Since I read »Smashing Magazine
The Whys And The Hows Of Textures In Web Design« I dealt with textures and patterns.
I've ever used patterns. They're easy to create and not so work extensive. Of course, patterns can also be extensive. Everythink can be extensive! But in comparison with textures, they're.
I like selfmade thinks. But you don't have to reinvent the wheel! Fortunately, there is Tileable. Tileable includes 6 amazing pattern packs for free.