The Golden Thread

In the weaving of a fabric the practice of repeating a design is one of great antiquity. At one place the design may appear in full and exact detail, at another it is modified, and again it may be but faintly sketched in the material. It may be varied further by changing its size or by weaving it in different colors, and in some cases the various modifications and repetitions of a design are so arranged as to form a harmoniously elaborated group presenting on a larger scale the design which is so often minutely wrought in the piece.

In a certain fabric exemplifying a high order of art there is woven a golden thread. This thread emerges to view, runs a brief distance, and disappears. To the casual observer its appearance and disappearance are abrupt, but if one looks on the other side of the fabric he can see that this brilliant and precious thread is continuous throughout the piece. Where it does not appear on the surface it runs along covered by inferior stuff, to reappear where the design is once more taken up.

"Every thought"
June 2, 1917

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