After going back to the foundations and learning about the basic repeat pattern, I starting looking at the different types of repeat terms often used in the world of fabric. Terms such as half-drop, half-brick and mirror repeat. I tried to study the pattern and understand exactly what was going on…what was repeating? What would the repeat tile be, if I wanted something to look like a half-drop repeat pattern?

EUREKA! It’s not that difficult to understand at all and I soon realized that I could create a half-drop repeat, but simply creating the proper tile…that repeats in a basic way. Does that even make sense? I think it does if you simply look at my example below. I extended my tile size to double whatever my original image size was. First, there is the complete image, then there is the image with the bottom half on top, the top half on the bottom. That creates the half-drop repeat…

Is it that simple? Is that it? Seems that it’s not difficult to figure out what your tile needs to be to create the repeat pattern you desire… pretty darn cool. Hmm…maybe I’m missing something…

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