All of the pieces in this collection were inspired by fabric techniques such as Needlepoint, Bargello and Tapestry. Of course, the methods employed to create the patterns in these pieces using glass bear little resemblance to the methods used to create corresponding fabric designs, but the end results can look very similar.
Far from involving a needle or a loom, creating these patterns in glass begins with the creation of pattern sheets from narrow strips or threads of different colors of glass. The pattern sheets are then cut into strips, perpendicularly or diagonally to the original patterns to create new pattern strips. Finally, those pattern strips are arranged next to one another to form an endless variety of complex patterns. In some cases, alternate strips are used to create sets of contrasting patterns that intersect and create a sense of movement in multiple directions.