|A semi-regular tessellation (using more than one regular polygon) on the floor of a Spanish church|
The pattern of four-pointed shapes that make up houndstooth is a translation tessellation. Just scroll down to find out more about the types of tessellation. When the shapes are quite large, houndstooth makes for quite a busy pattern, so try to tone down the rest of your outfit. But if you're feeling brave, try mixing and matching a smaller houndstooth, which is quieter, with other patterns and textures.
There are three kinds of tessellation: translation, rotation and reflection. To show you these, I've used tessellations by M. C. Escher, a Dutch artist known for his maths-inspired works, like impossible triangles and circular waterfalls and upside-down sideways right-way-up staircase labyrinths.
|Translation: each scarab beetle is identical, and are neither rotated nor flipped.|
|Rotation: the fish are repeated but rotated. Look at where the noses of four fish meet, which is also where the tails of four opposite-coloured fish meet.|
|Reflection: all the white riders face one way, but the orange riders face the opposite way - they're reflected.|