Thursday, September 06, 2007

Graph Paper

Ok, I don't know how many of you out there do your own patterns for beading, but it can be annoying. Its hard to find decent graph paper that is free and yet scans well after you have put a pattern on it. It is also really hard to find beading graph paper (aside from loom stitch or square stitch that uses a basic grid that is sold every where!) that goes from edge to edge. Call me crazy, but sometimes you just have a large pattern. Or better yet, you want to get as many patterns on the page as possible, so you want it to go from edge to edge. Maybe you want to save paper, instead of a graph with 2 inch margins all around, how about only have a 0.2 inch margin? Or whatever your printer allows.

All right, enough venting! www.incompetech.com has a nice free service that allows you to put in your size requirements and get quite a few different graphs, including brick! And did I say free? And after only a couple of tries, you very easily get what you want and it allows you to save it to pdf for your future use! Now I just need to find more time and space to spread my stuff out and have at it!

Monday, September 03, 2007

Original Jax Jags pattern


This is the original Jags pattern that I did with markers on graph paper downloaded from the internet. Notice this is a little different than the completed piece as well as the BeadCreator created pattern.

Jax Jags pattern on BeadCreator

Here is the pattern that I created and put on BeadCreator.

Jax Jags pattern continued

Here is the pattern:

Jax Jags pattern


Here is a scan of my Jax Jags mini flag that I created for my husband. I did it using peyote stitch (I guess it is my favorite stitch) and used 4 colors of Toho seed beads. I will include a picture of the pattern, if you would like the PDF file of the pattern, just email me and I would be more that happy to share it with you.

I created this pattern on graph paper that I downloaded off of the internet. It was a pain-in-the-butt, but I think the outcome was fabulous! This past weekend I wrestled with the program BeadCreator. I clicked and clicked to what I believe is a professional looking pattern. Ugh! Anyway, if you decide to tackle it, I think you will enjoy it. Its a good way to bead something for a guy as a gift or whatever.