Emma: Rethinking the pattern

New centre for Emma
Back to the beginning with the Emma pattern

I like to get away from a new pattern for a while and then come back to it to see if it still works. I did this with my pattern Emma… and it doesn’t work for me anymore.

From the works of other Etsy shop owners, the patterns that appeal the most to me are the ones that are full of air. They have simple but lovely pattern and lots of space between elements.

Emma was feeling cramped and breathless.

So it’s back to the drawing board for Emma. Starting with a more relaxed centre.

Diane: The design problem

Diane Pattern Initial Design
Initial design for tatted snowflake Diane.

Last year I worked on a new snowflake pattern I called Diane. The image shows an example of how it turned out. I’m not happy with the pattern.

The problems with Diane are:

  1. There is a plastic ring in the center of the design. So we have a lovely traditional Edwardian or Victorian doily… with a piece of plastic in the center of it… it’s a bit of anachronism that bothers me.
  2. It is too big – which makes it a bit clunky. It is about 11cm (4 1/4 inches) in diameter. It has to be this big because of the plastic ring in the center.

So I am on a mission to rid the design of the plastic core.