By Thomas Benjamin Kennington
These cloth pumpkins that look like chenille fabric or ball-fringe, are made of the modern fabric called Minky, which comes in many wonderful colors.
The stems are made with a thick glitter ribbon, which is nestled inside the pumpkin before the thread is pulled up.
I used some shimmery fabric to cover over the fabric, for a couple of the pumpkins.
They look good displayed in a china cabinet or fireplace mantel, or a shelf, and, if you have no small children, they can be put on the floor in front of the fireplace or underneath an entry table. Check out some of the blogs and follow links to other creative pumpkins this year.
Here is a previous post I did on sewing pumpkins http://homeliving.blogspot.com/2010/10/simple-sewing-pretty-pumpkins.html
I wanted to show, above, the long stitches for gathering.
And here is a post with a pattern for a paper pumpkin which also shows how to make cloth pumpkins and card http://homeliving.blogspot.com/2010/10/autumn-paper-crafts.html
Reading the Letter
I also want to share a few of my favorite pictures from the September 1993 Victoria magazine.
Also, I went to Dollar Tree and bought this woven tapestry placemat because I wanted to try it out at home and see if I liked it well enough to get more. It only cost a dollar, so if I decide that it isn't for me, I will use it as a runner for the top of an end table or something else. There were several other colors and prints to choose from at Dollar Tree.
The last of the summer flowers, still growing in these old boots.