Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Patchwork Generator

Today's incredibly cool link* is for the quilters out there, or anyone who would like to convert an image into patchwork:

With Victoria & Albert Museum's online patchwork pattern generator, you upload an image, select the number of colors and complexity of of the patchwork, and generate your own custom-designed pattern.

If you wanted to use cover art to generate a quilt pattern, I'd recommend using only covers with very simple imagery because the pattern maker does have its limits. Here's an example of what it did with the cover art for Evermore:

As you can see some of the detail and all of the words are lost in conversion, but if you've got a strong graphic cover you could probably generate a neat pattern of just the imagery.

*Gleefully swiped from Gerard over at The Presurfer.


  1. I am a huge fan and would love to expound but I'm a little uncomfortable doing so in a public forum (I'm more of a reader than a writer). I wouldn't dare ask for your email so if you are perhaps interested in joining goodreads, I could possibly send you a private message there. Really a huge fan of both the Stardoc series and the Darkyn/Kyndred series. Never really posted on this site before so I hope this doesn't spam me when I log in with my gmail account...

  2. Patchwork or Beads. I can imagine a seedbead loomed wallhanging. Or (for your cover) the background to a mixed media collage.

    Darnit Darnit. Gah. Now I'm going to have to do it.

  3. Anonymous10:12 AM

    Very cool! You could always cross stich words across the quilt.

  4. Beautiful rose! But oh my, all those itty bitty pieces. O_o My hands ache already. *sigh*

  5. Really cool graphic program! Thanks for sharing. :D