Pattern criteria

I am so sorry to bring this up … This is a sensitive topic … you have been linked to this page because your pattern was rejected.

As you know, there is no pattern police. There is also no rulebook in regard to what is considered a pattern. The reason your pattern was rejected can be explained by answering the questions below.

Ask yourself the following questions:

  • Do people want to recreate this pattern?
    • When is it a pattern and when is it a doodle. A few random squiggles do not make a pattern that is worthy a step-out. Ask yourself if people want to recreate this drawing. Or is it just a doodle that you drew once because it fitted your mood at the moment? Will YOU use it again and again in your artwork?
  • Is it a variation of an existing pattern? If yes, does it require it’s own step-out?
    • This is explained in detail further below
  • Are only the basic shapes included?
    • see below
  • Does your pattern require more than 6 or 7 steps?
    • If more steps are needed, then it is considered artwork and not a pattern.
  • Did you include artwork with your step-out?
  • Did you draw the step-out on plain white paper?
  • Can a beginner easily identify the various steps?
  • Did you combine multiple steps into one?

Should you answer NO to any of these questions, you found the reason why your submission was rejected. Maybe you can rectify the problem (missing artwork for example) and resubmit?

Criteria for patterns to be included on

For inclusion of a pattern on this site a couple of rules do apply. Here are a couple of common issues found that explain why a pattern was rejected. You can also read up on how to submit a pattern by clicking here.

The following shapes are recognised:

For example, I was playing with Hamsix and replaced the Rice Corn Shape with a Petal Shape.

The outcome is really nice .. BUT if someone would create a step-out for this variation of Hamsix, it would not be posted on the site. This is not a shape that is recognised in meditative drawing! You CAN recreate the shape by using two Lazy S shapes though. It would count as 2 steps in a step-out and I would consider this to be a difficult pattern.

Should someone create a step-out for the Hamsix variation, I would insist that the name begins with ‘Hamsix’ .. Hamsix Petal maybe?

Next point is … when does a variation require a step-out?

Look at the sheet above. In example A the center circle has been replaced with a dot. Everyone can see how this is done – even a beginner. It does NOT require a step-out.

The same goes for Example B. It is easy to see that each petal has an inner aura added to it. And even though Example C looks totally different to the original, it is still easy to figure out that a spikey rice corn was used.

Example D however is more difficult to figure out. A beginner would not be able to figure out that the petals extend in both directions. The same applies to E and F. Because another pattern has been used in this variation, I would insist on a name like Sand Swirl Hamsix or Hamsix Sand Swirl.

Please do not be discouraged by one rejection. If you are unclear why your pattern was rejected, please contact me directly.




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