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Weave a Scottish Tartan Scarf

Course Overview

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. 

Required Tools

  • notebook
  • writing utensil
  • scissors
  • tape measure
  • calculator (phone or pocket variety)


Fri, Sep 3rd, 2021  –  Sun, Sep 5th, 2021

Course Details

Hours: Days 1/2: 9am-5pm, Day 3: 9am-noon
Tuition: $255.00