Autumn has arrived here in France, the temperature has certainly dropped a few degrees! It is time for the cosy jumpers and boots and the lighting of the log fire, which I love.
The summer’s here are fabulous but I do love Autumn sitting in front of the fire cross stitching.
I have been designing this free Autumn cross stitch pattern, I have also included the tutorial below to show how I finished it into an ornament.
If you would prefer to stitch a free Autumn mini cat pattern, you can download it here
You can download the free Autumn Pumpkins pattern below this post.
Love to Sew has been finished in the same way, it is going in my craft room.
My craft room is pink and white so it will fit perfectly!
Autumn Leaves and Pumpkins Please
I finished stitching Autumn leaves and made the floss drops to match, they were such fun to make.
The plan is to finish the design into a pillow.
Tutorial for Autumn Cross Stitch Pattern
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Finished cross stitch
Lightweight iron on interfacing
Strong thread for lacing
Mount board or embroidery mount board (shown below)
Exacto knife to cut mount board
Fabric and trim for finishing
Gather all of your materials together.
Lay your cross stitched piece face down onto a towel and press with an iron. Place the iron on interfacing on the reverse side of your cross stitch and iron into place.
Place the wadding on top of the cross stitch piece.
Cut a piece of mountboard slightly larger than the cross stitched piece and lay that on top.
Thread your needle and lace the back as shown in the photo.
Try not to pull too tight, your aim is to keep the squares on the fabric in perfect alignment on the right side.
Stitch the corners down at each corner.
Lace the piece along the other side to finish.
I remember the first time I made a mounted finish like this, it was quite funny to look at how uneven it was!
Try to keep looking at the front when lacing and keeping the fabric in line.
Do not pull the threading too tight, particularly around the corners, this will distort the finishing at the front.
The final part
Cut a piece of mountboard larger than your finished stitched piece, this can be cut as small or as large as you wish.
Cover the mountboard with fabric. Glue the corners.
Lace the Autumn stitching the same as Love to Sew.
Use plenty of glue but ensure you do not place it close to the edges, you need to allow the glue to spread but not ooze out at the ends.
Press down firmly and use a weighted object on the top or use pegs to hold in place for the glue to dry.
Lay the trim across the top and the bottom.
Glue the trim and hold into place with pegs.
I hope you enjoy the free pattern, until next time, happy stitching!