It’s nearly two weeks since I showed you my progress with my Lizzie StitchingWallet, the Stitch-a-long organised by Faby Reilly. At that point we had just finished the outside of the trifold wallet, so now we’ve moved on to the inside…
We’ve started on the right hand side, we had to stitch a three sided outline at the bottom, so something is obviously going to get attached there at a later date. The main stitching is a very pretty lisianthus flower and bud. It took me a couple of evenings to stitch, or rather I could have done it in a couple of evenings if I hadn’t been distracted by pinterest and facebook, so it took me nearer three!! This is how it looked with just the cross-stitch…
Next step was the back-stitch, it still amazes me how Faby does the back-stitch, I have to count it in threads, one up three across, one up four across… These photos really show how the eye sees what it wants to see, the photo above clearly shows a straight line of stitches up the right hand side of the flower, compare that to the photo below with the back-stitch, where we see a pretty, curved petal.
I thought of the back-stitch this morning when I took my mum to the Northern Quilt Festival. We had a lovely morning looking at quilts and fabric.One quilt that particularly took my eye was this one, when I first looked at it I thought, wow! all those curved seams! But actually when I looked closely it is actually made from long hexagons, not a curved seam in sight. The petal shape is purely from the quilting, but that is what the eye sees. Apologies for not getting the name of the quilter, if anyone know please let me know so I can give credit, it’s a beautiful quilt.
The final stitching was the little beads, I’m hoping I’ve got enough of these, they’re just from my stash, there seemed to be plenty when I started but I’ve only got eleven left!! Oops!
The next pattern comes out on Monday, we’ll be stitching the middle section I think.
I’m linking up with Kathy’s Quilts for Slow Stitching Sunday, why not follow the link and have a look what everyone else has been hand-stitching.