I’m stitching the Anthea Calendar this year, it’s a stitch-a-long by Faby Reilly. Each month we get a design which includes a seasonal flower, I’ve decided to double my workload by making it into a textile book with a facing page of wordplay including memorable dates, seasonal verse, and birds and flowers from our garden.
This was January’s design..
This morning I finally finished February, just in time for March’s design to come out on Tuesday.
I finished the main square a couple of weeks ago. It’s based on a design by Faby called winter blooms and it’s the only one apparently which isn’t actually seasonal, it’s more about the colour scheme. It’s meant to be white lilies and also calla lilies, I decided they could be chionodoxa, which are little six petalled flowers, flowering late winter, mainly blue but also available in a pinky – white. To make this stretch of artistic licence a little more plausible I left off the yellow spathe of the calla lily!
It was Wednesday evening when I finally got round to getting out my graph paper to work out the wordplay. I had just about planned it when I received the phone call about my mum…I’m a great believer in fate, the late start meant I could include my mum in the design.
I’m trying to use the same colours as the design and incorporate elements into the wordplay, February’s were pretty light colours which wouldn’t have shown up in back-stitch or even particularly with cross-stitch letters. I recently bought some new colours of permin linen and one of them was this lovely medium teal blue, it was perfect.
Earlier in the month I visited the Kelpies with my friends Kirsteen and Ian, the verse at the top is one which is engraaved in stone around the Kelpies, it’s from a poem by Jim Carruth, this is just a part of the full poem
‘Echo the great beasts that work among us
unbridled in this kingdom between canal and firth
here to harness the river and carry each weary traveller
Bow down your strong heads to taste the water
Stretch up your long necks to face the sun’
I also traveled on the iconic Settle to Carlisle railway with my friend Yvonne, I’d got two free tickets to go anywhere on the Northern Rail network, as compensation for when I was stranded for five hours on a train! I looked to see what the furthest stations were and Carlisle was one of them. The Settle to Carlisle railway goes through some amazing countryside and over the famous Ribblehead Viaduct, the line was meant to be closed in the 1960’s with all the Beeching cuts but there was a huge campaign to keep it open. The weather wasn’t amazing but we had a great day out. The photos were taken with my mobile from a moving train, hence the fuzzy bits!
It was also Shrove Tuesday in February, so we had our traditional pancakes with lemon and sugar. We have two pairs of bullfinches regularly visiting our bird feeders at the moment, they are stunning birds with coral pink breasts and slate grey heads. The hellebores are our main flower in the garden in February – I have quite a few!
We find out of Tuesday what March’s flower will be and then I need to start thinking about the wordplay!
I’ll be linking up with Kathy’s Quilts for Slow Stitching Sunday.