Anthea Calendar SAL

What a year to make a stitch diary!!

I’ve just managed to finish the facing page for my Anthea textile book. This is the stitch-a-long by Faby Reilly, as well as stitching the design I’m also making a wordplay for the month. I’m choosing words or phrases about the month, including special dates etc. I decided early on not to include anything overtly covid, but it’s impossible to comletely ignore it…

April’s design is gorgeous, a cluster of violets.

Easter was obviously going to be the main date for April. We haven’t got any family birthday’s in April so I decided to include Captain Tom’s. Captain Tom Moore has gone from obscurity to a national treasure in a matter of weeks. He decided in April to walk 100 laps of his garden to celebrate his 100th birthday at the end of the month. His family set up a Just Fundraising page as he was aiming to raise £1000 for NHS charities. Somehow Michael Ball heard about it and interviewed him on his radio show. It just went viral, last time I checked he had raised £32 million!!! He made his 100 laps and the Yorkshire Regiment did a socially distanced guard of honour for his last lap. On his birthday a spitfire and a hurricaine did a flypast and he was made an honorary Colonel. My OH thinks it’s a shame they didn’t skip a rank so he’d be Major Tom!

The quote at the bottom is also from Captain Tom, he said for those of you getting worried and stressed about the current situation, just remember the sun will shine again… I thought it was a lovely message.

A lot of flowers are early this year due to the warm weather, many trees were in blossom. I always think of bluebell woods as a May thing, but the bluebells on the back lane were in flower for most of April.

The Chevin cross is one thing I have missed this year, usually about a month before Easter the local churches get together and erect a huge wooden cross on the top of the Chevin, you can see it from most of Otley town centre. I like seeing it up there but it was another casualty of covid.

My favourite plant in the garden in April has to be my magnolia stellate, it was beautiful, I wanted to include it’s full name but I couldn’t quite fit it in! The goldfinches returned to our feeders too, I usually think of them as summer visitors to ur garden but I might be wrong.

I think next month I might try and sketch onto graph paper the outline of each word, just say 5 squares by 34 squares, rather than just laying the cut out bits on top, it might make things a bit easier without taking as long as rewriting it all in the square. I also made a couple of errors with the colours. My usual aim is to simply use the same colours as the main square, I have a little organza bag to keep them all in. Unfortunately this time two extras sneaked in and I didn’t realise, so blossom and viola aren’t in quite the right shades, but I think it all looks OK. I also confirmed what I wondered for a while, 32 count linen measures differently on warp to weft, this explains why I had problems with my stitchbook pages. I now need to determine which way up before I start stitching each page!

Faby has just released the May pattern and it looks so pretty, lots of pink cherry blossom.

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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12 Responses to Anthea Calendar SAL

  1. katechiconi says:

    I love that Capt. Tom has been promoted. Who says the Army has no imagination… Outstanding, that man. Also outstanding is your page!

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  2. Faby Reilly says:

    I absolutely LOVE discovering your matching pages! Each and every one of them is an absolute treasure, and April doesn’t fail. It’s beautiful in every sense of the word!!! I love that quote too 😉

    Liked by 1 person

  3. kathyreeves says:

    I do love violets, and Captain Tom sounds like quite a character. Good for him and the neighborhood!

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  4. Sharon says:

    Just lovely!

    Liked by 1 person

  5. Debbie says:

    This SAL is very pretty. I wasn’t going to join in but yours are so pretty that I have joined 😀

    Liked by 1 person

  6. CurlsnSkirls says:

    I read a piece about Col. Tom over here, so his fame has really spread!

    Liked by 1 person

  7. Karrin Hurd says:

    Beautiful stitching, love those violets and your page this month! Always love visiting your lovely work!

    Liked by 1 person

  8. magpiesue says:

    Love it, as usual!

    Liked by 1 person

  9. CathieJ says:

    I love your April pages. The violets are so pretty.

    Liked by 1 person

  10. Faye says:

    April looks fabulous!

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