Three Round Geometric Patterns in detail

This weekend I’ve been developing a template for round patterns.  Overall they are 16 sided, with three eight-sided designs along each “spoke”.  For variety, alternate spokes have variations on the eight-sided designs.  For the first time I explicitly set out to design a template that would be easy to trim around the edges, so the outline could follow some natural feature of the subject.  If left untrimmed, the edge has a broad ripple.

Galaxy in the Weeds
Galaxy in the Weeds
Stone Stars
Stone Stars
Smooth, Curly, Colorful
Smooth, Curly, Colorful
Source Photo

“Galaxy in the Weeds” comes from this picture of a pile of stems with weeds growing up through them. Layered stems in sunlight provide strong geometric possibilities. This pattern makes good use of the bits of green to provide relief from gray. The first two closeups show the different figures, and the way the edge is trimmed. The rest zoom in to show detailed textures.

Weeds 3 Weeds 4 Weeds 5 Weeds 6

“Stone Stars” comes from a photograph of rock cliffs at the shore in Maine. The stone color variations are beautiful but subtle. Stronger geometric form comes from deeply shadowed fissures in the rock.

Stone 1 Stone 2 Stone 3 Stone 4

“Smooth, Curly and Colorful” comes from a photograph of colored pencils, twirled and overlaid to provide more variation.
Smooth 1 Smooth 2 Smooth 3

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12 Responses to “Three Round Geometric Patterns in detail”

  1. Rich Says:

    I can see this as not only a work of art, Doug, but as object de’ art. Do you sell these as doiles, table runners, t-shirts etc?

  2. dhill Says:

    Rich, I’d love to license designs like this for home furnishing, and work with someone experienced in the business to come up with colors and patterns that are desirable. I don’t have money to invest in stocking them myself.

    T-shirts are different, though, since some places offer print-on-demand. I haven’t tried one of these round patterns yet, but I will — thanks for the suggestion. I do offer some patterns at RedBubble ( and I’ve just begun to offer designs at Cafepress ( More shops to follow as I have time.

  3. Anne Says:

    I actually stumbled upon these looking for inspiration for a cutwork and applique doily. They’re far too complex for my skill level, but they are quite beautiful.

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