I thought I would do a little post about how I go about designing the patterns which may or may not explain why they take so long from start to finish...
It begins with a pencil drawing in my sketchbook, then I make a pen drawing that I think is the right size. I trace the pen drawing and start stitching. In this case I stitched the smaller girl in black and hated it! It just didn't look the way I had imagined it. But this happens...
So I photocopied her a little bigger, traced her out onto white linen cotton and began again
I change things when I'm stitching, I changed her arms and decided a sprigged dress would be rather nice, her tights got a little spottier than the drawing too.
and all the time I'm stitching I'm writing scruffy notes. I would like my notes to look beautiful but I have a habit of grabbing the nearest pen and scribbling, perhaps I should write them out again when I have time because I keep these for reference with the drawing and the first stitching.
once I am happy with the stitching I will redraw the drawing with the changes that I've made and then move on to the computer to use Adobe Illustrator to make all the lines look perfect when it's printed off. Next all of the photographing (and the waiting for a sunny day!) and the photo editing.
Finally I write up the notes and restitch the pattern and it's ready.
This one is just at the end of it's first stitching so on to the computer today I think. But not until after we have walked the dog in the beautiful sunshine that we have today!