Houndstooth (and my houndstooth)

Houndstooth pattern

Houndstooth pattern

Houndstooth patterns used to be extremely popular mid-century although they seem to be in something of a lull at the moment although, of course, that could all change.

I like the houndstooth because of the small repeat and the subtle differences that occur when you change the scale. It also has a rough, somewhat textured look which, unsurprisingly, appeals to the texture artist in me.

Having given some thought to the original design, I wondered whether it was possible to make a change to the overall look to give a softer feel and to bring the pattern into the present-day. In the second swatch you can see the simple change which I have made and the effect that it produces which, I think, is a little more appealing and, as a fabric, would make it look a little less stiff and starchy. Because the pattern is slightly more open I also feel that it has more possibilities than the original.

Traditionally in black and white, both my houndstooths (or is it houndsteeth?) are a little different in that I have used some traditional colours for the background and the pattern which I think makes them look just a little less harsh.

A glance on the Internet to see what products currently use a traditional houndstooth showed that they are still in evidence. Naturally my first thought was to wonder how these products would look using my version of the pattern although it seemed better to simply show you the swatches rather than try and incorporate them into a 3D design.

You can see larger versions of this and our other work on our Flickr page which is here.

About Mike
I design and create 3D interiors and mid-century inspired surface patterns

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