This blog is a place to archive project processes and techniques from Painted Threads with descriptions of how work was produced. I am including comments that contain questions and answers pertaining to the work from many of the original blog posts.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Making felted pumpkins tutorial


To make felted pumpkins you will need: wool roving, yarn, pantyhose, embroidery floss, embroidery needle, and scissors.





You can also make little day of the dead skulls too, by making white felted balls adding black felt eyes and stitch nose, mouth and decorative designs like flowers and x's with colorful embroidery floss.

By the way, one of my favorite sources for wool roving is Outback Fibers.

Jennifer from Canada left a comment on my felted pumpkin post asking about the stitching on the skulls so I thought I would post a few close ups to show how I stitched mine. I think one could really do any kind of colorful stitching and they would look great.




20 comments:

  1. Question 1: Can you use silk roving? Will it felt too? 2: Can you dye white wool roving with tsukineko all purpose ink? Thank you!

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  2. Hi Liz,

    I haven't used silk roving. My guess is it would be better for needle felting and decorative applications where it can really shine. I would think it would need to be blended with the wool in order for it to felt.

    But if anyone out there has used silk roving this way please speak up and let us know.

    I think if you want to dye the wool you are better off buying acid dyes from Jacquard.

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  3. Great pumpkins!!! I also felt pumpkins with a little mouse! Thanks for giving the tutorial!

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  4. love the pumpkins..it gave me that Halloween feeling where there is that black cat, a big creepy house, and mad man with a beer belly and a hair loss problem..haha..those good old days where your moms dress you up for halloween

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  5. Wow, those are GORGEOUS! Thanks so much for this, I'll be linking.

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  6. I love your skull and pumpkins. They remind me of Tim Burton's work.

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  7. what a nice blog!! really nice!! :):):)

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  8. Wow these are fantastic and such a great tutorial! I almost wish it was Halloween again, however this might give me just enough time to practice! I attempted some decoupage pumpkins with painted faces this year and they were really fun, I can't wait to give this a try!

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  9. Totally cute pumpkins! I am very envious of Moms like you who can think of a craft project like this out of thin air. I don't have a creative gene in my body, not a single one.

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  10. i love your works, they are amazing. i admire so talented people. i will coming back here for inspiration:) greetings

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  11. Stumbled on your blog, love the pumpkins.

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  12. I'm so thankful for this nice tutorial Judy! I've tried it and have got cute hearts, balls and a violet pumpkin ;)

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  13. This shows you are really a very talented person.Thanks for sharing this information.It was really helpful!

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  14. Thanks for the tutorial. Does the yarn ball have to be wool as well or can I use acrylic yarn?

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  15. Hi Gas girl,

    The center does not have to be wool, you can use other yarns, but wool yarn will felt better and make a firmer ball.

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  16. Really so cool. i like your blog and the information you have mentioned in this post about the Google tools is really great! Keep them coming. Love to know more from you!

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  17. Do you dry the balls in the dryer afterward? Otherwise wouldn't they take forever to dry?

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    1. They dry in a couple hours, but you can also pop them in the dryer for about 15 minutes.

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