Pattern FAQs

Why Download Intarsia Patterns?

We intarsians are lucky. We have an enormous choice when it comes to patterns and plans.

Some are almost works of art themselves, printed on high-quality, transparent vellum. The drawback is you pay $9 or more, then another $8 shipping. Plenty of people think they’re worth it though, and we wouldn’t argue.

But a lot of folks don’t want to pay $17 for an intarsia pattern, then wait days for it to arrive. That’s why we developed instant intarsia pattern downloads.

They cost you a lot less than traditional plans, there’s no shipping and no waiting. What’s more, there’s no running to the copy shop – you print them at home, as many times as you like, at whatever size your printer will allow.

So it’s no surprise that over the last fifteen years hundreds of intarsia artists have chosen to buy their intarsia patterns like this. Simply add your choices to the cart, checkout like any other store, and a few minutes later you can be out in your shop using them!

We’re not expecting intarsia pattern downloads to replace traditional plans, but if you see a pattern you like it’s a fast, easy alternative and it will save you money.

While you’re here checking out the site, take a minute to join the free Pattern Club and we’ll send you a couple of samples. There’s no cost and no commitment, so why not?

Intarsia Pattern FAQs

What Format Are Your Plans?
All our intarsia plans are in PDF format. They can be read by just about any computer, laptop, tablet or smartphone on the planet.
What Style Are Your Plans?
Patterns include both ‘cut & paste’ and ‘trace’ styles. You can choose the one you prefer – or try both!
What Are The Arrows On Your Plans For?
Arrows indicate suggested grain direction, but please note this is only a suggestion. Part of the art of intarsia is sometimes going your own way!
I've Noticed You Don't Give Wood Types. Why Not?
Some folks are lucky to have access to a huge variety of woods, but many don’t. We’re living in Europe right now, and Western Red Cedar – common in the US – is almost unheard of. Suggesting specific woods can be difficult, so we prefer to mark our plans with tones: light, medium dark, etc. People can then use what’s readily available in their area.

There’s another reason. A lot of intarsians like to work with hardwoods, and that’s great, but some like to stain softwood as a cheaper alternative (same goes for people doing scrollsaw segmentation).  Using our plans, and the full color picture of the finished piece, you can put your own interpretation on a pattern without sticking strictly to a set of someone else’s rules – and that’s what making art is all about.


Did we miss anything? If you’ve got a question, please get in touch and we’ll get right back to you.

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