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Emerging Patterns

During the evenings of the Covid lockdowns I started 'doodling' with TurtleStitch, writing programs to generate patterns. I find it interesting how the fabric changes when patterns are stitched onto it, new textures appear and the fabric gets some depth. I also enjoy seeing other shapes appear when lines of stitches cross over each other.

There are many different ways of writing programs, and I wrote these programs focusing on what I found interesting. They may not be the best examples of code and there could be a few errors there too. animation showing how the pattern is created

For each pattern there is a link to a page with more information and an animated gif to show how the pattern is created. Most patterns are based on a single continuous line, stitching lines that radiate out of points. The programs mainly use turtle geometry with some cartesian geometry. The programs evolve over time, and the parameters that can be changed are dependent on the pattern I was exploring at that time.

We've been using TurtleStitch in our outreach activities for several years - creating sets of resources to support outreach and the Stitch in Time project for Coventry City of Culture 2021.

  • Presentation with some animations to give an insight into how the patterns were made
  • several video tutorials explaining how to create these patterns.
 

Pattern stitched onto felt

Some Variants    

Quarters

Quarters pattern stitched onto felt

changing paramters to give half circles stitched variant of the quarters pattern setting parameters to give three quarter circles

Quarter
Squares

quarter squares pattern stitched in two directions

variant 1 of the quarter squares pattern variant 2 of the quarter squares pattern variant 3 of the quarter squares pattern

Bows

There is a video tutorial available to build a simple version of this pattern.

stitched version of the Bows pattern

variatn 1 of the bows pattern Variant 2of the bows pattern Variant 3 of the Bows pattern

More
Bows

stitched version of the 'More Bows' pattern

variant 1 of 'more bows' pattern variant 2 of the 'more bows' pattern variant 3 of the 'more bows' pattern

Even
Bows

Stitched version of the Even Bows Pattern

Variant 1 of even bows pattern Variant 2 of even bows pattern Variant 3 of even bows pattern

Different
Distance
Bows

Different Distance Bow Pattern

Variant 1 of different distance pattern Variant 2 of Different Distance Pattern Variant 3 of Different Distance Bow pattern

Offset
Patterns

Offset Patterns

Variant 1 of offset pattern Variant 2 of Offset Pattern Variant 3 of Offset Pattern

Circles
and Lines

Circles and Lines Patterns

Variant 1 of circles and lines pattern Variant 2 of circles and lines pattern Variant 3 of circles and lines pattern

Diamonds

There is a video tutorial available to build a simple version of this pattern.

Diamonds Patterns stitched onto felt

Variant 1 of pattern Variant 2 of pattern Variant 3 of pattern

Curved
Diamonds

Curved Diamonds Patterns

Variant 1 of pattern Variant 2 of pattern Curved Diamond dip pattern stitched on felt

Two
Blocks

Two Blocks Stitched Pattern

Virtual image of the two blocks pattern Variant 1 of pattern  

Zig Zags

ZigZag Stitched Pattern

ZigZag Stitched Pattern Variation 1 of the zigzag pattern Variation 2 of the zigzag pattern

Stacked
Blocks

There is a video tutorial available to build a simple version of this pattern.

Stackled Blocks Vertical Stitched Pattern Stacked Block Vertical Stitched Pattern  Stacked Blocks Horizontal Stitched Pattern Stacked Block Horizontal Stitched Pattern

Square
Grid

SquareBlock Stitched Pattern

ZigZag Stitched Pattern variant 1 of the pattern Variant 2 of the Pattern

Triangle
Grid

Triangle Block Stitched Pattern

triangle grid virtual Pattern