Anthea Calendar SAL

In the last couple of days I’ve finished the October design for the Anthea SAL by Faby Reilly. I would have finished it a few days before only I mislaid the dark maroon I needed for back-stitching the flowers, I searched high and low, whilst being aware that this was a well travelled stitching – it’s been to Northumberland and to work, so the potential for it not being in the house was there. In the end I bought another one…and then of course it turned up – it had been through the wash and the tumble dryer!!!

Anyway, it’s finished and it’s gorgeous! Each month before the pattern is released I try and guess what flower it will be, I don’t think I’ve ever got it right! This month it’s cyclamen, the plant stalls on Otley market are full of them at the moment, both the big blousey indoor ones and the delicate looking outdoor ones. I used to have a few near the back door, I tried to move them but I don’t think I’ve seen them since, though I’m not exactly sure where I moved them to – I’ll have to have a mosey round the garden

Here’s the half way point when all the cross-stitching is complete…

The colours of the cyclamen flowers are beautiful, so rich against the dark green mottled leaves. Even at this stage it’s lovely, but then you add the Faby magic with back-stitching, sequins and french knots and you end up with this…

Isn’t that just gorgeous! Nearer the end of the month I’ll start stitching the wordplay to go opposite it in my textile book, I’ll enjoy stitching with these colours.

We’ll have to wait until next month to see what the flower is for November, I’ve no guesses for this one!

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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6 Responses to Anthea Calendar SAL

  1. Sharon says:

    Love the colors and our stitching is always inspiring for my x stitch work πŸ™‚

    Liked by 1 person

  2. kathyreeves says:

    This one was so speedy, the colors are spectacular. You’ll have some good fodder for the word play this month.πŸ™‚

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Laura says:

    When the magic happened, this stitchery came alive! Well done! πŸ™‚

    Liked by 1 person

  4. Absolutely beautiful – you ladies are so great with cross stitch! Hugs

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