Sunday, April 9, 2017

Mini Pumpkin

This last week I played around with making mini pumpkins. Will finish the white pumpkin today. 

Would like to offer some more tips on making your pumpkin from my original pattern.
 Pattern can be purchased from this blog on the side bars. 

Shrink the pattern down for a mini pumpkin. I did alter a section of the top of the pumpkin piece to narrow it a bit. This made it easier to draw the top around the pumpkin stem. My original pattern called for a stick stem. We worked at a pumpkin lot for a few years and ended up with some real stems. So I added one to this mini pumpkin. 

Do not stuff the pumpkin real firm, while you are assembling, as you want to be able to create the vertical indent lines of your pumpkin. Stuff more after you create these lines. While creating these lines I took a few stitches right into the bottom wool piece of the pumpkin this helps to create the pumpkin shape as well.  

Color planning. 
To create this look I hooked the darker sections of the pumpkin in this way. The darkest color on the outside edges of each piece and another lighter color inside that. Then I chose my lightest color to go inside of the darker hooked loops of one side only. This acts as a highlight. As you assemble, the darker hooked loops, enhance the indentations of your pumpkin.  

If you would be interested in me making a pattern for these mini pumpkins please post and let me know. 

Have fun and feel free to ask any questions. 

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Rug Hooked Indian Corn

Never to early to start on your fall decor.
You can make my Indian Corns by using this pattern. 

You will need to know how to Rug Hook. I started with a library book. Used an embroidery hoop and I purchased an inexpensive rug hook off of Ebay. I purchased my monks cloth (swedish weave cloth) from the local fabric shop. I do believe that I found the wool from 100% wool clothes at the local thrift shop. 

If you already know how to rug hook. Some tips you could use are hook very tight. Use a small hook as it is easier to put the hoop through your foundation cloth with a small hook due to how tight you hook. I suggest using Swedish Weave monks cloth in a brown color. You can find this online and in some of your local stores. 

Have fun with your choice of colors as you can see you can use any kind of wool. You can also use my pattern for the husks or I have seen some use cheese cloth that was coffee or walnut stain dyed. This is a fun look too. You can use any fabric you have on hand for the husks. I was thinking that some patterned fabric could add a fun look. 

Feel free to ask any questions.


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