Digital Patterns and Pattern Keeper Update

March 2021 Newsletter 

The Great Wave from 36 Views of Mt. Fuji

**Charts and Kits From Your Favorite Designers**

In This Issue:

So please do some exploring on your own regarding these fascinating subjects, but first, let me give you the basics about an incredible artist, Katsushika Hokusai.

​​​​Orenco Originals is very happy to announce that our PDF digital charts are now 100% compatible with Pattern Keeper. Additionally, all of our digital charts are currently 30% off this month!

If you’re not yet aware of Pattern Keeper, we’d like to encourage everyone to check it out. And if you are already using Pattern Keeper, make sure you’ve updated to the most recent version to make sure you’re getting all of the latest features and full compatibility with our digital charts. Here are some of it’s key benefits:

  • ​Chart symbols / thread keys are imported automatically.

  • Highlight symbols to see where to stitch. When highlighting, the thread number of that symbol is shown. There is no need to flip back and forth between the chart and the legend.

  • Mark finished stitches. Select easily by swiping horizontally, vertically, or even on the diagonal. It is also possible to mark an entire 10 by 10 square. If you import a chart that already has annotations in it, we try to import that as your current progress. Finished stitches are displayed in color, making it easy to navigate and compare with your stitching.

  • View your chart as one continuous pattern. Easily stitch over page breaks.

  • Mark where you parked your threads and in what corner of the square they are parked.

  • Keep motivated by tracking your progress. Get a tally of how many stitches you finished, today and in total, and see how many stitches are left for each thread.

​​​Pattern Keeper is currently only available through the Google Play Store and runs on Android based phones and tablets, as well as Google Chromebooks - we’ve found that it works really well on touch-screen enabled chromebooks.  The developer is currently working on an Apple compatible version.   

March Specials

All month long enjoy 30% off regular prices on our beautiful charts from these great artists. All of our digital download charts are also 30% off!

  • *New* - Kits and Charts From Your Favorite Designers
  • Spring and Easter Specials
  • ​Digital Download and Pattern Keeper Update
  • Featured Artist - Katsushika Hokusai

If you don’t use Pattern Keeper our digital charts still provide many advantages, such as:

* You get the charts as soon as you checkout and download them. No waiting for the mail.

* You can work with our digital charts from your Laptop, iPad or other tablet, and zoom in as much as you need to better see the grids and symbols.

* They cost less - since there's no charge for postage, we pass those savings on to you!

* If you want to buy one of our charts that hasn't been converted to digital yet, let us know and we'll convert it ASAP.

* And of course, you can still print out the charts on your own printer!​

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Maybe you can relate to this – since getting my first computer with internet access (Windows 95, anyone?) many times when I go online and start reading about something, it’s never a quick thing.  It usually starts with me looking up something specific, but before I know it, countless links and clicks later I’m down a rabbit hole and nowhere near where I started.

This is what happened when I started researching this issue’s featured artist, Katsushika Hokusai. If there is one work that Hokusai is known for, it would be The Great Wave off Kanagawa, one of his Thirty-Six Views of Mount Fuji iconic masterpiece. But in the process of learning about the man, I found myself going down a path that led me to these related fascinating subjects:

​- Japan’s Isolationist Period, known as Sakoku, which lasted from the 1630’s until 1854.  During this time Japan was closed to most of the western world, and trade was confined to a Dutch monopoly which for the most part was confined to the export of porcelain and lacquer ware. Starting with an uninvited visit by Commodore Perry and his fleet of U.S. Navy warships in 1853, Japan was forced into signing The Convention of Kanagawa, putting an end to the 200-year-old seclusion policy and opened up trade between Japan and the West.


- The long history of woodblock art, specifically Ukiyo-e (which flourished from the 17th through 19th centuries).  Ukiyo-e artists produced woodblock prints and paintings of such subjects as female beauties; kabuki actors and sumo wrestlers; scenes from history and folk tales; travel scenes and landscapes; flora and fauna; and erotica. The prints were initially monochromatic, but gradually color was introduced.  The term ukiyo-e (浮世絵) translates as "picture[s] of the floating world".

- Japonaiserie (English: Japanesery), which was the term Vincent Van Gogh used to express the influence of Japanese art on the western world. Soon after the end of Japan’s isolation period in 1854, many European Impressionist and Post-Impressionist artists fell in love with and were greatly influenced by Japanese art and artists like Hokusai and his younger contemporary Utagawa Hiroshige.  They had never seen art quite like this before.  Edgar Degas, Pierre Gauguin, Gustav Klimt, Franz Marc, August Macke, and Vincent van Gogh collected his woodcuts.  For a while Vincent and his brother Theo dealt in these prints, and they eventually amassed hundreds of them, which are now housed in the Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam. Claude Monet owned 23 of Hokusai’s prints.  Édouard Manet, Camille Pissarro and Alfred Sisley were also influenced by Hokusai’s work and Japanese art in general.   Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, who began his career as a painter, passionately embraced Japanese art and moved almost exclusively to posters and prints.  When writing to fellow artist Berthe Morisot, Mary Cassatt wrote of a Japanese prints exhibition.


“You who want to make colour prints, you couldn’t imagine anything more beautiful... You must see the Japanese – come as soon as you can,” she wrote.

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