Anthea SAL

My plan this year was that I wasn’t going to do any stitch-a-longs or quilt-a-longs, I was just going to do projects I already had in the pipeline! Then Faby Reilly released details of her next stitch-a-long, the Anthea Calendar, my resolve disappeared immediately and I signed up within minutes!

This is a monthly SAL, each month we’re sent a design which has flowers on for that month – Anthea means flowers or blossom in Greek. Faby’s designs are always beautiful so I knew I would like them.

I’ve just finished the design for January – a gorgeous bunch of snowdrops. Just to show you how Faby’s designs develop, here’s the snowdrops when I’d stitched all the cross-stitch and just started the back-stitch. Faby doesn’t use any half or quarter stitches, so it’s pretty straight forward to stitch. I used a soft grey/green linen, at first I thought it might be too close in colour for the snowdrops…

Anthea SAL Faby Reilly

With the blue back-stitching the snowdrops looked fine against the soft green…

Anthea SAL Faby Reilly

Once all the back-stitching was complete I started the embellishments, adding beads, sequins, rice-stitch border and half Algerian star stitches in the corners. It’s these bits that really make Faby’s designs stand out…

Anthea SAL Faby Reilly

Isn’t it gorgeous!! I was hoping to show you it made into a small of some kind, but I haven’t quite decided on the finish yet! I’m wondering now what February’s flower will be, we’ve nearly two weeks to wait!

Linking up with the 2020Smalls SAL, please follow the link for lots more smalls

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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29 Responses to Anthea SAL

  1. Mary Kerlin says:

    Gorgeous, for sure!

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  2. anne54 says:

    It is a sweetie, and the embellishments are just right.

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  3. Lisa at Greenbow says:

    The blue back stitching makes it look quite painterly, simply beauteous.

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  4. Helen Rowen says:

    Its beautiful and for Feb, maybe a Daffodil or a Crocus. I am going to love watching this one grow. xx

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  5. CurlsnSkirls says:

    Yes, this is a lovely design and you’ve done a grand job! What do you plan to do with them? Will the flowers be part of a book, or some sort of larger project? Just wondering…

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  6. kathyreeves says:

    That is just so pretty! What’s the finishing plan Faby has in mind?

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  7. tialys says:

    The best laid plans….etc.,etc. πŸ™„

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  8. claire93 says:

    oh wow! you’re right, FR designs are extra special because of the bead & sequin detail, and this one looks like it’s no exception!

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  9. Jane M says:

    You lasted 21 days 😊. This is gorgeous and the beads and sequins just finish it beautifully

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  10. Sharon says:

    wow – absolutely gorgeous!

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  11. Beautiful – makes me want to do cross stitch – good thing I don’t…. LOL

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  12. Faby Reilly says:

    You stitch so beautifully! I can’t wait to see how you decide finish it – knowing how talented you are, it’ll be stunning πŸ™‚

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  13. Karrin Hurd says:

    Beautiful piece. I look forward to seeing what you do with it, and what February’s project is!

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  14. CathieJ says:

    This piece is beautiful. I adore the fancy stitches and the embellishments.

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  15. Sarah says:

    YES it is gorgeous!

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  16. Pat says:

    Very beautiful … ❀ Pat

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  17. Kim Sharman says:

    Your January cross stitch is beautiful! Another beautiful project stitched by your clever hands.

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  18. daneesey says:

    This is gorgeous!! What beautiful work you do! πŸ™‚

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  19. Mary L. says:

    I agree, her designs are gorgeous. I love backstitching; it really makes a project pop. Your finish is very beautiful.

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  20. marycatstitches says:

    I agree, her designs are gorgeous. Your finish is very beautiful.

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  21. kaisievic says:

    Wow! Wow! Wow! This is gorgeous!

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  22. Mary says:

    This is so lovely! I like Faby Reilly too! Thanks for joining the SAL this month! I can’t wait to see your submissions through the year!

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  23. Your flower is very beautiful. I can already see why you were temted to join the SAL.

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