I’ve managed to finish this weeks homework for the Lizzie Stitching Wallet stitch-a-long in plenty of time. This SAL is being organised by Faby Reilly, I’ve stitched a few of her cross-stitch designs now as I really like her style. We started nearly three weeks ago and I think we’ll finish mid October (from memory!) The patterns are being released every one or two weeks, depending how much stitching we need to do.
Last weekend I finished the cross-stitch for the front of the wallet and eagerly awaited the release of the pattern on Monday. This is what it looked like then, just enough for me to suss out that the Lizzie in the name was for lisianthus flowers…
This week we’ve been adding the detail which is where I love Faby’s style, the back-stitches cut across the cross-stitches but the eye just sees the outline of the flower. The hydrangea flowers look gorgeous wth the back-stitching and the buds are embroidered with colonial knots, this was a new stitch for me. We had the choice of french or colonial knots, I’ve used french knots many times so I decided it was a good time to learn a new one. Faby has a great tutorial which shows the two stitches on her website. The results are very similar, but somehow the colonial does seen firmer and flatter. These were stitched with 3 strands of threads, I’m not sure if you want a bigger knot if you can add an extra loop like in french knots or if you just use thicker thread.
The stems are stitched with the full six strands of floss, it went through a lot easier than I thought it might and to my surprise the short stitches over two threads seemed neater than the longer ones over say four threads.
There are still some beads to add in the centre of the hydrangeas and also around the curl of the frond, but as I’m using an embroidery hoop I’m leaving that til the end, I’m bound to squash them under the hoop otherwise.
I’m linking up with Kathy’s Quilts tomorrow for Slow-Stitching Sunday, a weekly celebration of all things hand-stitched. Why not follow the link and see what everyone else has been stitching.