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I learned to embroider when I was a kid, when everyone was really into cross stitch (remember the '80s?). Eventually, I migrated to surface embroidery, teaching myself with whatever I could get my hands on...read more

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Seasonal Embroidery: the Acorn, revisited


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Acorns, oak leaves, maple leaves – all are typical images of fall, and they make great designs for hand embroidery. Earlier, I posted an acorn border that was rather stiff and stylized. Here’s another approach to the acorn – much more natural – and would make a nice spray for the corner of a table cloth or a bread cloth. Dress up your Thanksgiving table with a handmade linen! This is an easy design to work up, and you’ll have it ready in plenty of time!

Here’s the pattern:

Some ideas:

Try line stitches in one strand of floss, in a light gold. The caps of the acorns would look good in French knots or in seed stitching.

If you want rich colors, use deep browns and golds, with hints of red or orange in the leaves, which could be predominantly green. Satin stitch the acorn nuts in two tones of brown and seed stitch the caps in a darker brown. Use long and short stitch on the leaves, with veins and stems in stem stitch or outline stitch.

Click on the pattern for a slightly larger version. If you want it still larger, resize it on your computer or on a photocopier.




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