As I mentioned a few posts back, I'm working to put together a collection of fabric designs around the theme of Wonderland. I also wanted to try a tiling shape I hadn't really used in the past, so my next design tiles as an ogee. (Before looking up that link to share with you, I didn't realize how many uses the ogee really has!)
It's fun trying a new design element, since it stretches my brain a bit to see how it all fits together. You can see my initial sketch above where I worked out what tiling element I need to create.
Once I have the basic concept down, I am able to get started on the illustration work for the design. I'm just getting started here, but I enjoy this part of the process.
When I work on any repeating pattern tile, I always try to check my work periodically to make sure I'm connecting everything correctly. This goes doubly for hand-drawn designs. Digital designs can generally be easily altered after the fact, but it's no fun to have to go back to the drawing board because I didn't work out my tiling just right.
I'm sure there's a fancier way to test pattern tiles, but I always use my desktop.
I have plenty of work left to do on this design, but it's coming right along.