Anthea Calendar SAL

Last weekend I managed to finish this month’s cross-stitch for the Anthea Calendar, this is the SAL by Faby Reilly with a seasonal flower design for each month.

September’s was a delight to stitch, the flower is the autumn crocus, or colchicum, otherwise known as Naked Ladies as they flower before the leaves come up. I haven’t got any in the garden, probably because my friend and I never manage to get to the autumn flower show in Harrogate and I can imagine there’s a few sold there.

Anyway, the design was stitched with I think about five shades of purple, ranging from a dark royal purple to almost white, they blended together beautifully. I stitched it on a soft purple linen from Permin, it works really well.

As usual the back-stitching and the embellishments make the design, this one has green and gold rice-stitch round the edge broken up with purple spider web stitches. A few tiny gold beads for stamens finishes the design.

I need to stitch the back-stitched edge round still which I will use to stitch the pages together. Having stitched round all the other pages last month I want to keep up with it. All I need to do then is the wordplay for September but I usually wait until a bit nearer the end of the month for that. Just three months to go…

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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10 Responses to Anthea Calendar SAL

  1. kathyreeves says:

    What pretty blooms!

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  2. endrickwater says:

    Beautiful. I look forward to the wordplay, too.

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  3. claire93 says:

    so pretty!

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  4. Amanda says:

    Very lovely. And despite everything the year seems to have gone fast now!

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  5. mandycurrie says:

    Hello Margaret, This is beautiful, they’ve all been good, Faby is a brilliant designer. You must have enjoyed this stitch. Love Mandy xx

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  6. Catherine says:

    What a pretty piece! I love the colours in this too.

    Liked by 1 person

  7. Jane M says:

    Purple is my favourite colour and this is gorgeous.

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