"Most people do not realize I design the patterns we have for sale. Visitors will come by our studio and see the pencil sketches and ask if I draw these patterns. At first I thought that was odd, although we do not mention where the designs come from.
Each pattern starts out with a pencil shaded version of the intarsia pattern. I like to work out the coloring and I'll use my pencil to shade in areas for the shaping aspect. When I am shaping the piece I will have my pencil sketch on the wall as a reference. I also like to have as many pictures of the subject matter as possible, especially when I am not familiar with the subject.
While I am working on the piece I will make notes if I need to change the grain direction or smooth out some lines to make it easier to cut. I think this is one of the most important steps to ensure the best quality pattern for my customers. After the project is completed I make any necessary changes on the pattern before offering for sale." - Judy Roberts