I started this sweet little sampler last month on the train back from Denman College, it’s a mini kit I bought at the Knitting and Stitching Show last year from someone’s bargain basket. It included all the threads, I just had to grab some evenweave linen from my stash so it was the perfect kit to take away.
Unfortunately I realised pretty quickly that I’d picked up 18 count, rather than the 16 count the pattern suggests. Most of the stitches were fine, I tended to use one thread instead of two and it probably means my satin stitch has a better coverage than it would otherwise have done.
I didn’t pick it up again until this week when I signed up for a stitch-a-long with Faby Reilly, I decided I wanted to finish this before I started another project as together with my quilting I’ve got about five different projects on the go! This could either mean I have a short attention span or that I can multitask, not sure which!
This is where I was when I showed you my sampler earlier in the week…
The bilberry border didn’t take long at all, there’s a lot of thread changes for such a small border, but I think it’s really pretty.
The only row of stitching I changed completely from the pattern was the very last one, underneath the bilberries. It was meant to be boxed cross-stitch in perle thread, I felt it would be just too bulky, so I stitched a long-armed cross-stitch. I think it gives a lovely effect in the thicker perle thread, almost like a rope.
I just need to take this down to the framers for a simple picture frame and mount.
Having finished my bilberries I could start the preparatory work for my Lizzie Stitching Wallet. This is a stitch-a-long by Faby Reilly, I’ve stitched a few of her designs now as I really like her style. She uses a variety of stitches, she doesn’t do half cross-stitches, she just uses the back-stitch outline to give the shape, the eye follows that and not the cross-stitches underneath, this also gives a much lighter design effect as it’s not just solid cross-stitch. The mistletoe humbug and the Mothers Day card and presents I stitched earlier in the year were all Faby’s designs.
We’re making a Stitching Wallet, so there’s a scissor holder, pincushion, needle case, all within a pretty wallet. I’ve been planning to make something along these lines for a while, so when her stitch-a-long came up I enrolled straight away. It’s only £6, so if anyone fancies stitching a Lizzie Wallet too, it’s not too late to enrol!
I ordered some 32 count linen in French Lace colour, it’s one of those colours that borders on quite a few colours. In some lights (and on the computer) it’s a very pale shade of green, very pale! In electric light it looks more beige or antique white…whatever the colour, I think it will work well with the DMC threads we’re using. I didn’t want to use the antique white for this as I am planning to use it whenever I go to Embroiderers Guild, I didn’t want it to get grubby too quickly!
Faby recommends a counting outline for her designs. The back-stitch outline is used for constructing the wallet using whip-stitch so it needs stitching at some point anyway, by adding a side stitch every 5 stitches we have a built in counter. This is very useful for people like me who are very bad at long distance counting! Last night I started my outline for one of the main pieces, hopefully it will be ready for Monday when the first part is released.
I’m linking up with Kathy’s Quilts for Slow Stitching Sunday, a celebration of all things hand sewn, so why not follow the link and see what everyone else has been stitching.