New orders ship by June 15

  • 100% premium cotton

  • vibrant color

  • magnetic patterns

  • Creator owned and operated

I’m Jonathan and I design and run PETLEY PATTERNS by myself, from creative to accounting.

I am grateful


    Who Am I?

    My name is Jonathan Petley, and I’ve spent the last four decades experimenting, failing, and dreaming—all with one goal in mind—finding my true artistic voice. I tried everything from painting and cartooning, to writing full length novels and illustrating childrens’ picture books. I knew I could never be truly satisfied until I found the perfect balance between career and creativity. I’m dyslexic and adhd. Although this combination makes for a fiercely creative mind, it can also make that balance difficult to find. 

    In order to stay financially stable, I learned to become an orthodontic lab technician—this would pay the bills while I continued my creative pursuit in the background for another 23 years. Lab work eventually proved over time to be a destructive and draining force in my life, as I gained more experience and found myself with less and less energy at the end of each day. In March of 2024, I finally called it quits. A new phase is in full swing.

    The majority of my art skills are self taught, with a few exceptions. Surface pattern design came to me in an unexpected and serendipitous way, while I was researching a completely unrelated topic. I found it highly appealing, both for its practical application, and its widely diverse styles and public appeal. People buy patterns—a lot. I knew I’d found the answer. For the first time in my life, I invested my hard earned money and much of my free time into learning everything I could. I’m so glad I did. 

    I live in Richmond, Virginia, a mile from the James River, with my two Dachshunds and my beautiful, highly intelligent wife, where I'm starting my new exciting venture into patterned apparel. GOOD SHIRTS are here.

    Thanks so much for visiting. I’m grateful.