Confessions of a hard, hard teacher.I used to make my students draw. Having said that, I don’t have three heads, really! Or keepsmall children chained under the stairs. I know drawing is hard. But it's worthy.There’s a magical thing that happens when people draw. Mostly, they learn that they can. Welive with instant expectations and hard requirements for ourselves. Everything is worth doingbadly. Drawing is no exception. If you want to do it well, you need to gently sit down to a spacein time where you’re going to fardle around doing it not so well. If you can give yourself thattime, you can do it. Someday, as you are drawing something you think is pretty bad, you’ll
ndit’s actually quite good. Please give yourself that present of time, courtesy and space, some day.But today may not be that day. Classroom with all its excitement and angst tends not to be thatday. I started bringing in a few patterns for students to jump start them. I’d show them how todraw, but the patterns were there. It wasn’t long before I realized that they weren’t there in aone day class to learn to draw. They wanted to jump straight in to their embroidery. And who wouldn’t? They grabbed those patterns! With that in mind, I’ve dropped the drawing tutorial from everything but my most advancedclasses. And I offer patterns to students so that they can get on with the magic of stitching.How can you use these patterns? Trace or print them onto the stabilizer of your choice. They work as well for bobbin work as for full thread painting and fully shaded thread sketching. They can be reversed, sized, or distorted. You can even add dragon
y and butter
y wings. Since they are taken from quilts of mine, I ask you not to use them commerically. You are completely wel-come to use them for your home, for classroom, for your personal work. Please don’t use themon a piece you intend to sell or put into a moneyed contest.
The Pattern Principle