Author - Brittany Wittman McLaughlin

Chevron: Definition and Design

A chevron, according to textile historian Susan Meller, "are offspring of the herringbone weave, in which columns of short diagonal stripes meeting in a line of Vs not unlike the skeletons of a fish. Some herringbone prints imitate a woven herringbone, complete with uneven lines that imply the roughness of woolly threads; others loudly declare their independence of their ancestor – for example, by setting the diagonals out of kilter, breaking up the V." These variations create something new and...

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Ogee Definition and Design

An ogee is a distinctive pattern with two continuous S-shaped curves narrowing and widening. These two curves form a perfect oval before repeating out gracefully. Known for their pleasing flow and rhythm, this layout is extremely versatile as a design element. In fact, designers from cultures all around the globe have been using it in patterns. They can be modern and sleek when used in apparel, large-scale and elaborate in home furnishing fabrics, or decorative and ornate on architectural...

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Trellis Pattern Definiton and Designs
Trellis Pattern Definiton and Designs
Trellis Pattern Definiton and Designs

Trellis Pattern Definition and Designs

There is always the desire to bring the outdoors inside to our interior spaces. The garden as a source of design inspiration offers endless forms, colors, and textures that create a feast for the eyes and senses. A trellis (treillage) is an architectural structure, usually made from an open framework or lattice of interwoven or intersecting elements that are normally made to support and display climbing foliage. They were first invented by countryside gardeners who needed a way to support growing...

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Polka Dot Definition and Designs

It is safe to assume, that nearly everyone has had a polka dot pattern in their clothes or linen closet at some point in their life. It seems from the first time this pattern made an appearance, it has always been on trend in one form or another. Polka dots are fairly recent in the scope of textile history. Medieval Europeans had no interest in dots. Without machines promising perfectly spaced dots, irregularly spaced dots were too reminiscent of diseases...

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