Wednesday, 9 October 2013

Autumn Stitches


I saw this pattern in Mollie Makes, way back in issue twenty two, and wanted to make it straight away. There was something instantly very appealing to me about the slightly quirky, naive-style illustration and the different types of stitches. 


There were different elements to the pattern so that you could choose which season you wanted to celebrate - tulips for spring, falling leaves for autumn, that sort of thing - and I fully intended to do something spring-ish and colourful. But time ran away with me and there were other things I wanted to make more, and it was only recently that I dug the magazine out again, traced the images onto white linen with a fading pen, and started stitching.


I like the way it turned out. The satin stitch and french knots give it a tactile feel, like you want to run your fingertips over it, and I enjoyed the small details and the many colour changes. It was certainly fun to make.

I framed it in it's hoop because I liked the way it looked in a circle. I trimmed the fabric to a couple of inches bigger than the inner hoop, threaded a loose running stitch all around the edge, then tightened the thread and tied with a knot.


I hung it over Bella's desk. She likes it very much (she is - for now - a happy recipient of my homemade gifts) and has requested another one with a Christmas tree. I did think then how sweet four of these would be - spring, summer, autumn and winter - hung together, rather like the Brambly Hedge spring, summer, autumn and winter stories we are reading together so much lately, but not right now. I have made promises of a handmade Christmas (not because I think handmade is better, but because I know it is cheaper, and we are watching our pennies very carefully right now) and I need to get cracking with that.

Thank you SO MUCH for you wonderful and heartwarming response to my giveaway. It is now closed and I will announce the winner tomorrow.


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Edited to add: You can see my winter version of this scene here.









40 comments:

  1. Four, one for each of the seasons would be just perfect ... this one is beautiful ... maybe you could complete one in each season ... a winter one in January, etc ... Bee xx

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  2. That's beautiful Gillian and thanks for the tip about how to put a thread through the fabric at the back I would have never thought of that!
    A handmade Christmas sounds lovely!!

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  3. Just perfect. Go over to Chrissie Crafts and check out other great stitchery. I have made a bag as my first Christmas present for the pile because I am skint too!! Jo x

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  4. Beautiful. I really can't sew at all - so I'm really impressed. X

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  5. It is beautiful Gillian, and even the way you have finished off the back is beautiful. A brambly hedge collection of the four seasons would be lovely. A couple of years ago we went to a David Hockney exhibition and he did lots of paintings of the same tree at different times of year so it could be like a stitchy version of that! Have fun with the handmade christmas xx

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  6. that is lovely. I like how the tree has lots of texture

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  7. Your embroidery is gorgeous! I love the tree, the little critters, the toadstool...come to think of it, I haven't looked at my old Mollie Makes issues for a long time - they had such sweet little stitches in there, didn't they? I'm inspired to check them out again, thank you! Chrissie x

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  8. So pretty, lucky Bella. All 4 seasons would be so good and I love Bella's Christmas tree idea :) xx

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  9. That's really pretty. Your stitching is so nice, I would really like to learn more. I think it's perfect for Bella's room and it goes with the rest of what I've seen in there, very classic and simple but whimsical and colorful decor.

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  10. So beautiful. My daughter still loves recieving handmade gifts I hope it continues! Your stitching is so pretty and so neat at the back too! Mine always looks like spaghetti junction hehe xx

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  11. It's such a beautiful embroidery! It's so perfect for Bella's room. It's something she can cherish forever. She is a very lucky little girl to have such a talented mother!

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  12. Love the embroidery... lucky girl. We are having a handmade Christmas too( as we're also watching the pennies), which envolves a lot more thought. I'd better get on with it too. Jacqui x

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  13. Such a pretty embroidery Gillian, i love the tree it looks so textured and the little bugs are so cute. just beautiful.
    I think its wonderful that Bella has ordered her next one!
    Good luck with the Christmas makings.
    love jooles xxx

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  14. Very lovely ... I'm going to dig that issue out, right now!

    Love Claire xx

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  15. I love the idea of having one for each season Gillian, this is the sweetest thing ever and fret nit Alice at 13 is still allowing selective handmade gifts :o) Bella is clever to suggest a Christmas one, I love to frame my very basic embroidery in hoops too, cheaper and perfect symmetry xxx Penny
    Ps. Thanks for all your lovely comments on my recent posts x

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  16. I'm not someone prone to jealousy but I'm soooo envious of someone who can just create something so pretty! My mum loved embroidery, perhaps it's my turn to try! It's beyond super Gillian, just lovely! :) x

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  17. That is lovely Gillian. I so wish I could sew when I see pieces like these! x

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  18. Can't believe how lovely this is, never even noticed it in the mag. It looks really expert, yes you must do the four,lovely!

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  19. How sweet.
    The toadstool is just so cute.
    Lucky Bella!
    Lisa x

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  20. I really must have a go at embroidery. I bought a few books a while back that haven't seen the light of day yet. Your marvelous efforts have inspired me Gillian, thank you x

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  21. Absolutely lovely, I love the different textures each different stitch produces. All four seasons would look fabulous together.

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  22. Really beautiful. You've inspired me to keep on with my embroidery. I'm now thinking something seasonal for my daughters....

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  23. Love the embroidery, I am often wanting to try it, I have bought two lovely books called Doodle Stiching you can find it on this link ... in Amazon.http://www.amazon.co.uk/Doodle-Stitching-Fresh-Embroidery-Beginners/dp/1600590616/ref=sr_1_8?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1381403722&sr=1-8&keywords=embroidery+books, If your making a homemade Christmas this year, would love to have a few ideas. I have rather a HUGE extended family, and was thinking along the same lines. Thank you as always for your lovely posts.

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  24. So so pretty Gillian. I love the gorgeous colours and all the detail. I'm sure it looks so pretty hung up. Well done xo

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  25. So pretty! And you are right...I do want to run my fingers over it! :)

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  26. I believe that handmade IS frequently better than manufactured but it very often is NOT cheaper. I have often spent more making things than buying them. When fabric is £12 and more a metre and embroidery floss £1 a colour it all adds up. Include the cost of a pattern and yarn for a scarf say and you have almost certainly paid more than if you buy a scarf. However the results are far nicer so it is worth it. Even baking a decent cake these days can be very expensive.

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  27. I really really love this, particularly the little toadstools. You've done such a beautiful job on it - so neat and professional looking. I always wondered what you were supposed to do with those patterns in Mollie Makes and now I know! x

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  28. That is SO pretty! I love your stitching, so neat and the pattern is the sweetest.

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  29. That is so lovey Gillian and great idea for the back of the hoop! Agree about a homemade Christmas, I have plans to do the very same. I have so much fabric in my personal stash, I need to put it to good use!! Sarah xo

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  30. That's is so sweet, can't go wrong with french knots and toadstools!

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  31. Gillian, that's absolutely enchanting! You sew so beautifully neatly. A set of four is a fabulous idea.

    Embroidery is something that hugely appeals but I've never quite summoned up whatever it is that needs summoning to have a go. You have officially inspired me to dust off my Doodle Stitching book!

    I think I missed that issue of MM. Isn't that dear little dog with his head thrown back, yapping, hilarious?!

    xx

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    1. Completely forgot to answer your question - yes, they do sleep later in the morning! You will have to chisel them out of bed before too long. However, (sorry to give with one hand and snatch away with the other), they start to stay awake longer at the other end of the day so your grown-up-only time gradually diminishes! I've lost count of the "but I'm not tired" debates I've had with my two! xx

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  32. This is just lovely, I particularly love the little toadstools. A set of four, when you have more time, would be beautiful. I am going for a handmade Christmas as much as possible this year too.
    Marianne x

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  33. What a sweet little embroidery! I'm not surprised Bella loves it :)

    Handmade here this Christmas is, I think, going to be naturally dyed silk scarves for the gals - so easy - and home made fudge for the guys - always popular - I don't have time for anything else!

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  34. It is beautiful. Congratulations you've done a lovely work. You could find some inspiration in the Naive motif from Villeroy and Boch. You might like it.

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  35. Seriously inspired to do something similar..........I especially love the lady bird!!

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