I have to be honest, I love summer and I always get a little bit sad when I see August transition to September. This weekend the kids and I put away the kiddie pool and I was about to have a moment. But then I remembered something: October.
Yes, October. That magical month when the weather is still pleasant and seemingly out of nowhere the world bursts forth in vibrant color. Up here in Minnesota October is breath-taking. Driving down the highway sometimes you happen upon a hillside of trees fully decked out in their October splendor and it takes your breath away.
I love fall and best of all, I love fall colors.
So, today we are celebrating the very best of fall with this very simple fall cross stitch pattern: My favorite color is October.
Supplies needed to make your own fall cross stitch pattern:
- Fall Cross Stitch Pattern
- 14 Count Aida Cloth
- Embroidery Thread in Fall Colors (see pattern for specific color numbers)
- Wooden Embroidery Hoop, 3″ x 5″ Oval
- Ribbon (optional)
As a first step for this project, print out your pattern. The pattern is ready to be used and includes a list of threads needed for this project as well as a gridded pattern.
Once you have your pattern printed out, this is a pretty straight-forward cross stitch project. If you are new to cross stitch, don’t worry. It is the simplest form of embroidery there is. I cross stitch all the time just to relax. So, even if this is your first project ever, you will be just fine!
For a quick overview of cross stitching, as well as tips for getting started, check out THIS POST. It includes videos to help you get the hang of cross stitching fast.
For this fall cross stitch pattern, since it is on a 14 count aida cloth, use 2 threads for the cross stitches and 1 thread for the smaller lettering at the top.
Back stitching is the most simple form of stitching. Back stitching is simply a straight line from one point to another. The corners on the grid indicate holes in your aida cloth. Simply stitch from one hole to another to form the letters. Use one thread for this part.
French knots are a bit more complicated and, at least for me, took a little bit of time to master. I can try to explain how to make a French knot here, but I think I would just end up confusing both of us. I learned best by watching videos. Here’s a good one. The French knots are used for the dots of the ‘i’s.
I finished off my little fall cross stitch project by putting it into a cute wooden oval embroidery hoop and trimming off the extra aida cloth from around the edges. Then I added a tiny bow at the top.
And there you have it–a simple and relaxing fall cross stitch project to bring a little fun, color and humor into your fall because October really is one of the most magical times of the year.
If you enjoyed this cross stitch pattern, you’ll love this “fall in love” cross stitch pattern, too!
All the best,
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Nancy is the play-at-home mom of 3 little ones, ages 3 and under. When she gets a chance she blogs at dosmallthingswithlove.com about the intersection of motherhood and creativity. She has a special passion for embroidery, something she has been doing and experimenting with since she was a girl. A farm girl at heart, she now lives in Minneapolis and enjoys gardening, reading, stitching, traveling and painting. Most any day you can find her with a baby on her hip, barefoot, chasing her kids around the yard and eating beans fresh out of the garden.