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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.


Crochet Stitch Diagrams Using Open Office part 1 September 24, 2009

Filed under: Uncategorized — Lindsey Stephens @ 11:23 am
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Crochet stitch diagrams are fantastic, but creating them (especially professional looking ones) can give designers major headaches. Many professionals will use Adobe Illustrator. Illustrator is an expensive program and that tends to discourage a lot of newer designers. I have had success using Open Office Draw. While Draw may not have all the bells and whistles of Illustrator, it has worked just fine for me. Besides, it’s free.

To create the stitch symbols you have two choices: draw them each yourself or use a crochet stitch font as a basis. (Ok the third choice is to pay someone else to do it, but I’m assuming you are reading this because you want to learn how to do it yourself).  I’ve used StitchinCrochet with great results and the $3 price tag makes it a no-brainer.

Over the next few posts I’ll show you how to make stitch diagrams in Draw using both the drawing tools and the crochet font. Stay tuned.