Celebrate Harvest time, Fall foliage colors, and everything beautiful about the Autumn season, stitch by stitch. All the latest news for cross stitching for Autumn, as published in Creative Poppy's newsletter.
Picture these blackberries, dark and juicy, depicted in cross stitch by Perrette Samouiloff. The designer has a wonderful eye for detail, even including the sepals - those tiny green leaves at the base of the fruit - as well as for color with the distinctiveblackberry leaves contrasting with the other species.
Samantha Purdy captures in cross stitch the little simple joys of life, such as spotting the early fallen leaves in the yard, and grabbing the old broom. Concise and to-the-point, the designer only retains the most essential elements in her charts, but yet they tell a full story: the main door with its letterbox and sheer white curtain visible behind the panes, the apron with a motif evocative of home, the red cardinal perched on an already barren plant and signalling the arrival of colder days.
As days grow shorter and morning mist lingers, the tiny heads of the Colchicum or Autumn crocus, sprout in the fields. A sure sign of the arrival of fall and the perfect flower for the month of September. Part of the Anthea collection by Faby Reilly, with a flower to cross stitch for each month.
Notice the colors in these two small cross stitch designs, and especially how the toned-down browns of autumn are highlighted by touches of aqua blue and orange, like a ray of sunshine. Designs by Barbara Ana.
Worked in wonderful hues of autumn foliage colors, this little biscornu features a fox running around among the changing leaves and berries. The biscornu shape, with its round curves is ideal for appreciating the needlework design from different angles. It's also a lot of fun to make when the two flat squares suddenly turn into this pretty little cushion.
A cardinal, cross stitched against a background featuring a double wreath, one with berries and green leaves, the other featuring a medley of lace-like blackwork motifs interspaced with bees and butterflies. Beautiful harmonies brought to you by Lesley Teare.
Worked in the Assisi style of cross stitch, with only the purple background stitched and the motif showing in the blank parts, here is a beautifully pictured arrangement of seasonal fruit. The elegant and decorative design, brought to you by Gracewood stitches is part of their monthly cross stitch calendar.
Counted cross stitch pattern by Gracewood Stitches
A surprise under a pile of autumn leaves
This little hedgehog, emerging from a pile of leaves behind a log, looks so real and lively, it almost looks as if you might hurt your fingers stitching this prickly friend. A cross stitch chart by Faby Reilly.
The warm feeling of being all wrapped up in a cosy warm blanket of home-spun wool. This tartan based cross stitch pattern with an oak leaf and acorn motif is the design for October, In Gracewood Stitches monthly calendar. Soon to come: November Bounty.
It is the time to harvest the very last fruit and nuts. Birds are searching for the remaining berries too, such as this small one, with delicate feathers and stitched in ever so soft and natural colors. A cross stitch chart designed by Barbara Ana.
Tiny Modernist's cute collection of Biscornus continues to grow, full of bright cheerful colors. We've got to admit we have a particular soft spot for the Mushroom Biscornu, with little partridges pottering about in the undergrowth.
Counted cross stitch pattern by Samantha Purdy Needlecrafts
Just look at those lists of colors: Dark Mahogany, Orange Spice, Light & Medium Tangerine, Burnt Orange, Dark Terra Cotta, Light Mustard, Avocado Green, Very Dark Coral, Golden Olive, Red Copper, Coffee Brown, Pine Green, Straw, Pistachio green, Autum Gold...
These colors read like a feast for the senses, enough of a reason to celebrate the Autumn season in stitches.
We must admit, at Creative Poppy we have a particular fancy for overdyed and multicolor threads. And there is no better season to enjoy those colors than autumn, when the splendid colors of foliage invite us to a festival of colors. If you enjoy cross stitching with overdyed or variegated floss, such as DMC Color Variations, Classic Colorworks or Dinky Dyes Silk, to name just a few, you might be interested to check out the following link:
You can almost feel the chilly autumn wind in this splendid work created by Deborah A. Dick of Tempting Tangles. The colors used for cross stitching - all DMC - are splendid with contrasts of warm reds, greenish yellows and purple skies. The poem that inspired the work is also very evocative. An awesome piece of needlework.
Here is another feast of colors by Tempting Tangles, this time stitched in hand-dyed Classic Colorworks cotton floss. Autumn, with its fine warm hues, is such a beautiful time of year to render in cross stitch.
Bird lovers rejoice: here is the third in the series of plate-shaped motifs showing birds in the wild, one for every season. The Winter motif will follow in a couple of weeks so you can stitch the whole series.
What will you enjoy more, eating or stitching these garden fresh veggies and fruit? A banner style design alternating colorful vegetable and fruit borders with scenes from the garden and the kitchen. You can also pick and chose parts of the design for specific projects such as tea-towels, hand towels, aprons, children's bibs and more!
The wind was a nor'wester, blowing squally off the sea
As in Stevenson's poem, the little ship is battling strong winds and hurling waves. This is a little gem of a needlework project, and it's perfect on a biscornu shape that gives extra dimension to the waves. A new cross stitch design by Faby Reilly.
We were delighted to receive this new pattern by Perrette Samouiloff because it triggered so many project ideas. Each little motif is easy to place according to your own constraints, depending what you want to stitch. You can make a recipe book cover, or space out the motif on a shopping bag (great for the farmer's market!). If you've got little ones around, you can stitch different baby bibs and place mats (they will all fight for the carrots!). Or you could stitch it as it is, beautiful in any case.
Counted cross stitch pattern by Perrette Samouiloff
Best wishes for Autumn
This is the last project in Marie-Anne Réthoret's cute little series of seasonal wishes, so the collection is now complete. It comes with 4 alternative suggestions for finishing. The text can be personalized so you can pick your own words if you like. A great gift for a friend.
Here are 3 new patterns that are perfect for children of school age, in particular those heading there for the first time! The chalkboard alphabet is awesome and we are sure it will inspire many unique projects (check out our tips for stitching on black Aida).