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Embroider a Frame of Fall Leaves
Autumn, as we often think of it, brings with it the smell of fall air, the feeling of a blustery breeze, and the beauty of changing leaves. With this free embroidery pattern, you can capture the most colorful part of that with a border of autumn leaves.
Whether you choose to stitch this large or small, leave it empty, or use it as a frame, you'll bring a bit of this season into your home. And much like preserving leaves, the stitched version lasts much longer.
The wreath would make a beautiful border around a short quote or a large letter monogram.
Frame the finished embroidery for display throughout the season or transform it into a pillow. If you reduce the size of the border a bit, it would even work on a kitchen towel.Continue to 2 of 4 below.
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Leaf Wreath Downloadable Pattern
To use the Autumn Leaves Wreath pattern, download the JPG pattern file. Print the pattern at the size you desire. Setting the printer to "fit to page" will give you a pattern that just fits in an 8-inch embroidery hoop.
You can also shrink the design or enlarge it at a copy shop.
For an easy way to mark this pattern on your fabric, try printing it on a water-soluble stabilizer. Or, use your favorite transfer method.
Embroider the leaves with your favorite outlining stitch, such as backstitch, stem stitch, split stitch, or a combination of the three.
Note: All patterns in this post are copyrighted. You may use them for personal and cottage industry items.Continue to 3 of 4 below.
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Individual Leaves Downloadable Pattern
If you'd like to get a little creative with the leaves from the wreath or if you want to use them in different ways, you can also download a JPG pattern for the individual leaves.
Use these to design your grouping or border of leaves. Stitch a single leaf on a pocket or in a small hoop.Continue to 4 of 4 below.
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Color Ideas for the Leaf Wreath
The colors suggested for this are bright fall colors, but you can use so many different variations. For a palette like you see above, try DMC 801, 895, 972, 946, and 304.
More muted and mellow colors would be beautiful for this, or you could change all of the leaves to shades of green to make a spring leaf wreath!
A border like this also works well for redwork, although it doesn't have to be red. Try embroidering in all brown, or selecting a couple of shades of orange for the entire pattern (selecting three colors that are right next to each other from a floss company's range can make this more successful).
Another color technique that would be pretty for this design is floss blending or working with variegated floss. You'll get some of the blendings of colors that occur in many fall leaves.
For a delicate way to add more color to your leaves, add some color tinting to the fabric. A wash of watercolor paint behind the leaves, even if the color bleeds outsides of the embroidered lines, will be beautiful.