Tag Archives | Pattern Making

Moving Elements With GIMP

It’s been awhile since I put one of these tutorial videos together, so I thought I’d do a quick pattern tip video. Docupton on Scroll Saw Village shared a portrait pattern he was working on using GIMP. He did an amazing job on it and really captured his subject matter. The only comment I had was the amount of space between the girl and boy. Naturally, he was working from a photo and didn’t have any control over the composition. But in this video, I demonstrate an easy way to close that gap between the two subjects to create a stronger composition.

If you’d like to learn how to make your own scroll saw portrait patterns using the free program GIMP, there is a free class at Scroll Saw Village.

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How To Design Scroll Saw Patterns

Awhile back, I created a classroom series on how to design your own scroll saw patterns using GIMP and Inkscape. This class was freely available on Scroll Saw Village in the Village University forum. It included a video tutorial along with written instructions.

Recently, I started working on a new website; How To Design Scroll Saw Patterns (http://www.designingscrollsawpatterns.com). Quite honestly, its the exact same information as provided in the Village University. So why create a new website? There’s a couple reasons:

  • First, I wanted a more pleasant presentation of this information (I wanted it to look pretty ;)). You’ll find the layout much easier to read and view the videos. The illustrations in the written instructions are also easier to see. I think the navigation is much easier too, moving from one lesson to the next.
  • Second is for search engine purposes. While the lessons in the Scroll Saw Village do show up in search results, this new site is better optimized for search engines. Hopefully this will make the information a bit more visible. At the end of the day, I really want people to find these lessons and learn to create their own patterns. I think it adds a whole new dimension to the scroll sawing hobby. I’m proud of these lessons, and I want to share it with as many people as possible.

I added a couple new features to the new website. At the top of each lesson, I’ve added links for you to download the actual video file. I get a lot of requests for this option, and I find it easier to provide a link rather than explain how to do it. I also have a link to the written instructions in PDF format for you to download. Many people find it easier to print the instructions and follow along with a hard copy.

Just to be clear, the information in the Village University will remain there. I’m not closing that section down. All classroom discussions and questions from How To Design Scroll Saw Patterns will still be directed to the Village University forum.  The new website is only there for concise reading.

So there you have it. The new website. If you have your own website, feel free to link to http://www.designingscrollsawpatterns.com (It would be much appreciated). If you know anybody who wants to learn to make their own patterns, please direct them there too.

Enjoy the new website!

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Mini-Clock Contest

Daylight Savings is right around the corner, so what better way to celebrate warmer weather ahead than to have a Mini-Clock contest?  We need something to set forward on March 14th, right?  Cut or design a mini-clock and be entered to win a copy of Miniature Wooden Clock for the Scroll Saw, by Rick Longabaugh.  If you’re a pattern designer, I have made available a Mini-Clock Template for Inkscape.  The template is free, but the design is up to you!  If you’d like to learn how to use Inkscape to make mini-clocks, you can check out this video tutorial.

The contest is being held by Scroll Saw Village.  Details for the Mini-Clock Challenge can be found here.  Good luck.  But more importantly, have fun!

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Making Scroll Saw Patterns With Inkscape DVD

Inkscape_nowavailableThe free online class on how to create scroll saw patterns with Inkscape is now available on DVD! This is the exact same series that you can download (and participate in) for free at Scroll Saw Village. So why offer it on DVD? Some folks have trouble downloading video because of dial-up issues. Others wish to have the convenience of learning in the comfort of their living room. Either way, we made the class available on DVD and CD. You’ll get 2 DVD’s with all of the video instructions and demonstrations. You’ll also receive 1 CD that includes PDFs of the written instructions plus the example images/illustrations used in the class. This 3 disk set has nearly 3.5 hours of video instruction, plus convenient written instructions. Perfect for beginner to advanced pattern designers. All this for only $12 (which includes shipping)! What a deal! Not only are you getting great information, you’re also helping to support SSG and future podcasts! Doesn’t that make you feel good? We’re also offering a bunlded package that includes the Inkscape Class and the GIMP class.  So if you want a copy of this amazing class, be sure to check out our DVD page and order yours now!

Note: This offer is good for US Residents.  Outside of the US, please contact me for more information.  This is presented in NTSC and on DVD-R format.  Some older DVD players may not play DVD-R formatted disks.


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Making Scroll Saw Patterns with Inkscape – L8

Welcome to the very last lesson in our free online class on how to use Inkscape to make your own scroll saw patterns.   This time, we demonstrate how to use the tools we learned up to this point to create an elk mini-clock.  The clock takes a standard 1 7/16″ mini-clock insert.  You can find these inserts online or at some local craft stores.  This lesson is a bit long, but you’ll see the entire process as we create this really neat desk clock.  You can find the finished pattern here.

You can find this lesson and others at Scroll Saw Village in the Village University forum.  You’ll find videos, written instruction, downloadable source material, and classroom discussion where you can have all your questions answered.  Be sure to stop by and check it out.

I hope you guys enjoyed this class and learned a thing or two. Inkscape isn’t a hard program to learn, it just takes a little practice (just like anything else). The possibilities are endless with this program and you can come up with unique designs that nobody else has. I hope you choose to share your talent with the rest of us and upload some of your creations to the Pattern Library. Scrollers are very appreciative of pattern designers. Plus, its a huge thrill when you see someone cut one of your patterns. I can’t wait to see what y’all will come up with. Anyway, on with the show!

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Making Scroll Saw Patterns with Inkscape – L7

Welcome to Lesson 7 of our 8 part series as we learn to use Inkscape to make our own scroll saw patterns. This time we’re taking everything we have learned up to this point and applying it to design a trinket/potpourri box. This video moves fairly fast and I don’t spend much time teaching you how to use the tools. But everything that I have done in the video (with exception to the Dynamic Offset tool) have already been covered in previous lessons. So if you run into problems, be sure to review the previous lessons.
If you’d like to download the Dingbat font that I used in this design, you can find it at  Dafont.com. If you’d like a copy of the pattern designed in this demonstration, you can find that here.

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Making Scroll Saw Patterns with Inkscape – L6

This is lesson 6 of our 8 part series as we learn to use Inkscape to create our own scroll saw patterns.  This lesson, we learn to use the text tool.  Whether you’re wanting to create word art, or simply sign your patterns, we’ll show  you how to gain control over your text. This is a pretty quick lesson, but you should walk away with a good feel for what you can accomplish with the text tool.  Be sure to stop by the Village University forum at Scroll Saw Village to find the written instruction, as well as classroom discussion where you can have your questions answered.  On with the show!
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