Do you design your own crafts?

United States
June 26, 2008 10:45pm CST
Do you like to come up with your own design when you craft or do you follow a book or pattern? I do both. For complex things I like to start with a pattern and then alter it until I have an end result that I love. And sometimes I'll just get an idea in my mind for something and just go at it blind. Right now I'm coming up for some designs for a new shop and it's been a fun process.
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@vera5d (4006)
• United States
27 Jun 08
I don't have the time to do many crafts anymore (not to mention the hands of my helpers aka children) but usually I like to make my own things. I might use something as inspiration but I like knowing that I made something on my own :)
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@lrglara (1347)
• Philippines
25 Jul 08
i make my own patterns (for cross-stitching). if i see a beautiful picture that i want to display, then i make a pattern for it. if i get a chance, i'll start cross-stitching. but for now, i just make patterns. don't have time for cross-stitching! :(
• United States
1 Jul 08
I take a pattern and change it up a notch. I think that it looks better that way. I also cover up my mistakes that way if I make any.
@freedomg (1684)
• United States
30 Jun 08
For 90% of my crafts I make up my own design. If I do follow a pattern from some where I'm not really happy until I've put my own spin on it.
@cyberfluf (5005)
• Netherlands
30 Jun 08
It depends on what I'm making. Mostly I like to use a pattern as a guideline but add personal attachments along the way that make the craft unique en really 'me'. However, if I am going for something I would like to be exact than I'm not adding in my own personal style. For example when trying to make a plush of a cartoon character; I just want it to look as close to the real thing as possible :)
• United States
29 Jun 08
If it's something I'm not familiar with ,then I like to start with a pattern. After doing that a few times, I'll start to branch out on my own. So, I guess it all depends on what I'm making and if it's new to me or not.
• Philippines
29 Jun 08
I do some crossstitching and I have to say that I follow patterns to work on. I don't really modify it nor alter it, so the whole project is dependent on the pattern. Now that you've mentioned it, I think it would be good for me to modify it a bit just to let out my creativity. I also create my own bracelets from beads and for this, I let my creativity flow. When I was just beginning, I look for patterns from magazines or from the bracelets that I saw from the stores. I ended up altering the designs because I can't really copy what I've seen. Not to mention the fact that I only have my own beads and materials to work it. So far I am satisfied with my own products!
• United States
28 Jun 08
Harry Potter Tissue Box Cover - My original plastic canvas tissue box cover with a Harry Potter design.
I have followed patterns however I have a tendency to do my own thing. Just like with recipes. I believe that patterns are a guideline and that one should put their own bit of creativity into the project. Sometimes I change colors or stitches. One craft I have been doing for more years that I can almost count is plastic canvas. And I do design my own patterns with plastic canvas.
• United States
28 Jun 08
When I first started petting together native American crafts, I would look at books to get an idea how to put them together. Now I just go by what I think will work, and it usually does. One of my original ideas was (and still is) to put together a dream catcher using sharks jaws as the outer "circle". When I go to Pow Wows as I usually go to the trade blanket and trade some of the things that I will probably never use for things that I think that I can use in my crafts. Some of these things have wound up in very novel items.
• Hong Kong
27 Jun 08
Yea, sometimes when I feel that I am really creative, I would design my own craft and DIY. But most of the time I would feel that I am too tired to do that. Well, I admit that my creativity is diminishing! I guess I really have to stop work to be creative.
• United States
27 Jun 08
For my crochet projects, I use a pattern. But for my baby blankets and booties, I have my own "recipe" that I cooked up based on others. It's lots of fun and can be done with ease while I'm watching TV.
@pyewacket (44036)
• United States
27 Jun 08
Swift Bear...The Native American Bear I Make Up - image of my Teddy Bear I designed
Most of my craft ideas are purely from my imagination and mind...I don't even bother drawing out designs but make it up as I go along...of course I have my "prototypes"--that is my early "editions" of designs that I improve on as time goes on...like my Native American themed teddy bear..He's gone through a lot of "reincarnations" until I came up with the final design...have a photo of him here.
@saundyl (9690)
• Canada
27 Jun 08
I usually use a pattern for knitting - now with things i make often i remember the pattern in y head. Quilting i prefer a pattern but I've designed a few of my own patterns as well.