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…