This Autumn-inspired cross stitch pattern is packed full of rich fall hues. Pumpkins, leaves, acorns, and a floral vine surround text that reads "Happy Fall." Colorfast, overdyed flosses from Weeks Dye Works complement the solid DMC threads to add texture and visual interest.
As stitched, this design uses shades of orange, green, brown and red.
PATTERN DETAILS: The model was stitched on 28ct. Mushroom Lugana using 2 ply thread. The design uses whole stitches only. The stitch count is 92w x 64h and the finished design measures approximately 6 1/8"w x 4 1/2"h when stitched on that fabric. FLOSS TIP: I used overdyed flosses from Weeks for the model because the colors are so vibrant and the variegation makes my heart happy ;). That said, if you need help with DMC substitutions, you might try DMC 920 for 2238 Sweet Potato, DMC 977 for 2225a Marmalade, DMC 938 for 1273 Grape Vine, and DMC 520 for 1276 Blue Spruce.
WHERE TO BUY: If you would like to buy directly from me, you can find the pattern by clicking here. Be sure to bookmark the website for the Cherry Hill Stitchery Etsy Shop - the address is www.etsy.com/shop/cherryhillstitchery. If you would like to purchase from a needlework shop for the convenience of ordering supplies and the pattern in one purchase, the list of authorized CHS shops can be found by clicking here. FRIENDLY REMINDER: If you see this design or any other CHS pattern on *any* website other than the ones listed in the blue link above, please be aware that they are stolen. If you purchase them from anywhere that is not listed in my "Where to Buy" list, your money is supporting a thief. Help fight copyright infringement by buying from reputable sellers or directly from the artist. If there is any question, check the list in the link ;). CHS patterns are priced to be affordable for all stitchers. Help keep prices low by purchasing your own copy and not sharing with friends.
ANSWERS TO COMMONLY ASKED QUESTIONS:
Did I use sticky board? No. I am more comfortable using backing board and Aleens Tacky Glue. Just a personal preference! How much of a margin do I cut before finishing? I cut 1.5" margins for both the decorative fabric and the stitched piece before finishing. You do not need 3" around your design to finish a mounted flat. 3" is actually way too much to work with! Trim that extra stuff off :D.
How much of a margin do you leave around the edges of your design when you mount it? As a general rule, I like .5" margins to show around the design. The rest is wrapped behind. What about margins for the boards that are wrapped in the orange fabric? For the fabric part of the mounted flat, I only did 3/4" margins this time. Normally I do 1". There is no reason for the change, other than I felt like mixing it up. What fabric did you use on the flat?- I used Pumpkin Patch Plaids Cinnamon Houndstooth Yardage SKU# 5352-O for the mounted flat. The fabric is by Renne Nanneman for Andover Fabrics. Did you use batting behind your design? Yes. I always put batting behind my designs. I think it helps make the finish look more polished. What kind of batting do you use? Warm and White Craft Batting Other finishing information that is specific to this model -
CORDING The cording uses 6 lengths of the full 6 ply DMC to achieve the thickness seen on the model. 3 strands are DMC 938 and 3 strands are DMC 3371. Each strand was cut a *very loose* 3x the mounted piece's perimeter before I spun it into cording.
Brown bow - I used a chocolate brown burlap ribbon that was 1.5" wide. I have no idea where it came from originally--I pulled it from my stash. Sorry! The bow piece used a length that was cut to 11" before shaping. The tail piece used a length that was cut to 8" before shaping. After the bow was shaped and glued together at the center point, the tail was cut vertically and sealed with Fray Check. Green bow - The green gingham bow was shaped using my "awareness ribbon method" that I talk about in my bow tutorial on Flosstube. The ribbon for the green bow on the model is 3/8" wide and I used a length that was 14 inches long to start. I did trim the tail to fit once I was happy with how it was shaped and glued. I also clipped the tail vertically and sealed it with fray check. I found the green gingham ribbon at Hobby Lobby. Centerpiece - I used a wooden button for the centerpiece. The button originally came from a brown bulk button pack at Walmart. If you aren't sure what I am talking about when I say "bow piece," "tail piece," and "awareness ribbon method," the tutorial where I show you what I mean can be found here.
WHILE WE ARE TALKING ABOUT TUTORIALS: I feel a little bit like a broken record, but for those of you who are just popping in for this post I'll repeat it :).
I am NOT a camera happy Flosstuber (Major hats off to those of you who are!) but I do have a few tutorials. Since I can't come hang out at your house and help you finish your designs...the tutorials will have to do. You can find them here. If you don't want to talk materials, skip the first few minutes. I list everything I mention in the description box down below, so you can refer to that if you are pressed for time. I don't claim to have exclusive know-how on the only right way to finish a piece (I'm not even positive my way is a right way...) BUT. I can show you how I do it. If you don't have time to comb through them all, let me break them down for you so that you can just jump in where you need the extra help.
Video 1 covers margins, cutting backing board, adding batting and gluing your piece into the first building block. If you need help with any of those things, start here. Video 2 gives lots of tips to make your piece look more polished, talks about how to *attach* cording and make it lay flat in the back and look smooth from the front, and walks you through making a fabric sandwich for your mounted flat. If you feel comfortable cutting out your piece and gluing it onto backing board yourself, but feel a little bit shaky on how to wrap it in cording or just need some help making a polished, fabric-wrapped flat, start here.
Video 3 shows you how to do 2 types of no-sew bows. Video 4 is a super-duper basic walk through for people who need a little confidence boost on their covered button skills. Again, I was casting a broad net so those of you who have never even opened a box before can comfortably branch out and start adding them to your bow centerpieces. Video 5 walks you through how to *make* cording using a Kreinik corder. If you are perusing the CHS Flosstube channel and want to see what else there is, know that tutorials have pink thumbnails and regular episodes have photo thumbnails.
Whew. Hope that helps!