Guest Author - Tamara Bostwick
|Using three strands of the green embroidery floss, stitch around the bottom edge of the stem and cap as shown here. Use longer stitches at the points to simulate the veining and indentations of a natural pumpkin top. Tack floss down to secure the last stitch, but do not cut off the remaining floss. |
Repeat stitching process on the other stem and cap, tacking down the last stitch, but leaving floss untrimmed as before. These loose ends will be used at the end to stitch the two stem pieces together.
|With three strands of the brown floss, blanket stitch around the outside edge of the pumpkin, starting just below the green cap on one side. Continue around and finish stitching on the other side just below the cap. Secure the last stitch and bury the floss end inside the pumpkin so that it is hidden. Be sure to keep the loose ends of green floss free and clear as you stitch.|
You can use a simple edge stitch again, if you prefer, but the blanket stitch gives a nice finish to exterior edges and it keeps the stitches straight on both sides (if you use the simpler edge stitch, the stitches on the back will be slanted). If you are just learning how to blanket stitch, this is a great starter project because it doesn't matter if the stitches are perfectly spaced or the same length.
|With the stitched side of the pumpkin facing you, thread the free end of the green floss on the right side of the pumpkin. Begin at the upper right edge of the cap portion and take small blanket stitches along the upper edge. Continue up along the side of the stem section and around the top and over the other side of the stem and cap. Be careful not to pull the stitches too tightly. If your first piece of floss runs out, thread the loose thread on the other side and stitch back from the left edge. Secure the ends of the green floss and bury the edges inside the stem.|
|To finish the pin, sew a pin back securely on the back using thread that matches the orange felt. Be sure to not stitch through the front of the pin.|
Ideas for Variations
- Cut three of the largest orange pumpkin instead of two and do not cut any of the two smaller sections. Hold two of the pumpkins together and stitch curved vertical lines using an accenting color of floss, such as bright yellow or a darker orange. Finish using the directions above starting with the process for attaching the pumpkin caps. You could also use this version for making a jack-o-lantern pin by using black thread to embroider on facial features instead of the vertical lines.
- If you would like to use an additional color for the pumpkin segments, cut the medium sized pumpkin pattern in half vertically and use them to cut two segments from different colors of felt.
- Use metallic thread to add a little sparkle.
I hope you enjoy this autumn project! If you stitch one up, please send a photo! I would love to see your finished versions.