Last night I spent far too long playing with a browser based free online drawing tool called Scribbler.

Basically you start a drawing in the white area and then click “Start Scribbler” and let the program run until you think it’s created something of interest. Stop the program by clicking “Pause” add more to the drawing and start the program up again. You can build up a drawing yet the computer also creates little serendipitous surprises.

It is great fun, particularly once you open the scribbler settings and start playing with them too!  I am sure particularly machine embroiderers will enjoy this as the built up linear marks that form net like structures lend themselves to be interpreted on one of the dissolvable materials. 

I thought particularly with the last colour image I could use the design and build up lace like fabric units that repeat. I am thinking of few units in a line to make a lacy scarf using water dissolvable material like Solvey.

So I would trace the pattern outline (or key elements of it) onto Solvey. Drop the feed dogs on the machine, let the needle roam free to embroider it using interesting threads, then wash out the Solvey being left with the net structure only.  

It is just an idea a this stage but I am thrilled to have Scribbler as a design tool.  


When you are done take a screen shot to keep the image as there is no way at the moment to export the drawing. 

I don’t use a PC but according to the site if you use the print screen key to place the image in your clip board which you can access from a graphic program

On a Mac use Command shift 3 and a picture file will land on your desk top.   You simply double click to open it. 

I know it is not a toy for Monday morning as it could prove to be a real time sink … but have fun! 

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10 Responses to Scribbler

  1. Ketizirah says:

    I had completely forgotten about scriblr. Thanks for reminding me — it’s great. never occurred to me to embroider the designs!

  2. Lin Moon says:

    Yes, I agree, that Scribbler is addictive! There’s a button at the bottom labeled "Gallery". It was pretty interesting to see what other people did with Scribbler. Check it out!

  3. Oh boy I shouldn’t have opened this one. It is just soo good. I got my year 9’s to have a play with it as well, they loved it. Thanks Sharon.


  4. Jane O says:

    Great fun – especially like the coloured drawing.

  5. Oh … definitely want to try this … have often though of the stitching on Solvey idea, but this tool makes it much more likely to turn out looking good!

  6. Fiona says:

    wow! already addicted! thanks for posting

  7. It’s amazing to me that just last night, I discovered Scribbler and spent way too long there. It is a fascinating tool. Orinda

  8. Arlene White says:

    Yes Sharon, your right it is addictive, and I too could spend hours playing. Thanks for sharing this wonderful tool.

  9. Conni says:

    Oh my, this looks intriguing. Thanks for yet another great link!

  10. Dona says:

    Great link! Thanks for sharing.

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