Even though I’ve lived in California for more than 30 years, I miss the color of the Fall Leaves. I am happy about every little bit of color on our hills (California oaks don’t change colors) and I’m kept reasonably sane because grape vines change beautifully.
At this time of year I’m missing the leaves and am wanting to stitch some. Originally I used stencils for my outlines, but it’s even easier to use printed outlines like these ones from Tricia-Rennea (found through a post by Denise on Craft Gossip).
To use these for needlepoint. Enlarge the original drawing to the size you like. Print more or make copies if needed.
Draw a shape on paper to be the size of your finished needlepoint and arrange the leaves inside it. When you like the arrangement tape the leaves down.
Using a dye-based marker (such as a Pigma Micron), trace the outline of the leaves. You might go further and use a broader pen made for fabrics (such as FabricMate) to color in the leaves.
Now stitch them up using a variety of stitches and threads.