Every year I make pumpkins to sell and this year I'm trying a new version. Below are the ones I have made in the past. They were made with one resist and shading of different colors of orange produced the outside dimensional look. The one on the right has bigger leaves.
This year, I am going to make pumpkins with multiple resists. It is made the same as with one resist (as above) but with multiple resists (called a book), it becomes even more three dimensional. The stacked waterproof resists are sewn together in the middle and each half makes a "page." The pumpkin will have five resists.
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The wool colors I used were bright orange, peach, gold and pumpkin colored wool for the pumpkin and the leaves were made from willow and grass with a little bit of moss and chartreuse. The core wool is at the top of the image.
The pumpkin requires about five ounces of merino roving. It is embellished with pumpkin mawata hankies, and citrus silk roving
Then I lined the vinyl pieces up and using my sewing machine with the longest stitch setting,
I sewed through all three layers.
I'm start on the right side, 1-3, and then will end up on the left side, 4-6.
I laid out dry wool over the top of the resist in north/south and east/west directions, covering the template with some wool over the sides as well which will be folded over the template. I then topped the dry wool with tulle netting to keep the fibers in place as I begin the felting process. I saturated the wool with hot water and squirted some liquid dish washing soap over it. Once the fibers are lightly felted, the tulle is removed.
When it was felted enough for the fibers to hold together, I folded the resist over and pressed the wool over and on top of the next side of the resist. I am adding the fibers to create the base layer and will go back and add the embellishment. This type of resist is also called a "book" with six "pages".
I used 12x12 plastic Ziploc sheets in between each layer as I folded each half over on to the previous one. This kept the plastic pages from sticking to each other and also keeps fibers from migrating too far
There are six resists in this stack. Each layer also needs to be felted to close the top and bottom of the pumpkin.
I'm folding each resist in half as I turn it over to the left, making sure the crease has enough wool in it too.
Now that I am happy with the initial felting process, the embellishment is added.
On the left is the dry complementary colored wool, silk and mawata on top of the wool.
The right side shows the embellishment partially felted.
I gradually more vigorously felted the whole piece. As the fibers intermingle, it becomes easier to manipulate.
The bottom of the template has a bit of a flat surface and that tells me which end is up.
Now that it is felted, I cut a smallish hole out of the top of the pumpkin and pulled out the resists. The raw edges of the cut are felted in between my fingers so they don't expand.
As I separate the wool from the template, the hole will rapidly increase in size unless the cut edge is felted.
I twisted the resist around into a spiral to get it out.
It is a thick resist and can be used again many times.
The whole thing is rolled, squeezed
and thrown to harden the felt,
then left to dry.
Once dry, the inside is opened up and stuffed with core Polyfill.
As I added the stuffing, I poked and and pressed the Polyfill into the crevices and flattened and shaped the "pages". I have to be mindful that as I add the stuffing, it is stretching out the wool opening too.
It takes a lot of time to make this
pumpkin and is priced accordingly!
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