Wednesday, July 21, 2010


...a machine weaving method of creating fabric that permits the introduction of different patterns and designs within the weave itself. In 1802, Joseph-Marie Jacquard invented a loom attachment to automatically control th weaving to produce complex patterns and designs within the weave. This was the first time a pattern had been imprinted onto a machine-made fabric without the use of stamping. All other weaves had previously been done by hand. Jacquards are quickly becoming one of my favorite ways to add subtle texture to a pallet. The weave is not as heavy as an embroidery, but much more textured than a simple stamped or dyed pattern.