Daily Swatch: Pattern Types – Misc. Tessellations

Feedsack with bit of label

A tessellation (or tiling) is a repeating shape or collection of shapes that fit together with no gaps or overlapping. I’ve been trying to read about and understand the different types of tessellations and what does and does not qualify, but it’s making my brain hurt, so suffice it to say for our purposes here I’ll just be featuring interlocking shapes that don’t fit into any of the other pattern and repeat types already covered.

We’ll start with one of my favorites of the bunch I found — an octagons + squares pattern on a feedsack with a bit of its label still attached, from the collection of Cluttershop on Flickr.


  1. Kim says:

    Very striking!

  2. aurora fox says:

    here is a very cool book on designing tessellations–written for quilters–but I found it really fascinating: DESIGNING TESSELLATIONS The Secrets of Interlocking Patterns by Jinny Beyer. And, of course, tessellation are what the artist M.C. Escher used in his art….