Anthea Book of Days

It’s happy dance time! Yesterday I finished my Anthea Book of Days and I’m very happy with it!

I started this project last January when Faby Reilly started her Anthea Calendar stitch-a-long, each month she released a beautiful cross-stitch of a seasonal flower. I decided to make mine into a book rather than a big picture or twelve little ones.

A book of twelve designs would be a bit thin I thought, so I decided to make a wordplay for each month. The idea was that it would include events that happened in the month – we had a wedding and a big holiday to include – flowers and birds in my garden, a suitable poem or piece of prose…then covid struck!

Events went out of the window and we stayed at home…and I sewed! I tried hard not to make it a covid diary, but when I was short of things to embroider as we weren’t ‘doing’ anything, I started to stitch what the month meant to me instead. Quotes became more poignant as my mother died and then my mother-in-law. A visit to the hairdressers became an event! I have just written in a notebook to tuck in the back sleeve about each month and what I included, in 20 years time will we remember who Captain Tom was? He became a national treasure after raising Β£34 million for the NHS by walking 100 laps round his garden for his 100th birthday, buoying up the countries spirits in a difficult time. He sadly died this week, he was an inspiration to us all.

Having stitched all my pages, I stitched them altogether and created a front and back page. I decided on a name for my book, Anthea means flower or blossom in Greek, a book of days journal is a record of the minutiae of life…

I learned a way of binding pages together…

…and I made a cover for my book…

So it is finished, fourteen months work, I hope you like it as much as I do…

I’m linking up with Kathy’s Quilts on Sunday for Slow Stitching Sunday, please follow the link for lots of stitched inspiration.

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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35 Responses to Anthea Book of Days

  1. Lisa at Greenbow says:

    I love this project.

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  2. Faby Reilly says:

    What an absolute masterpiece you’ve created there, Margaret !!!! It’s simply stunning ❀️

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  3. tialys says:

    A wonderful project to get out and leaf through and a reminder of this bizarre year – you couldn’t really not make reference to some of those events in any record of 2020 could you? A real heirloom.piece too.
    RIP Captain Sir Tom – he was a beacon of light in a dark time.

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  4. Laura says:

    Love! πŸ™‚

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  5. This is gorgeous!! The whole thing. I especially love how you made each month special by journaling.

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  6. Sian Coggins says:

    Absolutely wonderful, I’m in awe

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  7. Like the rest of those posting above, I love this piece! But my favorite part is how you made something uniquely and imaginatively different with your stitching projects. I’m sure this will be inspirational for others to ‘craft outside the box’. For some, it can be very difficult to find something else to do with their cross stitch projects besides frame them for the wall or make a pillow. This brings an ‘old’ needlework craft into the present with plenty of intriguing possibilities – thank you for sharing your creative talents with us all.

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  8. Sharon says:

    It’s so charming. Great job! Happy dancing with you πŸ™‚

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  9. I am a novice needleworker, but avid and experienced gardener and this work of art just delights me. Thank you for sharing such poignant beauty with a fan from Pennsylvania, USA

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  10. endrickwater says:

    This is a fabulous example of what ability and imagination can produce. (Don’t you DARE enter it into my local show!! You’d have Best in Category AND Best in Show — deservedly, too.)

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  11. CurlsnSkirls says:

    A really wonderful way to remember some very dark times. Glorious work, Margaret! It will grow in value as the years pass.
    About Captain Sir Tom. Oh, yes, we heard about him over here, and admired him tremendously! I was sooo sorry to read of his passing. A true and gallant hero.

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  12. Betty Macpherson-Veitch says:

    What a beautiful project. It makes me want to join in and do one also.

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  13. Melanie says:

    A wonderful project. I was aghast in reading the loss of your mother and MIL!! My heart aches for you. I’m a new follower so am a bit behind in your story, but sending hugs and prayers. Your book is wonderful, a very beautiful keepsake. It’s been a difficult year for so many. Stay safe, stay healthy. :o)

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    • craftycreeky says:

      Thanks for your lovely comment, as you say it was a rubbish year for so many people even without covid, we lost three parents and a dog in 12 months, so covid was the icing on the cake really, but stitching kept me sane πŸ™‚


  14. Prue Batten says:

    What a coup!
    A memory book in pictures, words and thread! A trifecta.
    I’m in awe, Margaret…

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  15. kathyreeves says:

    I love everything about this! I can think of several ways to apply this concept…maybe one day I can do this for a grand child’s first year.

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  16. nanacathy2 says:

    Wow Margaret, this is just lovely. I am in awe of the book you made, learning how to construct it, then making a gorgeous heirloom.

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  17. Oh! It is completely fabulous! I love that you put all the ‘pages’ into a book form!

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  18. That is AMAZING! So much more impressive than another framed piece (though I’m sure those are lovely). And the finishing is perfect. Congratulations.

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  19. Sarah says:

    What a year it has been! Such a clever idea to turn this into a book, it will become a family heirloom I’m sure!

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  20. Maggie says:

    What an amazing project and heartfelt keepsake you created with your thoughts words and stitching. The binding on your is a true work of art!

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  21. Karrin Hurd says:

    Your book is beautiful, love it! Was so sad to hear about Sir Tom’s passing.

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  22. Jackie Trembley says:

    What a really lovely little book of days! It’s a treasure.

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  23. Cathie J says:

    Oh I am so glad that I saw this post. I have been watching you work on this book all along and it is just so beautiful.

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  24. Jenny Benton says:

    Such a wonderful achievement and adding the extra pages makes it uniquely yours. Your lovely little book is a time capsule featuring good times, memories of those no longer here and how we all lived through the pandemic.

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  25. Jane Shackleton says:

    Margaret, I am in awe of your work, your extra pages and then your bookmaking. You have made a treasure which I hope will be kept and honoured for generations in your family.

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