A Month of Spookdays: Felted Pumpkins

Felted Pumpkins

Him: It’s a little pumpkin family!

Me: I prefer to think of it as an evil pumpkin overlord and its minions.

Him: Of course you do.

So I’m a little late posting. Forgive? I think these adorable little pumpykins are worth it. I had this beautiful wool/alpaca mix from a sheep farm in Nehalem that was just begging to be felted into pumpkins. I don’t do a lot of sculptural felting (as in, this is the first time), so pumpkins were a good, simple project.

For the smaller pumpkin, I didn’t use filling, but for the large (3-1/2″) and medium pumpkins, I pulled some alpaca out of this huge bag I got for a song. Illustrations are from the making of the medium pumpkin.

feltedpumpkin-armature

Here’s the wad of alpaca wool that became the center of the medium pumpkin. I wound it in an approximate pumpkin shape, then I started poking.

feltedpumpkin-armpoke

Once it was compressed a little and in the shape I wanted, I wrapped the armature in my colored roving.

feltedpumpkin-wrap

Then the poking, and the poking, and the poking. I go at least three rounds, compressing and shaping. I used a multi-needle tool on the ends to really smoosh them down, as they were stubborn.

feltedpumpkin-poke

Once the pumpkin was compressed and shaped, I added indentations by poking in a straight line.

feltedpumpkin-indent

When the lines were done, I added a wisp of brown roving to accentuate, then I trimmed off the fuzzy edges and poked in what was left.

feltedpumpkin-brown

feltedpumpkin-fuzztrim

I gathered some variegated green roving for a stem, in a roughly stem-like shape.

feltedpumpkin-stemgather

I poked and poked, mostly against my foam block so the small stem was easier to work with. Sides, then top, then all over again, leaving the bit of roving I was holding unfelted. This is the part of the process where I usually poke myself. When the stem is in good shape, I trim a bit off the end I’m holding, and spread it out like an octopus. I use this bottom part to attach the stem to the pumpkin.

feltedpumpkin-stemtrim

Voila! Pumpkin family Evil overlord and minions!

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Finally, a classic with a twist. Here’s This is Halloween from The Nightmare Before Christmas, but the music is my favorite version of the song, by Marilyn Manson.

1 Responses to A Month of Spookdays: Felted Pumpkins

  1. Cheryll Dale says:

    Wow! Like, like, like! Great tutorial on the pumpkins!

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