Author - Brittany Wittman McLaughlin

Chevron: Definition and Design

In their simplest form, chevron patterns are characterized by columns of short diagonal stripes meeting in a line of Vs. In other words, 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, however, loudly declare their independence of their woven ancestor through various means. For example, some set the diagonals out of kilter, breaking up the V. Meanwhile others make the V wider,...

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Houndstooth Definition and Design

Like the herringbone, the Houndstooth is a traditionally woven, two-toned textile pattern. Rather than just squares, however, houndstooth is made up of a specific repeating geometric block. The houndstooth pattern is characterized by an almost checked appearance.The term ‘houndstooth’ itself is derived from the protruding jagged teeth that define that particular block. A houndstooth motif is called by the French a pied de poule (chicken’s foot); an extra-large houndstooth is a pied de coq (cock’s foot).  The English used to maintain the birdlike metaphor for houndstooth with the name crow’s...

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Ogee Definition and Design

A curve is a line or outline that gradually deviates from being straight for some or all of its length.  This sounds like a meandering path, being gradual in its transition. The Ogee has double continuous S-shaped voluptuous curves. As a pattern, it has an onion shape. The flow and pattern evoke a modern feel while harkening back to ancient textile history.Lace Ogee Pattern P374This Ogee pattern has been seen illustrated all around the world and over the course of many...

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Suzani Pattern Definition and Design

A Suzani is a form of embroidered textile native to Central Asia. The term is derived from the Persian word for needlework, "suzanikari". Suzani tells the enduring story of mothers' love for their daughters and the beautiful handcrafted dowry pieces that they lovingly and laboriously created for their wedding day to bring happiness, protection, and prosperity into their married life. Suzanis were a symbol of a family's wealth; the greater the ornamentation signified the societal status of the bride's family. Through...

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Plaid Pattern Definition and Design

In its simplest definition, the plaid is a box layout of stripes, usually horizontal and vertical, and almost always crossing at right angles. The simple definition of a check-like arrangement is scarcely descriptive, but plaids have been produced in such a variety of layouts for centuries that a more searching definition might not cover them all. Their origin is in the threads of the loom, the warp set up lengthwise in the weft filling it in horizontally. Tartans are plaids...

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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 Blog Pattern P31

Polka Dot Definition and Designs

The polka dot has been and will always be a classic pattern. A basic favorite among textile patterns, it has never been out of style. The polka dot is a classic spring pattern, particularly in the colors of navy and white. It takes its name from a Bohemian folk dance, first performed in Prague in 1837 and brought to Paris by 1840. By 1845 the polka had spread to England. In the United States, Godey’s Lady’s Book featured a polka-dotted...

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Damask Blog Pattern P592
Damask Blog Pattern P376

Damask Definition and Designs

Produced in China over a thousand years ago, the ornamental reversible weave usually in one color was originally produced in silk and wool. Damask reached Europe from Damascus, then a center of land trade on the silk road, when Marco Polo returned to Venice in 1295 with crimson damask in the bundles he carried with him. The genuine article was once the wallpaper of the wealthy. Very early European damasks featured flowers, fruit and animals The usual designs are in...

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