Pattern Maker Pro by HobbyWare

by brae  

For Christmas, mom gave me Pattern Maker Pro by HobbyWare.  Previously, I had been charting simple designs in Excel using tiny cells filled with color.  While Excel had its appeal in ease of repeating patterns and printing options, it was also limited in changing colors universally and flipping designs any which way.  Since I am new to the Pattern Maker software, I thought it might be easier to work from an existing chart as a first trial.  I did read through the manual to familiarize myself with the button icons and the basic functions, but sometimes it's best to just dive in! :]

I found a needlework image on Pinterest and tracked it back to a Russian website then finally to a book on Ukrainian embroidery.  I think the gal charted her version from a photo in the book.  I don't speak (or read) the language, so I am not sure what the caption indicates as far as origin.

I changed the colors and made some minor modifications to the design.  I was able to do this chart in an evening.  On 32ct fabric, the rug will be approximately 7.5" square.  I will do some test patches using the colors I chose based on what I saw on the monitor to make sure they work together.  I do love the ease of changing colors universally in the Pattern Maker software.

Now, to finish up the foxes.  :D


Comment from: Shelly N [Visitor]  
It is absolutely gorgeous. I love the colors
04/02/16 @ 07:53
Comment from: BunnyD [Visitor]
Love the design! Not a big fan of purple here but I'm sure if it's what you choose, it will be perfect for where it's going.
04/02/16 @ 08:58
Comment from: Susi [Visitor]
This looks great! I love the design and bet it is really fun to try out things and new combinations. I can't imagine how time consuming it must have been to work with excel. What a great gift from your mom!
04/02/16 @ 14:08
Comment from: Cynthia [Visitor]
Holy Moly! that looks intricate. It is a beautiful pattern. I especially like the horses.
04/02/16 @ 16:13

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