Labor of Love
Posted 28 December, 08on:
The members of the Ottobre-English group on Yahoo Groups have long wanted a searchable database of the patterns. Many of us have a large collection of magazines. It takes quite a bit time to look through each magazine to find a certain pattern or a specific type of pattern. For quite some time, I have been tossing around different ideas on how to achieve this goal. It needed to be something simple, something that would allow searches using a variety of parameters, and accommodate graphics. Excel was my first thought because I love spreadsheets, but not all of our members use Excel. I also wanted something web based so anyone could access it.
I stumbled across Evernote, and fell in love. It is a wonderful way to organize bits of information. I can access my Evernote account from any computer, but can also synchronize my account with my computer at home. I was thrilled to learn that I could opt to publish a notebook. Perfect! (There is even an iPhone app for Evernote!!)
I played around with Evernote and Ottobre PDF’s. Setting up the database was easy, time consuming, but easy. I worked on it a bit when I had downtime at school and nothing else to do. When my surgery was bumped up by a few months, I realized this would be the perfect time to work on the database. Nine issues are done. I am working backwards, starting with the most recent issues.
With the database, one can search for patterns by size, type, or other key words. If you want to make a hoodie with a zipper in size 128, you would put “128 + zipper + hood” in the search box. Trying to come up with all the appropriate search times is the challenging part.
It is a lot of work, but it is a labor of love. With each issue, I enter it goes faster. Also, the earlier years have fewer issues per year and fewer designs per issue. I know I will use it often when I am planning sewing projects. Our Yahoo group is such a great group of people that I am happy to do this for them.
Since some of my blog readers are not on the Yahoo group, I thought I would share the link here also.