October 31, 2011

Pattern Parlance Part I

I’m knee deep in fabric and carpet research and I thought I’d share some of the pattern names with you.  Before I began really immersing myself in design I would just wing it in the stores when describing what it was I wanted.  “You know that squiggly line sorta thing intersected by the thing and the other thing.”

It’s a good thing I’m taking the time to learn, and of course I’ll share it with you, cause I’m nice like that 🙂

May as well go alphabetical….. More of the alphabet to follow later this week.

The arabesque is a rhythmic linear pattern. Usually consists of scrolling and interlacing foliage, tendrils or lines. Islamic in origin and featured in textiles and architectural decoration.



Block Print.  The wood block is carefully prepared as a relief matrix, which means the areas to show ‘white’ are cut away with a knife, chisel, or sandpaper leaving the characters or image to show in ‘black’ at the original surface level.



Crewel Embroidery, or Crewelwork is a decorative surface embroidery pattern.




Damask weaves are commonly produced in monochromatic weaves in silk, and linen which feature patterns of flowers, fruit, and other designs. The long floats of satin-woven warp and weft threads cause soft highlights on the fabric which reflect light differently according to the position of the observer.



Flocking is the process of applying different types of fibers or materials that contain adhesive to other materials. In this example black flocking is applied to green velvet to create the raised floral pattern.



Greek key pattern is named for the square pieces sticking out in the pattern which look rather like a key. The pattern is also known as a meander or a Greek fret.



Herringbone describes a distinctive V-shaped weaving pattern . It is distinguished from a plain chevron by the break at reversal, which makes it resemble a broken zigzag. The pattern is called herringbone because it resembles the skeleton of a herring fish


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October 31, 2011


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