Inkscape Tutorial: Textile Patch

vsd-tut-textile-patch-300Inkscape is awesome for vector drawing and with a price tag of zero, noppes, nada, gratis it is sure software that should not be overlooked. Inkscape is also growing up fast.  At VSD we try to use Inkscape as much as possible and we use it almost exclusively to achieve our professional portfolio. We like to share our knowledge in a series of short tutorials that add up to a design that is directly useful.

In this short video tutorial we use the powers of Inkscape to create a simple textile patch with a frayed edge. I used a similar patch in a more complex illustration for the clothing of a ragg doll. The tutorial is suitable for the beginning Inkscape user.

Tools and techniques demonstrated: Pattern along a Path, Filters.

File size: 1.8MB

Click on the "PLAY" button in the center of the screen to start this video tutorial. The video can be paused at any time by clicking the pause button on the control bar at the bottom.



+1 # Guest 2010-02-26 22:47
Very good tutorials! I'm just learning Inkscape and they are very useful. Thank you! :-)
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+2 # Guest 2010-08-31 08:22
Great tutorial! Very clear and easy to follow. I'm learning a lot about Inkscape from you -- Thank You!
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0 # ian rogers 2011-02-17 04:48
:-) i like inkscpae

better than illustrator
most of the time..
as i am used to photoshop

thanks for the great tuturials

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+1 # casino alex 2011-09-10 12:23
Thanx for the nice tutorial. I am a Inkscape beginner. It helped me a lot.
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+1 # Beverley 2011-09-15 01:09
Love love love your tutorials and I'm so glad to have found your site!
In doing the Patch Tutorial, when I add the fringe to the patch, I don't have the little spaces between the fringe and the patch itself. The fringe just sit son top of the patch, as opposed to looking like it was sewn on. Any idea what I'm missing?
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+1 # syllie 2011-09-17 13:38
Hi Beverly,
If you have a close look at video (at about 60% mark) - You'll notice that I alter the setting for "Normal Offset" a bit to bring the fringe a bit further outwards. You may need to experiment a bit with the values to find something that works for you, but the trick is to get the orignally horizontally drawn scribble outside of the rectangle.

I am glad you like the tutorials on the site and I hope this helps. If not.. send me some more info.. link to screenshot if possible?

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+1 # Betha Roule 2011-10-09 03:38
Thank you very much for the tutorial video! I am really beginning to make progress with inkscape. Thanks to websites like this I can better myself.
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+1 # Leaveyou 2012-02-10 20:53
Very nice ! Thanks from Romania for share with as. it is amazing what can do Inkscape. Of course if you know what to ask for him.
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-1 # nanker phelge 2013-09-15 20:55

I see I am kind of late to the party, adding a comment of appreciation for this tut. But thanks anyway for the awesome tuts in general. Problem with most, in fact all other inkscape tuts I have tried is they skip what I presume they assume to be basic steps from the description and I am left playing around, not a bad thing when one has time to hunt and sniff around, looking for the missing details.

I have played with a few of your tuts and no such problem so far! Way to go!

This tut I was quite interested in b/c I want to learn how to make interesting and unique picture frames and this looks sort of similar, but not quite what I am looking for. I create basic frames but lack the know-how to make them more interesting. If you guys take tut requests how about a picture frame tut.
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