Friday, March 29, 2013

And now for something completely different

I've have come to appreciate the beauty of vector graphics for patterning. The ability to scale, manipulate, and print designs easily makes life way easier. As a result, I have a new compiling fidget (as illustrated by the genius of XKCD) My new fidget is making vector graphics patterns for "future projects" and I have decided to share them with the world. Please feel free to use these for your personal projects and enjoy them. If you want to use them commercially, please email me to work something out. If you do something really awesome with them, I would love to see pictures :) Without any further ado, here is the first design from a Bishop's mitre at Uppasala Cathedral and Treasury in Sweden. I've uploaded two different formats to my Google Drive here: PDF and SVG format. If I have done things correctly, you should be able to download them without creating accounts or logging in or any extra trouble. I created the SVG in Inkscape, which is a free program that is similar to Adobe Illustrator. Please let me know if there are any problems with the downloads or files.

Monday, March 18, 2013

Two roses!

I'm in the midst of packing and have taken the opportunity to sort my craft stuff by unfinished projects. If I pack everything else then I can't start a new project, so I *must* finish them! So far, it's working. I had one finished rose and one that just needed a few more minutes of work, so I pulled them out as my first challenge. Now, I've finished my two wool roses! They are a combination of satin stitch, Klosterstich, and stem stitch. 20130318_105604 They are stitched on linen, using "Designer's Dream" wool from Rainbow Gallery. I posted a picture of the thread palette just for fun. The wool is a very fine wool, which is fairly easy to work with. It's not too fuzzy, but it does tire pretty quickly. The threads are very springy, so you have to be extra careful with stitch tension. wool