After about two weeks straight of hexies-only stitching (due to the reasons mentioned in this article), it will be good to (eventually) get back to some hand embroidery.
Don’t get me wrong – I love my hexies and I love their portability. But really, I love hand embroidery better, and I can’t wait to do some again.
In the meantime, these casual bits of autumn embroidery have been developing behind the scenes. I kept my cohort Anna busy, despite her broken leg, by test stitching some fall designs.
I’m a sucker for maple leaves. The maple trees here in Kansas are the first to show signs of the color change, and when they start to change, I’m usually happy from head to toe! So, with this group of embroidery designs, I wanted to make sure the maple leaf got some serious stage time!
I know it’s simple stitching. It’s not goldwork. It’s not silk shading. It’s not complicated. But it’s just nice, comfortable, relaxing stitching. I need it right now! And so I set up some of the designs for me to stitch, too, and I’m trading out my hexies for some embroidery. This type of embroidery travels well, after all.
The other favorite of fall: the oak with acorns. Oak trees are mighty, but their leaves are not always an immediate harbinger of autumn. Out here on the prairies, they seem to take a little longer to turn, but they seem to have excellent longevity. In a good year, they add fantastic glory to autumn colors!
So those are a couple designs that have developed on this end, for autumn stitching. It’s not far away now – even though the 100-degree weather might beg to differ. There’s a third design that draws in my third favorite natural element of autumn, but I’ll have to show that one to you down the road!
Looking for Autumn Embroidery?
If you’re looking for autumn embroidery, you’ll find lots of available projects here on Needle ‘n Thread.
In the ready-to-stitch category, I’ve got this Festive Fall three-towel set, with the designs pre-transferred for you.
If you’re looking for more of a stand-alone embroidery project, Octoberfest! is a colorful autumn kaleidoscope design that’s fun to stitch, and accessible for every level.
And, if you’re a tree lover and looking for something with a graphic quality that has a nice variety of stitches to learn, you might enjoy The Leafy Tree project, in an instructional ebook with pattern, stitch guide, and materials lists.
In the meantime, thanks to all who have sent kind notes about my Mom situation that I mentioned last week. I’m sorry I can’t respond to your kind emails and comments! Last Monday afternoon, due to the strain of the situation, I was able to get a doctor’s exception to the current hospital visitor policy, and my sister and I were able to split the long days in half through the week. That was a huge relief!
This Saturday, Mom was transferred closer to home for rehab. The whole situation is going to require some definite changes in my life, so please bear with me while things settle into some semblance of a routine again.
In the meantime, I hope you’re well and happy and that you’re able to get in some good stitching time these days!