I have thought about making patterns to sell, either crochet (I’ve gone off that idea for now) and sewing patterns of characters and toys – maybe even writing a few that feature armatures for stop motion puppets and/or toys that are posable.
I’ve seen other people’s patterns as they are usually rather simple in that there is a list of tools/materials, brief instructions and then some rough template shapes to cut around but I have a tendency to go overboard and my pattern keeps turning into a major essay on sewing… I’ve cut it back and tried to go back to a simpler version.
I do still plan to have some tips and notes on alternative fabric that can be used and techniques and my templates have been created in illustrator with cut/sew marks and I hope, are clear on where to leave a gap for stuffing, eye placement etc.
For some unknown reason InDesign is refusing to work – crashes and now I just can’t start it up so I’ve had to give up and use Illustrator to layout the pages – not a great solution but it will have to do until I can be bothered to fight with it again!
I think I will have to create a few pages at a time so will piece it together later – I won’t do the content page until I have sorted everything out – I’m thinking of also supplying a useful list of bloggers / sewing websites for beginners to visit and help them with video techniques if my explanations don’t work. 🙂
I do need to do the main photo (the pattern wont feature the nose in the top photo on the ‘adult’ cat and the ears will be more cat shape) and I wanted to do some ‘lifestyle’ shots of them frolicking in a backyard by a fish pond but I gave all my current stock of Cats and Kittens to Diverse Gifts in Brixton (Coldhabour Lane) so now I have to finish the next litter – they are currently sat on the side waiting to have their eyes put in and then clothing added. I also need to make some underpants… not sure if I will include that in this pattern or do that as an ‘add on’ that can be purchased at the same time/later on etc.
well, I thought I would do an update as I keep forgetting to blog about anything – it’s difficult as I’m currently out of work and will run out of money soon wails.
When ever I’ve told someone I crochet they give me a strange look – I’m not sure if it’s because they are not sure what it is or they are surprised someone like me crochets? (I’m pretty sure I fit the cliche.. overweight… covered in cat hair?!) I usually say ‘oh, not cutey stuff like baby booties’… well I can’t say that anymore as I’ve just made several.
These are for my twin brother’s daughter to be 😀 who will arrive in May 2012.
The fabric shoe pattern was brought on Etsy.com and Precious Patterns sell lots of patterns to download.
The material was brought from John Lewis and I have to say trying to buy coloured elastic was a nightmare… ebay to the rescue as usual but these booties have cost me a huge amount of money!!!! I just hope they fit… I don’t have a baby on hand to try them out.
Two crochet booties ‘Rosebud Slippers’ – pattern by Erica Knight featured in the book “Essential Crochet” (see link below for Amazon link to the book) – I followed a pattern as I don’t know how big baby feet are and I’ve forgotten how to shape in crochet as it’s been awhile since I last tried.. most of my creations have been ‘freeform’ ie: I make it up as a I go … and they are slightly weird so no one notices any errors in stitches.
I have several other hand-made things to make but I have a few months so hopefully it should all be completed by then!