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.