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14th-Jan-2005 10:00 am
I'm noticing as I get into the pattern-a-day desk calendar that a very large number of the patterns seem to be cheesy "let's see what we can do with Paint" images converted into cross stitch patterns. I'm tossing a minimum of three a week for such silliness. Yes, I realize that at that rate I'll still have approx 180 patterns by the end of the year, and I expected to toss quite a few patterns - but I *didn't* expect to toss them because they looked like something someone's kid did in Paint.

14th-Jan-2005 07:04 am (UTC)
Do you have the same calendar I do, I wonder? Mine is in a red box. A friend gave me the calendar as a gift and I LOVE it as a gift because it really is a perfect gift for me, but practically I don't think I'll use many if any of the patterns. What enrages me about them is how much "blank space" is filled in on the patterns with a solid color - e.g. it expects you to stitch an entire field of snow with white, rather than use white fabric, shaded areas, and backstitching to show where the snow is. I got the sense that nobody who actually STITCHED would make this calendar, because filling in big areas of solid colors like that is basically cross-stitch torture. The charts are also INCREDIBLY hard to read, especially the ones with a lot of confetti - no way can you tell all those tiny symbols apart when they're so close to each other. You'd have to enlarge them.
14th-Jan-2005 07:10 am (UTC)
Oh, yes, we've got the same one. Few of these are "real" patterns in my opinion; instead they just strike me as Paintshop doodles converted with Pattern Maker or the like. I can't imagine that the other pattern-a-day calendars (scrapbooking, knitting, etc) are that easy to fake your way through. And you're right; ain't no way (if you'll pardon the expression0 a real stitcher would fill in a solid-color background on that kind of scale with stitching. Definitely a computer program conversion.
14th-Jan-2005 09:08 am (UTC)
because filling in big areas of solid colors like that is basically cross-stitch torture

Oh! I agree! I looked at the pattern for today and said, no, no, they can't expect someone to stitch a white background - and lo and behold, they do!

While I like some of the patterns, I don't really see how some of them are practical; I mean, some of the designs are pretty, but... I wouldn't know what to stitch them on or for what!
14th-Jan-2005 07:32 am (UTC)
My mom has the quilting one and she's not impressed either. The first quilt was repeated the next week just against white instead of black and they're rather ugly. The first quilt was so insanely difficult that no one would ever make it.
14th-Jan-2005 10:21 am (UTC)
I had last year's calander and felt the same way. I've kept about 25 of the patterns as ones I may do *sometime*.
14th-Jan-2005 10:27 am (UTC)
At least this year's calendar has an easier symbol/color key. Last year's, with that "match the color" card? Blargh!

But yeah... some of them appear to be scanned images. I've tried that myself - take, say, an LJ icon and put it through PC Stitch - and oh, man, does it look like that. I'm sure the final image looks wonderful, at least on some of them, but I'd fry my eyeballs trying to stitch it.

OTOH, I'm getting these either deeply discounted or for free (as gifts), so it's kinda hard to complain if I manage to get a few good ones out of it. ;)
14th-Jan-2005 01:35 pm (UTC)
I have that calendar too. Or at least I had it. I got irritated with the designs, sorted through the entire year and saved the ten patterns I thought I might do. I justified even keeping those few with, "They don't take up much space."

I want the dog calendar next year... :)
14th-Jan-2005 01:55 pm (UTC)
When I picked up that pattern a day desk calendar, I admit I was really disappointed with the patterns this year. Some of them were the same as last year, I kid you not. And some of them were just too obvious. Ie they had two patterns that were the exactly the same but different colors - such as It's a boy / girl. I think any genius can figure out how to change / swap colors without being told.

So nonetheless, I throw out the ones I don't care for or will use.
15th-Jan-2005 05:41 pm (UTC)
I know it's cynical, but I did/do expect such inferior quality from all of the craft-a-day calendars. I had the Origami a couple years ago--ho hum! I figured I'd either be disappointed w/the x-stitch or be overwhelmed by patterns I don't have time to do, lol. I had the same suspicions about quilting, knitting and scrapbooking (not that I do any of those three, I was just skeptical}.

I got Kirigami this year, and I'm glad. It's better than many books I've seen on kirigami, and I'm sorry I've used the provided paper to make the projects each day b/c now I don't have patterns. >shrug< Whatcha gonna do? It's fun, and that's why I bought it.

The Watercolor and Calligraphy page-a-days were intriguing.
16th-Jan-2005 10:59 pm (UTC)
wow and to think I almost bought it.
I'm thinking I like my harry potter one much much better :)
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