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My Journey As A Scroll Saw Pattern Designer #1226: Writing Instructions

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Blog entry by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) posted 01-22-2014 11:49 AM 577 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 1225: Looking at Things Differently Part 1226 of My Journey As A Scroll Saw Pattern Designer series Part 1227: Drilling a Vertical Hole into Thin Stock »

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.

Today’s Featured Product

STB03 Heart Boxes with Swivel Tops and Scroll Sawn Lids

-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"



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Roger

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#1 posted 01-22-2014 12:42 PM

These are really kool little holders for small trinkets and such.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Kentuk55@bellsouth.net

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#2 posted 01-22-2014 12:45 PM

Thanks, Roger – they are an old, old pattern from probably 10 years ago, yet they are still popular today. I am thinking of making more of them. :)

Have a great day!

Sheila

-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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CFrye

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#3 posted 01-22-2014 01:43 PM

I missed the Featured Product yesterday and wondered if you’d decided to drop it from your daily blog Sheila. I was going to ask about it today if missing. Funny how quickly I can get accustomed to something (I suspect I am not alone). These are lovely little boxes. Thank you for shsring them and your thoughts. Stay warm.

-- God bless, Candy

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Steven Davis

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#4 posted 01-22-2014 04:43 PM

Hmmm, I was expecting some ballerina figures in your boxes and placards next.

-- Steven Davis - see me at http://www.playnoevil.com/ and http://www.stelgames.com/

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#5 posted 01-22-2014 04:48 PM

Yes, Steven – I am planning to do so Damask style ballet plaques. I think they will be nice. And the response from showing these older box patterns has been pretty strong this morning already. I think that means more small boxes will be in the works as well. Now all I need is more TIME! :)

Have a great day!

Sheila

-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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Celticscroller

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#6 posted 01-22-2014 10:13 PM

Ah yes more time would be wonderful! It seems to have gotten away with me these days. Life has been happening and my projects have had to take a back burner. My painting tote box project is still ongoing as is the Christmas box! Ah well, it will all get done before next Christmas! :)
I love the little boxes.
Enjoy the day. Sunny, clear blue skies and mild here.

-- Anna http://richmondcarvers.com/

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#7 posted 01-23-2014 10:52 AM

I will truly enjoy seeing them Anna! Yes – sometimes life does call us away. But hopefully you will have time again soon to do what you love. Sometimes that makes it all the more special.

Take care and enjoy the day!

Sheila

-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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