Long story but I’ve been playing with this little pattern piece…
…and it has some unique properties that made it easy to use for a little teaching quiz. Are you up for a chance to test yourself how well you understand certain manufacturing concepts? I thought you’d like the chance to show how much you’ve learned. By the way, this is a pattern of the cover of a baseball. A baseball takes two per of these. I describe this kind of pattern as a perfectly symmetrical ouroboros. There are several kinds of ouroboros patterns, each with varying characteristics, this is but one of them. One of these days I will get around to writing about ouroboros pattern making but I’m not finding the words to describe it -but I digress.
There are 5 questions, three about production pattern making, and one each in marker making and grading. If you need a copy of the pattern piece above to illustrate some of your answers, a full size copy is here.Professionals are ineligible for now. These should be easy if you’ve read the book, only the last question is hard. Without further ado:
Assume you are using a much larger version of this pattern to make novelty throw pillows:
- Since these pieces are obviously symmetrical, explain or illustrate with your pattern piece, how you’d ensure these pieces would be lined up when being sewn.
- Assuming you were making the throw pillow in contrasting colors, make a mock up of what your pattern would look like.
- Assuming that your pieces were fused individually (not block fused) make a mock up of what your pattern would look like.
- Draw up a mini marker.
- How do you grade this thing?
I don’t know the answer to number 5 because I don’t know anything about radial grading and I have to think it through. It’s all math. I wish I’d had more math.
Off tangent, I think this little pattern piece would be a good sewing exercise too. If you want to try it out, there is no seam allowance. On a baseball, the seams are abutted so you’ll have to add it.