Recently we had an opportunity to make this stunner for a client in Florida. We've made a lot of brown and taupe samples of this pattern because I thought it would be perfect for a western rustic home.
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Lately I've been fascinated by a kind of Japanese patchwork called Boro. The term is derived from Japanese boroboro, meaning something tattered or repaired. It's often multicolor and multi texture. They used hemp and indigo. I guess that's why it either looks like repurposed denim or denim is being substituted in contemporary times. I'm especially fond of the embroidery on top. I wonder if that was intended to distract us from the patches and make it appear that it's all from one cloth. Or to hold together layers that were disentigrating? Apparently, boro was worn by the peasant class and it was originally shameful. It's only in our times when having the time to lovingly repair and embellish seems like a luxury for creative people. I just noticed article about it in Selvedge magazine available here.
I've been wanting to expand beyond the standard colors of cotton that we use for the warp (vertical yarns). We've created a couple of new patterns that use wool for the warp, a combination of thin white and thick dark grey natural. It gives a great texture to the background color group. This one is called Ocean's Wake.
With this weave structure, a bit of the pattern color shows up in the background. You can see this more clearly in the stripe version below. When the triangle is turquoise, the background shape has a little turquoise in it.
If we wanted to get rid of that effect, we could make long floats on the back. But I think it's part of the charm.
We took over for Janet at Lark Textile Design in 2014 and some of the patterns live on. There was a blue and white version of this Reflection pattern around the studio and we decided to make some grey ombre versions of it. It's challenging and interesting to develop another persons work. It's such a different way of thinking. I tend to try to soften all the design elements with curves and subtle color play. But sometimes you just want a bolder look. It would be fun to create an ombre in the pattern background as well. Or maybe each dark section could be a different color.
This pattern is an advancing twill. The diagonals migrate across instead of wrapping back around on themselves.
Introducing two new patterns from our latest collection, Bases & Madison Triangle.