5 Fall Needlepoint Patterns

  • 01 of 05

    Chinese Autumn Lanterns Needlepoint Chart

    red and gold Chinese lanterns needlepoint chart
    Althea R. DeBrule

    Four beautiful Chinese lanterns in autumn colors are the focus of this free needlepoint chart for Day 257 of the 365 Needlepoint New Year’s Resolutions Challenge. The quick and easy paper lanterns design is just what’s needed to accent your fall decorating projects. Make a copy of the full-color needlepoint chart from this link.

    Stitching Tips

    The trick to successfully working this needlepoint project is in the choice of stitches. Since the emphasis is on bold colors, the pattern will be much more...MORE pleasing to look at if you only select one or two types of stitches. For example, in addition to tent stitch, you may wish to work alternating reverse rows of slanted Gobelin stitches for the lantern motifs.

    The beautiful light play that will result because of the two different directions of the stitches will give the design a sense of movement, and make it look more realistic as if you used several finely graded shades of fall colored silk to work each one. You can even make the lanterns larger by working the slanted Gobelin stitches over more than two canvas threads.

    Select a neutral color for the small background fill area that will not fight with the bright fall colors already used to stitch the lanterns. After you have finished stitching, embellish the tassel motif at the base of each lantern with colorful beads and surface embroidery loose thread simulation of a stitched tassel.

    Working with the Needlepoint Chart

    To maintain the lantern shapes, you may wish to enlarge the needlepoint chart and then use it to trace the outline of the lanterns on to the canvas before stitching. Adjust the shapes and size as needed to accommodate your choice of stitch techniques.

    Work only on the best quality needlepoint canvas that retains its sizing and does not go limp. Make sure that bargain canvas is free of flaws.

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  • 02 of 05

    Work a Colorful Spray of Needlepoint Hearts for Fall

    hearts garland needlepoint pattern
    Althea R. DeBrule

    Add an easy needlepoint project to your fall decorating with this free colorful garland of hearts stitched in glorious autumn colors. Watch as the pattern quickly parades across the canvas as you work your favorite needlepoint stitch techniques.

    Ideal for stitching on #13-mesh mono needlepoint canvas, the 7.14-inch by 2.07-inch garland design is the perfect size for many home decor items including curtain tiebacks, accent borders for throw pillows and a variety of fashion accessories. For a...MORE smaller and finer detailed design, try working the pattern on 18-mesh canvas to get a finished size that’s 5.6 inches wide and 1.6 inches high.

    Part of the unique appeal of this needlepoint design is that it is quite versatile. While the colors are for autumn, you can use the same pattern throughout the year with just a few minor adjustments.

    It is also surprising how quickly you can stitch the easy project—even though it spans over seven inches in width. You don’t need to mount it in a frame; you can protect your hard work by rolling and pinning the completed canvas at desired lengths to keep the needlepoint clean and out of harm’s way as you continue to stitch.

    What You'll Need

    There’s no question about it; this is one of the most inexpensive needlepoint projects you can make. To get started, search your needlepoint stash for scraps and leftovers before shopping for new supplies. Here’s what you will need.

    • Autumn colored threads in a variety of textures. The small hearts at the end of both sides of the design require only one or two strands of thread. Mix and match colors as well as textures for charming accents.
    • Needlepoint canvas in mesh size and type that fits your chosen finished item. The design is simple enough to use with plastic and paper canvas as well as the traditional ground fabric used in needlepoint.
    • Usual and customary needlepoint supplies. If you have been stitching for a while, you may have already accumulated necessary supplies. If you are a beginner, you’ll need at least a pair of embroidery scissors for snipping thread, several tapestry needles, and good lighting and magnification depending on the size canvas you choose.

    Stitching the Autumn Hearts Garland

    Though simple in design, you can complete this fun needlepoint pattern in just a few hours. Be as creative as you’d like with decorative stitches and a few embellishments to make delightful fall decorations for your home.

    Follow these three easy instructions to make a dazzling needlepoint hearts garland.

    1. Download the free needlepoint pattern and adjust the size as needed before printing so that you can clearly see the colors and stitch placement.
    2. Start stitching in the center of the design. Connect the horizontal and vertical arrows on the needlepoint chart and use this to pinpoint the center intersection of canvas mesh threads. Place your first stitch at this point.
    3. Fill in the background with basic tent stitches—especially if you have worked the motifs in textured or fancy stitches.

    A Finishing Tip

    Depending on what you have planned to do with the completed needlepoint, you can either spend additional money by using a professional finisher or do it yourself. For items like tiebacks and box top covers, it’s quite simple to block and finish the needlepoint using a fabric curtain pattern as a guide.

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  • 03 of 05

    A Dazzling Free Needlepoint Design to Celebrate October Birthdays

    needlepoint chart with pumpkins and October sign
    Althea R. DeBrule

    If you are one of a select group of needlepointers who have a birthday in October, here is a free design to help you celebrate. The simple project features gold, orange and brown harvest colors you should work in subdued to bright hues based on your preference.

    The super easy pattern measures 7.14 inches wide and 3.71 inches high when stitched on #14-mesh canvas. The size makes a perfect inset for a keepsake box or even a motif for a birth sampler for new October babies.

    The needlepoint chart...MORE contains various symbols of fall including a pumpkin, fall leaves, the autumn sun and a sign for October.

    Needlepoint Supplies List

    • A 10-inch by 6-inch piece of #14-mesh white or colored mono needlepoint canvas
    • One pair of 10-inch and another pair of 7-inch stretcher bars
    • Masking tape or seam binding
    • Assorted skeins of fall-colored needlepoint thread
    •  Staple gun with staples or thumb tacks
    • Permanent marker for transferring the needlepoint design
    • A copy of the October Birthdays Needlepoint Chart

    Canvas Preparation

    • To protect needlepoint canvas edges and keep them from fraying or catching the thread, fold masking tape over all four sides; or if you prefer, machine-stitch some seam binding over the edges.
    • Mount the blank canvas on the stretcher bars to keep the project taut and help you maintain even stitching tension. Use a staple gun or rustproof thumb tacks.
    • However, if you absolutely must work without a frame, don’t bunch up or scrunch the canvas in your hands. If you do so, your piece could distort, and you will have to do a lot of blocking to get it straight for finishing.
    • To avoid potential disasters when not using the bars, roll up and pin the canvas, leaving only enough space needed to work a particular motif.

    Stitching Tips

    • Use the needlepoint chart to select colors. If preferred, change them to suit your personal taste. When using stranded threads and fibers, consider mixing the colors to obtain your October shades. Just remember, to make a note of any color changes so that you will not be confused when you begin to work the needlepoint pattern.
    • Use needlepoint stitch techniques that you are comfortable working.
    • This basic design contains large areas that are perfect for experimenting with long slanted or straight stitches.
    • Trace the outline of the large motifs on the needlepoint canvas, or count each colored square to work the pattern.
    • Complete the foreground designs first and then fill in the ones behind them.
    • Use full cross stitches for the letters in "October" to give the word a raised and bumpy texture.
    • Once you have completed the design area, use a background filling stitch to finish the rest of the project.

    Finishing Idea

    After blocking the needlework, sew it into a door hanger to display throughout October. 

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  • 04 of 05

    Cameo Autumn Jewelry Box Cover Needlepoint Pattern

    Cameo Autumn Jewelry Box Needlepoint Design
    Althea R. DeBrule

    Worked as a jewelry box cover, this beautiful autumn cameo needlepoint chart is one of those beautiful projects that makes an unusual gift. It is a fitting offering for fall decorating and fashion accessories.

    When stitched on #14-mesh plastic needlepoint canvas, the finished design measures 3.57 inches by 4.43 inches. If worked on a #18-mesh mono canvas with 50 stitches wide and 62 stitches high, the result would be a finished piece that is 2.8 inches by 3.4 inches.

    An even finer canvas such as...MORE Congress Cloth would yield a small enough piece (2.1 inches by 2.6 inches) to fashion into a cameo shaped medallion of needlepoint jewelry.

    Materials for the Needlepoint Jewelry Box

    To form an elegant three-dimensional jewelry box with the finished design on top, use these suggested materials and supplies.

    • Cameo Autumn Full-Color Needlepoint Chart– Download a copy of the pattern to use in selecting colors and stitching.
    • #7 to #14-mesh Plastic Canvas - Purchase pre-cut shapes or a single sheet of versatile plastic canvas and cut into the desired size and form. You’ll need six cut pieces in either square or rectangular shapes or a mixture of both.
    • Assorted threads and fibers in Autumn Colors – This is a good project for leftover yarns in your stash. Work each side of the jewelry box can in a different color or one of the colors in the background of the design.
    • Regular Stitching Supplies – Gather together those needlepoint supplies you usually use when stitching, including embroidery scissors, a package of tapestry needles, thimbles, magnets, lighting, and magnification.
    • Embellishments as desired – For a more decorative jewelry box, attach fancy braid trimming in a contrasting color around the joined edges of the completed needlepoint pieces.

    Stitching Instructions

    1. Decide on the shape and size of your jewelry box and cut out the similar pieces of plastic canvas. Modify the design to make it simpler to stitch into the desired shape. For example, if you need the finished item to be larger than the charted design, add a few more background fill rows to accommodate the new size.
    2. Choose needlepoint stitches that will give proper coverage across the canvas. Many different stitch techniques can be used successfully in working this needlepoint design. Straight stitches will work up quick and easy. If you select diagonal stitches, make sure to work all of them in the same direction.
    3. After you have stitched the project, check for missed spots and loose thread ends before final finishing.

    Finishing Your Jewelry Box

    If you are making a jewelry box, add a piece of self-stick felt on the wrong side of each piece of stitched plastic canvas before final assembly. It will protect the back of your work and keep any jewelry pieces from snagging the stitching.

    Join the stitched pieces with an overcast or binding stitch to create a three-dimensional needlepoint jewelry box. Sew a cord loop to the lid center and a toggle button to the bottom center to be able to open and close the jewelry box as needed.

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  • 05 of 05

    Needlepoint a List of Fall Decorating Ideas

    needlepoint chart with fall leaf and paper list
    Althea R. DeBrule

    This delightful needlepoint pattern features a “Fall Endings List” that can be stitched to remind you each year of all the wonderful decorating ideas that you can do at harvest time. With a piece of scrap canvas and a few leftover threads from other projects, you can turn this quick and easy needlepoint design into a beautiful, inexpensive and thoughtful gift.

    Working the free 5.36-inch by 5.43-inch needlepoint design can be loads of fun, and you can fashion the finished needlework into a variety...MORE of items including:

    • A small needlepoint throw pillow to add a touch of autumn to a window nook,
    • Pin cushion or sachet that’s filled with the spicy fragrance of fall,
    • Framed picture or wall-hanging for decorating corners and crevices,
    • Needlepoint cover for the top of a slate board or small cork board.

    Since the design includes an extensive background fill area, you should be able to complete the entire needlepoint project in as little as a few hours or over an evening or weekend.

    Needlepoint Supplies You Will Need

    • A piece of #13-mesh mono or 14-count plastic or perforated paper needlepoint canvas. The needlepoint project is almost square in shape with 75 stitches wide and 76 stitches high, which produces a finished design that is about 5.5 inches square. Add 2 to 3 more inches of blank canvas around the entire design to cut a piece that is 7 to 8 inches square.
    • An assortment of fall-colored threads and fibers - Pick and experiment with metallic orange, brown and dark red as well as matte cotton yellow and gold threads. Choose colors that will remind you of fall every time you look at the stitched needlepoint. Don’t be afraid to put multiple strands together in the tapestry needle. Just remember to separate each strand first and then put them together.
    • Primary needlepoint supplies you regularly use when stitching a project.
    • Embellishments and found objects (optional) to add to the completed needlepoint just before final finishing.

    Stitching the Needlepoint Motifs

    The pattern can be stitched in two ways either by tracing the needlepoint design onto the canvas and working the jagged edge outline first, followed by filling in the design motifs; or, it can be stitched by finding the center hole of your canvas and working outward from that point.

    No matter the way you choose, let the design spur your interest and inspire you to try new stitches as you follow these simple steps to complete the project.

    1. The central motifs in this needlepoint design are the leaf, ink pen, writing lines and two hearts. Work the foreground items first in cross stitches, beginning with the “fall” monogram and followed by the black writing lines and hearts.
    2. Work the leaf and pen in your choice of decorative needlepoint stitches.
    3. Choose a simple tent stitch or variation of continental and basketweave for the white note paper background. Do not use complicated decorative needlepoint stitches for the background or the motifs could be swallowed up by too elaborate techniques.
    4. Fill in around the jagged edges of the design with tent stitches to make a square shape. For plastic or paper canvas, only trim as close as possible to the outline stitches without touching them.

    After you have stitched the needlepoint, block it and then finish into the desired shape. If you finish it into a framed picture, hang it in a prominent place to remind you of fall.