Thursday, 13 June 2013

Pattern Creation 101

Most of you know that I have been in the throes of creation lately.
I got this really neat idea to do a mash-up with two of my favorite things
Science Fiction
Historical Samplers

For my very first attempt I have been using Doctor Who and a mishmash of sampler exemplars.
It has been interesting to say the least.
All consuming to say the most.

I'm not exactly sure how one really does go about designing a piece of stitchery but I started with deciding the subject matter and medium... Doctor Who and counted stitches, mainly cross stitch.  Why?  I don't know... but I believe it is because they have been foremost in my brain of late, what with my new friends on Instagram and what not...


The next logical step to me was figuring out the elements, which is where I sat down with a sketch pad, google search and a sketchy memory of past viewed samplers and went to work.  
This is what I came up with.

Delighted with this start I began to pick out the different elements and work the charts for them.  Naturally, since all good cross stitchers start in the middle, and it really is the centerpiece of the thing, I started with the TARDIS.  
Let me tell you, angles and vanishing points are NOT easy to do on a grid!  
I think I have come up with a happy compromise.
Then I went on to  work out the top bar and worked down and around the center piece, finally winding up at the bottom.
I have included elements of some of my favorite people and things in the series.  River Song's "Hello Sweetie"... K-9 from the Sarah Jane days... Roses for, well, Rose... and "Oy!  Spaceboy! from the beloved Doctor Donna.  There are also symbols from Gallifrey, a favorite quote from a Doctor long gone and some alphabet spelling out Doctor Who.

Here is the pattern I have made and am currently working from.
It is not perfect.
I made mistakes.
(like K-9 being charted on upside down... don't ask)
I am noting and changing as I go.
I am also color coding as I figure out the shading.  Colored pencils are my friend! 
The design is 140 stitches wide by 290 stitches tall.

Here is what I have stitched so far.
Notice the rose border is completely different from the one graphed.  Started stitching it... hated it.  Love this new one and very glad I changed it.  Don't like the letters, and don't like the open spaces.  But.  I will wait to get all the other things on before I decide if I need to add fiddly bits as fill in or not.

So.  Now you are up to date on what I have been so busy with.

I will tell you the next original pattern is done and waiting its turn to be stitched.  
I will also tell you I made a fun little pattern from an internet meme that amused me to no end.  
Next time I think I will put the pattern up here for your enjoyment.

The last thing I will tell you is the next geek sampler is already ruminating in my brain, along with ideas for ones to follow....  the subject of the next geek sampler you ask?  
Star Trek.  Duh.
Followed by Hellboy and Firefly.


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