Things have changed when it comes to craft patterns. Progress is actually being made in this area and e-patterns are all the rage. In fact, they are the way of the future for craft patterns.
What are E-Patterns?
Well, they are complete patterns sent to you over the Internet as a .PDF (portable document format) file which can be downloaded directly to your computer. Instead of being mailed to you via the U.S. Post Office they are either sent to you via Email or you can download them directly yourself (i.e. instant download e-patterns). No waiting for the postman to arrive anymore. Or, worrying that the dog is going to bite the postman.
Why would you want to order E-Patterns?
First of all, you save time and money (both of which are a rare commodity these days).
Time because you either get them instantly or you get them emailed within 24 hours.
Money because E-Patterns generally COST A LOT LESS then regular patterns mailed via the post office.
Secondly, you can view or print them anytime you want with the FREE Adobe Acrobat Reader (FREE download available at http://www.adobe.com/products/acrobat/readstep2.html ).
What do you get with an E-Pattern?
That really depends on the designer of the e-pattern, but basically, you get the whole pattern just like it had been mailed to you, only it is sent to you electronically.
Instead of receiving the whole printed pattern in a plastic envelope via the post office you’ll receive the whole pattern electronically (minus the plastic envelope, of course).
How does it work?
There are several ways for you to get them.
For e-patterns that you purchase you can either order an e-pattern that is sent to you as an email attachment or you can "instantly download" an e-pattern yourself.
If you order an emailed E-Pattern then an Email with a .PDF (Portable Document Format) attachment is sent to you which you then need to download to your computer, save, and then open in Adobe Acrobat.
If you "instantly download" a single e-pattern then generally the .PDF file is instantly transmitted to you after payment has been made. You can then download, save the .PDF file to your computer, and then open it in Adobe Acrobat.
Or, if you "instantly download" several e-patterns via a website that uses a shopping cart (like mine) then a confirmation email with multiple download links is emailed to you once payment has been made. You can then download each of the .PDF files, save them to your computer, and then open them in Adobe Acrobat.
For some of the free e-patterns you can obtain them the same way or click on a link in a website and/or blog and it either opens up a new window containing the .PDF file or it opens the .PDF file directly and it becomes visible on your computer. Some free e-pattern designers utilize free downloading websites where you click on the download link to download the .PDF file to your computer.
To view and print the E-Pattern you need to use Adobe Acrobat Reader 5.0 or higher. If you don’t have it the Adobe Acrobat Reader don't worry. It’s a FREE download from Adobe. Just go to http://www.adobe.com/products/acrobat/readstep2.html. The current version is Adobe Reader 9.1.
If you already have the Adobe Acrobat Reader 5.0 or higher then all you need to do is download the .PDF file attachment from your Email, save it, and then open it to view it. It will open in the Adobe Acrobat Reader program. You can then re-save it, view it or print it from Adobe Acrobat Reader.
If you'd like to see an e-pattern and download it just click on the e-pattern image below. It's a FREE e-pattern from Linda Walsh Originals E-Patterns. The link will take you to the page that "Marsh Me Snow" is on in my instant e-patterns website which utilizes a shopping cart. From there you just add it to your shopping cart and then follow the prompts to check-out. Once you finish the check-out process you'll be sent an email containing the download link for the free e-pattern. Then, just copy/paste the link to your browsers window, download the .PDF file, save it to your computer and then open it in Adobe Acrobat.
If you'd like to try some more free e-patterns CLICK HERE for the Everything E-Directory FREE E-Crafts page.
More examples of free e-patterns can be found on The Best Free Craft Articles blog. Just CLICK HERE for the free e-patterns articles and then scroll down until you see one you might be interested in.
If you'd like to see some terrific e-patterns from some wonderful designers please visit the E-Patterns page of the Everything E-Directory. Just CLICK HERE.
Once you get the gist of it - it's really very simple. Almost a piece of cake.
If you love patterns and e-patterns just think of how many you can save on your computer. THOUSANDS upon THOUSANDS of E-patterns stored on your computer!
No more cluttering up all the drawers in your house. No more hundreds of boxes or plastic containers all over the house. Not only can you get your craft patterns right when your creative juices are flowing, but you also get less clutter and pattern organization. Progress really is being made.
And the best part of all, you can REPRINT the pattern sheets OVER and OVER and OVER again.
No more taping worn paper again. No more photocopying pattern sheets at work. REAL progress is being made.
Now, if we could just get a woman elected president. Now that would be REAL progress. Stop dreaming, Linda.