Working with gourd presents a challenge not encountered by most painters because of its round surface. I have found that if you try fitting a flat pattern to a round gourd it will quickly drive you around the bend. In self-defense I have learned that if I separate the pattern into smaller pieces, it's much easier to use. For example if it's a house pattern, cut the windows and doors, etc. apart and apply where needed.
Below are two examples of adapting patterns to surfaces other than gourds.
In the first example, a gourd was used for the cottage, and then the same design was applied to a wooden birdhouse. Gourds were still used as accessories such a the mushrooms on the sides of the birdhouse. The same bark was used on the roof of both.
In the second example, the gourd pattern was adapted to a bentwood cake cover.
These are both prime examples of what you can do with any pattern if you just think outside the box a little.
If you have any questions about adapting or transferring patterns, please email me. I'll be happy to help.