2.19.2016

Pattern Organisation

A week or so ago I was updating my pattern reference folder and posted a picture of it on A Little Lime's Facebook page. I had a few questions so I thought it was time for an updated post on my pattern keeping process.

Firstly, the system I used was inspired by this post on Sandy Hunter's blog: Tanglebucket - it's great and I've been using it since 2012.

I tend to work in my pattern folder for a number of different reasons I might not be feeling all that creative and inspired, don't have a lot of spare time, or I want to draw something that I don't have to think about too much.

When it comes to my drawings, I mostly focus on doing my own thing and don't see a lot of new patterns on the web unless I go and seek them out. To do this I usually go to Tangle Harmony and Tanglepatterns to check out what's new.

I don't add every pattern to my folder, only the ones that I like, think that I will use or want to keep a reference of for whatever reason. For instance I'm a bit creeped out by patterns that look like they have tentacles, or eyes. haha. I don't know why, but that's a true story :)

O.k., so once I've found a pattern/s that I want to include, what next? Usually I'll just make a quick sketch of the pattern and slip it in roughly the correct place in the folder.



If I have enough time (or inclination) I may at that time create a more detailed, shaded copy of the pattern.


As I want to be able to know how to draw a pattern just by looking at the tile, for some I'll include partially complete sections and/or variations.

I have lots of sketches of patterns in the folder that haven't had their final "good" copy completed (there's only so much time in the day, right?), so every once in a while I'll go through the folder, starting at the beginning, and put the tiles in alphabetical order and make a finished copy of the sketched patterns. I also curate the folder at this time getting rid of any patterns that I no longer want for whatever reason.


Working on the pattern folder is a great warm up exercise for me on those days I'm feeling a bit low on inspiration -  usually don't get very far into it before this routine task kicks my creative spark into gear and I'm off drawing something that excites me :)

Some notes:
  • I use 2" square tiles, I cut them out of sheets of white card and sometimes round the corners of the tile with a punch if I remember :)
  • I bought the coin holder sleeves on eBay.
  • Alphabetical order works best for me as if I try to put the patterns into categories it gets too confusing - patterns often cross into several categories.
  • This is the system that I like the best, it's quick and easy to update and always available at my desk for referencing.
  • I don't try and keep a copy of every pattern in existence - some I just know I'll never use and others don't fit into my self-imposed pattern parameters :)

You can see my other "pattern organisation" posts here including the previous ones on this very system.

Have an amazing day!
hx

5 comments:

  1. Thank you for this Helen! (and Sandy for the original inspiration!) I loved your organisational tips using Evernote and now this is a great one to carry around when disconnected from technology! I have been developing pattern step out folders (definitely alphabetical) and one of those crazy people who just love collecting all the patterns! I do quickly see which ones I am likely to gravitate toward and use going forward after finishing the Step Out page - so now I think the ones I have enjoyed drawing will be put on a 2"x 2" card and put into this type of folder - a coin holder sleeve - of course!!! - ideal!! Your ideas are going a long way toward helping me slowly get control of my huge collection - thank you!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. You're welcome, Lynne :) Good luck with your organising!! h

      Delete
  2. Oh, this is similar to my pages of patterns that I went crazy on a while back, when I was in a creative slump. Mine are made on inchies, which I then tacked to the one inch template from (somewhere) and put in page sleeves in my tangle looseleaf.

    Some time I am going to emulate LezlieB, who has a tangle library, with each pattern on an ATC, with the step outs on the back of the card. They fit in standard baseball card sleeves. It's a terrific resource. Now I'm getting motivated!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Sounds like another great system, Heidi Sue :)

      Delete
  3. can't tell you how excited it made me to see All Boxed Up in your post :D thanks for liking my pattern! haha! i feel accomplished. i really like sandy's way of organizing. i used this system for awhile, i have tried so many. i guess it might be time to catch things back up again. thanks, helen!

    ReplyDelete

I love hearing from you :)