Continuing the minnows and mussels design from the previous post, I created a half-drop repeat from my favorite variation (item C). This means the 2 units on the right side are offset on the vertical dimension by 50%. I doodled with my black marker to define the positive and negative parts of the basic unit. Next, to see how the shapes play out on a larger field before fixing the details, I arranged a series of 4-unit half-drop repeat blocks in a new image. At scale, the pattern below would cover a piece of fabric 24″ wide by 36″ long, requiring me to paste (print) my stencil 6 times. The black areas will become the colors I choose. The white areas represent the ground of the fabric — they will be protected by the rice paste resist during the dyeing process.
The shapes, lights and darks have a pleasing flow, so I’ll continue to refine this design. The vertical and horizontal lines that are so apparent now will disappear when I fix the areas where the forms are cut off by edges.