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Pumpkin carved with maidens in a hand, holding hands.
Book cover for Decorating Pumpkins and Gourds by Deborah Schneebeli-Morrell.

Carve a 'maids in a row' pumpkin

Deborah Schneebeli-Morrell
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Through simple illustrated steps, maker Deborah Schneebeli-Morrell shows how to create this stunning Hallowe'en carving.

This wonderful red cushion-shaped pumpkin is easy and rewarding to carve. It is one of the larger varieties and so lends itself to an adventurous, repetitive design. The well-known technique of folding and cutting paper to make a row of identical dolls has been adapted here to fit the front side of the pumpkin. A small amount of lino-cut decoration to suggest the costumes enhances the effect.

If you've not used lino-cutting tools before please note that these are very sharp. Always cut away from yourself and children should not use these tools without close supervision.

This project is taken from Decorating Pumpkins & Gourds by Deborah Schneebeli-Morrell, published by CICO Books (£8.99) 

Portrait of maker Deborah Schneebeli-Morrell.

Deborah Schneebeli-Morrell

Deborah Schneebeli-Morrell originally trained in Fine Art and received a grant from the Crafts Council in 1987. She has exhibited work widely and has taught in schools, art schools and art residencies. She has written 30 project-based craft books on a range of subjects and wants to encourage and value 'handwork' and creativity.