Monday, January 2, 2012

"Damask" this weeks Challenge

Quick deffinition: Damasks used one of the five basic weaving techniques of the Byzantine and Islamic weaving centres of the early Middle Ages, and derive their name from the city of Damascus, which at the time was a large city active in both trading and manufacture. Damasks were scarce after the ninth century outside of Islamic Spain, but were revived in some places in the thirteenth century. The word "damask" is first seen in a Western European language in the mid-14th century in French. By the fourteenth century, damasks were being woven on draw looms in Italy. From the fourteenth to the sixteenth century, most damasks were woven in a single colour, with a glossy warp-faced satin pattern against a duller ground. Two-colour damasks had contrasting colour warps and wefts, and polychrome damasks added gold and other metallic threads or additional colors as supplemental brocading wefts. Medieval damasks were usually woven in silk, but wool and linen damasks were also woven.[2][6]


So with that Happy Creating! If you are new here the "How to" is on the right side bar. Happy New Year!

16 comments:

peggy gatto said...

I love the pattern you provided and used it to make my design! I think it would make a nice background. If any one wants to use it, please do!


http://wwwpeggysamusement.blogspot.com/2012/01/inspiration-ave.html
I am also having a giveaway on my blog
(post before this challenge)

Grannie Annie said...

Another fantastic challenge love your original subjects very fun...

http://thewhimseyasylum.blogspot.com/

IM GIRL said...

Whoa Shel! Now I am really going to have to step it up to figure out what to do on this one!

I hated missing the last challenge...going to get my thinking cap on!

Cheers to the New Year!

Kim

Jennifer McLean said...

This is my first challenge with you, what fun! Damask was such a terrific choice, and it fit into just what I was feeling I wanted to create. Here's my link. THanks!

http://www.justaddwatersilly.com/2012/01/quick-wednesday-post.html

Terrie said...

This was fun! I'm terrible at symmetry, so it was a good exercise. I'm thinking I might take my drawing and play with it in PSE.....lots of possibilities.

See mine here: http://creative-explorer.blogspot.com/2012/01/sketching-mug.html

Marcia said...
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Marcia said...

I did it! Just right now I finished it up while watching a movie. I think mine is a "damask" image.. I wasn't 100% sure, it kind of looked like what you had posted. What do you think? http://marciabeckett.blogspot.com/2012/01/rest-your-soul.html

IM GIRL said...

Finally done!

http://enterimgirl.blogspot.com/2012/01/destiny.html

XO
Kim

kirstin mcculloch said...

Great challenge - so original! I had to totally rethink what I thought damask was! Thank you....

http://kirstinmcculloch.blogspot.com/2012/01/damask-inspiration-avenue.html

Bella~Rose said...

my entry thanks for looking.

Magpie said...
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Magpie said...

Oops, put in the wrong link. Here's mine (I hope :)

http://intothemagpiesnest.blogspot.com/2012/01/weekly-challenge-inspiration-avenue.html

gma said...

Hi hope I am not too late.
http://gemmashouse.blogspot.com

Shelinwa said...

This is Shelly Keep them comin I am at work and can not post results until aroun 10 PAC time :)

Hettienne said...

oh that is good news Shel, I mean for us latecomers, not for you :(. Here is my link to Damask : http://hergracedevata.blogspot.com/2012/01/damask.html

Shelinwa said...

Mine is in too forgot to post here
http://www.blogger.com/blogger.g?blogID=5618007279618653089#allposts/postNum=0

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