Design Challenge 2: Taylour Beadling

Final Pattern, 10" x 10"

Taylour BeadlingTools, tools, tools. I really enjoyed the prompt for this challenge. It gave me the opportunity to honor the fine artisans of world. I chose to go with a carpenter. They are seriously invaluable. What are you sitting on right now? A Chair? Is it made of wood? BOOM, carpentry*!

Pattern, Detail

Coordinates, coordinating.

I spent a good amount of time researching carpentry tools. It’s an incredibly old trade and the tools used throughout history are extremely interesting! I found the coolest forms and shapes in the various tools. If you want to check out some pretty cool images, I suggest this link!

I went with some pretty classical tools to inform my design. My pattern features a trusty pair of double calipers, compasses, nails, and a saw motif.

Some of my reference.


I ultimately abstracted the forms of the tools into the individual parts of my pattern. Overall I believe this leads to a pretty cool, modern design. I decided to keep my color palette relatively neutral, with a couple of fun pops here and there.

Thanks so much for reading! I hope you enjoyed my pattern as much as I enjoyed making it!

*If your chair is made of metal, or you’re sitting on something that is not even a chair, I still think my point is valid. You have no doubt owned something made out of wood.

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6 comments on “Design Challenge 2: Taylour Beadling

  1. Wow! I love the abstraction of the tools. This pattern has an interesting masculine/feminine thing going on. The shapes are very masculine and the colors feel more feminine. It also has an interesting post modern art deco feel. If that makes any sense! Cool.

  2. Janel Maske on said:

    I really really like this! The colors are great, and I especially like all the movement you have going on. It’s like it’s vibrating. Fantastic!

  3. Angie on said:

    Great job with the tools. I love the design and colors you used.

  4. Great design Taylour! My grandfather was a carpenter and I still remember him using all of his tools! Your design brings back fond memories for me! I love the color scheme too! It would compliment both a masculine and feminine decor!

  5. Great interpretation of your tools…I agree with the Art Deco feel of this fabric. Really like where you incorporated the saw into your design. Would make great pillows on a leather couch in an architects office.

  6. This is a really cool design. When I first saw it I wanted to read on to know more about how your motifs came to be.

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