17 August 2012

The horrors of writing patterns down.


I'm not sure if I'm the only person who spends so much time on the writing and illustrating of a pattern but if others do too then I'm normal.  If they don't then - well please send for the 'men in white coats' as I'm obviously NOT normal.  Then again you all know that already so what AM I blathering on about?

So having tested the second bracelet pattern I went off to do the drawings and put the page back together again.  

Horrors of horrors when I read the instructions for the first bracelet whilst doing this I was convinced they were wrong.  Back to making the first version again with a fresh brain cell and a tad more concentration.  

14 comments:

Jane McLellan said...

It was only when I tried to write patterns that I came to appreciate the time and effort you put in! Time and effort that I have benefited from enormously. So don't call for the men in white coats yet please.

God's Kid said...

Oh, the colors in this one are so awesome!!! :)

Nancy in Dallas said...

Jane, no worries! IF the men in white coats do come, you would only teach them to tat!! lol *smile*

victats@gmail.com said...

You do a wonderful job with patterns. It's an awful process, I don' t know why everyone can't just read our minds? That would make pattern writing so much easier!

victats@gmail.com said...

You do a wonderful job with patterns. It's an awful process, I don' t know why everyone can't just read our minds? That would make pattern writing so much easier!

Miranda said...

To be fair, that looks like a fairly complex pattern. I can understand why it would take a while to write down and illustrate. I do appreciate the time you put into writing your patterns. They are always perfectly clear and easy to follow, so it's worth the effort in the end.

tattrldy said...

No, no, you can't be ready for the men in white coats, if they came for you they'd have already taken me! I spend lots and lots of time on writing/diagramming patterns and I don't do it nearly as fast as you! It's getting some easier but it still takes a lot of time and effort. When I grow up I want to be like Jane!

Madtatter said...

ooooh, I like that color combination. Very pretty.

Suzanne said...

You're teasing horribly! I am dying to try this summery 'so much more than the sum of its parts' pattern, and simply do not have the time this weekend...or next week, for that matter.

Jane Eborall said...

Oh you're all SO funny!!!! I love the funny comments - makes me smile loads!!!
Miranda - the pattern isn't complicated really once you've set the unders and overs of the chains. It's only rings, chains and rings thrown off chains.
tattrldy - it does get easier but then you tend to 'lose the plot' at times so that makes it harder again!! Well, you do if you're like me!!!
Good idea, Nancy in Dallas. I'll give it a try when they arrive!

Margarets designer cards said...

I think we all spend ages writing, re writing and playing with patterns, and then trying to make it sound sense. You are not alone, a pattern you design or any one designs is there baby and they look after their baby until its right and the right time to publish it.

Lovely bracelet, I would love to try this pattern when you have finished with it your baby
Margaret

Phyllis said...

Your current bracelet colors are wonderful. I really like them. To be honest, I am learning how to diagram patterns. There is so much time and effort that goes into them. Really appreciate those that can go from a tat test to the written pattern. You do a very good job in your diagrams/patterns.

***Jon**** said...

I am guilty of not writing up the patterns of designs that I have finished because I find them too complicated (for me, with no extra brain cells handy) to write it out in words or draw charts that I feel others can understand. After reading what you wrote, now I wonder if that is normal.

I still keep those models for the time when I feel confident enough to prepare their patterns.

Jane Eborall said...

Yes, Jon, I think that's normal so to get somewhat round the problem I do the text as I go along and work on a laptop so that the stitch counts (and other hassles) can be updated constantly. I also tend to start the drawings as soon as I've got the first rough written draft too but it can be many, many weeks before I'm happy with the final things and I reckon to tat a design anything from 6 to a dozen times - depending on how brain cell 3 is behaving!!

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