How to create a pattern – Part 10: The scale of your step-out and how to submit your pattern

When we add patterns to the website, sometimes the size/scale of the step-out is a big problem!

A step-out is not artwork. Delicate lines cannot be seen properly!

The best is to scale up the nib size of your pen! Linework that has been drawn with a 0.1 nib will hardly be visible after taking a photo or a scan. I highly recommend that you move up to a 0.3 or even a 0.8 nib and draw at a larger scale! Before I had my iPad, I used the Stabilo pens for drawing my steps on paper. The standard nib size on these is 0.4 – you get them in black, green, and red! Most stationery shops sell them individually.

Stabilo

The standard grid paper usually has 5 squares per inch.  Below is an example to demonstrate how difficult it will be to see the step-out when the scale of your drawing is too small. In the second line, I made the first X of the pattern across 2 squares of the grid. The shapes can now be identified much easier!

Grid Example 1

Here you can see the first 4 steps of the step-out on standard grid paper:

Grid Example 2

NO! You cannot submit a step-out on grid paper!

But you can print your own grid paper and place this under your plain paper and use this as a guide!

Your step-out should be submitted like this: On plain white paper!

Grid Example 3

To draw a step-out every tool that can help to provide neat looking lines can and should be used! As you can see, I do not require a ruler to draw a straight line. But there is nothing wrong with using a ruler on a step-out! If you have shapes that are a bit tricky to draw, sketch them in pencil and then trace over the lines with your pen. Please do not forget to erase the pencil lines though!

Ensure that you submit the best possible linework that you can produce! Take your time! Practice the shapes on scrap paper first. And don’t worry if you mess up a few times. We all have been there! I have drawn step-outs 5 times before I was happy with the result. You are not alone and you are not the only one! But practice makes perfect!

Before I start on the actual step-out, I draw the pattern at least 5 times to get a feel for the shapes. I call this my ‘warm-up’. You will see that after drawing the pattern so often, it will be much easier to produce a nice step-out. It’s not a job that can be rushed!

And for anyone that has tried over and over again and just cannot get each step to look like the previous one, here is a secret (psssst, don’t tell!). Take the best drawings from the page where you practiced the pattern. Place this underneath your plain white paper. Now draw the step-out by tracing over your design for each step. This way, all hearts or drops, and even spirals and circles will look the same across the page 🙂

 


How do I submit my pattern?

Option 1 (preferred option!):

  • Write your name and the pattern name on the page.
  • Scan the page at 300 dpi and save as .jpg
  • When you scan artwork, place plain white paper over the tile before scanning.
  • Do not crop or modify the scans in any way! Every time you modify and save the file, quality is lost!
  • Attach all files to an email and send to nicki @ pattern-collections .com
  • If your pattern has not been published within a week and you have not heard back from us, send a reminder! But please do wait a week. We publish a maximum of 3 patterns per day. Yours might be in the queue.

Option 2 (only if you do not own a scanner!)

  • You need to take a photo in daylight.
  • Find a bright, but shaded area.
  • Write your name and the pattern name on the page.
  • Place your step-out or artwork on a white background.
  • Take a photo at high resolution (300 dpi) and if possible, select .jpg as the file format. (.png is also acceptable)
  • Check the photo. Does it look too dark or too bright? Find a new location and take another picture.
  • Send all pictures – also the ones that are too bright or too dark!
  • Do not try to modify the photos yourself. No cropping, no adjusting. Send as is! Every time a photo is modified, quality may be lost!
  • Attach all files to an email and send to nicki @ pattern-collections .com
  • If your pattern has not been published within a week and you have not heard back from us, send a reminder! But please do wait a week. We publish a maximum of 3 patterns per day. Yours might be in the queue.

Sorry, that was another boring post. But I have been writing this in emails at least twice a day this week. In future, I can just refer everyone back to this page 🙂

Tomorrow we will have a bit of fun with our base pattern! So this is something to look forward to 🙂

Hugs,
Ina

How to create a pattern – Part 11: Circular Grid Patterns

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