Continued: picking up with #2 of design aspects to consider when working with blank canvas.
1. Symmetry (covered in last post)
2. Take into account the skill of the builder (likely looking at yourself).
- the community has proven that almost any design can be turned into a kite...
examples include many, but Revolution Master's kites come to mind as well as the Parafoil rebuilds by Kieron Jansch (incredibly entertaining time lapse documentation on his website)
- limitations may include the builder's comfort level sewing curves vs straight lines. This should be of minimal concern, as the skill is essentially the same and obtainable after building one or two kites. More important is the quality of a sewing machine and it's ability to feed material evenly. Where curves become difficult is in the layout and assembly of sails with the addition of a billow (3d shaping of the sail). This discussion will not be covering the physics or aeronautics of kite design, as it is merely addressing the artistic/graphical side of the process.
- how many panels are in the layout (can number of seams, whether seams end in the middle of the sail vs the edge where the ends are covered by edge binding and the leading edge tunnel. Also will increase the time: to make templates, to cut, layout and prep a sail and to sew it.
here is a SportKiteDesign Seven which has at my count 17 panels per side (or 34 total). Thats a lot of templates to build, panels to cut and seams to sew!
and then a fine example of the simplified Le Quartz plan on Tom's Kite Building website.
- do you know how to appliqué? a sail can be cut from one piece of material and then by use of appliqué technique designs can be stitched with layers of fabric that are cut away around the seams to reveal a pattern
Here is an example of appliqué... the letters of this NPR kite were sewn in with the different colors layered around them, and then I cut the fabric away to review the design. This is a simple example of appliqué, which can also be done in an incredibly complicated way I've yet to tackle myself.
- is painting required to reproduce what you've conceptualized? if so, the skill and know how to paint is required and not discussed beyond this point of the thread