Take a good handful sized piece of your orange wool roving, and roll it up tightly into a ball shape.
Hold the felt ball firmly to keep its shape as you poke your needle in and out of the wool (felting). Make sure that you do not cover your fingers with the wool so as not to accidentally prick them, because it really is quite painful!
To keep the spherical shape, rotate the ball frequently to ensure its evenly felted. You want to keep felting until the ball holds its shape and starts to feel firm and spongy.
To create the pumpkins shape we are going to use a needle and thread, it’s a good idea to use a strong thread, such as embroidery thread.
Thread your needle and tie a knot at the end.
Hold the felt ball between your thumb and your finger and push into the middle slightly, thread your needle though the middle of the bottom of the ball. Pass the thread over the outside of the ball, and then back through the middle underneath again, pulling gently on the thread to create your first indentation (pumpkin segment).
Keeping the ball between your thumb and finger, space the next pumpkin segment a little distance from the first.
Repeat the process of passing the thread over the outside of the ball, and back through the middle underneath.
Remembering to pull gently on the thread to create the indents as you go.
Once all the pumpkin segments are finished, you need to secure them by tying a knot at the top of the pumpkin and cut off the excess thread.
To make the pumpkin stalk, take a very small piece of brown wool roving (about the size of a two pence coin).
Curl it up into a small cylindrical shape and start felting, be sure to go slowly because its very easy to prick your fingers when needle felting small shapes.
Remember to leave some loose fibers at the bottom of the stalk which will later be used to attach it to the pumpkin.
Place the stalk at the top of the middle of the pumpkin where all your threads are joined together.
Pin the stalk to your pumpkin to make sure it doesn’t slip around whilst felting.
Poke those lose fibers into the middle of the pumpkin until it is securely attached, and cut away any excess fibers at the end.
You will now be left with a beautiful needle felted, autumnal pumpkin decoration.
There are so many variations to this method. Perhaps you could make huge ones or really teeny miniature ones for your dolls house.
Try out different colours, sprinkle on glitter or make a garland with them, the possibilities are endless really!
If you have any questions about needle felting or need any help, please don’t hesitate to get it touch, I’m happy to help!