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The name Crystiles refers to textile patterns recreated in crystal. This collection consists of twelve pieces  - three iconic textile patterns (tartan, houndstooth, and argyle), each of which is available in four colors (red, blue, yellow, and gray). After having worked with fabric for twenty years, first in fashion and then in greeting cards, textile patterns were a natural for Julia’s first collection of crystal collages.

And since Julia is something of a fabric nerd, she feels compelled to tell you the history of these patterns. Feel free to skip this part if you are already painfully bored.

Tartan is a woven plaid, usually wool, that is traditionally associated with a Scottish clan. Among the best known tartans are Royal Stewart, the personal tartan of Queen Elizabeth II, and Black Watch, a tartan used by the British army. In addition to the clan tartans, tartan patterns have been developed for individuals, regions, institutions, corporations, and special events. It has been estimated that there over 6000 different tartans, with 150 new designs being created each year. Even many states in the US have their own tartans.

Houndstooth originated in Scotland in the 1800s where it was worn by shepherds, and is traditionally most associated with wool suiting. It is a two-color pattern characterized by broken checks suggestive of canine teeth. The classic houndstooth is black-and-white but it has been produced in every color combination from pastels to brights. Apparently a small scale version can be referred to as "puppytooth". Julia has never actually heard anyone use this term, but it’s in Wikipedia so it must be true.

Argyle is a knitted pattern of diamonds overlaid with crossing diagonal lines, that today is most often associated with socks and sweaters. It derives from the tartan of Clan Campbell of Argyll in western Scotland. Argyle knits became popular in Great Britain and then in the US after World War I when the Duke of Windsor wore argyle jerseys and socks for golfing. Argyle has remained a fashion staple ever since, adopted by preppies, hip hop moguls, and everyone in between.