Appliqué the Penny Rug
1. Referring to the Appliqué Placement Diagram, position the brown G stem and the orange B pumpkin and C circles on the black A foundation; baste. Using black perle cotton, tack-stitch pieces in place.
To tack-stitch, pull your needle up at A (see Tack Stitch Diagram) and push it down at B. Come up at C, go down at D, and continue in this manner around the entire shape.
2. Using black perle cotton, make three lines of running stitches through the pumpkin (see photo). To make a running stitch, pull your needle up at A (see Running Stitch Diagram) and insert it back into the fabric at B, 1⁄8" away from A. Pull your needle up at C, 1⁄8" away from B, and continue in the same manner.
3. Pin the light green 1⁄4×16" vine strip on the pumpkin. Then position the dark green D and E leaves on the pumpkin; baste. Tack-stitch the vine and leaves in place using black perle cotton and working from the bottom layer up.
4. Lay the light green F circles on the orange C circles. Using black perle cotton, secure each F circle in place with a French knot. To make a French knot, pull the thread through at the point where the knot is desired (A on French Knot Diagram). Wrap the thread around your needle twice without twisting it. Insert the tip of your needle into the fabric at B, 1⁄16" away from A. Gently push the wraps down the needle to meet the fabric. Pull your needle and trailing thread through the fabric slowly and smoothly.