The Story of…Stripes in Gray

For those of you who may not know, I started my sock challenge about a year ago. In the beginning of 2013, I was not really feeling inspired and was in a design rut. My creativity was low. This is the third in that sock series. You can read about the first and second designs here and here respectively.

A photograph of a black, white and gray argyle sockAs you can see from the picture, the socks I wore on February 3, 2013 were an argyle pattern in black and various shades of grays with a hint of white. Now, I didn’t want to just copy the argyle design. I’ve been wanting to try and make my own plaid patterns for a while and thought this would be the perfect opportunity.

But wait, you say! This pattern obviously isn’t plaid! What happened?

After researching how to make plaids in Illustrator, I decided to give it a go. I made the vertical lines and liked how it looked. So, I decided to continue on and added the horizontal lines which I learned is called the weft. (And who says design can’t be educational?) Unfortunately ,it looked horrible! Although, I can’t quite put my finger on it, I think it’s because there ended up being too much gray for my taste.


A tshirt with gray stripes from Valerie's Gallery at Skreened

However, since I liked how the vertical lines looked before hand, I decided to keep them and have a striped design instead.

Although the plaid didn’t work out this time, I definitely intend to try again in the future. Do you have any tips for making plaids? Feel free to leave it in the comments!

Stripes in Gray is available at Valerie’s Gallery at Zazzle, RedBubble, Skreened and Imagekind.

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