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Create Custom Stitch Designs Tutorial – Part 3

Create Custom Stitch Designs Tutorial – Part 3

This tutorial continues to build upon the skills learned in Parts 1 and 2 so you can create your own custom designs.

To summarize, those tutorials took a basic 3 stitch pattern and copied, flipped and/or rotated the design to create new, larger, better stitch designs.

This tutorial expands upon those principles by adding to, or deleting, parts of the design.

Start With A Basic Design

In this case, I started with an empty circle. Then I began adding and modifying the circle in different ways. As I began to create different shape patterns based upon the empty circle, I discovered I was starting to make what looked like teddy bear eyes!

Expand On The Modified Design

Then I began to expand on the eye patterns to see how they could be modified to make different types of faces.

As I expanded on the face patterns, I discovered a few potential body designs.

I did not set out to design teddy bear faces or bodies. I was not looking to create anything in particular. I was just ‘doodling’ with graph paper and some colored pencils to see what I could come up with based upon a simple circle. I was pleasantly surprised with these results.

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Now Its YOUR Turn

1. Grab some graph paper and colored pencils. You can print out free blank graph paper at our Free Resources page. You can also do a Google search for free graph paper templates.

2. Take a small shape or pattern – no more than 3 or 4 stitches, then begin to apply some of the techniques you have learned in this three part tutorial. See how many different designs you can come up with for just that small shape or pattern.

Check out the StitchMeKnot Tutorial Library of some very basic stitch patterns for you to experiment with.

3. CONGRATULATIONS!!! You have just created your very first custom designs.

In Conclusion

I hope this tutorial series Create Custom Stitch Designs was helpful and motivates you to have confidence in your ability to create your own custom stitch designs.

If you have ideas and/or suggestions for additional tutorials, or have a question about this tutorial series, please contact me by e-mail. I am very interested to know how I may be able to help you create your own custom stitch pattern designs. Thank you.

Create Custom Stitch Designs Tutorial – Part 2

Create Custom Stitch Designs Tutorial – Part 2

This tutorial shows you how to take your 3 stitch design and using the skills you learned in Part 1, to build better designs. All the designs below are based upon the same 3 stitch pattern we used in Part 1.

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Flip, Copy And Repeat

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Flip, Copy And Repeat The New Stitch Design

We can take these new patterns and apply the lessons we learned in Part 1 to make new interesting designs. For example, using the last design pattern above we can create the following:

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Invert Stitches and White Space

These next few patterns show how you can invert the stitches and white space.

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Putting It All Together

Now let’s use a new pattern as a building block to create a repeating decorative design.

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Again, using the skills we learned in Part 1, we can further build upon our designs to create a frame or a border.

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Continue to Build Upon Your Design

We can further build upon these newly created stitch patterns.

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Now YOU Can Create Custom Stitch Designs

You now have the skills needed to take a simple 2 or 3 stitch pattern to create your own truly awesome custom stitch designs. If you need a little more inspiration, look at the examples in part 3 of our Create Custom Stitch Designs Tutorial.

Create Custom Stitch Designs Tutorial – Part 1

Create Custom Stitch Designs Tutorial – Part 1

This is part 1 of a 3 part tutorial to teach you to create custom stitch designs of your own.  We by starting with a simple 2 or 3 stitch design.

Start With A Small Basic Sesign

Take a very simple stitch pattern from the StitchMeKnot Tutorial Library and create a new and different custom design or pattern.

For example, I am using a simple three stitch design.

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Copy, Flip, and/or Rotate

Now just copy, flip and/or rotate the design in such a way as to come up with a new stitch pattern.

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Repeats with No Added White Space

Using the same three stitch design, we can turn and/or flip it a few times to create yet another new design.

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Superimposed Common Areas

Take the same design above, and superimpose the common areas of the stitch pattern.

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Add Extra Space Between Design Elements

Or you can create extra space between the flipped repeats.

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Are You Ready to Create Custom Stitch Designs?

In Parts 2 and 3 of this tutorial, I will show you how to take these new designs and use them as building blocks to make even better custom stitch designs. You are only limited by your own imagination.

Commission Your Custom Stitch Designs

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StitchMeKnot Creations creates custom stitch designs, charts and graphs. They can also be used in other grid based crafts like filet crochet.

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If you have an idea for a cross stitch chart or filet crochet pattern that you would like to special order, please do contact me at the email address listed below.

Custom Fit Sewing Patterns

Soon, I hope to offer you personalized custom fit sewing patterns tailored to your specific measurements. If you would be interested in this service, please contact me at the email listed below with the type of garment you are interested in making.

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If you would like to special order a custom designed pattern, chart or graph, please contact me by e-mail and I will be happy to see what I can do for you.

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