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Anthea SAL is underway and Part 9 is now out!

If you’re not yet a member of the Anthea SAL and you’d like to join us, you’re more than welcome to do so at any time while the SAL is running:

If you’re already a member and you’d like to download published SAL parts:


Part 9: September

Guess what? No knots this month !! These autumn crocuses are enhanced with rice stitch and ribbed spiderweb stitches. And beads, of course 😉 !!

As always, the special stitch tutorials are included in the pattern, but you’ll find a more detailed version of some of them here (including a short video!):

For more tutorials and tips, visit the tutorials page!

Happy Stitching!

Faby xx

Part 8: August

It’s a mix of pink and green, this month, with Lisianthus and Hydrangea. As always, plenty of special stitches… and a few more French knots/Colonial knots. I’m soooo sorry – you’re probably ready to throttle me, after the July pattern…! If you cannot face stitching these new knots, just use MH 02025 beads instead.

As always, the special stitch tutorials are included in the pattern, but you’ll find a more detailed version of some of them here (including a short video!):

For more tutorials and tips, visit the tutorials page!

Happy Stitching!

Faby xx

Part 7: July

We’re back to purple shades, this month, with fragrant Lavender. As always, plenty of special stitches… and a bunch of French knots/Colonial knots. If you’re in the I-hate-French-knots team (sorry…!), don’t forget to check out the tutorial & make sure you select the rigth needle for French knots!! It might be that’s the only thing that’s stopping you from enjoying stitching these little knots! Fingers crossed!

As always, the special stitch tutorials are included in the pattern, but you’ll find a more detailed version of some of them here (including a short video!):

For more tutorials and tips, visit the tutorials page!

Happy Stitching!

Faby xx

Part 6: June

For June, we’re stitching pretty blue cornflowers – enhanced with special stitches and beads.

As always, the special stitch tutorials are included in the pattern, but you’ll find a more detailed version of some of them here (including a short video!):

For more tutorials and tips, visit the tutorials page!

Happy Stitching!

Faby xx

Part 5: May

For May, we’re stitching cherry blossom branches – this design is enhanced with variegated thread, special stitches, and shiny sequins!

As always, the special stitch tutorials are included in the pattern, but you’ll find a more detailed version of some of them here (including a short video!):

For more tutorials and tips, visit the tutorials page!

  • TOP TIP:
    Not sure how to stitch the beads as you can’t see the thread symbol under the bead symbol? That’s because the bead should be stitched on an EMPTY stitch, using the colour thread nearest to the bead 🙂

Happy Stitching!

Faby xx

Part 4: April

For April, we’re stitching violet posies, arranged in a pretty wreath. There’s only one special stitch in this pattern – French knots (or Colonial knots) – but there are quite a few of them! You’ll be an expert at knots by the end of this one!!

As always, the special stitch tutorials are included in the pattern, but you’ll find a more detailed version of some of them here (including a short video!):

For more tutorials and tips, visit the tutorials page!

  • TOP TIP:
    If you REALLY don’t like knots… swap them for a tiny little cross-stitch using 2 strands of cotton over 1 strand of fabric.
    (If you’re working on aida cloth, you’ll have to make that a normal cross-stitch, of course, rather than a “petite” one)

Happy Stitching!

Faby xx

Part 3: March

For March, we’re working on sunny daffodils!! Don’t you just love seeing them tentatively poke their little nose out, before blooming into radiant mini-suns? I so do!! Spring is definitely on its way, when these little beauties spread their skirts out.

As always, the special stitch tutorials are included in the pattern, but you’ll find a more detailed version of some of them here (including a short video!):

For more tutorials and tips, visit the tutorials page!

Happy Stitching!

Faby xx

Part 2: February

For February, we’re stitching a flower arrangement of lilies in soft frosted colours.

As always, the special stitch tutorials are included in the pattern, but you’ll find a more detailed version of some of them here (including a short video!):

For more tutorials and tips, visit the tutorials page!

Happy Stitching!

Faby xx

Part 1: January

We’re starting with a pretty bunch of snowdrops!

Included in the pattern, you’ll find photo tutorials for all the special stitches used this month. In addition to that, I’ve also published a new tutorial, with a video, to help with the round eyelet stitch (with sequins):

For more tutorials and tips, visit the tutorials page!

Happy Stitching!

Faby xx

Pre-SAL info

If you’re planning on stitching each part on a separate piece of fabric (to display each month individually), then all the info you need is in the Welcome Pack.

If you’d rather stitch all 12 parts on 1 single piece of fabric, so that you can display all 12 months together, then you may find the following info useful.

These calculations are based on the assumption that you’d like to stitch 3 months in the width, and 4 months in the length, and that you’re allowing 5 blank stitches in between each month, and 50 margin stitches all around the fabric. I’m detailing the working-outs so that you can adapt them to your needs, should you want to use a different layout.

You will need 320 stitches in the width (50 + 70 + 5 + 70 + 5 + 70 + 50 stitches), and 395 stitches in the height (50 + 70 + 5 + 70 + 5 + 70 + 5 + 70 + 50 stitches).

That translates into:

  • 51 x 63 cm (= 20″ x 25″) on 32ct fabric
  • 58 x 72 cm (= 23″ x 28″) on 28ct fabric

Happy Stitching!

Faby xx

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