Anthea SAL

I’ve just finished the April cross-stitch for the Anthea SAL by Faby Reilly. This is the one where each month has a flower design, I’m making it into a textile book with a page opposite of a wordplay based on the month. I haven’t done Aprils wordplay yet, but I have finished the flower.

This month it’s violets, one of my favourite flowers, we have wild violets self seeding all over the garden, I always feel a bit guilty if I have to pull them up as they are so pretty. At the moment there’s a lovely little clump in flower as we go up the wooden steps onto the back lane.

I would have finished it a week ago but I realised at the last minute that I didn’t have the deep purple for the back-stitching, I did look in my stash for something similar but there wasn’t another one of the same intensity. Of course my delivery got delayed with all the bank holidays over Easter, never mind everything else going on, but it was worth waiting for as the colour is just perfect.

The fabric is a permin evenweave linen, 32 count, it’s a lovely soft purple colour, perfect for this. I used some gold beads from my stash which aren’t too shiny, I’ve decided I prefer the more matt or satin finish to beads. It’s a gorgeous design, the delicate back-stitching make these designs something special. I shall try and incorporate one of the violets and maybe a flurry of french knots into the wordplay.

Here’s the other pages I’ve stitched so far…

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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14 Responses to Anthea SAL

  1. What you’ve stitched so far looks awesome! I can’t wait to see how it looks in the end!

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  2. Gail says:

    Lovely! When I was a child, my favourite flowers were violets. My aunt made me a petit point picture of violets which I still have. Can’t wait to see what words and events you commemorate in stitches this month.

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  3. Lovely stitching and i like your idea a lot, such a memorable item when it is finished.

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  4. kathyreeves says:

    Love the violets!!!!!

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  5. Faye Harris says:

    These are so pretty! What a fabulous project to be working on

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  6. magpiesue says:

    This is going to be so special when you’ve done the whole year. We had violets in spots in our yard but most of them have died off from what I can tell. I was thrilled to see some had self seeded in an unkempt urn on the back deck. Hope they come back again next year!

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  7. Deb says:

    Wonderful! So full of spring,violets are.

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  8. Kim Sharman says:

    Violets are such a pretty flower with the sweetest of fragrances. Your cross stitch violets are joyous….and so pretty.

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  9. Catherine says:

    Such lovely designs, and it’s always pleasing when waiting for the perfect colour pays off!

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  10. claire93 says:

    so pretty! love the beads and French knots ^^

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  11. Beautiful I love the little wood violets that seed themselves round the garden each year. x

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  12. Carole says:

    These are just gorgeous!

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  13. rosejasm says:

    I feel I would like your garden, I’m all for a bit of self seeding!

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  14. I just adore this project and love all the yellow stitches for March!


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