Anthea Calendar SAL

I’ve just finished the August design for the Anthea Calendar SAL, this is the year long SAL by Faby Reilly with a suitable flower themed design for each month. They’re all beautiful!

This month the flowers are lisianthus and hydrangeas. It’s a design which is based on the Lizzy needlecase design which I stitched as a SAL a couple of years or so ago…

…oops, more like 2017!!

I’ve got hydrangeas in the garden, a beautiful white one which I’ve had a couple of years, and also what would be a beautiful soft blue one if it ever decides to flower!!! I’ve had it probably over five years, tried different positions, it still refuses to flower!!

Anyway, this months square is really pretty. I particularly like the part border with the eyelet stitch and beads, however it did cause me issues…

Having completed the main cross-stitch at the bottom I didn’t fancy my odds at trying to count the linen threads to stitch ‘August’, so I stitched the eyelet border next up the right hand side…only I miss counted on of the gaps!!! I didn’t realise until I’d almost finished the whole design when I stitched the left hand border and it stopped one stitch out!! As the offending stitching was the second one up I could undo it and move it down one, it’s still in the wrong place but at least it looks like it’s in the right place!!

I’ve just got my wordplay to stitch now, hopefully it won’t take too long this month.

I’m making these into a textile book, my original plan was to stitch it together a bit like my stitch sample book…

…however it has crossed my mind that this book is going to be a lot thicker, with twelve double page spreads rather than seven or eight. The pages will only be about 6″ square so it might end almost a cube! I am wondering about framing each design with a pretty floral cotton to make it 8″ square, this would have a couple of other advantages as it would save me having to back-stitch round 24 pages in order to stitch them together neatly, it would also lose the issue that I found before that with even weave linen the count on the weft is not exactly the same as the count on the warp, this causes problem when you come to stitch the pages together. It would also be a lot quicker as I could stitch a lot of it on the machine…I’m still mulling it over, any thoughts welcome!

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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5 Responses to Anthea Calendar SAL

  1. Prue Batten says:

    The Faby Reilly designs have been beautiful and I love the way you are personalising them. I have no doubt you’ll turn this into a sublime textile book as you have such a facility with that sort of thing.
    I hope you’ll do more textile and fabric books in the future. Cheers.

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  2. Could you make them into two books that you coule then make a pouch, cover of wrapping cloth for, to keep them together. The embroidery is so beautiful.

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  3. kathyreeves says:

    Beautiful! 😍 You might consider using fray check to seal the edges then sewing them on to a piece of fabric. If you want some loft for the pages you could put add a piece of batting before you stitch and turn your pages. The one edge could be either zig zagged or finished with some wide lace depending on how you want to do the cover. That’s what we’ll eventually be doing with the Psalm 23 book from

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  4. No one knows about the count except you! Looks perfect and beautiful to me!
    I have no advice for the book construction since I’ve never done anything like that before. Can’t wait to see what you do!

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  5. Amanda says:

    I do love a fat book! Framing them does sound nice though.


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