I hope you guys are keeping warm if like me, you’re tying down your roof for the rough winter weather we’re about to experience. My pooch is not loving this weather at all!
As you might know, I design my own patterns but I’m still a totally newbie when it comes to this, and I don’t claim to know much about it at all. However, I posted about designing patterns on Microsoft Excel way back when (have a squiz here to see), and Ellen’s post identifies another way to design your own.
Microsoft Excel definitely has it’s merits.
First off, it’s free .. so that’s fantastic. If you’ve only just started out designing your own patterns, I think a free software is fantastic just so you don’t have to take the financial plunge if you’re not 100% into designing your own.
Secondly, it’s simple to design your own on Excel, and you can get rid of any mistakes quickly and easily. You can ensure your patterns prints on one page if you’ve got fantastic eyesight, or you can blow it up to print on a few pages if you want to see it a little larger.
Ellen’s post though links us to a website offering free graph paper, so you can colour in your squares with different pens etc. I haven’t designed a pattern this way just yet, but I’m definitely going to give it a shot. I love that you can change the aida count so you get an exact idea of how big your pattern will be.
So I just wanted to share this with you guys in case designing patterns on paper works better for you than designing on a software program.