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Festive Fall: Patterns, Materials, Instructions, & Stitch Guide


Amazon Books

For those who have been waiting for the patterns, material list, and stitch guide for Festive Fall, it’s time to Celebrate! I finally finished it!

Goodness me, it’s been a rather hairy four weeks. I apologize for the delay in getting this one out!

Read on for all the details about the Festive Fall, including what’s in it, how my e-books work (they’re PDFs, so nothing too complicated), and where to pick up your copy.

And, if you’re keen to have some ready-to-stitch towels to go along with it, there are a few sets available in my shop right now, too!

Festive Fall Autumn Designs for Hand Embroidery

Festive Fall: Decorative Autumn Corners for Hand Embroidery is a PDF download that includes three embroidery designs featuring a pumpkin, leaves, wheat, and decorative scrolls. Along with the designs, you’ll find information on fabric and threads used for the stitched samples featured in the e-book, color and stitch layout guides with suggestions for stitching, and step-by-step stitch instructions and tips for the various techniques used on my stitched samples.

Like my other e-books, the content is suitable for beginners and beyond, and you’ll find lots of tips within to help you successfully stitch the designs.

In this project, there’s a bit of focus on manipulating colors, so you’ll get some good practice playing with color selections, too.

Festive Fall autumn designs e-book details

Festive Fall is a 26-page e-book with interactive links throughout to help you. Why an e-book and not a printed book? There are many advantages to e-books these days, but one of my favorite aspects of PDFs is that you can really zoom in on the photos while viewing on your computer, tablet, or mobile device. You can see crisp, clear detail unlike any you’d ever see in a printed book, which is very helpful when you’re working a detailed embroidery project. The printed page constrains what you can see – but the electronic page gives you much more scope for seeing the details!

That said, you can print the PDF at home on your home printer, if you want to have a printed copy. You can also just print the pages you need – like a pattern page, or perhaps the stitch instruction pages.

Another huge advantage to e-books for embroidery projects: they’re accessible to anyone, anywhere, as long as you have an internet connection for the initial download. There’s no astronomical international shipping fees, either.

The Nitty Gritty Techy Stuff

As a digital download, the file will come to you in your email via a download link within minutes after purchasing. If you don’t receive it right away, check your email filters (promotion, spam, etc). The file will be delivered to the email address used at the time of purchase.

Before loading on an iPad, tablet, or mobile device, download the file to your computer first, and then move the file from your computer to your device. This is the most sure way of successfully transferring the file and it will leave you with the original copy on your computer for future use. If you have any difficulties with the download, etc., please contact me and I will help you out!

The PDF handles like any other PDF, so once it’s on your computer, you can move it to any device that supports PDFs.

Where to Find It

Festive Fall is available right here in my shop on Needle ‘n Thread.

The Towel Sets

There are presently a few of the Festive Fall ready-to-stitch towel sets available in my shop right now, as well. If they happen to sell out, you can always drop me a line and ask to be put on the advanced notice list for the next time they’re in stock. It will be a while before I make up new sets, I think. I need a bit of a break to gather my thoughts and reset my priorities as we move into the last few months of the year!

If you’re eager to move ahead with some Christmas stitching, you’ll find some of my Holly & Evergreen towel ready-to-stitch towel sets available right now, too.

Questions? Comments? Suggestions?

If you have any questions, comments, or suggestions, feel free to chime in below!

I will see on Monday! I’m taking the weekend off for some reflection and regrouping. I’ve got some thread talk coming up for you next week, I’ll show you a little tool and how it works, we’ll look at a book that’s been lingering on my desk, and yes… we should even be visiting the Leafy Tree kits for the Last Time – at which time, I’ll share information on joining a stitch-along group for Leafy Tree-ers!

I’m also working on a new series of tutorials for the website, for those who want to add a little extra zata-zata-zing to their stitching! I can’t wait to start sharing them with you!

Enjoy the weekend!


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  1. Does the Festival Fall e-book also have the pattern to use on the straight end of a tablerunner? You wrote about doing it in August and I don’t want to do a corner design on my tablerunner.

    Thank you.
    Vera in WV

    1. Hi, Vera – The “small” version of the design does not turn up the corner the same way the medium and large designs do, and can be used on the long straight edge of a table runner, I suppose. It’s not a “long” design, but it would work centered on the long edge of a runner. The designs I did on my table runner, though, I did on each short end, and one is the larger version of the corner design, and the opposite side as the small version.

    2. Could two small designs, with one mirror image, so back-to-back so to speak, be used to make a longer one? hh

    3. This is just a quick layout to show you what would happen mirroring the small design exactly, with two options in the way it’s turned: https://needlenthread.wpengine.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/two-pumpkins-combined-sample.jpg
      Of course, you could eliminate parts of the design (one of the leaves in the middle, for example) and move them closer together, to keep from having the two touching leaves in the center, if you didn’t want it to be quite so symmetrical. You can trace parts of the design – you don’t have to use the whole thing.

  2. I just purchased your beautiful new autumn pattern. What method did you use on your pre-transferred towel sets? It looks so lovely, I want to use it to transfer my pattern. It looks like an iron-on but wanted to comfirm.

  3. Mary, As long as you’re going to talk threads, can you rant a bit over which ones are washable? I’ve had a lot of disappointments. Thanks!

  4. Festive Fall – I so fell in love with this pattern & will be purchasing it. I was hopeful I could purchase 2 sets of the towels however they are sold-out. As a total beginner, my hand work is good, it just takes me a very long time to stitch. I am overwhelmed with the thought of transferring this design once much less 6 times. Know I can goggle towels and purchase this way but I am not really sure what I am really looking for – is there a standard size, thickness appropriate for hand work, fiber type? Suggestions for a source?

    Other than a light box (which I have) & tracing is there a better way to get the design from the pattern to the fabric? I am sure you already have an article on this I just haven’t found it yet. I am slowing working my way through your wonderful site. What a gift you have given the embroidery world.

    Best wishes, Cindy

    1. Hi, Cindy – I’ll have the towel sets back in stock once I can put more together, and you can get on the advanced notice list for them by dropping me an email at mary@needlenthread.com and asking to receive advanced notice once they’re ready.

      In the meantime, under “Embroidery Basics” in the e-book, I discuss design transfer.

  5. I just bought the pumpkin ebook and just wanted to say wow! So many pages of instruction and visuals!!! It is quite a good value!! Thanks for such quality work!! Hugs, H

    1. Hi, Charlotte, thanks for your comment. If you’d like to be included on the advanced notice list, please email me at mary@needlenthread.com with your request. I can only put together the list with email inquiries, so just drop me a line to be added to the list! Thanks!

  6. I purchased a set of your towels, the Holly with berries. Can you tell me what type of floss you bought and how many of each. I have the colors but there are different types that you can buy and I am confused. Do you divide your thread? I have always done iron cross stitch patterns and divide my thread in half. I am also having difficulty deciding what needle to use. After reading your article I am getting some Crewel needles and will try them. Everything I have here still gives me the same drag and popping sound when pulling the thread through the material.

    I have decided to be adventurous. I want to learn something different. My Mom could do all the things you do but never taught me. I appreciate whatever you can tell me.


  7. Hi Mary,

    Love your work and how much you share with us.

    I have been trying to get some of the towels but am always too late :o)

    My question is: Are the pre-printed towels you sell the same base towel as those on your Amazon recommendations page? I recall your article on the quality of flour sack towels and was hoping that they were of the same caliber, as I can always transfer the designs myself.

    Thanks again for being a bright spot on the Web,

    1. Hi, Krista – I can put you on the advanced notice list for the towels, if you’d like a heads-up before they’re announced on the website. The ones on my recommendations page are good (otherwise, they wouldn’t be there!) so if you’re looking for towels to transfer yourself, those are a good choice!

  8. Mary, I have followed you for years now, and I always learn something new. My “fancy work” is done primarily on the crazy quilt I’ve been working on FOREVER!. You always come up with a motif I can use and/or technique to improve my stitching. Thank you!!!

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