A few days ago I mentioned that I was going to play a pattern game with my pattern collection.
I have a large and lovely pattern hoard . I will always add to it, but I have a tendency to keep buying and not using the ones I have. Not that this matters of course - because sometimes when you really want a style line you can't buy it - so I always add things that I think may be useful.
But really, I think it would be a good idea to go through the patterns and start making them up - if there isn't a more pressing sewing obligation (such as the winter pants I really must make before winter - for work and for casual wear). And, in all honesty, except for things I need, I tend to get stuck choosing - I want to make everything, but don't know where to start. So I thought this game would help me decide :)
So, I will play a lucky dip pattern game if I don't know what to choose and have nothing else planned. Maybe you would like to play it too :)
This is what I have done:
I purchased some check ticket booklets:
I wrote a pattern number on the tear off strip that you find in these books:
Like this ( if you want to do this game, you don't need the check books, you could cut up bits of paper - I just found that the check books also helped me to count up how many patterns I had (289 patterns plus 10 Burda Style Magazines, plus 12 patterns in a Japanese pattern book):
Pull them out, shuffle them around so they don't stick together:
Put in a little jar or pot:
And put aside until you want to make a Lucky Dip Pattern Selection:
And how will I know what the pattern is and where to find it? Because I have them all filed away in plain envelopes with the pattern brand and number written on the outside of the envelope:
Or I can look it up on Pattern Review.
I'm looking forward to the sheer randomness of this pattern game. Of course, it will be the best of three, because I may strike a pattern that just won't work for the season.
Please join in this game if you would like - or make up your own variation that works for you :)