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until they are again required

Fig. 29. (cropped from border)
Materials and Structure.
A photograph actual size of the different materials used in the production of a Brussels carpet is shown at Fig. 29.
A is a 3/21 cotton warp thread — used for the small chain.
B is a 3/2/16 worsted warp thread — used for the figuring warp.
C is a 14 spindle (Aberdeen) jute warp thread — used for the stuffer chain
D is a 5 linen or flax weft thread — used for the filling.
Fred Bradbury. Carpet Manufacture. Belfast, Ireland. 1904.
University of Wisconsin – Madison copy, digitized February 8, 2012

“Generally all the figuring or pile threads are not displayed on the surface simultaneously — only so many as are equal to the number contained in one frame, but the coloured threads are selected from one, more or all the frames in accordance with the colours in the pattern required. All the remaining pile threads are stowed away in the body of the texture until they are again required for figuring purposes. It is this factor which adds considerably to the expense in production, but even this factor is not without its redeeming qualities...”   p 76

and from Thomas Hardy, The Well-Beloved (1897), upon glancing through the (lightly annotated) Macmillan paperback I read during a recuperative week (of Hardy) in Hong Kong, January 1978, this —

“Pierston was conscious of a singular change in himself, which had been revealed by this slight discourse. He was no longer the same man that he had hitherto been. The malignant fever, or his experiences, or both, had taken something from him, and put something else in its place.
“During the next days, with further intellectual expansion, he became clearly aware of what this was. The artistic sense had left him, and he could no longer attach a definite sentiment to images of beauty recalled from the past...
At first he was appalled...”   *

25 March 2015

figuring purposes; lines; one more or all; redeeming qualities; threads
F. Bradbury; Thomas Hardy