The Autumn Jubilee Wool Stitch Along will finish up today with the addition of embellishments and mounting. If you missed the first post with the pattern, click on Wool Stitch Along Part 1. So, we left off with the pumpkin done and the leaves left to stitch. Place one leaf on top of the pumpkin, and the other two slightly above and to the sides. Using two strands of DMC floss, stitch the leaves in place.
Stitch veins on the leaves for texture and definition.
Gather some beads and buttons to play with.
Over the top of the pumpkin and leaves, write the word ‘Autumn’ in chalk or erasable marker. Beginning in the middle, stitch the letters using a couching technique.
Using six strands of floss in one needle, come up at the base of the T, then down at the top, up at the end of the cross bar and down at the other to form the T. Repeat for the U and the A.
Then with a second needle threaded with two strands of floss, couch the six strands down. I like the way this technique gives smooth lines for lettering, heavy enough to be seen.
Continue in the same manner for the other letters. For the M, I did a little twist to hold the floss in place. As you go, be sure to measure your letters (I used a seam gauge for a quick check) to be sure they come out the same size. Mine tend to get smaller as I go if I don’t keep track.
Using the same couching technique, place a long piece of green six-strand floss around the leaves to create a vine, connecting the leaves and adding three loops.
With a second needle threaded with two strands of the same green floss, couch the vine. Use pins to keep the loops where you want them.
The loops add just a bit more detail and whimsy.
Add three buttons to the lower left of the pumpkin, and two to the upper right side next to the vine.
For added detail, using gold seed beads, sew 15 beads to the pumpkin along one of the seam lines.
If you like, do two more lines of 15 beads each. This brings a bit of shine to the piece, adding more definition to the pumpkin.
Square the finished piece to the size you want. I did 9-1/2 inches.
On the back of the finished piece, iron on a fusible interfacing to add body to the piece and lock down the loose threads. Whip the top to a backing piece, mine is 11-inches square, giving a 1-1/2-inch border all around.
If desired, add hanging loops. I made mine 3-inches square, folded in half. The frame doesn’t need this big of a loop, but I wanted the stitching to be behind the top piece so it wouldn’t show.
All done, and hanging on my little table top stand.
It is a nice addition for my Autumn decor. Later I can use it as a candle mat too.
I hope you enjoyed this year’s Stitch Along for Autumn Jubilee. Today’s giveaway is a Sewing Machine Lighting Kit with Expansion set by Inspired LED!!
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