Of Pumpkins and Pilgrim

Pumpkin w ith cross stitch mounted on front

I love how this project turned out.   The chart is one of the designs from The Prairie School “Acorns” chart that I modified just a bit to fit the size I needed and is stitched on 20 count aida.  I got the pumpkin from LuckyLadyDecor -it’s the medium size one  5″ x 6″ overall so that front piece is about 3″ x 4″.   I had some Lady Dot Creates (also an Etsy shop or sold thru many cross stitch shops and other etsy needlework shops)  chenille in the color Motherlode which was the perfect match for this pumpkin.


The cross stitch looks tilted in the photo above but it’s just the angle I took the photo at.  But this was a pretty quick project to final finish.  I used a piece of chip board, traced from the paper template I had previously talked about creating, checked it against the wooden cutout and against my stitched piece – holding it behind the stitching and using my stitching light to illuminate it from the back so I could see the outline of the board to make sure it was the right size for the stitching.  Traced the board onto the back of the stitching and cut out about 3/8 – 1/2″ outside that line and ran a basting stitch with heavy duty thread about 1/4″ from edge.   Put a couple pieces of 2-sided acid free stitchery tape on one side of board. Placed that face down on a piece of Warm & Natural batting to adhere to the batting.  Trimmed the batting even with the board. Centered stitching, cinched up the edges making sure it was centered and smooth around the edges and then laced up the back.   Used Aleene’s Fast Grab Tacky Glue (I have a “Tacky Pack” that I got from Amazon that has 5 bottles of various kinds of Aleene’s glue – don’t know that any one is better than another but thought I’d see which I like best and much better than using hot glue).  Put the pumpkin stitch side down on a towel and set a 5 lb. bag of sugar on top of it for about 15 minutes.  Then just ran a line of glue around the edge (I had about 1/4″ of wood exposed around the stitched piece) and glued the chenille around it.  Pretty darn easy to finish off.

I also finished the stitching on my Peregrine Pilgrim small – this design is  a bonus chart included with Twin Peaks Primitives “The First Thanksgiving” chart.  He turned out rather cute if I do say so myself.  The stitched area (border to border) is 2-3/8″ x 3.5″.   The fabric  14 ct Aida left over from October Sampler.  I must say I got two other pieces of aida when I ordered this one from ToDyeForFabricsNMore and I love the feel of it and the way her dyed fabrics are mottled (overall mottling to keep it not looking solid but not just random splotches here and there).  So may places have very little hand dyed Aida – much more linen – so it was nice to find a spot that has all kinds of color choices.  Some are ready to ship and others are dyed after you order.  No affiliation but a happy customer and I will definitely be getting more aida from that shop in the future – especially when I want different colors.  Most she shows with the DMC floss skein on top of it to compare it to (and also dyes  lugana and linen).


I want to do a pillow finish but think I will add a piece of fall fabric to the side of him, with some ribbon or rick rack trim to make it a bit larger.

I also want to try the actual acorn shape finish on a pillow so am thinking the squirrel design – fall season but not specific holiday.  I do also like the cornucopia but I have these cute teeny tiny metal acorn charms that would look cute attached to the squirrel so I think that one will win out.


13 comments on “Of Pumpkins and Pilgrim

  1. I love how that pumpkin turned out! I never thought about using my cross stitch in this way but now I’m going to have to look around and keep an open mind when I’m out and about.

  2. Fantastic! Thank you for sharing the picture of your finished pumpkin and the details of how you finished the design for your pumpkin. What an adorable fall decoration!

  3. I’m going to be shopping at Hobby Lobby through totally different eyes. I need to be more creative in using cross stitch projects. Thanks for sharing your pumpkin.

    • Yes there are so many things I see that I think – oh I could put a cross stitch on that or around that, or on the lid of that. I think it could be bad if I ever got to go into a Hobby Lobby store in person! 🙂

  4. Thanks for sharing all the details how you finished off the pumpkin cross stitch. It turned out just adorably! I love those acorn projects too. What? You’re only going to do the one? Probably just for now, right?

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