The trees are giving us the last display of colorful beauty before the late fall and winter seasons kick in. Vibrant reds, orange and yellows dot landscapes and remind us that indeed, fall is equally as stunning as any other season. Below are just a few samples of what the cross stitch community has to offer for falling leaves-inspired projects.
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DMC is a great place to find detailed free patterns. They offer both contemporary and traditional designs. This free Falling Leaves pattern is a beautiful updated take on autumn leaves. The colors are not your normal fall colors with bright blues and greens. This project is great for variegated floss.
Falling Leaves from DMC
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Creating a seasonal table setting just got a little more colorful with this Leaf Border free pattern from Cathartic Dream on Deviant Art. This border pattern would look great on a table cloth or a table runner. Fashion it with fall flowers or a pumpkin, and you have a spectacular autumn setting.
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Have you tried cross stitch beading before? This leaf pattern by Mill Hill is the perfect project to jump in and try this fun form of stitching. The leaf is detailed with beads, but the pattern is not so overwhelming that you will want to give up on the technique. This would be the perfect project for making a brooch for yourself or loved one.You could also attach it to a napkin ring for beautiful fall decor.
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Acorn and Leaf Border
Sometimes the simplest of patterns are the most elegant. This Acorn and Leaf pattern by ioluli is a wonderful example of how a pattern doesn't have to be intricate to be beautiful. The monochrome project can be stitched in any color to match your decor. Cross stitch this pattern for a table runner, wall hanger or; break up the pattern and stitch individually on linen napkins.Continue to 5 of 10 below.
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Leaves come in beautiful colors, shapes and designs. Alessandra Adelaide created this intricate Maple Leaf that fits into any season. The beautiful red is perfect for fall and winter. Using the same pattern, create a 4 season sampler using different colors for spring, summer, fall and winter. You can also use variegated floss for a more dramatic effect.
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Many people believe that autumn is grey and cold. They seem to forget the beautiful and vibrant colors of the falling leaves. Cross Stitch Pattern celebrates the fall season with their free pattern for Maple Leaves. The orange, yellows and red in the cross stitch pattern blend together perfectly. Use perforated paper to make individual leaves then attach them for an autumn inspired wreath.
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Rainy days, picking out pumpkins, enjoying autumn leaves are all a part of this fun and very sweet cross stitch pattern from New Leaf Craft. This pattern would look great framed in a wooden hoop or as part as an autumn inspired quilt. Customize this project with a monogram or name for a one of a kind gift.
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Where do all those beautiful leaves come from? Trees, of course! This free pattern from Ann's Cross Stitch features a tree that in the stage of saying goodbye to it's leaf coat and get ready to settle in for winter. While this tree is sparse, you can add more leaves of different colors to dress up the autumn tree. This is a very simple pattern that is perfect for a beginning cross stitcher.Continue to 9 of 10 below.
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When we think of leaves in autumn our minds automatically go to maple leaves, but so many other trees show off their fall fashion. Cross stitch pattern creator Axebe created this beautiful Autumn Leaves pattern to celebrate the various leaves and colors on display during the season. While this pattern showcases the colors of fall, you can change up the colors and make it for any season or any decor. You can stitch the pattern up separately for napkins, tea towels or small individual samplers.
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There are so many ways to display your beautiful leaf inspired cross stitch. Take an idea from Free Patterns and craft a serving tray with their free Cascading Leaves cross stitch. If a tray isn't your thing, you can create other functional items such as coasters, towels or a table cloth. Add more dimension to this project by using variegated floss or charms. You could also customize the pattern with monograms or family names. It would be a wonderful Thanksgiving hostess or newlywed gift.
Fall leaves give us a beautiful view of what mother nature can do. It is the last colorful display until we wake up again in the spring. While the trees may be taken a break, these patterns can be display all year long. Enjoy the season!