So, I made a pattern and the detail pieces. Then I generate a layout and print it tiled, giving me 12 mostly empty pages. Then I need to cut the edges, glue them together. And because finally paper is annoying, I trace onto pattern paper.
But then I wonder, why did I need to print 12 pages when the biggest piece fits on two? When you get a pattern from a magazine all the pieces are on a single sheet but different colours (with many sizes together).
So here’s my idea. Right now I can generate the layout for A3 paper, this gives four “pages”. Suppose Seamly could give each page a colour and then flatten them down to a single A3 “page” layout. And then print that tiled.
As an experiment I just tried this by exporting the layout to SVG, opening in Inkscape and doing some cutting and pasting and it works quite nicely. Seems like this could be automated.
What do you think?