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I am trying to do the “Franzi” vest and it is mentioning “Glencheck” and “Pepita”, what are they? Fabrics? If so, what kind of fabric.


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    Mar 29, 2010, 11.24 PMby sew4my3


    The Prince of Wales check (engl. “Mountain Valley”, “Diamonds”) is a traditional pattern for shirts and clothing such as suits, ties for less. It passes through a fine checkerboard another contrasting colored Überkaro. The contrasts can thereby be selected to different degrees, the stronger the more the sporting event and / or use. Basically, a Glencheckmuster is more suitable for day wear, as for an evening gala performance. This classic pattern has emerged from the Scottish Clantrachten that differ from varying checkerboard. In England (where the fabric pattern is very popular) is the pattern as Prince of Wales, Prince de Galle in France and Austria, known as the Esterhazy.


    Pepita is the houndstooth similar pattern, which was named after the artist Josefa de la Oliva. (Pepita is the reduction of “Pepa”, short for Josefina, also follows the pun Pepita de Oliva for “Olive-stone”) It consists of small two-color (usually black and white) squares with diagonal connections, in contrast to the houndstooth-pattern , run in which the connections between the individual diamonds at a right angle

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      Apr 29, 2012, 10.33 AMby greymatters

      this is really interesting , you should add it to wikipedia

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      Apr 30, 2012, 06.57 AMby sew4my3

      Thank you, greymatters!

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    Mar 30, 2010, 09.52 PMby wzrdreams

    This is interesting/funny….. I have always wondered what pepita is, but that description only confirms that I have no solid understanding of what a it is. It’s like a houndstooth, but different… and named after an artist name Josefa.

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    May 14, 2012, 11.49 PMby gedwoods

    Wow, you’re a mine of information, sew4my3! By the way, great photo of you… I was wondering who the hot new lady was when I first got back on the site!

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      Oct 27, 2012, 01.51 AMby sew4my3

      Thank you!

      Hope you are doing well!

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    Jul 16, 2012, 03.18 AMby purplefan

    I learned something new about that word! Thought pepita was Spanish for a seed…

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    Jul 20, 2012, 09.25 PMby fly

    This is interesting. But I still don’t get it: Do I need both pepita and glencheck fabric for the Franzi vest? Or do I need either pepita or glencheck?

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      Oct 27, 2012, 01.54 AMby sew4my3

      I will be guessing that you have finished your project by now, but I am thinking that since they are of similar pattern, that it is calling for only one.

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    Jul 21, 2012, 03.03 PMby leokadia

    http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rapport_(Textil)#Pepita … man kann dort auch Bilder dazu sehen.

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    Oct 27, 2012, 01.52 AMby sew4my3

    The spanish link above that leokadia posted, also adds that the English version is “Shepherd’s Check”. The dictionary gives this information: shepherd’s check  noun 1.a pattern of even checks, used in a variety of fabrics.

    2.a fabric having this pattern.

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    Feb 11, 2013, 08.06 AMby jaydentyler25

    This might possibly be interesting/funny….. I have always pondered what pepita is, however that summary solely verifies that I do not have strong knowledge of exactly what a it is. It’s similar to a houndstooth, however different… and as known as shortly after some type of singer name Josefa.

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    Feb 18, 2013, 04.34 PMby jaydentyler25

    I is guessing that you have completed the organize at this point, however I have constantly been considering that because the couple tend to be of similar pattern, that it is calling for solely one.

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    Sep 30, 2014, 10.34 AMby handers

    What puzzles me to this day is who (which manufacturor) first named this particular fabric after Pepita? And when? As a dancer she had rather a short career, though a very interesting life (which was written about by her granddaughter, Vita Sackville-West in a book with the same title, first published in 1937). Pepita’s fame was concentrated in Germany mid 19th cent., but , as sew4my3 pointed out above, the motif seems to originate in Scotland. Anyone?

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