craft: chevron and quatrefoil

Friday, September 9, 2011

(Today, I learn about two popular prints.)

When browsing through my Pinterest boards, you can find a theme of two very distinct prints - chevron and quatrefoil. I'm obviously not the only one who finds these prints to be fresh and modern. Just type the words into the search function and you'll find an entire spectrum of objects and colors.

From my deep research on the design (read: google search), the chevron print originated as a "v" and was commonly found to denote rank in several military forces around the worldThe earliest known use of the chevron pattern is to be found on Minoan pottery, dating from 1800 B.C. The design motif has been used in fabrics, both woven and printed, for several hundred years. (source

The quatrefoil pattern is a representation of a flower with four petals, or a leaf with four leaflets (such as a four-leaf clover). However, it is not defined as a flower, but called a "foil". In architecture and traditional Christian symbolism, a quatrefoil is a symmetrical shape which forms the overall outline of four partially-overlapping circles of the same diameter. (source)

Through my Pinterest addictive searches, I have found way too many products or future projects that include these two amazing patterns, including some of my favorites below:


This wraps up the second week of the challenge and I hope you've kept up with The Whole EnCHELLEada too. We plan on dedicating more time this weekend to designing, making over and creating! Have a wonderful weekend.

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