in more of the sky.



Lilac Flower

Lilac Flower

And as if that weren’t enough, I’ve also finished the gold border on the Nefertiti Shawl, and made a start on the four lilac flowers for the travelling project!


  1. Well, aren’t you Madame Productive?? 🙂 Well done!

  2. jenclair says:

    Way to go, Rachel! It is always nice to become involved with a project that has been set aside for a while. Not all UFO projects can regain one’s interest, but it is so satisfying when one does. 🙂

  3. You have made good progress while still caring for your shoulder.
    What stitches did you use for the lilac flower, Herringbone and Basque?

  4. Excellent progress!!

  5. Meredithe says:

    Well done you! Fancy having to do all that work twice! Hope the shoulder behaves itself.

  6. Yes, those shoulders. I am sure they are good for something… But I am looking forward to my good friend Jens coming around this afternoon and massage mine! Take good care of yours Rachel!

  7. Lady Fi says:

    Great progress!

  8. Lin says:

    Great progress this month then, well done. xx

  9. Lynette` says:

    Wow! Your stitcheries intrigue me. I bet the texture is really neat in person.

  10. Karen says:

    What skilful work, and really interesting to see the process and materials used.

  11. You’re making good progress getting things worked on. The Adam and Eve piece looks like there are only a few more areas to stitch.

    So glad to read that you’re taking care with your shoulder. Two years ago, I ended up not being able to embroidery for several weeks after overdoing things with my shoulder.

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

  12. Sue Jones says:

    Wow, Adam and Eve has grown since I saw it at the end of last month! Well done you. I think it might be wise to add more sky before working the tree – particularly around the base of the branches and the outside edge. It will be much harder to fill in any gaps afterwards.

  13. Susan says:

    That was a lot of progress from the 25th to the first! Maybe at least sky on the outside edge? I don’t know what the whole looks like, and I don’t XS, but I think that will make it easier for the leafiness. Yes, do NOT want that shoulder getting bad again!

  14. Sartenada says:

    Very interesting and beautiful.