So, two years ago I got my first introduction to “velvet pumpkins” and immediately started collecting pumpkin stems so I could make my own. Last year I collected more stems but didn’t make any pumpkins.
So this year, after a long and somewhat frustrating hunt for velvet fabric, I took a deep breath and dyed my own fabric. I’ve never seen a velvet pumpkin in real life; I’ve only seen pictures of them online. It took some experimenting but I like how these velvet pumpkins turned out. A little bit slouchy, a little bit round, some expected colors and some surprises. My children have been increasingly surprised at the colors of fabric coming out of my pot, and I have a few more I’d like to try.
So far I’ve made pumpkins in three shades of orange, a butter yellow, fuchsia, pink and a beautiful taupe color. It’s been time consuming but very fun.
Because I’ve had so much fun with this project, I want to share some pumpkins. I’ll be giving away a set of FOUR velvet pumpkins in various colors and sizes. To enter, please leave a comment telling us which color you like the best.
The giveaway will close at midnight on Friday, November 11, 2011. The winner will be announced Saturday. Good luck!