Pumpkins in my cupboard
Autumn is my favourite season. My husband does not get it. After all, it is cooler and it gets dark earlier. He is a typical summer person. Not me. Far too hot. Instead, I enjoy the bright orange, yellow and red colours of autumn. We have discovered a lovely hike up the Rohrkopf (1361 m). It is short but rather steep. And best of all: it offers lovely views over the castles of Neuschwanstein and Hohenschwangau. Many of you will have seen those famous postcards of Neuschwanstein surrounded by autumnal trees. The spot from which this picture was taken comes halfway up this hike. And when you arrive super-sweaty at the Rohrkopfhütte, they have the best Kaiserschmarrn (Emperor's Mess) ever! And when I return home after such a lovely hike, I like to cosy up with a piece of cross stitch embroidery. Lately, I have been embroidering pumpkins for my cupboard.
The original pattern comes from a small Rico booklet with pretty seasonal cross stitch patterns. I have previously made a tablecloth with sheep and heather for my landlady's birthday. There are also lovely patterns of robins, a pattern of two adorable squirrels and patterns of autumn foliage and berries. The booklet arrived at my home about two years ago (complete with the appropriate prefab tablecloth for the sheep and the heather!) from a German lady who had heard through the grapevine that I am an embroiderer. She couldn't stitch anymore due to health reasons and she decided to make me a parcel with some of her stash. How sweet is that? Although the booklet was first published in 2006, you can still order it online. Search for 'Rico design Herbstzauber'.
As I needed quite specific sizes for to linen bands that were going to adore the planks in my cupboard, I redraw the original pumpkin design slightly. I also swapped the original Anchor stranded cotton colours for DMC. These are the DMC colour numbers I used: 744, 742, 740, 900, 581, 580 and 975. The linen banding is from Vaupel and Heilenbeck. Its height is 8 cm and it has 28 ct.
And this is the result. As you can see, I still need to stitch two more bands to go onto the lower two planks of the cupboard. Since we will be hiking every week, weather permitting, I will certainly get them done soon :). Enjoy your stitching!
I love the autumn, too, and your hike sounds invigorating. What an excellent idea to decorate the shelf ends in your cupboard according to the season! Might give that a try. Rico design books can be a real source of inspiration.
Thank you Nancy! Yes, I love these little booklets too. For some reason, cross stitch is just perfect for home decoration!
Oh, the kaiserschmarrn! Our favourite mountain pick-me-up when skiing in Austria. We’ve missed it so much! Every Shrove Tuesday I try to recreate it here in UK - with unpredictable results. I’m envious of your lovely hikes. We walk a lot but live in Teddington - everywhere is so flat. Enjoy those mountains b
I can't get Kaiserschmarrn right either. And the one they serve here is caramelised. No idea how they do that without burning the stuff. Maybe they stick it in one of these old woodburning stoves?
Hi Jessica, your pumpkins look lovely. It’s funny how we so often return to comfort stitching like cross stitch. I’ve broken my ankle & can’t sit at a frame so have started some cross stitch, first time in years! I’m really enjoying it. Xx
Oh, you poor thing! I hope your ankle heals well. And enjoy the cross stitching :).
Thank you Mary! They are attached with a tack on either side. Due to the shape of the frame of the doors, you cannot see them. And it seems to be the traditional method as you see all these small punctures at shelf ends in museum pieces of furniture too.
Indeed Rachel! It can be done in hand and you can just curl up :).
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