Thursday, January 28, 2010

Please Accept My Apologies

Well ... I'm feeling pretty guilty.  I promised that I would have my elephump pattern finished and available on Etsy by the end of this month.  I even thought (but didn't tell you) that I might be able to have a good start on the new bear pattern that I plan on selling on Etsy too.  Well ... as you've guessed, the patterns aren't going to be finished on time. 

I didin't realize how long it takes to write a pattern (at least for me).  I knew I would need to take notes and that I'd be doing a bit of writing.  I just didn't take into account the time needed to make adjustments to the pattern.  Parts of the poor elephump has been stuffed, unstuffed, stuffed, unstuffed, and stuffed again as I tweak this and that about the pattern.  I want to make sure that it will be a "user friendly" pattern.  So as I've been working on this elephump, my mind thinks of all possible situations others could run into.  Then I've been trying to make sure that even if these potential problematic situations did occur that everyone could still complete their elephump.

Well, all these bumps in the road to a completed pattern has taken more time than I thought.  I also forget just how much time homeschooling the girls actually takes.  Homeschooling is, and has to be, my first job.  And on top of these, my health, although much better than it was in the fall, has required that I rest much more than I want to.  So, as the saying goes, I guess I "bit off more than I could chew."

I know there are many who are feeling antsy to start the elephump pattern--I'm very sorry.  I hate to keep you waiting and I feel bad that I haven't been able to uphold my promise.  Please know that I am working on it as quickly as is possible.  I won't set another date just in case other unforeseen things get in the way again.  But it will be done and I can assure you that the little purple elephump I'm making to test the pattern is turning out simply adorable.

Warmly,
Cheryl

5 comments:

  1. Yes Cheryl...it does take a long time to write instructions to a pattern and make it understandable to the lay person. It's much better to take your time and do it properly, rather than rush and have umpteen mistakes that confuse and make customers unhappy.
    I cannot abide patterns that have poor or incomplete instructions.
    A little tip that might help you...once it's done to your satisfaction, give it to a friend who is not an experienced sewer and ask her/him to read it through to see if she/he understands it before publishing it. Lay people often ask questions about things we assume they know and often take for granted.
    Warmest hugs,
    Sandi @ Bearly Sane

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  2. lol, patience is a virtue!

    I can't wait to see what you end up with... but my excitement does not override my want for you to be happy with what you've made :)

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  3. Thank you for understanding, Sandi and Heather. It's been a fun process, but it has been more work than I had envisioned.

    Sandi, thank you SO much for that tip--that's a great idea! As I have been writing, I have been trying to keep the sewing skills of my youngest daughter in mind. She can sew a bit, but is not a confident sewer yet. I have a couple of friends who are new sewers; I'll have them read the pattern directions before I consider myself finished.

    Heaps of Hugs,
    Cheryl

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  4. Hi Cheryl

    Take care of yourself writing a pattern for the first time can be stressful I know but take your time and mind your heath hugs Raewyn

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  5. Thank you SO much, Raewyn. Your thoughtful words are so helpful.
    Heaps of Hugs,
    Cheryl

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