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Bellingham, WA 98226
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True North Textiles is a design studio that makes flat woven rugs and wall art. We design and manufacture our textiles in Bellingham, WA.

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Design blog focused on textiles, rugs and pattern.

 

Always classic stripe

Amy Tyson

There are so many ways to make a navy stripe fresh and interesting. Here we have variation within a framework, 6-7" dark stripes broken up by thin white stripes. This could make a great hallway runner and easily incorporate several new colors.

Michelle weaving navy stripes

Michelle weaving navy stripes

Navy Stripe 10' x 13'

Navy Stripe 10' x 13'

Closeup of finished rug. Navy Stripe 10' x 13'

Closeup of finished rug. Navy Stripe 10' x 13'

Same pattern on bottom left, in Coral and Aqua.

Same pattern on bottom left, in Coral and Aqua.

Give us your best Blue!

Amy Tyson

In the last few weeks, we made a couple of Columns rugs for clients. One is in a color we call Navy (the weavers were calling it Denim). The other is the Ink colorway. The Navy version has a warm grey column and a cool blue/ navy column. Note the icy colors against the warm greys.

Columns Rug on the loom at True North Textiles

Columns Rug on the loom at True North Textiles

Columns Navy

Columns Navy

Columns Navy by True North Textiles

Columns Navy by True North Textiles

Below we have Michelle weaving the Columns Ink. This one is much warmer and more dramatic. Since we are a custom shop, we can make whatever blue you like!

Michelle weaving Columns Ink

Michelle weaving Columns Ink

Columns Ink

Columns Ink

Why not Ombre?

Amy Tyson

Our Seattle showroom, Michael Folks, came to us with a Lark Textile Design sample that our predecessor Janet had designed when she owned the looms. We created a couple of new color options to match the style of her original rag rug cutting.  The client wanted some rich colors to go with their floral fabric. It was a bit of a challenge to strategize a method to make the ombre colors line up but it turned out great.

This project was a joy to execute!

Left: New Strike-offs. Right: Inspiration

Left: New Strike-offs. Right: Inspiration

Close up of final selection in progress

Close up of final selection in progress

Aurora weaving.

Aurora weaving.

Finished rug is around 5' x 7'.

Finished rug is around 5' x 7'.

How to custom color

Amy Tyson

We can do all kinds of custom color but sometimes it helps to start with a favorite sample and make adjustments.

This client had a cream and blue sample of ours, FWT-33 Coast (below left).  She wanted to replace the blue with purple accents. She gave us paint chips, fabrics and poms so we could not only match the purple she wanted but also the neutral tones in the room.

The winner was Option 2 with it's cool tones. 

FWT-33 Coast

FWT-33 Coast

3 different options.

3 different options.

Aurora weaving FWT - 33. Twill in custom colors.

Aurora weaving FWT - 33. Twill in custom colors.

Weaving the Twill. By alternating 3 shuttles of yarn, we can create a little accent of purple.

In the photo below, you can see the purple dominant group just above Aurora's shoulder. One shuttle has no purple and the 3rd shuttle( in the foreground) has just one thin purple and the rest are cream and white.

Aurora weaving FWT - 33. Twill in custom colors.

Aurora weaving FWT - 33. Twill in custom colors.

FWT - 33. Twill in custom colors.

FWT - 33. Twill in custom colors.

Here's the finished rug that came in at 6'3" x 9'0" on our shop floor. The colors combine to create a nice hazy feeling.

Finished 6'3" x 9'0" . FWT - 33. Twill in custom colors.

Finished 6'3" x 9'0" . FWT - 33. Twill in custom colors.