Autumn Leaves

Yesterday I decided it was time to stitch another entry for a travelling sketchbook from my Embroiderers Guild. This is the last one in the current round. The book this time was on the theme of leaves. I had a perusal on Pinterest for a bit of inspiration, but nothing really caught my eye. I did see one which was like a little crazy patchwork sort of thing with a leaf in one quarter, so that was my starting point…

I started having a rummage in my textile box and found some Harris tweed squares in autumnal colours. I happened to spot a scrap from a chiffon shirt I’ve just made which had a dark red leaf in just the right size. A further rummage in my box and I found a scrap of chiffon/silky stuff in gorgeous autumn colours and some stuff which was part of an experimental dying session at an Embroiderers Guild workshop. I can’t remember what it started out as, but it was the right colour, gave a bit of texture and reminded me of skeleton leaves or rough bark. I cut a narrow strip for the centre and later some leaf shapes from a different colour batch. It was starting to take shape…

I used variegated DMC threads mainly. I used a simple running stitch to hold the main pieces in place with calico on the back for support. The centre strip is stitched on with a simple leaf design using fly stitch. In the bottom space I did a simple back-stitch outline of a leaf and then used what I think is called chevron stitch to fill it in, the back-stitch somehow gives a neater edge.

I wasn’t sure at first how to fill the long space to the left, I decided to do a chain stitch stem with spaces for thee leaves, initially planning to embroider the leaves. I then spotted the other piece of stuff I’d dyed which was a perfect colour for autumn leaves, they could be stitched on again with fly stitch.

My final bit of stitching was to add a silver running stitch round the red leaf to look like a frosted edge, it just helped to lift it.

I’m pretty happy with how this one came out, I think the different textures and colours give a good representation of autumn leaves.

I’ll be linking up with Kathy’s Quilts on Sunday for Slow Stitching Sunday, please follow the link for more stitching inspiration.

About craftycreeky

I live in a busy market town in Yorkshire with my husband, kids, dogs and chickens. I love trying new crafts, rediscovering old ones, gardening, walking...anything creative really I started this blog after my New Year resolution worked so well. My resolution (the first one I've ever kept!) was to post a photograph of my garden on Facebook every day. My hope was that I would then see what was good in the garden and not just weeds and work, which was my tendency. The unexpected side-effect was that I have enjoyed many more hours in the garden. I am hoping that 'The Crafty Creek' will have the same effect. Happy creating!
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18 Responses to Autumn Leaves

  1. Jane M says:

    I love your skeleton leaves they look amazing and your stitching is beautiful – I’m sure the recipient will be delighted at your interpretation

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  2. Faby Reilly says:

    Absolutely gorgeous… !

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  3. sandidureice says:


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  4. Laura says:

    Very creative, personal and beautiful! Love the three leaves on the left! 🙂

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  5. CurlsnSkirls says:

    Agreeing with all the above, especially Laura re the 3 leaves on the left — very interesting texture!

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  6. Sharon says:


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  7. Steph says:

    Very creative, I love your use of scraps.

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  8. kathyreeves says:

    I love how this turned out Margaret, your use of scraps was brilliant!

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  9. Love this. And I see I am not alone in admiring the three leaves on the left – inspiring!

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  10. nanacathy2 says:

    The skeleton leaves are terrific, love the whole piece.

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  11. I love this piece! It looks great!

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  12. Karrin Hurd says:

    Lovely piece and stitches!

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  13. Amanda says:

    Very nice. 😊

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  14. Catherine says:

    These are really beautiful. A great and creative use of your materials and a lovely addition to the book.

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  15. Amazing piece – love the colors and the stitches.

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  16. magpiesue says:

    This is beautiful Margaret.

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  17. Hi. What a lovely block! I love the different textures and colours.

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