Heart & Comfort Crochet

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Crochet Stitch Diagrams Using Open Office Part II October 7, 2009

Filed under: Uncategorized — Lindsey Stephens @ 10:22 am
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So your first decision is whether to use a crochet symbol font or create your own.

Font Pros:

1. Has a finished look with curved edges instead of squared ones

2. Takes less than a minute to type the symbols you need

Font Cons:

1. Costs money (although not necessarily a lot)

2. Font symbols must be converted to individual objects . This is only a con if you’ve never done this before and have no clue how to – in which case look forward to part III of this series.

Do-It-Yourself Pros:

1. A HUGE sense of accomplishment

2. You can save every symbol you create in a file to create your own stitch library – professional tech editors maintain a file with their own personal stitch symbol library so they don’t have to redraw everything all the time.

Do-It-Yourself Cons:

1. The learning curve – unless you are already proficient with programs like illustrator or draw, it is going to take you a while to get the hang of things. You CAN curve the edges of your symbols to give them a more finished look – it just may take you a while to figure out which of the ten billion dialogue boxes lets you do that.

As a final thought: Check any fine print associated with the font. If the font designer requests you credit them on anything you produce with their font, then do so. In fact, send them an e-mail showing them where you used their font and credited it. It’s a nice thing to do.


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