Daily Swatch: Pattern Types – Misc. Tessellations Continued – Houndstooth

How fortuitous! The same print in two colorways — the top one is on eBay now and+bottom one is from Retrolabs on Etsy. The trouble with this print in particular and houndstooth-esque designs in general is that they are thisclose to looking like swastikas. Which is not their fault of course, and +it’s not even the swastika’s fault that it has such evil connotations. But it’s what I think of when I see this and it’s impossible for me to un-see. And I will shut up now before Google gets the wrong idea about this site.


  1. Meghan says:

    Haha! I see it now, and wonder if I’ll be able to “un-see” in the future :)

  2. Brianna says:

    That first print is gorgeous – really eye-catching. Except I totally can’t un-see it and now just couldn’t bring myself to use it in anything!

  3. Cat says:

    However, remember the so-called “swastika” motif was in use by Native N Americans wayyyyy before those other folks borrowed it and even today Eastern Indian lore holds it as a Good Omen symbol [re: wiki = Archaeological evidence of swastika-shaped ornaments dates from the Neolithic period. It occurs mainly in the modern day culture of India, sometimes as a geometrical motif and sometimes as a religious symbol. It remains widely used in Indian religions such as Hinduism, Buddhism and Jainism.]

  4. Courtney says:

    I am in the middle of designing one of my favorite quilts yet and every time I show it to my boyfriend he says, wow that looks great, but they look like swastikas. grrrr! next time I’ll say, no, it looks like houndstooth!

  5. Maitreya says:

    Oh man, I can’t unsee the swastikas now either.