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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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Right on Twill

Angela Boyle

We can do so much with this structure.

A rather large project has come through True North Textiles recently in twill. Twill is a basic weave structure. After plain weave, it’s the second thing you learn. Twill is sturdier and versatile.

Similar to the blue of jeans, this rug uses many colors of blue to create interest.

Similar to the blue of jeans, this rug uses many colors of blue to create interest.

The yarns create a diagonal pattern that you might recognize. We all know twill very well because it’s the weave structure of denim. All your jeans are twill! It might sound basic, but there are many variations on twill. We tend to go with a 2/2 twill. That means the horizontal weft yarns go over two warp and then under two warp.

In this close-up shot of twill, you can see that there are two cotton warps (vertical in this image), each with two threads: taupe and brown, and yellow and brown. Following the wool weft (the horizontal yarn), each pick (or row) moves to the right one set of cotton warp. All the yarn is locked in place and very strong.

In this close-up shot of twill, you can see that there are two cotton warps (vertical in this image), each with two threads: taupe and brown, and yellow and brown. Following the wool weft (the horizontal yarn), each pick (or row) moves to the right one set of cotton warp. All the yarn is locked in place and very strong.

Twill is simple but not boring by a long shot. Changing color and texture can make all the difference in the world. Change the hues, change the value, you can make the diagonal stripes pop or fade.

A change of weft from the golden threads in the previous image to the vibrant fall colors here make a world of different even though the two color palettes are similarly focused on yellow, orange, and blue.

A change of weft from the golden threads in the previous image to the vibrant fall colors here make a world of different even though the two color palettes are similarly focused on yellow, orange, and blue.

Recently, we worked on some rugs for a car loft in rural California. The rugs are intended to match a provided sample. So we provided a variety of options. These warm colors are subtly different but based on the lighting of a room some are warmer, pop more, or are much more subtle. Do you prefer those that focus more on orange or blue here?

Four color options using very similar palettes can still be strikingly different when a new color is added or a strong color is left out.

Four color options using very similar palettes can still be strikingly different when a new color is added or a strong color is left out.

 

Striped Action

Amy Tyson

We can do stripes. 

We've been working on these custom runners, based on a gold sample from our predecessor, Lark Textile.

Inspiration stripe sample

Inspiration stripe sample

We wove a few options, mixing all kinds of shades. But they like #1, minus the bright blue.

Approved client sample.

Approved client sample.

Sarah weaving one of the striped runners

Sarah weaving one of the striped runners

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4 Striped Runners.

4 Striped Runners.

Striped Runners

Striped Runners

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