Anthea Calender SAL

This morning I put the last few stitches in ‘December’ for the Anthea Calendar, this is the last one in the series of twelve beautiful flower designs by Faby Reilly. It’s been fun trying to guess what the seasonal flower would be each month (not very successfully!) and this month I got it three-quarters right!

I guessed hellebores, otherwise known as the Christmas rose, I have one in flower in the garden at the moment. I hoped there would be holly and mistletoe as I’ve stitched Faby’s holly and mistletoe humbugs so I know how nicely they come out. What I didn’t guess was poinsetta, these always remind me of my mum as she always bought one at Christmas, it never survived long into the New Year though! One year she bought a cream one and that was much prettier I thought, not quite so in your face as the red ones. Anyway, I digress…

So this month is a lovely colourful, Christmassy design with holly, mistletoe, Christmas roses and poinsettas. I remembered to take a photo half way through adding the back-stitch, it makes such a difference to the design…

Do you ever look at a word so many times you almost convince yourself you’ve spelled it wrong? I ended up showing my OH just to check the spelling of December!! I wasn’t too sure about the gold thread in the centre of the roses, but I trusted Faby’s design and as usual it works perfectly. I think it’s a beautiful design and very seasonal.

I’ve really enjoyed this stitch-a-long, the patterns are all still available on Faby’s website and they’re very reasonably priced too. Here’s the twelve months together…

Aren’t they gorgeous? I need to start stitching all these pages into a book with their correlating wordplay, then at the end of the month I just need to stitch a final wordplay and work out a front page then my book will be ready to finish.

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 Calender SAL

  1. Suzi Drew says:

    They are so beautiful, you have inspired me to give them a go for 2021. Thanks for sharing your progress and the finished product.

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  2. Lisa at Greenbow says:

    I can’t wait to see your finished book. It will be outstanding.

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  3. Mary Kerlin says:

    Yes, they are gorgeous! Job well done!

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  4. Well done, I have enjoyed your word play pages too so putting them together in a book is a lovely idea.

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  5. kathyreeves says:

    Those are just stunning all together!

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  6. endrickwater says:

    The Faby designs are, of course, beautiful, and you’re correct about the backstitch — her designs are about the only ones I’ll gladly use metallic threads on, as the results are worth it, as you say. But what has really made these designs for me are your wordplay pages. They are very like the woven diaries that tapestry weavers make, and totally individual. You’ve done a splendid job.


  7. claire93 says:

    such lovely projects each month, and yes they are all gorgeous! Well done you, for keeping up with this challenge for the full 12 months!


  8. Sharon says:

    Every one is so gorgeous!


  9. Amanda says:

    Lovely seeing them altogether like that.

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