Archive For April, 2010

Wavy is the way to go

By | April 29, 2010

A few weeks back, I posted a couple charts for a lace edging. Both had a zig-zag left selvedge (just like the edging), to account for the change in stitch count from row to row. But one also included “no stitch” symbols, so the symbols in the chart could line up vertical like the stitches […]

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On the bright side

By | April 21, 2010

I got up at 5am this morning. I don’t normally do that, but I had to be on the road early today: Stitches South begins tomorrow in Atlanta, and I get to spend the day traveling across the country. Oh, the joys! A two-hour drive to the airport. Paying $25 to check a bag full […]

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Easily amused

By | April 16, 2010

For four years now, I’ve been drawing all my charts, schematics, and diagrams in Adobe Illustrator. It ain’t cheap, but it’s worth it: Illustrator produces publication-quality vector graphics (no jaggies from low-res bitmap graphics), and gives me complete control over every aspect of the final illustrations (yes, I might be a bit of a control […]

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A few minor hiccups

By | April 7, 2010

XRX has just posted the brochure for Stitches Midwest—and it looks like it’ll be a fabulous event! The schedule is packed with lots of new classes. And I’m looking forward to the Opening Day Spotlight: Gwen Bortner, Laura Bryant, and Anna Walden will discuss “Building on the Bias” in an Entrelac Design Challenge. The hiccups? […]

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Which do you prefer?

By | April 3, 2010

Lately I’ve been playing around with lace edgings. Here’s a favorite: Normally, you’d see it charted like so: The right edge of the chart is straight and the left edge zig-zags, like the edging itself. Yet this chart distorts the “leaf” motif within the edging. And the zig-zag edge is a little exaggerated. Here’s another […]

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A little epiphany

By | April 1, 2010

Over the past few years, I’ve drawn a lot of charts: for tech editing clients, for my own patterns, and just for my own use. My tool of choice is Illustrator—nice, sharp, vector graphics and complete control over every aspect of the charts, from colors and fonts and line widths to the actual chart symbols. […]

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