Grid Journey – Lesson 3

Today I would like to introduce you to the concept of so-called “Base Patterns”.

A base pattern has a couple of characteristics. The easiest way to explain this is to use patterns based on square grids. However, base patterns exist in all framework categories (freeform, ribbon, or orb/circle).

To be considered a base pattern the following characteristics must apply:

  • It contains a maximum of 3 shapes – the fewer steps required, the better!
  • It offers MANY variations. These variations justify giving the pattern its own name. Variations mean, possibilities to rotate, stretch, shade, and/or fill the sections.

Taking my favorite pattern Flower of Life (on a dot grid) or Bales (on a grid) as an example, you will notice that the first steps used in this pattern appear in many other patterns.

Flower of Life Base Pattern

Flower of Life is the base pattern. Draw it on a grid, you get Bales. Add more auras and you get Puf. Lot’s of details added results in Forest and Merryweather. Replace the Dot grid with small circles, add a few extras and you have Lace Curtains. Replace the dots with diamond shapes and you have Oof.

I am currently working on a new section on that will include patterns sorted according to their base pattern. This is necessary because many people are submitting new patterns to the site and are trying to find out if their pattern already exists. It will also provide inspiration for creating variations of patterns. AND it will empower YOU to create new patterns.

While modifying grid-based patterns, you will undoubtedly come across a stunning variation that should deserve its own name. This lesson is all about encouraging you to create your very own pattern!

Let’s start with base pattern T:

T by Ina Sonnenmoser

There is a pattern out called Brella. However, I can see plenty more options to create new patterns from this. Get pen to paper and play with this. Create a step-out and submit it to our Facebook group.

Here is the link to the instructions how to create a step-out, and here in detail.

Other base patterns to choose from are Flower of Life and Spike. I will be adding more to the list!

How do you get started?

Try the following:

Try different combinations of rotations of the block/section (that would be Step 3 on base pattern T). Apply all the rotations and any other possible combinations as explained in Lesson 1.


  • auras
  • orbs/circles
  • thicken lines
  • embellish with rice corn shapes, hearts, drops … here is a list of shapes

As soon as you come across a design that is to your liking, draw the step-out and submit.

I know, I am being brave by encouraging everyone to create new patterns. 🙂 … have FUN!


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