Cornflower Cross-Stitch

Last night I finished another page for my Anthea Calendar SAL book, this is the SAL by Faby Reilly, we get a new design each month of a seasonal flower. It can be stitched as one big picture with all twelve months on or as a dozen separate pictures…or it can be made into a book! I’m also stitching a wordplay page at the end of the month on what the month means to me and what I’ve been doing that month (I didn’t anticipate a lockdown when I thought of this plan!!)

Anyway, I’ve just finished June. It’s beautiful! It’s cornflowers, with their lovely intense blue. I did have a short delay as I didn’t have enough of one of the colours – typically any other shade I could have managed with a couple of lengths, but not the one I was short of – it is the main shade of blue, so I had to stitch as much as I could and then wait for the post.

There’s a lot of back-stitching this month to make the cornflower’s raggedy petals, in fact I think it’s probably the trickiest design so far – I really had to concentrate!

I love the way Faby incorporates different stitches into the designs, this month it’s spiders web stitch. I usually try to include different aspects of the design in the wordplay, so this month I’m thinking of one of the buds, some gold lines and stars, together with a couple of spiders webs as fillers, I’ll probably start it in a few days time..

We’re half way through this stitch-a-long, so here’s the first six months…

Don’t they look gorgeous 🙂

I’ll be linking up with Kathy’s Quilts on Sunday for Slow Stitching Sunday, so please follow the link for lots of stitching inspiration.

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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19 Responses to Cornflower Cross-Stitch

  1. Roseann Freeman says:


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  2. anne54 says:

    These look beautiful, Margaret. Cornflowers are one of my favourite flowers, and the blue is such an intense colour. This lovely design has captured the shape of them so well.

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  3. Steph says:

    It’s great to see the whole collection develop month by month!

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  4. nanacathy2 says:

    Wow- I love cornflowers, such a pretty flower.

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  5. claire93 says:

    how beautiful! I really am not a great flower fan, but you seem to be stitching a little work of art each month, and the cornflower, especially, are so pretty!

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  6. Jane M says:

    The cornflowers are beautiful and such a fabulous colour

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  7. kathyreeves says:

    The group all together looks just amazing, Margaret. Beautiful job stitching these!

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  8. Yea, they do look gorgeous!

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  9. Kim Sharman says:

    Yes, all your flowers are truly beautiful! Love the intense blue of the cornflowers. Another gorgeous embroidery.

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  10. Cornflowers are my favourite wild flower. Your work is so beautiful.

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  11. Absolutely gorgeous! I love the blues in the June block, but all of them are amazing!
    Thanks for linking up to Slow Sunday Stitching!


  12. Karrin Hurd says:

    Gorgeous stitching! I love seeing these all together!


  13. Jenny Benton says:

    Your stitched blocks are all so beautiful, well done indeed!


  14. CathieJ says:

    Oh my, I do love the June page. The blue color is just beautiful.

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  15. Amanda says:

    Obviously a blue you really love if you’ve run out! It is rather lovely. They look great all grouped together, I almost wish I’d joined in! I hope there may be one next year. I have enough threads and evenweave to use up!

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  16. Kathi Clower says:

    I love June’s flower and how you stitched it so skillfully but love each month too! ❤ Thanks for sharing 🙂 Kathi


  17. Leif Price says:

    Ohh, that’s a gorgeous work! I’m in loved with that cornflowers.


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