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…