A Bit of Midwest Fall and Land Art

With our Halloween holiday coming up this week, I decided to make a couple of pumpkins using the pod method.  I used merino and Icelandic fibers.  Fortunately, while working the pods I left the vertical creases to simulate a pumpkin skin.  In order to get the right sized top with stem, I made a rectangle of the same layers. Separately I needle felted a stem.  Then I wet felt the stem slightly, added some of the pumpkin fiber   When I was ready to felt the rectangle, I added the stem and over lapped some more fibers around it to anchor it then proceeded to rub around it until I was certain it was secure enough to continue felting and fulling it.

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I carefully measured each hole in the pumpkins then cut them out of the rectangles and worked the edges to heal them.

When the tops were dry I needle felted a vine and leaf to each top.

Since the landscaping and trees were in full color I decided to put them in several places as Land Art with some felted rocks on a bed of maple leaves.  Which one do you like?

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I made a bigger pumpkin with the intention of making a Jack O Lantern, but I wasn’t happy with the shape. I had planned to have a small hole on the bottom  for a candle, but it didn’t work out that way.

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The little pumpkins were filled with candy and are making their way to my grandsons for Halloween.  Have you done any felting for autumn or Halloween?




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14 Responses to A Bit of Midwest Fall and Land Art

  1. Judy says:

    Hello Marilyn, I love your textured pumpkins. The leaves and curly stems are neat. I also liked your felted stones and the maples leaves are gorgeous.

    • Marilyn aka Pandagirl says:

      Thanks Judy! I liked the way th pumpkins turns out. The vines were rolled roving wound around a dowel and the leaves were cut from a piece of Nuno Prefelt I made for my grape leaves. The maple leaves were from our tree. It was fun putting it all together.

  2. Lyn says:

    Your grandsons will love the sweetie-filled pumpkins! As for which photo I think is the best land art, I have to go with the top one – it’s lovely – a perfect setting for the pumpkins, and that’s a pretty coloured rock they’re perched on, almost as pretty as the felted stones.

    • Marilyn aka Pandagirl says:

      Thanks Lyn! I’m sure the boys will enjoy the candy and the new containers! I hope to get pics to post on the forum. The first picture is a section of landscaping in our yard. The sumac turns such a beautiful red kind of making an umbrella over the whole patch. Unfortunately, there aren’t too many leaves left, but at least I have the picture.

  3. ruthlane says:

    Your pumpkins turned out great Marilyn – I’m sure that they will be enjoyed! Your yard makes a nice setting for your land art.

    • Marilyn aka Pandagirl says:

      Thanks Ruth! My challenge in the yard is always waiting for the wind to die down.

  4. Teri Berry says:

    What a great idea to fill them with candy as Halloween gifts – I am sure they will be much appreciated 🙂

    • Marilyn aka Pandagirl says:

      Thanks Teri! I’m sure the kids will love it. I’m not so sure the parents will appreciate it. 😉

  5. Great pumpkins Marilyn. they look wonderful in the garden. I am sure your grandsons will love them.

  6. Leonor says:

    Your pumpkins look stunning, Marilyn! It’s funny how a “wet felter’s” mind will work differently from that of a “needle felter,” since I would have come up with a completely (and not necessarily better) idea for the stems 🙂
    I can’t say I have a favourite photo, they all look really nice, very Halloween-y and Autumn-y. And I don’t think your third pumpkin was a fail at all, I like it a lot! What will you do with it?

    • Marilyn aka Pandagirl says:

      Thanks Leonor! I find I’m using needlefelting more and more lately for details and definition. But I’m still a wet felter at heart. 🙂

      I’m not sure what I’ll do with the big pumpkin. The top and stem need further attention. Perhaps a fall decoration when it’s finished.

  7. zedster66 says:

    Great job, Marilyn 🙂
    I like the way you displayed them, too.

    • Marilyn aka Pandagirl says:

      I thanks Zed! It was fun. I’m still waiting for a pic with the boys and their pumpkins. 🙂

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