One of the nicest ways you can proclaim to the world that you are a needlepointed is to make accessories that show off your stitching. You can make wallets, credit card cases, mirrors, luggage tags, and plenty of other great accessories. They also make thoughtful gifts for friends and family.
Needlepoint wallets are one of my favorites but in the last several years I have been frustrated because the selection has gotten so small. I don’t much like long wallets and finding the shorter wallet I prefer with an outside pocket that does not have a hole in it is almost impossible.
That’s one big reason why I was excited about Mindy’s new line of leather wallets. The other reason is that they are the size and style I like. The wallets are leather and come in a wide variety of colors. Mindy also makes canvases to be insets in the wallets. I used one of them in mine, pictured above.
There are lots of things to love about these wallets, besides the place for needlepoint. The leather is pebble-grained and the colors are rich. This means they will still look new even after you have used them for several years. They have RFID protection inside. This means information on magnetic strips cannot be read. The zippers have sturdy leather tops or a tassel (available on the single wallet only) that makes then easier to open than most wallets.
The outside pocket is easy to access and has a plastic covering on it. I was a bit skeptical about this at first, but I really love it. You can still see the needlepoint clearly behind it, but it protects the stitching. This gives you more freedom in picking stitches and threads.
I bought the double wallet which has two sections. one section, for bills and coins, has two generous pockets. If you keep lots of cash on hand, these may not be big enough, but they will work for most of us. The other section has a total of twelve pockets. These are for your cards and other items. The dividers are low enough that it’s easy to see which card is which (a problem I’ve found with other wallets). The pockets are also wide enough to hold more than one card and deep enough to hold paper folded up. These are problems I have also encountered with other wallets.
From a practical point of view, this is the best wallet I have had in quite awhile.
Another great thing about this wallet is that the needlepoint just slips into the front pocket. This makes it really easy to finish. It also means that you could easily change the look of your wallet when you like.To finish I trimmed the needlepoint to two threads beyond the stitching on one side and one thread on the other. The needlepoint slipped in easily.
This brings me to the only faults I could find. First, I did not like the rounded corners on the painted canvas inserts. I think square corners would have a better look when finished, even though the window has rounded corners. You can see this in the lower left corner in the picture.
For me, the inset is just a tiny bit small. If I look at it straight on I see just a bit of exposed canvas. It’s not noticeable most of the time and it could be because of my stitch tension. I would add one row of stitching on two adjacent sides to compensate for this. I am not worried that doing this will keep the needlepoint from going into the pocket because the fit, though firm, is not that tight. You can see what I mean along the left edge.
Get one of these wallets — you’ll love it!