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bah humbug! fabric by sef on Spoonflower - custom fabric

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By SEF

Maths, science, computing and music specialist with side interests in dancing, font design, celtic knotwork etc

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Description:

Two-tone humbugs scattered around.

Two-tone humbugs (one, few, many) scattered around. Currently displaying classic black and white peppermints on a fuchsia pink background sprinkled with much smaller sherbet dots. Other colours, sizes and orientations are available on request and you can even ask for a combination of several designs together.

The humbugs are power 3 curves (in the same way that ellipses are power 2) with minor to major axis ratio of 0.8 decreasing as a 20° rotation with each stripe for 3-D effect. However, if the tube of boiled sugar is cut in alternating directions you get tetrahedral shapes rather than tablets. Objects were positioned via rolls of dice (D30 for co-ordinates and D12 for angle and stripe reversal of the humbugs and D10 for lattice variance on the sherbet dots).

See also:
S43 version
R6 version
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joanmcl...

joanmclemore says: The nearest I recognize these (in a bug like manner) is genuine "tater bugs" that we had in our green beans, when picking vegetables in the garden as a kid.............so definitely not anything I would have eaten..........blech! However, they are a great looking design.............I can see this as a gorgeous lining inside a charcoal colored wool jacket! It would be a fun silk skirt or dress too! I can imagine it as a fun men's silk shirt, worn with gray tweed pants and suspender's........kinda funky but really fun.

Posted over 2 years ago.

sef

sef says: I thought it was quite nifty myself. But it didn't go down that well in the sweets contest. :-/

Posted over 3 years ago.

spellstone

spellstone says: Just fab!

Posted over 3 years ago.

sef

sef says: That's interesting because NZ is about the most UK-like place - having loads of ex-pats who haven't revolted. So it's more likely to have imported or reproduced a lot of British stuff than many other countries. There are now lots of companies which produce hampers of quintessentially "British" (English / Scottish / Irish, not sure about Welsh!) products to ship out to ex-pats who are pining for the commodities of their youth.

Posted almost 4 years ago.

shelley...

shelleymade says: I think it's a great design Sef - and I do indeed know what humbugs look, and taste, like, and I'm not in the UK, I'm in New Zealand. Good luck!

Posted almost 4 years ago.

sef

sef says: The inability of US/non-UK people to recognise humbugs will probably lose this design quite a lot of votes. I see from the majority of other entrants what US mints look like - and I have seen some before on TV, whereas the US people won't have seen many UK things.

Posted almost 4 years ago.

sef

sef says: I probably didn't include enough detail for anyone not used to dicing for monster placement etc. I divided my 900px starting square into a 30px resolution grid for rolling a 30-sided die against (x and y coordinates) and then rolled for an orientation (at 15 degree intervals) on a 12-sided die and also for a black-white colour reversal. I re-rolled overlaps until I was down to just a few spaces which I filled by hand - and these were the only ones I was then allowed to adjust to stop noticeable lines forming at the larger repeat views. The underlying dots were done on a lattice perturbation basis (see the number pad on your keyboard) so that they were slightly more evenly distributed around initial fixed positions. That's the algorithm I've now programmed for automation.

Posted almost 4 years ago.

victori...

victorialasher says: I love the bright pink with the black and white. I had to Google "Humbugs". I wish I could follow your description of how you created the "random" scatter. Perhaps, if I could, my 'scattered" designs would look better.

Posted almost 4 years ago.

sef

sef says: I think I'd still do what some of the bird contest people did and team the Spoonflower blue (which is actually slightly to the minty/jade green side of cyan) with a darker teal shade.

Posted almost 4 years ago.

hootena...

hootenannit says: This is a dynamic layout and wonderful color combo as is, but if you really want to play with alternative background colors, I'm sure you could find even some pastels that work with your frolicking humbugs... Spoonflower blue, maybe?

Posted almost 4 years ago.

sef

sef says: I think it has to be a fairly strong background colour to cope with the high contrast black and white humbugs but, since the same design of sweet comes in other colours anyway ...

Posted almost 4 years ago.

su_g

su_g says: Delicious! A really effective and eye-catching design, and attractively scattered. Can imagine this would work well on lots of different background colors.

Posted almost 4 years ago.

sef

sef says: I think it's the tiny dots which really make this one work - by causing the humbugs to appear to float over the surface. But I did have to do a non-random version too, for tidiness. More interestingly, orange is another good acidic background colour for this and, since humbugs aren't always extreme black and white in their stripes, I think it would also work well in the kitchen contest colours.

Posted almost 4 years ago.

fireflower

fireflower says: I am so glad to hear that I am not the only one using dice to randomize! And it does take forever! But your results look great :-)

Posted almost 4 years ago.

sef

sef says: I'm even sadder than that - I used a smoky black and white die for the humbugs and a pink die for the tiny polka dots. I was at it a very very very long time. And then I wrote myself some more custom software so that I wouldn't have to do it ever again!

Posted almost 4 years ago.

weaving...

weavingmajor says: I love the simple colors and shapes. I've never heard candy described with such mathematical precision nor of it being 'randomly' placed by dice rolls - but it looks great!

Posted almost 4 years ago.

sef

sef says: Traditionally, humbugs are peppermint flavoured.

Posted about 4 years ago.

fireflower

fireflower says: I really like these colors, and the scattering of the sweets looks quite good in all three views. (What flavor are the black and white ones?)

Posted about 4 years ago.