So far this year I have had three garlands going across my mantelpiece, so I definitely needed another one to add to the collection for autumn.
Firstly we had my Valentines Heart Crochet Garland.
Then my Spring Crochet Flowers Garland.
Next came my Strawberries Garland - also crocheted of course.
I had been denying that autumn was coming, but with other busy times in the offing and the berries changing colour as well as the leaves, there really is no denying that it is here.
When I was having a big clear out recently I found some skeins of old tapestry wool from a past project which were doing nothing other than being stuffed in a basket. They were in the right colours for leaves and autumn leaves, so I knew straight away what I could turn them into.
These are the leaves I made and this is a first attempt at stringing them together for hanging as an autumn garland. I wasn't happy with the results!
After some more fiddling around though I have - Ta Dah! - my Autumn Leaves Crochet Bunting.
My plan originally was to string the leaves across the fireplace as though they were falling from a tree, but they were too small and curly to do what I wanted. An alternative was needed so I found some other yarn in autumny colours and made a string of bunting which I then sewed the leaves to. I think that it works better than I had originally envisaged. It is funny how that happens sometimes isn't it.
Here are some close ups of the different parts - I couldn't resist lots of photos!
The fireplace just needed one more thing to finish it off - although I will no doubt add some Halloween elements towards the end of October! - a wreath of leaves. I bought this as a kit and assembled it very easily and then I hung it from the picture that is always over our fireplace. The picture has autumn leaves on the trees in the background, so I thought it went rather well.
Here you can see the finished - for now! - fireplace. All set for autumn. We just have to wait for it to get cold enough to light the fire now! I will probably also move the little vase of lavender on the left and change it out for something else - a candle perhaps - as I feel that there is a lot to the left and not so much to the right.
Although everything looks a little gloomy in these pictures it isn't really, it is just the time of year which isn't the best for indoor photography is it. Oh well. You can see just how big my big teacup is in this picture - bottom left! We do move the draught excluder dog and the other dog when we light the fire in case you are worried.
I hope that you are enjoying your autumn or spring preparations wherever you are around the world.