Finally Finishing The Embroidery on Eve In The Garden of Eden

Coiled Silver Wrapped Strip Added

Coiled Silver Wrapped Strip Added

The Coiled Wrapped Silver Strip finishes off the metal thread frame for the cartouches beautifully. It fits between the rows of crinkle strip and pearl purl, and almost balances on top of the pearl purl, so it’s raised quite high.

And once the first cartouche frame is finished, there’s the second one to do!

Webgimpe Added

Webgimpe Added

Then, finally, the last stage before the adventure of turning it into a box is to add the gold webgimpe, which is a rather stiff woven ribbon.

I know it looks a bit twisted, but the next stage is to block it. Then I have to tackle the question of glue again. It will be a while before I tackle that challenge!


  1. This is stunning Rachel! But I would dread the glueing part too…

  2. jenclair says:

    Wow! The detail on the cartouche is gorgeous.

  3. Anita says:

    The frame looks beautiful.The silver kind of brightens up the whole design. Is there any other option other than glueing? Because it is scary.

  4. Lady Fi says:

    It’s looking good!

  5. I enlarged the first photo – I have never seen anything like the coiled silver strip before. Good luck with the glue – I usually end up with more on me than on the piece of work!

  6. Meredithe says:

    It looks amazing – such an elegant finish.

  7. Catherine says:

    This is such an incredible work of art Rachel! It’s so beautiful. Not sure I’d cope with glue though – good luck!

  8. Sue Jones says:

    Wow! The silver really lifts the whole piece into three dimensions. I can’t wait to see it around the book or box or whatever it covers. That will make the spine section look equally gorgeous and rich-looking.

    The only practical alternative to gluing is to make it into a slip-on cover with flaps. I did that for my ‘Curfew must not ring tonight’ cover, with pelmet Vilene behind the embroidered fabric to strengthen it. That worked, but it made the book very thick. I imagine it would not look as good as biting the bullet and gluing it down. I suspect it will go better than you expect.

  9. Amazing work Rachel! It’s really stunning! Have you got lots of experience of using glue? I couldn’t use it on something so beautiful, but I’m sure you will find a way!
    Barbara xx

  10. Pure eye candy! You make such neat stitches, and will take good care when you have to face the glue-y part. Good luck.

  11. Lin says:

    So beautiful. xx

  12. Dima says:

    I just saw you started gluing on Instagram. I hope everything goes well 🙂 The coil looks really pretty.

  13. wendy says:

    wow, that looks stunning! I also really love the flowers.

  14. Sheryl says:

    This is terrific, a real beauty, I like the wrapped silver strip, really unusual.

  15. Terrie says:

    Very impressive textures of the trees and details of everything.

  16. Carolyn Foley says:

    Just Wow/

  17. Susan says:

    It’s far more intricate than I imagined the first time I saw it, but it is SO beautifully worked, and a wonderful representation.