Designing with Pattern by Jan Messent
Reviewed by Debbie Stiehler
Originally Published Winter 2001
Crochet Design, 1992
The first thing I noticed about this book was the wonderful cover. It
is resplendent with color and interesting designs created with placement
and machine stitching on fabric. Ms. Messent begins her hand-printed book
with a glossary of terms relating to the design process. She discusses how
pattern provokes responses, such as conflict, tension, action, movement,
Ms. Messent then discusses using an informal pattern, such as a section
of a drawing, and adapting it by tracing it, cutting it into pieces, and
reorganizing them to make a totally different pattern. She also discusses
overlapping and isolating specific areas of a pattern.
Another section of this book encourages you to open your mind to design
sources around you. She introduces folded paper cuttings, woven paper
strips, grids, circles and asymmetrical grid work as bases for the design
This book of only 40 pages is not an in-depth study of design but
rather a fun filled workbook that will give "food for thought"
about seeing design possibilities around you.