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Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Revisiting "Rosaleen"

I'm starting to get burned out from writing Inkscape tips, which is a sign that I need to pace myself better. I tend to go into things with the idea that I am going to take it slowly, and then I never do. I'm still super excited about diagramming though, and I feel a bit like a mad scientist in that regard :)

On the design front, I've been revisiting a pattern that I designed back in March of this year. Just before designing this motif, I had watched one of my favorite movies: The Company of Wolves. The main character is named Rosaleen, and for lack of a better idea, this pattern was called Rosaleen.

There was some interest when I posted photos in my Works in Progress post, and I figured that I really should finish diagramming this pattern before the end of the year. When I do, I will post it to my Free Patterns page.

I tatted another copy last week, just to make sure that the notes I had were accurate:


This motif can also be connected together to form a hexagonal mat. I'd still like to tat a fifth round, which would be an optional addition to turn this pattern into a coaster. I'll have to see how that goes and if I can come up with something that I like.

I don't want to bore you all with too much diagramming stuff, but I think I have really benefited from taking the time to research Inkscape for my tutorial. I was able to create this diagram with some new things that I learned, and it was so much easier than what I had been doing before:


Here's a snapshot of my Inkscape screen. I've used an imported photo to draw on top of, layers to work each round individually, and guides to snap a point of rotation to the center of the diagram. All things I hope to share later on in my tutorial.


Now I just need to work on that fifth round, colorize my diagram, and add some numbers.

13 comments:

Madtatter80 said...

This is very beautiful and I have enjoyed tatting your patterns, they lay nicely and look so artistic too, thanks cant wait to try this one :)

Kathy Niklewicz said...

I just now realized that you have been posting this amazing tutorial series, and I'm so impressed with both this beautiful pattern and your tutorial. A few months ago I tried to do the 'overlay' of a photo with Publisher (latest version) , and have had some success, but the chains still give me headaches. I will be investigating this free Inkscape program ( compatible with Windows!) , as it seems to do the job nicely. I like the teardrop shape, too. I really appreciate your sharing all of this with us! That has to be a lot of work!

creativasuculencia said...

Wow! Your tutorial series is *really* valuable! I am a really vocal Inkscape fun, but I admit I do not use it anywhere near its full potential. I really look forwards to the layers, and rotation point snaps explanations!

creativasuculencia said...

*fan. Inkscape is fun, but I am a fan...

muskaan said...

Enticing, enticing , ....you are the ultimate enchantress , Robin ;-) !
Looking forward to both the coaster pattern (I like it as it is without a 5th row, but knowing you, you can really come up with a another gorgeously elegant finish), and the continuation of the Inkscape series.
I'm actually glad you are taking a break from the latter, coz that will give me time to practice & play around some more ;-) Too many things demanding my attention right now.
Hugs

Ninetta said...

I love this motif, it's charming. I've sometimes drawn onto photos, it helps me drawing only one sector, then grouping all, copy and rotate.

Carla said...

I love this motif.. It is wonderful!

Anonymous said...

It is helpful to see your process for designing. Thank you for sharing your tips and patterns.

Margarets designer cards said...

That is a beautiful motif and I love the way your colours run though the design,
Thank you for sharing your tips and how to knowledge.
Margaret

StringyDogs said...

Pacing oneself is a good idea. In the meantime, I am selfishly enjoying your products! The Inkscape tutorial is great. I took the design class, but one must keep using Inkscape and stay up to date. Your review helped me and I also learned from it.
What colors did you use in Rosaleen? I love them.

Robin Perfetti said...

Yep, that's what I do too. It's a real time saver to draw only one section and let the program do the rest for you :)

Robin Perfetti said...

Rosaleen is tatted in Lizbeth size 40, Green Coral Sea and White. It's a color idea I've shamelessly copied from Elena Koval :)

Robin Perfetti said...

Hi all, I'm glad to see that there are so many who are interested in learning about creating diagrams! I was afraid that I had been junking up my blog with boring tutorial posts. When it's all finished, I hope it will be a useful tool to get more people into diagramming...and designing :)