Inspiration that will “Leaf” you Breathless…

Friday, September 10, 2010

The weather’s turning – leaves are starting to change and the winds are picking up here at my studio.

This is time of year that it’s all about leaf motifs for me  …Leaf me to my stitching, leaf me at the fabric store and I’ll meet up with you later, leaf me a piece of spice cake…

To get your Autumn creative inspiration started, Advanced Embroidery Designs features a tutorial for a beautiful 32 x 34” Lady Autumn quilt, including a free pattern download.

The machine embroidered leaves worked in rich, autumn colors are absolutely stunning as they swirl around the central figure.

Try using DMC’s Machine Embroidery and Quilting Thread in this type of project – the range of colors is incredible (135 colors) so you’ll be able to choose just the right shades for your design.

Advanced Embroidery Designs also has instructions for stitching these awesome machine embroidered greetings cards!

Making embroidered greeting cards like these is a great way to use up your fall-colored scraps of paper and fabric.

More leaf-inspired stitched greeting card ideas can be found on the Stitch with the Embroiderers’ Guild site, where you’ll find a tutorial for stitching cards from real leaves and blossoms!

I have no doubt some of you will be raiding your garden after seeing this project.

After attaching the leaves and flowers, and covering them with organza, the layers are secured by hand using the running stitch in floss or pearl cotton.

Susa Glenn Designs has a nice tutorial on how to add machine embroidery to a quilting project, including tips for success when embroidering quilt-weight fabrics.

I love Susa’s tips for choosing appropriate machine embroidery designs and how to use paper templates.

And check out this unique leaf necklace from featuring 5 embroidery-accented leaves strung on cord with beads.

This is so inspiring – I can imagine a necklace made from different colored felted wool, embellished with all types of basic embroidery stitches using DMC’s range of embroidery threads.

I have an outfit that’s screaming for an accessory like this one!

I just love these leafy, breezy Autumn ideas!



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  • Judy Harper
    September 11th, 2010 8:51 am

    Thanks for this post – I am such a “leaf freak” myself that I walk in the autumn and pick up leaves out of the street. (A different sort of “bag lady.”) Gorgeous things!! I press them between pieces of sheetrock. I even make pottery molds for 3-D tiles with them.

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