Allover patterns (for textiles and backgrounds) of various types.
There are many sorts of "allover" patterns: Allover Nondirectional, Allover One-Directional, Allover Packed, Allover Set, Allover Tossed and Allover Two-Directional. Each of these types are illustrated below. An important thing about allover designs is that they are seamless, thus ensuring that they can be repeated without showing the "join".
Allover set is a formal sometimes rigid arrangement of objects on a grid pattern. Though the basic layout is square based the objects can add variation and life to the design at the detail level.
The idea with allover tossed is that of objects that have been scattered (or randomly tossed) onto the material, giving it a lively dynamic feel.
With these allover two-directional designs a quite formal design in horizontal and vertical directions is made dynamic by the detail components of the image.
Allover One Directional
With allover one directional designs the image or textile has a deffinite "up direction", as you can clearly see in the images above. Place them at the wrong angle and they become diagonal allover designs, which are rather harder to wear or use as backgrounds!
Allover non-directional designs do not have a "preferred" direction and have a rich look to them which makes them useful in bold areas of design.
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