My first self-drafted embroidery pattern: a basic pumpkin

As much as I adore the many beautiful and inventive embroidery patterns out there, I started to realize early on that I wanted to design my own embroidery patterns. So in the fall of 2018, I opted to design a basic pumpkin.

hand embroidered pumpkin
hand embroidered pumpkin

I drew the pumpkin on a drawing app on my iPad and then traced it onto fabric. I outlined with black and then filled with long, horizontal satin stitches. I had not yet learned about long and short stitches yet, which would have been more appropriate. Plus, orienting the stitches vertically probably would have given it a better texture.

For the stem, I got creative with the color, alternating yellow and brown and I like the effect that resulted.

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