With autumn upon us, here’s a simple seasonal embroidery pattern featuring a leafy border with acorns.
Modifying a design from a very old publication now in the public domain, I made it into a squared corner, so that it might work better for table linens or kitchen linens. Think: cloth napkins for the Thanksgiving table, the corner of a flour sack towel to give you kitchen some autumn flavor, maybe enlarged on a tablecloth?
Here’s the pattern:
Some stitching suggestions:
Think of this as a good opportunity to dig through your stash!
Use simple outline stitches and multiple colors on the leaves – oranges, yellows, browns, reds, even greens – maybe even some variegated threads or overdyed (although caution with overdyed, if you’re creating something that needs laundering. Test the threads first to make sure they don’t run.)
Use a darker brown on the cap of the acorn, and fill it in with close French knots or a chain stitch filling, so that there’s a bit of texture to the cap. Maybe use a stem stitch filling on the nut, or, if the pattern is printed small and the acorns are tiny, a padded satin stitch?
Here’s the handy dandy PDF printable for the acorns and leaves embroidery pattern:
The design prints at about 6.5″ square. You can also take the horizontal line in the pattern or any of the inside clusters of leaves and acorns and work them as a repeat, if you’re working a larger design.