Weave a Scottish Tartan Scarf
The distinctive look of a tartan pattern is recognizable the world over as a sign of Scottish highland history and skilled craftsmanship. Woven for centuries according to the tastes and local dye resources of the weaver, tartans acquired a strict taxonomy somewhere in the mid-19th century, with specific patterns associated with families and institutions. Today, tartans are beloved woven patterns far beyond the moors of Scotland and offer an endless variety of choices for a weaver. In this course, students will learn to create plaids using multiples of shuttles for each color in the sett as they plan, prepare a warp and weave a Scottish tartan pattern. Students can expect to complete one or more wool scarves and are welcome to weave a family tartan or use a sett or pattern provided by the instructor. A variety of color choices will be provided. No Scottish heritage required, just a love of plaid and cozy wool. Note, students should know how to warp a four-harness loom but can be beginning weavers. Remember, all tartans are plaids but not all plaids are tartans!
A materials fee of $10-$15 per project will be due to the instructor during class.
- writing utensil
- tape measure
- calculator (phone or pocket variety)