So, here's the background story. Occasionally......ah....sometimes......o.k., o.k........a lot of the time I get locked into an idea and I can't just leave it alone. I don't know why I'm drawn to it or what the end result will be. This week I could not move past the idea of a connected 5 pronged star pattern. This was what I was doing or nothin'. And, ya know what I found out? 5 sided things are not so easy to work with so there was some frustrated hair-pulling along the way.
Here's the end result:
Can you see the stars? I actually loved the negative pattern created and chose to highlight that. I loved the way it varied from 3 to 4 petal flowers seemingly randomly - maybe if I drew a bigger sample I could see some consistency in how this happened.
Drawing it the first time was okay, I didn't really think about it and just got into a rhythm - but trying to figure it out and break it down for a pattern.............difficult. This isn't an easy pattern to get, but if you want to have a go, here's the step-out. You may find it easier to draw it one star at a time so that you don't lose track of where you're going with it. I tend to draw a section of the pattern - maybe the framework of 5-6 stars, fill them in, then continue on with more framework.
Another tip: the dots created in step 4 are the centre points of the new stars - it's a good idea to continue marking the centres with dots throughout the pattern so that your don't lose your way.
This is a pattern that will have a limited amount of repeats/growth possible due to the geometrics - you can't continue stacking like you can do with an even sided shape like a hexagon, but hopefully you'll have a bit of fun with it :)
I've been playing with a fun curly bracket pattern and will (hopefully) have a step out for it put together in the next day or so.