Tartan

Tartans have always intrigued me. One of the main reasons for this is because of how intricate the designs are and how thin the wool required to get the right sett is. The toughest, and most expensive, part of weaving a tartan is buying the wool. Traditional tartan, the kind used to make kilts, is woven in 2/16 wool. In other words: very, very thin wool threads. There are few providers these days of this type of wool, but I have found Camilla Valley Farm to have quality cones. The prices are reasonable, though the shipping can get high.

Finding a tartan pattern is simple. I use the Scottish Register of Tartans for this, where you can find thousands of options depending on color preferences and many other features.

The tartan I chose this time around was the Wemyss clan pattern, with which I made a scarf.

At the moment, I am working on the same pattern, but this time in green. It is a commissioned piece. I do plan to weave a number of different tartans, which will be put on sale in the near future, so keep an eye on this space!

 

 

 

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2 Comments Add yours

  1. Reblogged this on By the Mighty Mumford and commented:
    GOOD BEGINNING POST ON TARTAN GOODS.

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