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pattern // corn shock a-frame embroidery design

Gourdeous Corn Shock A-Frame Pattern

One of the great things about making an autumn embroidery pattern for October instead of a Halloween pattern is that when you get behind and post it the last week of the month it will still work for November too. Sigh. That's my way of saying that I'm sorry this is later than is ideal for seasonal stitching.

But also, if you stitch the teeny version, it will stitch up quick!

While we're talking about the teeny version, there are some very teeny details here. Think corn husk leaves, straw on the scarecrow, and that itty bitty face. Stitch those with just one or two strands. For the corn leaves, you can stitch them with elongated lazy daisy stitches. And when you stitch the face, wrap the french knot eyes just one time. You can do it!



Gourdeous Corn Shock A-Frame Pattern

Over on Ko-Fi, my supporters (one-time or monthly!) get a version of the pattern that's ready to go for applique. I always think of these in felt, but I think it would also be cute in quilting cotton held down with fusible web. Or maybe a mix of felt and fabric? If that's something you're interested in too, head over to Ko-Fi. It's much appreciated!

pattern // gourdeous corn shock a-frame cross stitch

2021 October Gourdeous Corn Shock A-Frame Cross Stitch Chart

Let's get some October stitching going! For this month's free cross stitch chart, a GOURDeous corn shock A-frame (see what I did there?), I was a little nervous. There are elements in the design that could have been complicated to reduce down to a 30x30 stitch area. But guess what?

I think it actually worked!

The house itself wasn't too concerning to me, but tiny details are always hard. I think we're good with the top of the corn shocks, right? And the scarecrow, which is similar in size to the snow cat from earlier this year, came out exactly as I'd hoped.

It's been a minute since I stitched any of this year's Kawaii Crossing designs, but I have been stitching a ton behind the scenes. More on that soon. And if you're looking for the embroidery version...I'll have that ready for you soon!

calendar // gourdeous corn shock house wallpapers



Welcome October with a new Kawaii Crossing calendar wallpaper! For October I went full on fall fun with a corn shock A-frame, complete with friendly scarcrow.

Normally when a new month rolls up I'm all "how is it already the end of the month!", but this time I've been thinking that it was already October for nearly a week. You'd think that would mean that I would have had this calendar posted earlier, but me thinking it was October was related to also feeling really behind. Please tell me I'm not alone in this happening sometimes?

Okay, so let me just say a few things about this month's house. First, when I was little, some good friends of ours had an A-frame house in a wooded area and I adored it. There's something special about these. But I also LOVED going to the pumpkin farm each year. I was homeschooled and it meant we got to go on not busy days/times and that made it even better.

But if that wasn't enough, I had this toy that reinforced how amazing pumpkin farms were. It was called, shockingly, Pumpkin Farm. You can see it right here. I played with that thing for hours and hours, and I think there's a possibility that it's still in our garage rafters.

Can I just say how much I love pulling inspiration from my life? It's true. And with that, how about you some wallpaper for all your screen sizes?



project // plastic canvas bargello pixel art for autumn

Apple Plastic Canvas Bargello Pixel Art


It's time for some autumn bargello pixel art on plastic canvas! I absolutely love autumn and I had so much fun stitching a rainbow in this style back in the spring. The natural combination of those was to...szhoop! Put 'em together!

Of course, now that I've done spring and autumn, I should probably do winter and summer too. This always happens to me.

At any rate, I think you'll love this take on plastic canvas crafting. It's fun for kids, but it also feels like a good grown-up project too. Also, if apples aren't your thing, or you'd like to make a whole set of autumn bargello pixel art, I have three bonus patterns that you can access by supporting me on Ko-Fi. More details about that at the end of this post.

Apple Plastic Canvas Bargello Pixel Art

Before I get too far into this, I'd like to address the elephant in the room. They say you should never point out your own mistakes because most of the time people don't notice them. But this sample I stitched has a glaring error in it and I don't want you to think that it will happen in yours.

Right through the middle you probably have spotted the row that is shorter than the rest. That is NOT supposed to be that way. I miscounted my plastic canvas grid when I cut it and didn't realize until I was stitching it that it was one square too small. And of course I didn't have any more plastic canvas so I could start over.

It will forever bother me. But it would have bothered me more to post this super late or not at all. Just know that if you cut the plastic canvas correctly, yours will come out looking much better!

Apple Plastic Canvas Bargello Pixel Art

You will need:
Scissors
Large tapestry needle
10-count/mesh plastic canvas trimmed to 45 wide x 46 high
Tapestry wool or similar weight yarn

Anchor tapestry wool colors used:
9166
8204
8022
9394
Black
White

DOWNLOAD THE APPLE BARGELLO PIXEL ART PATTERN

Apple Plastic Canvas Bargello Pixel Art

Start with a short tail on the back and stitch over it to secure the yarn.

For each stitch, come up through one hole, skip two holes, then go down. On the pattern, each square is actually going to be three of these vertical stitches, so this block of three stitches counts as one.

Apple Plastic Canvas Bargello Pixel Art

Always work in the same direction with your stitches. I like to work from bottom to top. On the back you can see how the stitches are almost as solid on the back as they are on the front. This uses more tapestry wool that stitching other ways, but it makes the stitching look more solid on the front, which is good.

Stitch the whole design this way. When you end a length of yarn, weave it through the back of stitches, preferably behind the same color yarn so it doesn't show.

Apple Plastic Canvas Bargello Pixel Art

The eyes on this are just like the rest of the pattern, but for the mouth, you need to use back stitch. Just stitch through the same holes you did for the regular red stitches, then across for the bottom of the smile. The line of black will show up just fine squeezed in there.

Apple Plastic Canvas Bargello Pixel Art

Once you have the whole thing stitched, you're almost done. You could even leave it like this if you wanted.

Apple Plastic Canvas Bargello Pixel Art

To give your art a finished look, whip stitch around the edges to cover the plastic canvas.

Apple Plastic Canvas Bargello Pixel Art

At each corner, stitch a total of three stitches: one for each side and one for the actual corner point. This helps cover it completely.

Apple Plastic Canvas Bargello Pixel Art

To add a hanger, secure a piece of tapestry wool at one of the top corners. Stitch through the back of a few stitches and then make a knot at the edge. Leave a bit of wool loose for the hanging loop, then secure it at the other top edge on the back in the same way.

Apple Plastic Canvas Bargello Pixel Art

And there you have a happy little apple art piece! This was super quick and so much fun.

By the way, you can also use this pattern to stitch a tiny cross stitch for a pin. Just sayin... Apple Plastic Canvas Bargello Pixel Art

If you like this design and want to make more autumn designs, I have an acorn, leaf, and pumpkin availble for those who support me on Ko-Fi. You can pay just $3 and get access to all my recent bonus files (or follow and support me monthly so you don't miss a thing!).



That's so much for every comment, share, Pinterest pin, and Ko-Fi! Happy stitching!

project: felt pennants for autumn

Autumn Mini Pennant


Updated September 2021

Autumn is here, and I'm ready for it! This project was first posted in 2012, but I still love it. Maybe because I still love the fall season.

To root for this delightful season that is upon us, I've made a little felt pennant. My mom still loves this pennant and pulled it out again this year. Back when I first make this she requested more of these, and ummm...I still haven't made them. But maybe? After all, it involves felt, embroidery and the fall...all of which I love!

If you'd like to welcome autumn and show how much you love this season, why not start with a super sweet felt decoration? But in addition to making an autumn pennant, if you scroll down, there's a set of bonus patterns that feature Halloween and Thanksgiving designs too. Now, let's make a pennant!

Autumn Mini Pennant

Here's what you need:
Felt (I used wool blend)
Perle cotton or embroidery floss
Iron
Scissors
Needle
Tracing paper or tissue paper
Pencil
Pins

DOWNLOAD THE AUTUMN PENNANT PDF

Cut out all of the pieces in the template from felt. Cut two of the long rectangles, fold at an angle as shown in the photo, then press with an iron.

(By the way, I can't say enough good things about ironing the wool blend felt a little before you use it for anything. It just makes a huge difference!)

Autumn Mini Pennant

Trace the "Autumn" lettering onto tracing or tissue paper. Stitch through the felt and paper at the same time. I used perle cotton and the chain stitch, which has a nice "school spirit" sort of feel.

Autumn Mini Pennant

After you've finished the embroidery, carefully tear away the paper so as not to tug the the stitches.

Autumn Mini Pennant

Place the angled strip of felt along the straight edge of the pennant, and place the folded strips in place behind the pennant. Pin in place.

Using a running stitch, sew along the edges of the strip. You should end up catching the folded strips with this stitching.

Autumn Mini Pennant
Autumn Mini Pennant

Sew on as many leaves as you want. I used a few stitches down the center, and I grouped my leaves in a couple spots.

Autumn Mini Pennant

Now you're ready to welcome autumn and cheer it on!

AND for those who support me on Ko-Fi, you can download a PDF to make the Autumn Pennant you see here, PLUS a whole lot more!

The four-page PDF includes the pennant pieces, hand-lettered patterns (Autumn, Harvest, yay FALL!, Boo!, happy HALLOWEEN!, trick OR treat, COUNT YOUR Blessings, and GIVE Thanks), and templates for felt cut-outs (leaves, apple, ghosts, pumpkin, candy, cornucopia and turkey)

GET THE BONUS PATTERNS ON KO-FI

It may be silly, but these really are getting me in the spirit of fall! I think they would look great tucked into a wreath, strung over a mirror, or just tacked up on the wall. Maybe I should get a jump on things, and try to make a bunch for Thanksgiving...

Autumn Mini Pennant

pattern // shiny apple caravan embroidery design

2021 September Shiny Apple Caravan Embroidery


Apples roll pretty easily...especially when they have wheels like this Shiny Apple Caravan! This month's free embroidery pattern is the perfect addition to your Kawaii Crossing town. And even though this particular resident doesn't seem to want to put down roots, you can at least stitch them in place.

I'm not sure that I've ever mentioned something here, but it's definitely come up in discussions on The Very Serious Crafts Podcast. And that is, I don't go camping. Like, never ever. Not even in a camper. That said, if you presented me with an apple caravan that had electricity and some kind of running water hooked up, I might just live there. This is what it would take for me to do anything remotely close to camping.

Stitching this Shiny Apple Caravan will be a more more pleasant experience though, I think.



This one is pretty simple, with just a few small details. If you are doing any fill stitching, you may want to consider making the awning striped with teal and white like the original illustration. If you are only outlining, go for all teal. Also, the shine spots are two sizes and you can acheive that with two sizes of french knots. The traditional way to do this is by working with more or fewer strands of thread, but the easier way is to wrap one three times and the other just one time.

If you like how these embroidery designs look all filled in, but you don't want to do all that fill stitching, you should try felt applique! You can cut out the sections of the pattern from felt, but I also create a set of patterns that are already separated so you can start stitching and I share that over on Ko-Fi. When you buy me a Ko-Fi coffee, you get 30 days of access to things I share there (and I happen to have a few fun things coming in the next couple weeks!). You can even follow or support monthly so you don't miss a thing. I appreciate every bit!

pattern // shiny apple caravan cross stitch design

Shiny Apple Caravan Cross Stitch

Who's ready to stitch this month's free cross stitch pattern? The cross stitch version of Kawaii Crossing has a new resident rolling in and they might just stay awhile.

Now, as I write this, I have a half-stitched project to my right and a page of patterns waiting to be stitched on my left. I also have a giant project to work on, a pattern to trace for my shop, and a goal of making something cute with plastic canvas. But naturally, I want to stitch this little apple. Like, so much that it hurts.

Must. Resist. New. Stitching.

Thankfully, YOU don't need to resist. You can just pick up your needle and get started. And I can't wait to see what you make. As usual, the embroidery pattern will be coming soon.

Now, if this were Richard Scarry's Busy Town, there would be a worm living in this house on wheels, but actually, lots of animals eat apples. What kind of animal do you think lives here?

calendar // shiny apple caravan wallpapers



Do you remember the Busy World of Richard Scary? This month's Kawaii Crossing house (and matching free wallpapers) is an ode to this delightful town that certainly influenced my style. We all remember Lowly Worm and his apple car, but since I'm making little houses, I went for an apple caravan!

Last year when I made the Kawaii Crossing shops, I thought it would be so cute to have a food truck for one of the designs, but it never worked out. Having a house on wheels is the next best thing...or maybe even better!

I do love apple things and I've been thinking about what apple projects I might try. At one point I thought I might crochet an apple caravan using my pumpkin pattern as the basis, but I think it's safe to say that won't happen for me. Sigh. Also, why don't stores carry Bernat Blanket yarn in red? Okay, okay...I have other things to work on.

While I get to work on those other things, go ahead and download some wallpaper for all your screen sizes!



blog tour // purr-fect patchwork by pamela jane morgan

PurrfectPatchwork_Blog_Flatlay

Do you love sewing and cats? Do you know someone who loves either of those? Yes? I thought so. And you're in the right place. Because today I'm sharing something paw-sitively delightful: The Purr-fect Patchwork Blog Tour! This brand new quilt book by Pamela Jane Morgan is filled with quilts, bags, and sewing accessories, each showing off adorable kitty cats.

Part of this blog hop is about showing off Purr-fect Patchwork, and part is about a giveaway! But before we get to the giveaway and the rest of the stops on this tour, let me show you what I made. I decided to try something a little different with one of these super cute designs, so are you ready?

Purrfect Patchwork Blog Tour


I pulled out some bright fabrics to stitch together a very sweet kitty. Working on this was so much fun and I loved seeing the tiny pieces come together.

Purrfect Patchwork Blog Tour

Okay, but you know what? If we're talking about a book filled with cat-themed projects, Darcy Cat simply MUST be part of this right? Thankfully, she obliged and jumped in to a little photoshoot!

Purrfect Patchwork Blog Tour

Just look at this helpful little kitty! She officially approves of this pattern.

PurrfectPatchwork_Needlebook
PurrfectPatchwork_Needlebook2

The project I chose to work with is the Tale of Two Kitties Needle Book. (Don't you just love it? And isn't that sewing machine amazing?) What's unique about this project (besides the kitty piecing) is that it's not just a needle book, but also a little sewing pouch. It's purrrrrfect for keeping with your embroidery or English paper piecing.

Purrfect Patchwork Blog Tour

Speaking of paper piecing, the original instructions call for using foundation paper piecing to make the cat sections as well as the row of flying geese. I won't go into the details of sewing FPP, but basically it involves sewing the fabric and the paper in a way the adds precision piecing without the cutting getting to complex.

I have done foundation paper piecing exactly one time, but I have used FPP patterns to do my favorite technique: English paper piecing. Here's how that goes.

Purrfect Patchwork Blog Tour

For this, I cut apart all the pieces from the FPP pattern. And then as soon as I did that, I realized that there were a couple pieces that I could baste without cutting the sections apart. So I recut them together.

This is one of the things that you can and should look out for when using FPP patterns for EPP.

Purrfect Patchwork Blog Tour

Now we get into standard English paper piecing. I glued the paper pieces to the fabric...

Purrfect Patchwork Blog Tour

...cut all the fabric...

Purrfect Patchwork Blog Tour

...and started basting the pieces. Most of the pieces are small, so I could just stitch through the fabric. A few are larger and I stitched through the fabric and paper. If you've never done this before, you can see how I baste pieces in this video.



Purrfect Patchwork Blog Tour

With each new kitty piece basted, I added it in and it was like making a puzzle!

Purrfect Patchwork Blog Tour

Also, I have to point out that these are the tiniest EPP pieces I've ever worked with. Like, tiny tiny.

Purrfect Patchwork Blog Tour

One of the great things about tiny pieces is that they join together in a hurry! I used whip stitch for this project.



Purrfect Patchwork Blog Tour
Purrfect Patchwork Blog Tour

Just look at these itty bitty flying geese coming together! I'm a sucker for flying geese and I've always thought they would be fun in EPP. Now I know that I can do it!

Purrfect Patchwork Blog Tour

Now if you noticed in the background of one of those photos, I also basted these extra pieces that are the add on pieces for making the needle book. Here's where things went a little sideways in the transfer from FPP to EPP.

I based the sizes of the pieces off of what sizes were listed for these when sewing them on traditionally. But what I didn't account for was how the overall size of the sewn together EPP would expand slightly because of the thickness of the seams. When I went to sew them on, they were a "litter" bit off and the pieces just didn't match! Womp, womp.

I was left with two options: make new templates and try again or remove the EPP papers and sew them on traditionally.

At this moment, I've hit paws. But I'm leaning toward making new templates so that the whole front of the needle book is hand pieced.

Purrfect Patchwork Blog Tour

Darcy agrees!

Now, let's get to this giveaway. Pamela and C&T Publishing are giving away an eBook copy of Purr-fect Patchwork. To enter, leave a comment on this post and enter your info through Rafflecopter. The giveaway ends on August 29 and winners will be notified by email.

But that's just the start. Every stop on the blog tour has a giveaway for an eBook, so you have LOTS of chances to win. AND there's a grand prize giveaway for a physical copy of the book, a #catsonquilts button, and a ton of goodies from sponsors. To enter the grand prize giveaway you just need to leave a comment at every stop on the blog tour.

What are you waiting for? Start making the rounds!

Fri. August 20:
Pamela Jane Morgan | pammiejane.com/blog | IG: @pammiejane
C&T Publishing | http://www.ctpub.com/blog/ | IG: @ctpublishing
 
Sat. August 21:
Sherri Noel | https://www.rebeccamaedesigns.com/ | IG: @rebeccamaedesigns

Shannon Fraser | https://shannonfraserdesigns.com/ | IG: @shannonfraserdesigns
 
Sun. August 22:
Lorna McMahon | https://sewfreshquilts.com/blog | IG: @sewfreshquilts 
Tracy Brittain Loyek | https://www.purplekatzquilting.com/blogs/news | IG: @purplekatzquilting
 
Mon. August 23:
Natalie Santini | https://sewhungryhippie.com/blogs/tutorials | IG: @sewhungryhippie
Kaitlyn Howell | https://knotandthreaddesign.com/blog/ | IG: @knotandthread


Tue. August 24:

Audrey Mann | https://www.theclothparcel.com/blog/ | IG: @theclothparcel
Charisma Horton | https://charismascorner.com/ | IG: @charismahorton )


Wed. August 25:

Mollie Johanson (That's me!) | http://blog.molliejohanson.com/ | IG: @molliejohanson
Corinne Sovey | https://www.corinnesovey.com/home/blog/ | IG: @corinne.sovey

Thu. August 26:

Melissa Averinos | https://yummygoods.com/blogs/yummy-goods-blog | IG: @melissaaverinos
Jeni Gaston | https://woolenwillowdesigns.com/blogs/jeni-s-blog-at-woolen-willow-designs| IG: @jenifergaston 


Fri. August 27:

Tonya Alexander  | http://stashlabquilts.com | IG: @stashlabquilts

Nichole Vogelsinger | https://wildboho.com/ | IG: @wildboho

Sat. August 28:

Stacey Day | http://www.staceyinstitches.com | IG: @staceyinstitches
Amanda Niederhauser | http://www.jedicraftgirl.com | IG: @jedicraftgirl



Purrfect Patchwork Blog Tour

pattern // fancy cabbage house cross stitch

Fancy Cabbage House Cross Stitch Chart

The cross stitched town of Kawaii Crossing just got a new resident and it lives in this fancy cabbage house! It's gotta be a rabbit living here, right? I'm so happy to be sharing this latest free cross stitch pattern to the collection.

Any time I make these little houses (or last year's shops), I start by drawing them as illustrations. Sometimes I think about how they might work as embroidery patterns or cross stitch charts, but not always. This was definitely one of those designs that I didn't consider how it would translate to tiny cross stitch when I drew it. The little frilly leaves were all but impossible to capture here. I've done my best.

I also haven't sample stitched this, so I'm crossing my fingers that it all looks right when stitched.

DOWNLOAD THE FANCY CABBAGE HOUSE CROSS STITCH CHART

As a reminder, each of these house charts fits within a 30x30 area, so you can swap them in for the shops in last year's street with only a few minor grass adjustments. I've also seen at least one person who is adding these houses around the edge of the shops from last year. So fun!

Keeping this short and sweet for today because now I need to go stitch something!