Perhaps the answer lies in homage to the mystical.
In Bedouin (middle eastern desert tribe) tapestries, especially their dowry panels,
the women making them typically made a backwards series of stitches, ( or a not so obvious break in the pattern)
in one particular spot.
They did this to signify that only God could make a "perfect" work of art.
Perhaps Tom Bihn is adapting this ancient ritual in its popular Side Effect for a similar reason.
Last edited by Trailhiker; 03-05-2014 at 11:08 AM.
My ancient Indigo/?? SE has one, my new Nordic/Solar does not.