As I mentioned yesterday, I’ve been focused the last couple days on an easier pattern from Priscilla Tatting Book #3. In yesterday’s project I doubled it over to make a bracelet. In today’s project I just added a second row of all chains to finish it off. I think I might actually like this one better than the doubled over version. I’ve been playing around with two colors as well and think that this version does quite well with two colors. (Sorry for the poor lighting in the pictures lately. It gets dark around 4:30 here now and I haven’t been getting anything photographed during the day. Perhaps it’s time for me to invest in a lightbox.
I’ve probably latched on to the quick and easy because I’ve been giving some more thought to what I want the final product of this whole Priscilla project to be. I still have the pie-in-the-sky idea of rewriting ALL the patterns in all 4 books (Priscilla Tatting 1-3 and the Tatting and Crochet Yoke book), but am starting to settle down and try to figure out what is practical. If I can get it all together I’d like to publish it in book form (either printed or PDF), but have been giving some thought to what is actually a viable (sellable) useful product for tatters. I have no doubt that with a lot of the patterns what I am doing by modernizing them is completely useful, but some of the little projects like this edging don’t really need any changes on their own. (That being said, the adaptations for projects like this bracelet and my own and I think they’re fun, even if not particularly complicated or hard to come up with.)
So what should I do? Focus in only on the complicated, incorrect or difficult projects? Or do everything including the easier patterns like this edging? I wouldn’t really feel comfortable charging money for the patterns for these easier ones that don’t require much (if any) modernizing, but also think that if I can do all the patterns in the books that tatters would appreciate having a complete set of all the modernized Priscilla pieces.
What I think I’ve come up with is this: I’m going to go ahead and write-up the easier patterns the same way that I’m doing the more complicated ones. They are interesting to do, good practice for pattern writing of the bigger pieces, and most of all, a good motivation for me because they are easier to finish and will help keep me on track. These ones I’ll release for free on my website and on Craftsy.com. I figure they’ll be good advertising for the Priscilla project.
When I put together the finished Priscilla project these will be included with the others in the PDF, but not calculated into the price of the PDF. If I get printed versions (my ultimate goal) then they will have to go into the calculation of the price because of the cost of printing, but it will all depend on the pricing/print run, etc. Of course, that’s way too far in the future with way too many unknowns to even think about.
I have no idea how much of this is just me dreaming about ridiculous goals, but I really hope I can pull this off. Is this Priscilla project just my own obsession or will other tatters get enough use out of this modernization of the patterns to make it worthwhile? I’d hate to put all this work into it just to find out no one else is interested. I guess that is something else that releasing these free patterns will help me gauge as well.