A FREE Pattern Compliments of Karen
Cohn, of Dandelion
We are pleased to offer, in conjunction with our special Halloween feature,
a pattern for "Gene's Pumpkin Patch", an original design by Karen
P. Cohn. of Dandelion.
With an address like her's (Spooks Hill Road), Karen can hardly resist
celebrating a holiday like Halloween. She and her family decorate their
pond with pumpkins, candles, and herbs (especially wormwood to warn off
witches). Gene's Pumpkin Patch was designed for her daughter, who works
and studies at Bryn Mawr, and therefore will not be
at home to partake in the season's festivities. It was also Gene's idea
to use the different rich orange colors in a pumpkin design.
Threads from the Caron Collection:
Wildflowers : Spice #412 Stems, Leaves and Tendrils
Black Forest #814 Wings on small flies, Blueberry #041
Soie Cristale: Black #0020 Spider web and Spider legs and body foundation
Rachel: #B 34 Wings of Blue Bug
Rachelette: #A46 Body of Blue bug
Double Dipped Rachel: #B1006 Body of small flies (3), #B1004 - spider
Rachel: #B18 - Top pumpkin, #B1002 Middle pumpkin
Double Dipped Rachel: #B1202 Bottom pumpkin
x 7" loose weave fabric
3 1/2 x 7" Pellow fleece
5 1/2" x 9" 100% cotton
fine and large Eye darning
Optional: Twig hanger
Instructions for Gene's Pumpkin Patch
1. Baste even-weave and Pellon fleece together, 1/4" from outside
2. Pumpkins - bullion stitches worked in alternate directions, as indicated
by arrows. Begin in center to establish the height.
- Add bullions to either side, adding more wraps than the length of
the stitch to make the sides curve.
- If fabric shows through, take straight stitches with Rachel under
the bullions. (*)
- Take 2 flat stitches on top of finished pumpkin. Work stem over these
3. Vine - Work the vine in 2 or 3 rows of stem. Outline stitch to give
it some thickness.
4. Tendrils - Work in small chain stitch.
5. Leaves - Five sections of open cretan stitch. Points can be defined
with a straight stitch.
- 6. Blue bug - Spider
rose body : make a fly stitch, straight stitch foundation, wrap with Rachelette
- - colonial knot head
- - lazy daisy wings
- - fly stitch antenna
- 7. Small flies
- - colonial knot body
- - lazy daisy wings and antenna
- 8. Spider
- - small spider rose body
- - colonial knot head
- - 8 legs, 3 straight stitches each, fly stitch antenna
- 9. Web - Establish shape with large fly stitch, add other straight
stitches, connect with overcast stitches.
10. Finishing - add a border and frame, or finish as a small quilt,
turning the edges of the fabric over to make a self- binding. Select an
interesting twig for a hanger. Beginning at the top left, work a chain
stitch tendril up over the binding, half-hitch around the twig, wrap to
the right, secure with another half-hitch, and finish off the chain tendril
down the right side. Don't forget your initials!