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"How to Draw a Lazy Daisy Embroidery Pattern Like Grandma Stitched on Pillowcases"

This is Copyright 2002 Judy Heim. You may link to this Web page, but please, please don't distribute this material in e-mail messages or post it on your Web site or in your quilting guild newsletter without my permission. I don't make a lot of money as a writer, I'm only a scribbler because I'm seriously handicapped and can't make my living in any other fashion. I eek out a living as best as I can. I don't mind sharing what I write with other people, and in fact enjoy it very much. But when I find things that I've written on other people's Web sites without my name and used without my permission, it's hurtful and it's frustrating. In the past year I've found entire chapters of books that I've written posted on other people's Web sites without my name or my permission. I've also found essays that I've written circulating anonymously on mailing lists and in newsgroups. Please respect what other people write. I'm happy to share, but I ask only that my work be respected. If you'd like to republish this material, I ask only that you drop me a note requesting permission.

This little tutorial will introduce you to the most mystifying concepts of drawing programs. Let's say you want to draw an embroidery design consisting of lazy daisies, knot and stem stitches, the kind of design you'd find on a pillowcase at grandma's. Here's how you'd do it:

Of Stems and Lines

In drawing programs you have two basic tools with which to draw lines: the freehand pencil and the bezier curve. The pencil will give you jaggedy lines--or else bone straight ones. The bezier will give you nice curves, so use that whenever you can tolerate it.

Drawing programs also offer "pen settings" that let you adjust the thickness of lines. Draw dotted lines. Or draw lines in different colors. To change a line's thickness--or color, select the line then apply a new pen setting.

Select to Delete

To delete something in your drawing use the select tool (the thin arrow) to select the object so that handles appear around it. Then hit the delete key. (Note: You can't delete things this way in a bitmapped image like a .JPG because the picture is like a continual field of bits.)

If you can't select an individual object in a drawing it may be because it is "grouped" with other elements. Experiment by finding out what you can select. Delete the selected object or group--only temporarily, you can always undo the command--to find out what's grouped. If a collection of objects has been grouped you'll need to select it, then apply the ungroup command in order to delete one portion or line of it.

Select to Resize

To resize a line, an object, or group of objects, select it then pull it to enlarge it--push it to shrink it. Hold down the Shift key to keep the resizing proportional.

Select to Move

To move an object, select it, then position the cursor on a line and, holding the mouse button down, drag it into place.

To turn an object, double-click on it so that handles with arrows frame it, then pull on one of the arrows in the direction you want.

Group, Group, Group!

To turn a group of disparate objects--like petals, leaves and stems--into a single object that you can duplicate, move or transform as one--first select the whole mess by drawing a box around it with the selection tool. Then apply the group command.


Add a few ribbons to your daisy design by drawing a few curly lines with the bezier tool. Use node edit tool (the fat arrow) to pull on the bumps and handles of the curve to shape it.

Select the curve and turn it into a thick, gray dashed line (to simulate a ribbon) with the pen tool.

Voila! You have a pattern just like the kind grandma would iron on to muslin to stitch!

Quilty Line Break

Cats Who Quilt is a trademark of Fruitful Plains. Text on this Web site Copyright 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002 Judy Heim. May not be reproduced in any form--in either e-mail messages or on Web sites without written permission. All illustrations are copyright 2000, 2001, and 2002 Irina Borisova. They may not be reproduced without permission. Photos and quilts are copyrighted by their respective artists, and may not be reproduced without their permission.