A few weeks ago I signed up for a stitch-a-long with Faby Reilly. I’ve stitched a few of her designs as I love her style, so when I saw she was starting a stitch-a-long for a sewing wallet I signed up immediately. It’s a wallet with a scissor holder, needlecase and mini pin cushion, perfect for taking to Embroiderers Guild.
I ordered some French Lace Permin evenweave linen, it’s 16 count which is about the smallest I can manage these days and luckily it was the size she recommended! French lace has a touch of soft green, it’s quite difficult to photograph as in electric light it definitely looks beige, but it’s actually a really pretty shade which works perfectly with the pink and green colour scheme. It has the advantage too of allowing the ecru flowers to show up a bit more (they’re easier to sew too)
The first pattern release was about ten days ago, it’s the cross-stitch base of the first side of the wallet (it folds in three) we’ve got two weeks to stitch it in as the next pattern will be released on Monday. I managed to finish stitching it this afternoon. The measuring grid she suggests stitching up the side proved very useful for accurate stitching, this will be used for whip-stitching the wallet together afterwards too. I’ll certainly be using this tip again as I’m hopeless at long distance counting! You can see it quite clearly on the photo at the end, it marks every 5 and 10 stitches.
So this is my Lizzie Stitching Wallet so far, I know it will look gorgeous when Faby weaves her magic with the back-stitching. If anyone fancies joining in it’s not too late, just click over to Faby Reilly Designs, I think you’ve got until the second installment comes out on Monday.
I’m linking up with Kathy’s Quilts for Slow Stitching Sunday, why not follow the link and see what everyone else has been stitching by hand.