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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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Design Tip: Creating Custom Color Palettes

I've spent my whole career immersed in the world of home furnishings, commercial interiors, and fabric design. As a result, I am often being asked for advice when people are making design decisions in their interior spaces. (Trust me, you don't want to invite me over to look at paint chips unless you really want my opinion!) Most of the time, people know what they want, but need validation. Other times, they aren't quite sure how to take their...

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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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Kristen Dettoni Design Process
Kristen Dettoni Design Process
Kristen Dettoni Design Process

The Design Process of Kristen Dettoni

At Design Pool, we like to say that our creative process is client-driven. We do this work because we love to see our designs find their way into a client's product and out into the marketplace. Founder Kristen Dettoni does the majority of the design work for Design Pool and is passionate about creating a beautiful and useful design library. For Kristen, her design process usually starts with a robust market and trend research. She knows that the more information...

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Kristen Dettoni Painting
Kristen Dettoni Weaving

The Women of the Bauhaus

2019 has been an exciting year for anyone who appreciates the work that came out of the Bauhaus. Around the world, museums have been installing exhibits that celebrate the 100th anniversary of the opening of the Bauhaus in Weimar, Germany in 1919. From a vast retrospective of Anni Albers at the Tate Modern in London to The Bauhaus and Harvard, a small exhibit at the Harvard Art Museum featuring work from their extensive Bauhaus collection, enthusiasts are once again...

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Museum and Textile Reproductions for Museum LA

Design Pool is excited to let you know about a volunteer project we are working on with Museum L-A in Lewiston, Maine. Museum L-A was founded to tell the story of the textile mill workers who had once worked in the Bates Mill in Lewiston, which ceased production in 2001. Their mission reads that it “connects generations and cultures, fosters a spirit of discovery and human ingenuity, and helps people experience the rich history and heritage of work, the...

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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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A Creative Vacation to England, Ireland, and Scotland

About three years ago, I learned of a company called ACE Camps through a colleague. I describe it as an adult creative summer camp. It has always been a bit of struggle for me to find friends with similar vacation interests, but when I heard about ACE Camps, I decided to step outside of my comfort zone and take a vacation on my own. It turns out that stepping out of my comfort zone was the best idea ever. After...

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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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