- by Jamie Compton
- posted February 20, 2019
A lazy line, or sectional line, is a line, almost always diagonal, that shows up as a stopping and starting point for an area within the textile. The weaver may have rested at this point or could only reach comfortably this far before needing to stop. Weavers can create patterns within a textile by how they arrange the lazy lines relative to each other. Lazy lines are common on Navajo weavings, occasional on Zuni weavings and almost never on Hopi weavings. The technically correct phrase for lazy line is section line. The term lazy line is considered by some to be derogatory.
Below is a lazy line going from the upper left to lower right. Notice has it goes through two colors, the light tan and the white.
This lazy line in a Navajo dress panel is in the middle of the photo and is a little harder to see. Notice how this line is more like a wave, taking with it in a pulled fashion adjacent yarn. This is a quality often seen in early, classic Navajo blankets and is most always seen as an extra attractive feature.