Years ago I saw this photo in a magazine.
A spiderweb, a hexagon from the end of the 19th century
It's not a common pattern but once I started noticing it I found others.
Here's one that is elaborately embroidered
And one with a little bit of embroidery.
I'd never seen it published or named. I decided I'd make one.First I figured out it is not a hexagon.It's a diamond.
A string-pieced diamond with a black strip in the center.
So I drafted a diamond in paper and string pieced colorful strips with a dark strip in the center.
But wait a minute. That's not it. The dark strip isn't as random as I thought.
Maybe if the center strip was always the same....
With a carefully drafted dark (or bright strip) in the center you get a hexagon, like the cotton quilt from about 1900 above, but it isn't what I was trying to do. I was befuddled. I set it aside.
A year later I picked it up again and decided my start wasn't bad and I ought to finish it so I made another rectangle to piece to the end...
Next post---the saga continues.