April 13, 2015

A New Textile: "Two Rectangles and a Trapezoid"

Two Rectangles and a Trapezoid, hand dyed wool on linen, 11 1/2 x 13 in. 

Three shapes, an illusion of overlapping; three colors, cool and warm, each one mixed with a bit of one of the other colors to harmonize them. This overlapping idea is similar to the one in another recent textile, Shield, although not as dramatic. 

Two Rectangles and a Trapezoid detail

I use different directions of hooking the loops of wool in order to enhance the illusion of overlap. I often use a random pattern for backgrounds; its overall-ness works well for that purpose. It is the most labor intensive of all hooking directions; straight lines are the easiest, angled lines and curves in between. It's all quite relaxing handwork, done while I sit in front of the tv in the evening, a nice way to wind down the day.


  1. That is very nice and neatly-done.
    I wonder what effect it would have all done in the same color...just differing loop-orientation...

    1. I don't know, JBS; why don't you give it a try?

    2. I might, but certainly could not produce the consistent results you are able to produce.
      More in my field would be something along this line: http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/107798/lael-gordon-prismatic-patterns
      Pretty cool how the chatoyance of wood allows shifting effects depending on lighting...

    3. Very interesting, JBS; it's surprising that a grain direction shift would make such a difference in the coloration.

  2. This piece has a sophisticated and calming effect for me not expected with the use of the complimentary purple and yellow. Perhaps it is the way the colors were mixed in the dye process. Really like this one.