Posts tagged ‘block repeat’

Daily Swatch: Pattern Types – Block Repeat

This pattern (from the collection of Niesz Vintage Fabric on Flickr) represents to me how the distinction between block and drop repeats isn’t really so cut-and-dried. Since both types are ultimately rectangular, they can be embedded in one another. Here, if the strawberries were all pointed in the same direction, this would be a half-drop, [...]

Daily Swatch: Pattern Types – Block Repeats

Thank you, little tulip print from Dewitt & Co., for having built-in registration marks so that we can better find your repeat. Block repeats are the easiest to make, but the downside is they look blocky. If you’re doing a tossed print with a block repeat it’s tricky to avoid tracking, those unintentional vertical and [...]

Daily Swatch: Pattern Types – Block Repeat

Here is another very simple block repeat, from the 1960s collection of thefabricofmylife (Donna Flower) on Flickr. I’m betting it was hand-screenprinted, one color at a time, maybe 2-3 bowls on the screen. With just a little color and flipping around, you end up with a much more dynamic design then, say, if you only [...]

Daily Swatch: Pattern Types – Block Repeat

Here’s another simple block repeat — it’s a Thea Tanner design from the collection of mannagryn design on Flickr. While cute as all get-out (I want to know more about Ms. Tanner!), the repeat seems like an odd choice. In fact I wonder, since each square has the designer’s signature underneath, if this was meant [...]

Daily Swatch: Pattern Types – Block Repeat

Now that we’ve covered all the directionality types, let’s look at different kinds of repeats. First up is the simplest — the block repeat, aka square or side repeat. For this type, the motif, contained within a square or rectangle, is repeated in straight lines across and down. The design can be spaced, with the [...]