Multiple Drop Pattern Match – Tricky Stuff!


Yesterday’s basket weave wallpaper pattern caught me off guard. The label said this was a drop match pattern. That means that you have “A” and “B” strips… On the A strips, a certain design motif (let’s say a sailboat) is at the top of the wall. On the next strip, the B strip, the sailboat will be dropped down a few inches. On the third strip, back to A, the sailboat will be back at the top of the wall.

So I started cutting a wall full of A and B strips. Luckily, a little bug in the back of my head told me to stop and plot.

Turns out this was not a simple drop pattern match with A and B strips. It was a multiple drop match, and the pattern spanned four strips. This meant that the pattern played out across four strips before that sailboat got back up at the top of the wall. Therefore I had A, B, C, and D, strips.

It’s a good thing that little bug screamed at me. If I had cut all my strips in the A and B sequence, half of my strips would have been in the wrong pattern match, and I would have either come up short of paper – or I would have had a whole lot of plotting and splicing and finagling to get the room done.

Multiple drop pattern matches do keep the design from appearing too repetitive. But they are not very common. However, they have been popping up more and more over the last year or two. I just wish that manufacturers would label their material correctly – that would help a lot to avoid costly mistakes.

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