Diaper Patterns

‘Diaper’ or ‘diapering’ are old heraldic terms that relate to the enlivening of flat, plain surfaces with the application of a variety of shaped patterns. The shapes applied tend to be squares, rectangles or, most commonly, diamond or ‘lozenge’ shapes, similar to those seen in Fig 249. True diapering, however, tends to be on a much grander scale (see Fig 250).

Diaper Patterns

Fig. 250 Diaper patterns.

Large-scale diapering can involve simply picking out larger, obvious diamond patterns in the original bonding arrangement, but these tend to look rather horizontally elongated. True diapering tends to favour height over width and requires a degree of cutting and broken bonding in order to achieve the required pattern. In the example in Fig 251, the stretcher bond in the main wall has had to include a lot of cutting in order to accommodate the projecting single diaper pattern.

Diaper Patterns

Fig. 251 Projecting single diaper.