HOW TO MAKE CHECKED PATTERNS 

HOW TO MAKE CHECKED PATTERNS

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Step-one


For a simple checked pattern, start by creating a stack of equal slices of two contrasting colors.

Use slip between each layer. Don’t use too much slip, just enough to cover.

Cut the loaf into slices.

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Re-assemble the slices by flipping alternate slices so the colors are now opposite each other. As you can see in this example, the slices can be different shades of the same color and the pattern still works fine.

Step-three




When you are done, gently drop this on all sides to firm up the attachment. Wrap the loaf in a dampish cloth, seal it in a plastic bag and let the loaf rest overnight before using.


You can also make checked patterns from as many different colors as you like. The stripes can be equal sizes or different. Whatever you want.

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Sometimes with multiple colors, you cannot simply alternate the slices because the center stays the same so can ruin a random look.

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The fix for this is simple. You cut apart the slices and move the center colors to top or bottom.





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Thanks to Heidi McKenzie for the workshop demo images.

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