Anne of Green Gables “October” Cross-Stitch

In Anne of Green Gables, the first book in L.M. Montgomery’s series set on Prince Edward Island, our fearless protagonist says:

“I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers.”

All I have to say is: Same, Anne girl. Same.

I could think of no better way to kick-off the month of October, and the season of Fall at large, than with a cross-stitch project proclaiming Anne’s (and, ok, my) love for the season. The pattern I created yields a small- to medium-sized finished image that I feel captures the spirit of the season in a few stitches.

This cross-stitch took a little more time than our last one, but I was still able to complete it in fewer than two evenings parked in front of the television watching documentaries about serial killers. (Talk about an odd-ball pairing!) The trickiest part, by far, was getting the lettering correct for “Octobers.”

Supply List
6-inch embroidery hoop
14-count white cross-stitch fabric
embroidery needle
embroider floss/thread in these colors:
– Red
– Orange
– Brown

Stitches Used


Click here to download the pattern.

In orange, in the bottom-half of the frame, beginning cross-stitching “Octobers” following the chart. Below it, and centered, created the maple leaf in red and brown.

Using the brown, in the top half of the frame back-stitch the rest of the phrase, using the chart as a guide.

Pulling from all three colors, make random cross-stitches around the letters to give the effect of falling leaves.