A wonderful organized pattern collection is simple to achieve. Never lose an arm again or wonder, “Where is that pattern?” or “What bear is this for?”
Collecting patterns is something we all do from time to time, and it’s important to keep them all-safe. Here are a few simple tips:
Create a file for your patterns. This is a good way to save your master copy. Make sure everything is intact and that the bear (or friend’s) name, along with a photo of the finished piece, is included. Save them safely in a plastic sleeve inside a file.
Use template plastic for patterns you intend to make more than once. This way you will be able to trace time and time again without any damage to the edges of the pattern. These come in many colors, allowing you to easily separate pieces from two patterns with ease.
Recycle heavy cardboard boxes to trace out your patterns.
Always clearly mark each pattern piece with the name of the bear and the designer — many bears have been called “Ted.”
Store each pattern in a plastic bag along with a photo of the finished bear. Use those cute plastic files with name tabs — they come in many sizes and fit neatly in a box that you can flip through.
Follow these steps and bear makers everywhere will be envious of your pattern collection.
Australian bear artist Helen Gleeson runs Bare Cub Designs, where she offers her own creations as well as patterns and bear-making tutorials. She also runs the website Easy Artspace, which aims to help artists start their own businesses. E-mail your questions and topic suggestions for this blog to her at [email protected].