I am now ‘houndstooth obsessed’ from working on this jacket. I decided to dig up some facts about this particular pattern. Where does the name come from? And does it really look like a hound’s tooth?I turned to Wikipedia first :

Houndstooth or houndstooth check is a duotone textile pattern, characterized by broken checks or abstract four-pointed shapes. Houndstooth checks originated in woven wool cloth of the Scottish Lowlands. The traditional houndstooth check is made with alternating bands of four dark and four light threads in both warp and weft woven in a simple 2:2 twill, two over – two under the warp, advancing one thread each pass.

They include some interesting graphic illustrations of the check:

Houndstooth check weave.png

And who knew (I didn’t) that there is an online textile dictionary where some of this information came from. According to this site:

Houndstooth has stood the test of time. Considered a classic, houndstooth has been a fashion trend several times in history, with peaks during the 1930s, the 1970s and then again in the first decade of 2000. Often used in woolens, houndstooth is also found in cotton and silk fabrics.

It is often used for coats, blazers and other outdoor wear, and also dresses and skirts. In the early 1800s it was found in scarves and hoop skirts. But over time, it became popular for home item and accessories, such as handbags, headbands and umbrellas. It has even become popular for trendy animal care items, such as collars and bowls.

In the late 1960s, designer Geoffrey Beene mixed the classic pattern with lace in dresses. Also in the late 1960s, Chevrolet used a black and white houndstooth pattern to upholster some of its Camaro line of vehicles. In 2005-06, houndstooth made a fashion comeback when designers such as Chanel, Emporio Armani, and Louis Vuitton featured the bold pattern in their designs.

This winter, houndstooth is very trendy, it’s showing up in jackets:

St. John Collection Houndstooth Jacket & Pants
St. John Collection – $1295.00 (gasp!)
Gallery Houndstooth Wool Coat
This style is eerily like what I am making. Wish I could see the back

Soia & Kyo Belted Houndstooth Wool Coat

tres chic

Mackage Wool Houndstooth Capelet

Houndstooth Lamp

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