“Patchy: An Interactive Patchwork Design System” by Igarashi and Mitani

  • ©Yuki Igarashi and Jun Mitani

  • ©Yuki Igarashi and Jun Mitani

  • ©Yuki Igarashi and Jun Mitani



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    Patchy: An Interactive Patchwork Design System



    Patchwork is a well-known type of needlework that involves sewing pieces of fabric into a larger design. It is commonly used to form quilts, but can also be used to make bags, wall hangings, cushion covers, and other items. Larger designs are usually based on repeating patterns, which are built up using different shapes. Professional patchwork designers design original patterns; however, novice users usually use geometric patterns or off-the-shelf patterns for each piece; this is because it is difficult for novices to design patterns while visualizing the resulting larger fabric.
    Here we propose an interactive system to assist the design of original patchwork patterns. Coahranm and Fiume [2005] presented a sketch-based design system for a specific quilting artform, i.e., Bargello patterns. They described an algorithm that transforms sketched input data into graceful Bargello curves. In contrast, with our system the user designs original patchwork strokes. The user can design original patchwork patterns using various fabric colors through a process of trial and error.

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