Overcoming the difficulty

Second Tree Done

Second Tree Done

It took me quite some time – several weeks, in fact, before I got myself over my frustration with “Eve”, gathered up my patience and my courage, and had a go at the second lot of foliage.

The curls of gimp are a bit tighter, and more closely packed than in the first one, and the bunches of foliage are spaced out a bit to allow the branches to show through. There was a great deal of muttering, and I spread out the frustration by doing one clump at a time, then getting up and doing something else instead.

Snake In Silk Purl

Snake In Silk Purl

Naturally no garden of Eden can be complete without a Snake. In this case, using green silk pearl purl, carefully couched down in two sections to create the head (with flickering red silk forked tongue) and then the tail, to give the impression that the snake has wound itself around the tree.

I rather enjoyed the Snake (both of them!), because I only seemed to need the two hands I already have, rather than the three extra that seemed to be needed for the foliage! The silk thread used to couch the pearl purl also made a leaf for the apple.

And now I’m ready for the next stage…

Both Snakes Added

Both Snakes Added


  1. Is there any difference apart from the foliage?
    The snake is rather charming!
    I bet the gimp was hard to work.

  2. As always I enlarged the photos, the better to see your wonderful stitching!

  3. Catherine says:

    Despite your frustration with this piece, I have always enjoyed watching it grow! Your snake is brilliant!

  4. Carolyn Foley says:

    I hate snakes but that one has a certain ‘charm’. I’m sure Eve must have felt the same.

  5. Melissa says:

    I think yours may be the only snake that ever made me smile! Beautiful work!

  6. Meredithe says:

    I like the look of the two different trees and the snake is so cleverly done.

  7. Sue Jones says:

    I like the contrast in the foliage on the trees and the snakes are wonderfully snakey. I can imagine that those little loops are exceedingly fiddly in that gimp. Well done for persevering.

    I do think the rightmost blob of the second tree needs a bit of branch across the open space to connect it to the central blob, or maybe that’s just me.

  8. I so love this piece, Rachel! Such a joy to follow you along. One more thing I do not have to stitch myself; I can just watch and enjoy!

  9. Dima says:

    Very nice! I’ve never tried gimp, is it stitched like a bead or couched?

  10. Terrie says:

    You’re very creative. Very nice textures.

  11. Alex Hall says:

    The snake works so well! Splitting up difficult jobs is a great technique. Must remember to go back to the jobs I’ve taken a break from though…!

  12. Lin says:

    I am enjoying seeing this – looking forward to the next stage. xx

  13. Sheryl says:

    Interesting work, the snake is brilliant.

  14. Karen says:

    You’ve done a great job with the snake(s), Rachel. I really like your focus and persistence; it’s such beautifully detailed work.

  15. Despite the frustration and muttering, it’s so important when working on a piece that you’ve put the kind of time into that you have this one, that you’re happy with how it looks as a whole. It worked out lovely!

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