Needle-Punch Pumpkin and Mat
This lovely needle-punch design, featuring a star button and wool-felt mat, will look stunning on a wall or mantel all autumn long.
What You Need
- 11-x-11-inch square of weaver's cloth
- Ultra-fine-tip black permanent marker
- 1-1/8-inch star button
- 7-inch locking hoop
- Three skeins each of ecru and black embroidery floss
- 3-strand punch needle
- 8-x-8-inch square of burnt orange wool felt
- Fabric marker
- Black frame with 6-x-6-inch back opening and mounting board
- Fabrics glue
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How to Make It
Transfer the Pattern to Fabric
- Download the free pattern and trace onto white paper.
- Tape the pattern to a sunny window or light box. Center and tape the weaver's cloth over the pattern so the direction the fabric stretches is from top to bottom.
- Use the permanent marker to trace the solid pattern lines onto the fabric.
- Using the dashed lines as a guide, position the star button on the fabric and trace the shape onto the fabric with the marker.
Punch the Design
- With the pattern side up, very tightly secure the fabric in the locking hoop without distorting the design.
- Separate the strands of floss and thread the punch needle, following the manufacturer's instructions.
- For this design, the needle indicator pin, which controls the height of the loops on the front, was set to 1.
- Use the shortest needle length that you feel comfortable with to punch the design.
- To begin, outline the pumpkin just inside the outer shape line with black.
- Make the stitches very close together so no space shows between them. To ensure a perfect fit for the button, punch directly on the lines for the star.
- Fill in the pumpkin; do not punch inside the star shape. Continue with black, punching directly on the lines for the pumpkin vine and the scalloped inner border.
- In addition, punch directly on the outer border line and then again just beyond it to create a border that's two punch stitches wide.
- Using ecru, start the background by outlining each of the previously punched elements.
- Continue adding consecutive rows of punches just beyond these outlines until the outlines meet. Fill in any remaining spaces to complete the background.
- Trim any long or loose pieces of floss, including beginning and ending thread tails, to the same length as the punched loops.
- Snuggle the button into the unpunched star space and sew in place.
Prepare the Mat
- Measure the size of the finished design. Using a fabric marker, center and draw these measurements on the felt.
- Cut along the drawn lines.
- Blanket-stitch around the opening with three stands of black floss.
Frame the Design
- Stretch and mount the finished design on the mounting board.
- Place the mat on the mounted design so the buttonhole stitches of the mat are up against the outer punched loops.
- If desired, apply dots of glue to the back of the mat to hold it in place.
- Take care not to saturate the felt with glue, or it will show on the front.
- Trim the mat even with the edges of the mounting board and place it in the frame.