Friday, September 28, 2018

Autumn House Freebie

Hi, stitching friends!

Heavens to Betsy, it seems like I have been working on this forever! I mentioned in May that I was working on a series of seasonal houses to release as freebies.

A few hours ago, I finished my autumn house stitch into a beanbag--technically, a rice bag! I've been wanting to try using crushed walnut shells as pillow filler, but I saw a YouTube video by McKenna of Stitching in Sequins where she used rice. Since I had a brand-new bag of plain old white rice in my pantry, I thought, Heck, yeah! And it worked like a charm. It has a nice weight to it, and I did not have to stress about getting fiberfill stuffed tightly into the corners and seams. Yay! I did not add a hanger since this will sit in a tray with my other autumn stitches.

Can you believe I found that lace in a secondhand store in my hometown this summer? Three to four yards for twenty-five cents! The volunteer who rang up my purchase said, "How did I miss seeing this? Oh, this is lovely." I gave her as much as she wanted and still had plenty left over for lots of projects of my own.
I'll show you a few more photos of the finished pattern. You can use any neutral color linen. If you don't have the over-dyed threads I've called for, substitute anything you have and it will be beautiful. I do recommend using "Autumn Leaves" by The Gentle Art, rather than substituting for that color, though, because the variegation of the yellow, green and orange is perfect for the leaves and leaf piles.
The pumpkin vines spell out "Love." This is my love note to my favorite season.

The finished size of the design, if stitched over two on 32-count linen or evenweave, is 3-3/8" x 2-3/4", so it's a perfect project to use up a small scrap of linen you can't bear to waste.
I hope you enjoy stitching this as much as I enjoyed designing it. I used the artwork of Charles Wysocki as a jumping-off point for my sketch, but as I sketched and stitched the final piece, I made it my own.

You can download a PDF of the pattern here.

Happy fall!


  1. Thank you so much for this, it is delightful. x

  2. Your Autumn pillow looks wonderful.
    Thank you very much for this freebie.
    Have a nice weekend.

  3. What a lovely stitch. I am getting ready to do a drum and I am thinking of using rice now instead of crushed walnut shells. Thanks for the tip!!

  4. Thank you so much for sharing with us. I will be starting this later today.

  5. I love it. Thanks so much for sharing it. I haven't thought of using rice. I just recently tried sawdust and loved it. I hate trying to get the fiberfill in the corners. I liked the way the sawdust did that and just the overall feel of it.

  6. Meg, I have said it before, I am saying it again, you are TALENTED MY FRIEND !!!! What a wonderful chart!

  7. This is a wonderful cross stitch design. Love everything about it. The cross stitch design itself as well as the finish. Great find on the lace!

  8. Meg, I LOVE it!!! What a super job you did on this chart. It is perfect for the Fall season. Love your color choices and I will definitely be making it. Thank you for being so talented.

    Rice sounds like a great idea. I have used crushed walnut shells and liked it too. I bought a bag on 123 stitch. But, rice is always in my pantry and will be so handy. Thanks for the great tip.

    I'm leaving tomorrow for the beach again. Friends offered us their beach house for a week so we jumped at the offer. Will write you as soon as I get back. Have a great week. RJ

  9. Well, isn't that the cutest design! I just love house charts and yours in green is so elegant looking, Meg. I think the way the vines spell out LOVE is so sweet, too. Are those French knots in front of the steps?? EEK--not my strong suit. I just noticed they are on a chart that I'm stitching now and I'm saving them until the end! Thank you so much for sharing your newest design with us :) And I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

  10. So adorable, you finished it beautifully! Thank you for sharing, fall is my favourite season too.

  11. What a lovely autumn house Meg - my own home is a sage green so your design is great in my eyes. Your finish shows care and a great eye for detail.

  12. Your Autumn house stitch is darling, Meg. Super job with the finishing!

  13. Thank you for a wonderful pattern. Yours looks great and I love the french knots for texture. Hugs, Tamra

  14. Meg, your house is adorable with a capital "A"!!! Love the autumn theme, colors and finishing fabric---great job!!!

  15. Thank you for this lovely design. :)

    Stitchy Mc Floss


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