About a month a go I signed up for Faby Reilly’s Lizzie Stitching Wallet stitch-a-long. I was planning to make a stitching wallet of some kind anyway as I think it will be useful for Skipton Embroidery Guild days. This one will be very pretty too, it will include a scissor holder. needle case, etc, all in Faby’s lovely style.
The patterns are released on a Monday, we have one or two weeks to stitch it, depending on how much work there is to do. Last week I stitched all the back-stitching which brings the lisianthus and the hydrangeas alive. I decided at that point to leave out the beads as I was stitching on a round hoop, aiming to add them all at the end. It looked like this…
This week we were stitching the folds of the wallet, like the spine of a book. It’s a trifold wallet, so the flowers we’ve stitched so far will be the bit that folds inside (I think!) There’s a narrow spine and a wider, outer spine. They’re stitched in one of my favourite DMC colouris threads which is in very pretty shades of pink and green, using Algerian Eye stitch. It makes a lovely border.
The borders are then embellished with beads and sequins, this is the point my will power failed me! I just couldn’t stitch this border and not add the extras until the end, so I ordered a basic roll frame on a stand which will sit on my table.
The sequins are pearlised so they look different colours in different lights. They look a bit blue in some lights, but I’m sure I’ll get used to them! They are meant to be round with eight stitches to hold them in place. The ones I found on ebay were flower shaped, they’re very pretty with six ‘petals’, so I stitched them on with six stitches.
I remembered just in time to stitch my beads on with a cross-stitch so they lie nice and flat and secure. I used beads from my stash and added the beads to the first section too for the hydrangea flower centres and around the frond.
I had fun and games when my frame arrived. Now when I say ‘basic’frame, it was only just over £10, including postage from China, so there is a limit to what you can expect. If I hadn’t been so impatient it would have been nice to sand the edges a bit, as they are a somewhat rough and ready. My main problem was the instructions, they consisted of a sheet of paper, about A5, with about 10 diagrams or small photos on and all the instructions in Chinese!!! I couldn’t even google translate!!
Well I’ve put it together and it works, not sure if it’s right though! There was a box screwed to the side which didn’t appear to have a purpose, so I’ve taken that off, maybe it was to pop scissors in? There are two wooden bits a bit like a cork with a hole down the middle, the only way I found to fit the embroidery frame inside the stand is to have one of these corks on the inside and one on the outside!…but it’s a square frame and it works! I haven’t stitched on it yet, so I’ll let you know how it goes!
So this is my Lizzie Stitching Wallet so far, I think we stitch the centre back next. The next pattern comes out on Monday 🙂
I’m linking up tomorrow with Kathy’s Quilts for Slow Stitching Sunday, why not follow the link and see what everyone else has been stitching.