Lesson 2: Singular Image to Endless Pattern


The Fabric Workshop and Museum is known for our Apprentice Programs, where emerging artists learn how to design and print large-scale, repeat patterns on fabric. Learn the amazing process of transforming a single image into a repeat pattern while exploring concepts of fluidity, rhythm, and balance. This lesson can be done in stages and has 5 parts. A teacher or individual could adopt this lesson into several days of exercises or one intensive day of learning.


Instructor: Ash Limés Castellana

Lesson 2 includes:

  • Three video tutorials:
    • Main video lesson on pattern and identifying repeat patterns, repeat width and jog line
    • Video A – How to make a 4-way repeat pattern on paper tutorial
    • Video B – How to tile a pattern and find the jog line
  • PDF with slides and links to resources
  • Bonus design challenges:
    • Applying your pattern to a surface or object
    • Reimagining a found pattern

Links for download will be sent by email after purchase.

Materials List:

  • pencil
  • eraser
  • 5-10 sheets of 8.5” x 11” paper
  • masking tape or clear scotch tape
  • black drawing materials (pen, ink, crayon, charcoal, etc.)
  • scissors or X-Acto knife
  • ruler
  • tracing paper
  • colored pencils
  • optional: transfer paper, copier, printer, scanner, camera phone or digital camera