Autumn Blessings Cross Stitch

During the hot days of summer I’ve been enjoying working on cross stitch – no ironing needed.

Autumn Blessings Finished Boy and Girl

I came across this free pattern from Plum Street Samplers called “Autumn Blessings”.   I not only loved the cute, stylized rabbits, but was especially charmed by the huge sunflowers.

I ditched the linen and the magnifying glass and got out some light oatmeal 14 count cotton Aida.  I decided to adapt the pattern into two small pieces: a boy and girl rabbit facing each other, as if they’re offering the other a gift from the fall harvest.

My Revised ChartI drew it out on graph paper and added the crow to keep the same stitch number as the girl with the flower.  They are both 37 stitches high by 30 stitches wide to finish as 4 by 4 inch pieces.  I also made the pumpkin a little larger and changed the color of their clothes: traditional blue overalls for the boy and an orange and blue striped dress for the girl.  My initial idea was to have the crow carrying a stalk of wheat in its mouth, but it didn’t look right with the beak in yellow.  Maybe I should have changed the beak and feet to black so they would show up better.

The two little embroidered pieces turned out so sweet that I wanted to finish them right away.  I used 4 by 4 artist’s canvas, and laced them across the back. I had the idea that cinnamon sticks would make a good frame and their size just fit.  I bought 2 packages to find ones with the right length, and carefully trimmed a few which released their wonderful fragrance.  I attached them with craft glue.

Autumn Blessings Framing MaterialsLaced Back

Then I added a brown paper backing, and thumbtacks into the wood frame for hanging.

Finished Backs

And the finished pieces:

Finished Cross Stitch on Cloth Background

Finished 4 x 4s Cinnamon Stick Frames

For once, I worked ahead of the season so they’re ready to display from the start of fall.  I’ve also been thinking of possible projects to use some of the two fall 1/2 yard fabrics I’ve been storing and never cut into.   Are you working on or planning any autumn themed sewing or craft projects?

 

 

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4 thoughts on “Autumn Blessings Cross Stitch

  1. seweverythingblog

    Lisa, they are adorable! Framing them with cinnamon sticks is such a great idea. I used to do a LOT of small cross stitched vignettes (and large pictures) but somehow can’t seem to take it up again.

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  2. Stitch It Again Post author

    Thanks, Samina. I go through phases with what I want to make. Seeing so many wonderful free designs on Pinterest is what made me go back to cross stitch. It’s satisfying to finish a small one so quickly.

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