It’s getting closer to Halloween and many of you are probably getting ready to carve up a pumpkin or two to cram a candle inside and set on the front porch to keep the spirits at bay. If you’re like me and have the sculpting skill of an epileptic cow then you might be in search of patterns to help out with the process. There are all manner of pattern books sold in the stores these days, but there’s also quite a few available for free on the Internet. I came across this entry on Adam Kalsey’s blog that lists off links to several such sites which you may find useful:
- The Pumpkin Wizard has hundreds of patterns online, including photo-realistic celebrities, logos, and characters. Wow. No, really — wow.
- Jack-O-Lantern.com is mainly original patterns in traditional styles.
- Fabulous Foods – One of the sites I originally linked to is still online.
- Swan’s Pumpkin Farm – Another from the original list.
- Pumpkin Masters – The makers of the books you see in all the srotes this time of year. Like always, they have a few free patterns you can download. The Pirate looks interesting. This year, you have to fill out a marketing survey to access each pattern. Boo!
- Spookmaster has free and for purchase patterns online.
- Halloween Magazine carries a number of Hallowween-related downloads including some software to create your own patterns.
- Family Management publishes a few patterns free for the taking plus an ebook that you can get for free if you give them your address.
- Me On A Pumpkin is software that will turn most pictures into a carving pattern.
- Pumpkin Carving 101 is a good place for the novice carver to start. They’ve got some tips that will get you up to speed quickly.
Full credit goes to Adam for digging those links up. Hopefully he won’t be too annoyed with me passing them along.