Adventures (and struggles) in pattern publishing

Hello, friends. I am often asked by fellow weaving enthusiasts about whether I sell my weaving designs. I’ve been doing this weaving gig for a number of years now (read: DECADES) and have quite a little library accumulated of designs that I have made. There are many designs that I’d like to share, but there are hurdles to clear! Honestly, many of my designs are scribbled in a small wirebound notebook in pencil and feature hand-drawn charts, lots of “?” and “*” notations and other general nonsense. Here is a gem from June of 2010:

Handdrawn weaving draft
Kate’s just-about-falling-apart weaving journal

In order to make these designs available for instant download and purchase, I’ve been spending time lately learning more about what we older people used to call “desktop publishing.” (Is this even a “thing” anymore?). I’ve been monkeying around with fonts, shapes, text boxes, and photos. And then there is a matter of actually making sure that written directions are clear and complete and free of terms like “rust-ish?” and “NO!”

Snappy Scarf Edit
work in progress….

I kid you not, this photo ^^ entailed a lot of tap dancing between toggling back and forth between picture files, the “Paint” program, and my free-but-sometimes-feeble photo editor. So it is good to challenge oneself, but my goodness, ironing out the details of these designs will be a slow process as I want the content to be accurate, easy to follow, and visually pleasing. I’ve never sold anything either at a show or a gallery or my Etsy shop unless I was 100% pleased with the final result and presentation, and I don’t plan to turn away from this approach with my pattern offerings, either. So I beg patience!

In the meantime, I am working on a custom piece for a client in California:

Navy and ivory on loom

This is “Chariot Wheel” in navy and ivory. I really like the navy. I did a couple of tests on the yarn itself and on a sample piece of cloth to verify that it is colorfast, and everything behaved properly, which is always nice.

Time to get back to the bench.

Be well,

Kate K.

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