Foliage for Eve In the Garden of Eden

Decided To Do The Sky

I Decided To Do The Sky

I really should pay more attention to myself. I have said before that trying to work around edges is work for fools, and that often it is worth doing more stitching than is going to show. In the end I decided to listen to myself and do the whole sky.

If I’d done that before putting the trees in, however, the stitching would have been less fiddly and the experience, less frustrating!

Making The Foliage

Making The Foliage

The next stage is to add the foliage, more silk gimp couched with Soie Ovale, but this time couched in little curls.

I had been looking forward to this, as it looked rather entertaining in the photos, but thus far I haven’t enjoyed it at all. I’ve got myself tied in some terrible knots, and I’ve ended up cutting the gimp more often than I like.

I need to rethink how I tackle this, look again at the photos and instructions, and try to work out why I’ve ended up with something that looks congested and floppy, both at the same time. I also need to work out, if possible, how to hop from section to section, rather than cutting the gimp.


  1. elaine says:

    It looks amazing! I haven’t used gimp so can’t help, it’s annoying when things don’t work as you think they should

  2. Bella says:

    Oh what a shame to hear you haven’t been enjoying this project 🙁

    I really love that border to the main Adam & Eve picture – it would make a lovely photo frame 🙂

  3. Lady Fi says:

    Sorry to hear you are frustrated. From where I’m standing, it looks pretty good!

  4. Dima says:

    It looks really great but I don’t envy you the stitching of it 😛

  5. Meredithe says:

    The foliage is looking good!

  6. Gimp looks great, but is a challenge to work with. You have made beautiful foliage!

  7. Catherine says:

    I’ve never used these materials so I don’t have any suggestions for you. It does look lovely, and I hope you start to enjoy it again.

  8. Karen says:

    I love the second image, the tools (thread) and the end result which by the way looks amazing.

  9. jenclair says:

    I ended up with some beautiful gimp and really didn’t know what to do with it. I couched some as a border on a piece and then put the rest away. Your use of the gimp as foliage looks great, and I’m interested in your further experiments with a difficult material!

  10. It was only when I saw the reels of thread that I realised how small this project is ……. no wonder it is tormenting you!

  11. Lin says:

    Your curls look great! sorry you are not enjoying them. xx

  12. Karen says:

    Looks perfectly good to me – though I can see that it’s pretty fiddly. Very effective though. Keep going 🙂

  13. Susan says:

    I like the way it looks, but it probably doesn’t match what was in your mind. I’m sorry you aren’t enjoying it, though. That makes it really difficult to do!