Anthea Calendar SAL

Over the weekend I finished stitching this month’s design for the Anthea Calendar, a SAL by Faby Reilly. Each month has a seasonal flower and I was wondering what November’s would be and it’s physalis.

Physalis is otherwise known here in the UK as Chinese Lanterns as the flowers are an unusual round shape and a wonderful shade of orange. I actually bought a pot of these on Otley market last month to go in my Amber and Amethyst garden, I just need to get round to planting them!

This month proved fairly quick to stitch, I think there’s not as many little colour changes, it’s a lovely colourful design with all the extra detail that makes Faby’s designs so good. It’s rice stitch round the edge interspersed with woven rose stitches every so often.

I do like the detail of the skeleton leaf in gold as that’s just how they turn, I’m tempted to include that bit in the wordplay, maybe in a slightly darker thread so it shows up more…

Once we get nearer the end of the month I’ll start thinking about the wordplay to go with it, though I already know one word that will be included, goldcrest! They are one of Britains smallest birds, smaller even than the wren. I’ve never seen one before and there was one in our garden last week, very exciting! They’re tiny brown birds with a flash of gold on the top of it’s head, so quite distinctive.

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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9 Responses to Anthea Calendar SAL

  1. claire93 says:

    very autumn colours ^^

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  2. Lisa at Greenbow says:

    Congrats on your Goldcrest sighting in your garden. It is the same as our Golden-crowned Kinglet. We have kinglets in our garden during migration. Such sweet little birds and always so active.
    Your needle work is superb as always. Will look forward to seeing the words for this month.
    I also enjoyed your walk post. Lovely photos. I so enjoy seeing your country through your walks.

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  3. CurlsnSkirls says:

    Really lovely work this month, Margaret! Would love to see a skeletal lantern or two in darker golds amidst your wordplay!

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  4. Jane M says:

    Gorgeous and I’m sure this will motivate you to plant yours now

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  5. kathyreeves says:

    This one is so perfect for November, and I ❤️that skeleton leaf, it caught my eye immediately. Are you sad you are coming to the end of these minis?

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  6. Amanda says:

    Beautiful stitchwork. We’ve only seen Goldcrests here once and it happened to be on Garden Birdcount day! We had three. Couldn’t believe it. For such tiny things they stand out when you see them don’t they!

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