After several days of making and showcasing new items, I find it somewhat anti-climatic to do the necessary writing and instructions for the pattern packets that will teach others how to recreate the project. However, it is a vital part of the process of designing (at least in what I design). Ultimately, it will play a large part in determining whether the project is successful or not.
Yesterday I spent pretty much the entire day working on the two ballerina patterns. While they look very similar to each other, there are several things that needed adjusting so that I was certain that they would be just perfect. Most of my day was filled with re-drawing and perfecting the line work so that they would look just right. When painting them over the weekend, I noticed slight things that were out of proportion and made some minor changes in the shapes so that they would look realistic and correct. I also needed to add in detail lines so that those painting them would be able to do so with ease. I do this on the computer using Adobe Illustrator, as I find that the clean vector lines provide the best patterns.
While I feel this work is necessary, I am sure it is not very exciting to read about. I considered not blogging at all this morning, but I fear that you would have wondered what had happened to me.
Today I am doing the written instructions for both the scroll sawn version as well as the painted version of the ballerinas. Keith has been anxiously awaiting the next site update, which I was holding off until these patterns are done. If all goes well today, I should have the newsletter out by this evening, but I need to concentrate and get to work in order to accomplish that. After that I will be able to take a breath.
So with that said, I am going to cut this short today and get to my task at hand. We are under a blizzard warning here in Nova Scotia and it is just getting light out now and I see that more snow has indeed fallen. But I am warm and cozy here, so hopefully all will be well.
I hope all of my friends in the Eastern United States did well through this surge. I hear they got hit hard again.
Take care and have a wonderful Wednesday.
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