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Finding Patterns

October 7, 2008

Ive been working on a basic embossing video, but so far I am not happy with how it came out. I will work on this more during the week.

In the meantime, lets look at where to find patterns, including the free kind.

There are numerous designers, and the magazines Parchment Craft and Pergamano World feature several patterns in their magazine. They will also feature new and upcoming designers. As an added feature, both of these sites have free patterns available to download.

Pergamano has a number of instruction books, pattern books, and magazines that have some lovely patterns.

Then, many of the designers have their own websites with patterns to buy and some have free patterns available.

Here are a few designers websites (in no particular order):

Julie Roces

JackieX

Dorothy Holness

Hiska Wittenaar

Pauline Loweth

Christine Coleman

Anneke Oostmeijer

Kanniker Sukseree

Alison Yeates

June Owen

Claire Victory

Judith Maslen

Aileen Childs

You are not limited to using a designers patters. Dover publications has numerous books and even free samples that translate beautifully onto parchment. There are other pattern books, in just about any style you can imagine that are very usable. Here is a dragon heart I did not too long ago, which came from a book of dragon patterns. The pattern itself was just a lined drawing of one side of the dragon. I printed out a mirror image, and when I did the coloring, did two dragons making up the heart.

There are literally zillions of free clip art found on the internet that also work well for a themed pattern. Sometimes, depending on a specific technique, you can find non-parchment patterns that will work wonderfully on parchment, such as this Stained Glass patterns site.

I believe I got this carousel horse pattern from another stained glass pattern site, but you can see how these patterns work well in parchment craft.

One of the wonderful aspects of parchment crafting is the versatility — not just in the techniques of embossing, perforating and coloring, but also in style.

As my teacher Nelly has said — Follow your heart.

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5 Comments
  1. Carolyn permalink
    October 12, 2008 8:46 pm

    Your site is wonderful C, I wish it was around when I was just starting to learn, it is very informative and easy to understand. I have learned some things today which will make my parching life easier:) An invaluable asset to anyone who is doing this beautiful art form. Carolyn

  2. October 12, 2008 9:32 pm

    Thanks so much, Carolyn.
    I hope you come back often, as more posts get added. 🙂

  3. October 13, 2008 8:33 am

    Hi Chiara!
    Wonderful site!
    I wanted to suggest you to add Adele Miller patterns. Her web site is:
    Big hug
    Dorita

  4. October 13, 2008 6:46 pm

    Hi Dorita! You left out the url?

    I see that I’ll be doing several posts on finding patters in the future, so that we can get as many designers out there on the list as possible. I’d love to have the most comprehensive list of designers.

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