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True North Textiles is a boutique weaving studio producing original rugs that experiment with contemporary color and texture while remaining reverent to time-honored traditions. We specialize in working closely with designers and homeowners to develop palettes and patterns that integrate effortlessly and beautifully into interior design schemes. Our rugs are made in America

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Design blog focused on textiles, rugs and pattern.

 

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How to work with Green

Amy Tyson

 Tiger Eye, Deep Green on the left

Tiger Eye, Deep Green on the left

Green can be neutral. A client requested we combine the green an taupe colors of the top left Tiger Eye with a  Creswell Charcoal. The result, a group of subtle options - see below.

The first 2 options make the pattern bold so we went for a more tonal group for Option 3. It's all about the neutral to green proportion and coming up with the prettiest combo.

 Creswell Custom color strike off

Creswell Custom color strike off

 Creswell Custom Option 3

Creswell Custom Option 3

Another example is this new Mosaic sample below. It's got this great dark green accent yarn but still reads neutral. In a full size rug, the Mosaic "tiles" would appear to be different colors, depending on which warp yarns are on top at the time.

 Mosaic Cedar

Mosaic Cedar

And we can always count on Sheila Hicks for inspiration. That pop of turquoise makes it sing.

I wish we could do something more like this but tapestry weaving takes a long time.

 Sheila Hicks

Sheila Hicks

Ocean's Wake

Amy Tyson

New Texture. 

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.

 Ocean's Wake Detail.

Ocean's Wake Detail.

 Ocean's Wake 8' x 10'

Ocean's Wake 8' x 10'

 Ocean's Wake Ice

Ocean's Wake Ice

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.

 Ocean's Wake Turquoise Stripe

Ocean's Wake Turquoise Stripe

Bold Pattern

Amy Tyson

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.

 Reflection Charcoal

Reflection Charcoal

This pattern is an advancing twill. The diagonals migrate across instead of wrapping back around on themselves.

 Reflection Charcoal

Reflection Charcoal

 Reflection Charcoal

Reflection Charcoal

New Pattern - Transit

Amy Tyson

This pattern is called Transit and it's a non directional take on our Pueblo pattern. The more dense arrow shapes create a interesting and dynamic horizontal stripe.

 Transit Emerand, Ice and Aspen

Transit Emerand, Ice and Aspen

See below an older Pueblo sample with arrows going one direction. It's more of an all over pattern.

 Pueblo Mint

Pueblo Mint

 Transit with green stripe background

Transit with green stripe background

Introducing Tiger's Eye

Amy Tyson

Sometimes the best inspiration comes from what is already at hand. Here are the first couple of our new patterns which are fresh takes on older ideas. 

Tiger Eye is an adaption of a Lark Diamond design. We wanted to give it more of a tree bark or animal skin feeling. The unexpected and irregular shapes to add drama.

 Tiger's Eye Deep Green, Forest and Russet

Tiger's Eye Deep Green, Forest and Russet

 Meg Weaving Tiger Eye.

Meg Weaving Tiger Eye.

 Tiger Eye Charcoal

Tiger Eye Charcoal

This is a chunkier weave than we've been doing lately. Lots of cushion.