Lizzie Stitching Wallet

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.

About craftycreeky

I live in a busy market town in Yorkshire with my husband, kids, dogs and chickens. I love trying new crafts, rediscovering old ones, gardening, walking...anything creative really I started this blog after my New Year resolution worked so well. My resolution (the first one I've ever kept!) was to post a photograph of my garden on Facebook every day. My hope was that I would then see what was good in the garden and not just weeds and work, which was my tendency. The unexpected side-effect was that I have enjoyed many more hours in the garden. I am hoping that 'The Crafty Creek' will have the same effect. Happy creating!
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15 Responses to Lizzie Stitching Wallet

  1. katechiconi says:

    I’ll be interested to see how this all comes together. And I do think you’re going to need more beads!


  2. MrsCraft says:

    Looking lovely, backstitch definitely makes a huge difference!


  3. tialys says:

    As a non cross-stitcher, I find this process fascinating and I’m sure the finished wallet will be gorgeous.
    I had to zoom in on that quilt to see what you meant by ‘long hexagons’ and then got jealous of the neat quilting that gives the effect of the curved seams – very clever and so beautiful.


  4. claire93 says:

    looking beautiful and I hope you have enough beads


  5. CathieJ says:

    It is amazing how the eye is fooled in both your beautiful stitching and in that pretty quilt.


  6. Gail says:

    Backstitching adds so much definition to your cross stitch. Love the beads too.


  7. Kathy S. says:

    Beautiful detail.


  8. That is a charming project, love the bead detail.


  9. How pretty. I cant wait to see it finished. That quilt is gorgeous. I can see why it caught your eyes. Beautiful!


  10. Catherine says:

    This is really coming along beautifully! Such a pretty and delicate design.


  11. It’s looking gorgeous. The colour palette is soooo pretty and all of the little embellishments just make it.

    I hate back-stitching – in fact I now only choose cross stitch projects without it as I would always really dread finishing a cross-stitch piece as I didn’t want to do all of the back stitching!!

    That quilt you photographed is seriously stunning!


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