Friday, October 2, 2015

Pulling It Together For Autumn

Autumn has always been my favorite season.  It is evident in the quantity of decorative stitching items with a Fall theme.  The number rivals my Christmas collection.  Every year, I place an ornament tree in my entry hall, set out a half dozen or so framed pieces, scatter some smalls about the place.    Here are a few photos of  my Halloween and Fall season displays.   I 'll show photos of this year's decorations next week.  I need to do some heavy cleaning before I start the holiday season.

But this year I hope to do a little more.  I have gathered together 21 of my stitched but as yet unfinished or unframed or "some assembly required" Fall, Halloween and Thanksgiving pieces and plan to work myself up into a finishing frenzy.  I'll need to hit the local Michael's and A. C. Moore for some frames, craft paints, matte board and pillow forms ... as well as the local quilt shop for a light bulb for my sewing machine and some spools of thread and a few properly autumnal finishing fabrics... before I can get started     Tomorrow is a day for running errands, so I'll just add these tasks to my to-do list.  That way I'll be ready to start on all these projects over the weekend.

It's amazing just how many unfinished projects  have been languishing in the great laundry basket of finishing.  In no particular order, here are a few photos of projects that I hope to see through to a final finish this month.

Halloween Revelry by Primitive Needle From JCS Sept 2009.  I fell in love with this quirky piece as soon as I saw it.  I hope to make it into a large throw pillow.

This piece is called Hat in a Cat from The Cricket Collection.  A riff on Dr,Seuss' The Cat in the Hat.  I [lan to finish it as recommended, as a doorstop, by filling it with shredded walnut shells.

This piece, called Nevermore, references the Edgar Allen Poe poem, The Raven and comes from the same CEC leaflet mentioned above,  Every time I look at it I can hear Vincent Price intoning, "Quoth the raven, nevermore,"

This little witch is another piece that I stitched so long ago that I have no clue as to designer or design name.  I'll finish it as a small pin pillow.

Here's another unidentified older jack-o-lantern chart, probably a freebie.  It was stitched with over dyed cotton in vertical  curved rows and so dates from 2005 when I took a class at CATS on using over dyed floss most effectively.  Over dyed floss was still relatively new back then and sich a now obvious choice was a fresh idea.  O'll make it into a Trick or Treat bag for oe of my grandchildren.

This is called Owl Row by Homespun Elegance.  One of my favorite designers, HE has a very distinctive look;  I'll finish this as an ornament.

This is another piece that I have no clue as to provenance.  When I have a moment, I'll dig out my old hand written stitching journals and try and trace it.  I think this would make an adorable trick or treat bag.

This Haunted House was probably a freebie,  It should make a nice little pin pillow,

This is a Shepherd's Bush Be Attitudes entry: Be a Witch.  This fun little piece is destined to be a Trick or Treat Bag for my granddaughter who is the princess  of pink every other day of the year.

Another Primitive Needle piece, Here Lies My Needle, will make a nice pillow for my stitching chair.

There are four designs on this one piece of linen, all destined to be pin pillows.  Tansy, Yarrow and Rue are from Pineberry Lane and the A is for Acorn piece was probably a freebie.

Pineberry Lane's Autumn on Marigold Lane should make another lovely throw pillow.

Changing the color way to Fall colors and replacing the flower motif with thrifty and saavy squirrels transformed this Earth Day sampler into a Fall sampler.  The original chart was offered as a freebie on Heartstrings blog.

This Pineberry Lane Tansy, Yarrow and Rue sampler has a harvest feel to me given the colors and the lady's rake.  I imagine she is putting the herb garden to bed for the coming winter.  I don't yet know how I want to finish this ... maybe I'll try my hand at framing if I can fid one the right size and style.

Brightneedle's Esmeralda's House is a  delight to the eye, wonderfully quirky with loads of visual puns and jokes.  Every time I post a photo, I get an e-mail asking me to sell the chart.  But since I was lucky enough to take a class with Ann Pettit, my copy is autographed and a permanent part of my collection of treasured charts.   And who knows I may use individual rooms to stitch some Halloween exchange pieces in the future.

Witches Stitch, Too is a Halloween companion piece to another  Homespun Elegance chart, The Stitcher.  I have toyed with making the two [oeces into a flippable pillow.

I used Prairie Schooler's Harvest Time leaflet as the basis of a round robin I participated  in back in 2010.  I stitched the top panel and used the acorn border from 2001 Cross Stitch Designs from Better Hoes and Gardens.  The other participants used either autumn leaves from the above mentioned chart or scenes from Prairie Schooler's Country Seasons chart.

My first Secret Needle Night, which I adapted a bit to my own tastes.  I need to finish the quilting using an acorn motif from Tom Pudding before turning it into a large shopping tote.

This is the very first piece I ever stitched with over dyed floss.  I used Needleworks on this design from an old Celebrations magazine chart.  It's so olf, it is stitched on a piece of Aida and I have been stitching on linen for three decades.

There are still a few more Halloween pieces left in the basket but those are pieces I wish to have professionally framed in 2016.  I tend to pace myself when framing since I always seem to go for  the more expensive options ... the 2015 framing projects are The English Band Sampler and TW's Autumn Faerie.


CathieJ said...

I was looking forward to seeing the photos! What happened?

Justine said...

What a great collection of smalls! Looking forward to seeing how you finish them.

Rita said...

Beautiful autumn stitching!

Jo who can't think of a clever nickname said...

You have got a lot of finishing to do this year! So many great designs. Variegated threads were just made for some of them. Love the moon behind the haunted house the most.

Linda said...

Congrats on all of the gorgeous finishes Regina. I enjoyed seeing them.


Bonnie said...

Love the Homespun Elegance finishes you have waiting to see how you finish them.

Julie said...

Such a wonderful collection you have stitched up and ready for making up.