Back in the “dark ages” before Visual Wrap, if I wanted to create a unique decorative wrap I’d cut a stack of different colored construction paper into 1/8” wide strips and spend many hours (or days) laying different colored strips on top of each other in an attempt to figure out the proper layout and sequence to create the new design I wanted; sometimes I was successful but more often than not the results weren’t exactly what I hoped for. That all changed for me once I learned how to use Visual Wrap. With Visual Wrap I can customize published patterns in a few minutes, and in less than an hour I can create unique patterns from scratch (rather than the hours or days it previously took me with construction paper.)
As with most powerful tools there was a bit of a learning curve. I first taught myself how to recreate all the patterns I was familiar with and have wrapped in the past. Then I went through decorative wrap pattern books and learned how to recreate all the other patterns I haven’t wrapped. This taught me so much about decorative wraps that I never knew; it was an invaluable learning exercise.
With Visual Wrap, I feel confident that I can quickly customize just about any pattern. For example, I recently added tail feathers, curved and jointed wings, and “horns” to the standard Thunderbird pattern making it much more detailed and interesting to look at.
Most recently, I have been working with wrapping two patterns at the same time to create a unique third pattern on the side of the rod blank that is a blend of the two patterns.
With Visual Wrap, I can easily experiment with the sequencing of each pattern’s steps, and with a simple mouse click, I can see what the new side pattern will look like. I can even copy and paste from one pattern into another. The possibilities are endless.
Review by John Powell