The journal of design and manufactures
[Original papers:] Printed flannel., p. 148
Original Papers: Printed Flannel. PRINTED FLANNEL. AT this period of chilliness, we think our readers will be disposed to sym- pathise with the renewed consideration of a fabric especially suitable to the season. In a previous number (p. 105), we gave two examples of a full deep- toned and well-covered flannel admirably printed by Mr. Swaisland, and we have now selected for the subject of a few remarks one in which the ground is light rather than dark, printed by we know not whom, but no less creditable for its correct design than those we lately spoke of. In this instance, the designer has taken an old type, but treated it with some novelty. The public is so accustomed to the pine form, and its associations with Indian origin and early success are so strong, that any manufacturer is sure of the patronage of large numbers out of pure regard for the old friendly shape. Without depre- ciating it, we should like to see a gentle attempt made to devise more varied generic shapes for diaper treatments: still we always welcome this old familiar friend. We are glad to observe that the designer in this print has not attempted any imitation of a woven effect, but has trusted to rich masses of colour skilfully bombined, not too imitative, and yet sufficiently suggestive of nature. What is here done on a limited scale proves that this principle of treatment is a key to a new style, if any one would be venturesome enough to use it, and we would especially direct the attention of designers to it. We may also say to the student, "This pattern affords suggestions which you would do well to pursue. As one lesson, consider the well-balanced quantities and the general diapered arrange- ment ; take these as a basis, and merely alter the pine forms, preserving the same arrangements of colour. As another lesson, take the new forms and modify the arrangements of colour and the general quantities of them." To revert to the consumer, we remark that this pattern would be effective and tasteful, whether worn in folds as in a gown, or more flatly as in a shawl; yet it is but a simple adaptation of the old pine with full-toned harmonies, well and equally distributed over the surface.
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