The pattern takes on a lacy and floral effect today, with finer lines and greater detail. I'm continually surprising myself with how different each pattern can look with simple manipulation of the basic elements.
To make the original element, I made two simple shapes in Illustrator using the pen tool, a circle and a tear-drop. By repeating the rotating tear-drop shape and changing the scale in the circle, I was able to come up with a simple symmetrical motif. My first patterns with the element were simple manipulations of that shape, which led me to pulling the motif apart and rearranging the elements.
By rearranging the order of the elements, filling in some of the circles and slightly manipulating the tear-drop shape I was able to create a new motif with a completely different feeling than the original.