Monday, August 23, 2010

Tartan... the beginning

I have just jumped off the diving board into the deep end of a huge project that I've wanted to weave for at least three years.... tartan cloth! I designed my own tartan based off of my triangle shawl, since I like the color combination so much. My family name doesn't have a tartan, so I figured making one up was even more fun. It wasn't until after I'd designed it that I realized most tartans are symmetrical. Oh well!

At this point I have all of my warp threads measured, chained, and they are threaded through my reed on the loom. All 900 of them! I'm only half way through the set up process. Next I'll be threading them through the heddles to set up the twill pattern.
My goal is to have it woven before my group dances at our Renaissance Festival the first weekend in October. Ideally, this will be a kilt. But I don't have high hopes since the fabric might be too thick to pleat and wear without sweating to death. We'll see how it turns out I guess. I'm so excited!


Ragnhild said...

Just caught up with your last posts. Looms fascinate me somehow.To me, weaving seems to be a far too complex art to try. I admire it endlessy and your coverlet is awesome as always! Cannot wait to hear more about the tartan project =)

Anonymous said...

Wow, you are "cutting edge," (pun halfway intended.) Yours will be a 21st century assymetrical tartan.

Anonymous said...

Yikes, I sppeled asymmetrical wrrong!