NeedleWorkMonday - Crochet Pumpkin Fall Decor

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The entrance of the cool Autumn breeze flows over your face and through your hair. The smell of pumpkin seeds and spice greets your nose tantalizing your tastebuds for something sweet. Bees make their last appearance as they stock for their colonies and prepare for the Winter ahead.

Boots and sweaters push out Summer wear as they make way to the fronts of the stores. The thought of egg nog crosses your mind delivering a dose of elation at the thought of the new season. You patiently await for the painted leaves to reveal themselves so they can mesmerize you with their glorious beauty.

What does all this mean?

It’s Time to Crochet!

There’s something about the start of Fall season that gets me in the mood every time. I haven’t been motivated to crochet for awhile now. As soon as I walked outside last week and felt the cool breeze and smelled the brisk air I immediately had a desire to get out my yarn and hooks.

It’s like this automatic switch turns on and I get going. My mind starts working and I’m looking for a project to complete. Give me a same day start to finish project so I can feel accomplished lol. 😅

Last week’s NeedleWorkMonday challenge also played a part in my motivation. The relaxing entries helped get me in the mood to make this post.

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Our homeschool co-op just took a field trip to an apple orchard and next week we’ll be going to a pumpkin patch. I think it’s because I’ve been having pumpkins on my mind that I decided to make these little decor ones. I am making them as a gift to our co-op to use on our sign in tables as well as our teacher’s lounge tables.

Normally I don’t care too much about getting festive for the Fall but joining this co-op has really changed that. Being around other creative adults and kids and delving into more projects and activities is a sure way to motivate me (so I’m learning). I’ve had this urge to use my skills to share and gift others with it (I’m already working on another project for our teacher appreciation day 🤩).

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I needed to make something that would be easy to pack up and store safely. Since we rent out a church building we have to make sure we put everything back like it was and put all of the co-op supplies in our supply closet. We could easily place the pumpkins back in a bag and store them on a shelf until the next week.

I thought it would be nice to spruce up the tables a bit with these pumpkins. I haven’t payed that close attention to the tables after setup to see if any decor is already placed on them. I will be taking a look at that this week to make sure there would be a good spot for them.

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I have to give a shout-out to @nineclaws for putting the thought and image of cinnamon sticks in my head. When I read her latest post and saw her beautiful photos it made me want to go out and buy cinnamon sticks to put in my coffee. Ironically right after reading her post I figured out I wanted to make these pumpkins which used cinnamon sticks for the stem.

Oh yea! I suddenly had two purposes for these sticks.

Thanks @nineclaws! Oh and my cup of coffee was so AMAZING all Cinnamonized!! 😄

I always go to the Dollar Store first before going anywhere else to buy supplies. It’s amazing how you can find almost everything you need there. They had some regular brown twine but I decided to also get this striped twine to add a little more color.

I found three striped colors that went great with the yarn I already had…brown,orange and yellow.

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These pumpkins whip up pretty fast. You make a long rectangle using a series of half double crochet stitches, fold and sew together, close up one end then add stuffing, then close up the other end. After that you insert your cinnamon stick, add some definition to your pumpkin and finally add your twine.

I worked on these for two days while watching some family shows. I had my little lamp by me along with my cinnamon stick infused coffee and enjoyed myself.

I ended up with four total so far but plan on making two more colors; orange and dark blue.

This ivory colored one didn’t make the group photo since I started on it right after taking the outside shots. I made this one two toned since I only had a little bit of each color. Both colors are ivory but one of the yarns has flecks of color.

Can you tell the difference and see the contrast on the backside?

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I thought the brown twine really went well with this color.

I was tickled with how much my kiddos loved the pumpkins. I think they were surprised to see me crocheting again. They kept asking

What are doing? Who are you making those for? What color are you doing next? 😁

My youngest kept asking me if she could have them. As soon as I finished one she would take it around to show everyone the finished product making sure they smelled the stick. Both my daughters want one of their own.

My oldest wants to decorate her dresser and the youngest of course wants one to play with. Not sure how well it would hold up as a toy. 😂

Here are my two youngest holding them outside while I snapped a photo…

This outside photography venture was short lived. As I stated above during my attempt at poeticness the bees were busy. There were two constantly flying above my head and buzzing in my ear while trying to take these photos.

I grabbed my husband out with me as a mental support to get through all the noise. He was my informer…letting me know when they were by me so I’d bee aware. I know they aren’t out to sting me but it really gets uncomfortable with how they keep following me and how close they get. 😞

Okay enough of the apiphobia (still a lot to work on there) back to the needlework.

I’m glad I took time out for this project. It felt good getting back to doing what I love. The best part was being able to finish most of them all in just one weekend. Yay!! 😃

For those of you entering the Fall season, what are you in the mood for making?


All photos are my own and were taken with our Cannon EOS Rebel T6.

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Happy Autumn! 🍁



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They're so cute! Can I have one? (^_^)

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Thanks so much. I am glad you like them so much that you want one. 😄

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Your hand so amazing :)
I think, i cant handle that .
So thankyou for share :)

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Thank you @aswita! It just took me time to learn the craft and I believe anyone interested can learn and do well with it too. 😉

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These are super cute and I love the cinnamon stem touch! It really conjures up the feel of autumn into winter, reminding me that you're heading that way while we head into spring and I cling onto every bit of rain while I still can.

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The cinnamon sticks are what really won me over and had me going out to the store that same day to get some and then starting the project. 😆😂

I'm glad you like them, thank you.

Oh yes that's right, you are heading into spring!! 🌼🌸🌺

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crochet is quite tricky.. you have to practice alot to set your hand... i have seen various type of crochet designs but i first time i have seen something very different n beautiful.... thanks for sharing your amazing talent with us... i really really love your work.. keep it up always

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Hi @gargi! Thank you for those sweet kind words about my work. It’s true you have to practice. I’ve been crocheting for 9 years and sometimes I take a break from it, come back to it and fall in love all over again.

I will continue doing this which I love ~ 😊

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They are colors that evoke a good mood and warm the heart.

Cinnamon is also great for enhancing the vibes around the room. :)

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I agree @anggreklestari about the colors. I was so glad I had them in my yarn stash. ☺️

I love the smell and properties of cinnamon. Thanks so much for visiting and commenting ~

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very cute, festive, bright pumpkins !!! it looks great and smells like autumn! the idea with a cinnamon stick just shine !!!!!

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Thanks so much Tali! Making these for our co-op has given me a sense to want to do Fall decor now. The cinnamon sticks really add a special touch on top of them smelling divine. ☺️

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Perfect 😍

I love autumn (well, truth be told, I love every season), you're absolutely right about that smell in the air when you know it's coming. I always feel sad in September, the days shortening and everything held in suspense, the summer is waning but the next thing hasn't arrived, and then we burst into October with those sharp smells and you can start drawing the curtains and getting snug and the wonderful aromas in the house from long, slow-cooked dishes in the oven and the start of the feasts. I love Sunday cooking, fat meals with puddings afterwards.

I was just thinking this morning that I wished I had grown some ornamental gourds for the autumn (I have put them on next year's list) and then your post turns up with these lovely little knitted pumpkins, and the cinnamon stick is inspired!

Wonderful!

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YES!! You described it so well! It does seem as if we burst into October, it springs up from out of nowhere. I do love the feeling of snuggling up in my warm blanket with a bowl of hot soup…😋

Oh yes, feasts and slow cooked meals I love it all!

Oh how awesome! We were thinking alike. It’s so amazing how inspiration hits us at the same times, love it!

Thanks so much for your wonderful comment ~ ❤️

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That beautiful pumpkins and with a lot of smell of cinnamon, will perfume the whole environment.

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It truly does! Now I'm wanting to make some for our home. ☺️

Thanks for visiting ~

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They are super lovely...and what a great idea about the cinnamon stick!

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Oh yes, fall… you described it so lovely and vividly (I think I have to borrow some vocabulary from you :-DDDD) For me fall means I want to craft. Indifferently what. I just want :-D If possible I would bake, sew and crochet at the same time while gluing some paper décor and planting flower bulbs for next spring during the fall harvest of pumpkins, beans and spinach. No way am I doing these things one after the other. Remember, overflow of creative ideas :-DDDDD

I am so happy you could get some time for crochet into your busy schedule and your pumpkins are super lovely. The idea to use a cinnamon stick is new to me and adds a very special touch (by the way, did you fill the pumpkins with anything? If not, one could put some herbs or spices into them). I think it is a good idea to decorate the “learning space” according to seasons. On the one hand it lends it a more personal touch and it makes the change of seasons to be something to appreciate every year. Love this idea <3

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Thank you. I thought I'd try my hand and give a poetic feel to the intro. Makes me happy knowing you enjoyed it. Nice, I hope you have fun using those words. 😄😉

Yes, it seems the Fall season is a time our creative juices to flow. It’s like a rebirth of ideas overtake us and we get busy with our hands. The only thing I’m good at baking are cookies. 😂 I keep saying I need to bake more of a variety for practice.

It was such a wonderful time crocheting. I seriously fell in love all over again.

Thank you Fall season for always getting me out of my Crocheter’s Block!

Yes, I did stuff them with polyfill but I love the idea of stuffing with spices. That’ll really pump up the smell goods!

I certainly agree! I think the teachers and students will appreciate the extra touch as we transition into this season. Thank you always for your lovely comments ~ 🌺❤️

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Lol ooops I accidentally upvoted my own comment. 🙄🤦🏽‍♀️😂

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I always miss your posts, I love seeing them, detailing them, every single thing teaches me, you are a teacher for me in many ways. I love these images, it's not just about a good camera to take the pictures, it's everything you do behind them to achieve them, I hope we all try to imitate that sign to fill this blog with beauties.

When October arrives I love it not only because it's my son Israel's birthday, but also because all my senses are activated to make beautiful things to decorate for Halloween, so I'm already looking for what I'll do this year.

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Awwww thanks Carolina that's so sweet ☺️! It makes me very happy knowing that you take something with you when reading my posts 😊. I’ve really missed crocheting and sharing my work with you all. I think I’ll be busy the rest of this Fall season because next I’ll be making all of my kiddos their Winter hats. 😃

I love your son’s name! I look forward to seeing what beautiful things your hands create this season!! 😍😘

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Wow 😳 @crosheille I didn’t see this coming at all I mean you struck me by surprise, this is very beautiful, how you crocheted 🧶 this i don’t even understand, I won’t even understand even if I try to think how so I just rest my case 😂 but you’re so blessed with ideas and you’re so creative and intelligent, encouraging and inspiration, you always know what to come up with at a giving time and how to introduce it very important! Just take a look at how you introduced your pumpkin 🎃 that alone will drive someone to this post, you’ve really blown me away and that’s why I said you’re my favorite cause you inspire me and make me know what to do, through your ideas I get ideas too, this post of yours has just given me an insight about thing thanks so much for always coming up with the best !! I love 😻 @crosheille

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Hahaha! Well before you joined the community I shared quite a bit of my work. I’ve been in a slump lately…a little down about some physical ailments but I’ve got some fire and desire back for my craft now. 😊

I greatly appreciate your kind words and admiration of what I do. I’m glad you are able to gain ideas through what I share, thank you ~

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YOu are really incredible with this art, you are a completly artist, congratulation my dear.

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Omg¡! Son muy hermosas, me encantó el detalle de la rama de canela, deben tener un perfume increíble, y se ven súper tiernas, donde yo estoy ya es primavera, pero recordar el otoño siempre hace bien¡! Gracias por compartir¡!🥰🥰🥰 so in love

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Thank you @septymahija! The cinnamon really adds a nice touch and makes the room smell so good! 😊

I'm really glad you liked the pumpkins. Thanks very much for your visit and comment ~

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These are so cute! My step-mom would love them! I love the "Poeticness" as you put it, at the beginning of your post, I aspire to write pretty things but have not yet gotten the hang of it so I really appreciate when someone else is good at it.

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Thanks so much for your positive feedback. I'm not sure if you have ever read any of @dswigle's posts but she is one who surely inspires such writing. I love how poetic her posts are. I hope you give it a try and let it flow out of you. It was very relaxing to do. I think I’ll give it another go soon. 😊

Thanks again for your kind words ~

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That just made my day, talking about me behind my back, and then tagging me! ❤️ Thank you, my friend, that comment just left a warm spot on my heart.

What do I want to make? I l love all the seasons for homeschooling. For yourself, A pumpkin throw rug with the stem and a set of leaves in the middle. Pumpkin placemats. I am starting one with small granny squares of oranges and browns.

My other little project is to go out and get colorful leaves and I laminate them and send them to people I know that now are located in warm weather places that don't get leaves. I have received some exciting phone calls over a little bit of color. I actually think they can just feel the love that was sent.

Thank you, my friend. You are the best.

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You’re so welcome dear friend. It is the truth!! 🥰❤️😘

😍😍😎 Pumpkin placemats!! Nice!!

Oh my goodness that is so sweet of you and what a beautiful idea! I’m sure they will be overjoyed when they receive those beautiful leaves. You just keep on inspiring me! ☺️

No…YOU’RE the best!! 😁😊🤗

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I will have to tune back in to see what you are making~!! My sister moved to Florida from Connecticut about 15 years ago for a job and never returned to Connecticut, so I sent her some leaves from the mountains in the Shenandoah. She shreiked in to he phone like a little girl! :))

It was so fun to hear that.

No way!!! You are the best! :) 💓

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I can just imagine how excited your sister was to receive those and how happy you were to hear that reaction!!

😄 You are the sweetest ever but I know for sure you are definitely the Best!! 💖💝

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it made me want to go out and buy cinnamon sticks to put in my coffee.

You’re so funny! I’m so happy I inspired you, thank you @crosheille. The cinnamon sticks look awesome the way you’ve worked them into the pumpkins. It’s such a good idea. These are beautiful! I love the ivory one, the way you’ve worked the colour variation. It’s noticeable but subtle and lends more naturalness to it.

Do you have a lot of bees where you are? A friend told me once that bees are actually angels. I'm not sure if there's any merit to that though.

I do wish I had time to crochet and knit, seeing these. I didn't mean to take so long in replying. I have some things to take care of and sometimes it gets a bit hectic to balance.

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Yes you really did inspire me and I'm so grateful for that. I've been in such a slump lately and it's just what I needed to get out my hooks again. It really made me happy making these.

Thank you! I'm pleased that you liked them. I appreciate your feedback on the ivory one, I love the way you described it.

Yes, currently we are dealing with tons of bright yellow worker bees…they’re everywhere. I’ve never heard about the angel thing before, that’s definitely new.

Maybe sometime in the distant future you’ll have some extra time to do some needlework. If/when that happens I sure hope you’ll share it here with us ;)

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I'm so happy to hear that. We all need inspiration. I've had the slump thing creep in over the last few weeks.

Oh boy, that sounds like way too many bees around. I always like to give the stingy things lots of space.

You'll laugh, I'm about to do some needlework...but it's all sewing. Not anything post worthy though. I would like to get back at doing some projects sitting there waiting to be done. I have far too many projects and never enough time, always. LOL. I so love yarn too.

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Yes it is way too many!! 😩

Oh wow! Well I hope you enjoy your sewing sessions and find the time to get to those unfinished projects. 😄

Yes! Gotta love yarn! 😍

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Hahaha, yes, they stare at me and say, "when are you going to finish me?"
I hope I do too. Yarn rocks! 😊😃

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