A series of colored stripes running the length of the cloth (warp) that is reproduced exactly in the threads across the width of the cloth (weft). The color pattern is the point of emphasis and each particular combination (sett) distinguishes the different clan, family, dress, hunting and district tartans.
I use a 45″ Nilus Leclerc floor loom, a 25″ Schacht Baby Wolf floor loom, and an 18″ Schacht Wolf Pup floor loom. The Leclerc is my workhorse. I’ve had this loom since 1984 and it traveled with me from California to Alaska and back again.
For many years I attended the Alaska Scottish Highland Games. While there I demonstrated tartan weaving on my Baby Wolf loom. For more information on the Games, check out the Alaskan Scottish Club.
Each item is hand woven to your specifications, therefore the amount of time depends upon the item itself, as well as the type of yarn used. Generally, it will take one to three weeks from start to finish. That includes designing, warping, weaving and finishing. However, there may be a backlog of orders. When you place your order, please let me know when you will need the finished product.
To guarantee you receive your order by Christmas, place an order no later than September 1st.
I have access to many tartan patterns. If I cannot locate your pattern, I may need you to supply it.
No. I weave the smaller items for the wardrobe and home.
For Wool I use the following:
- 2/18 Merino for scarves, shawls, and samples.
- 2/20 Worsted for sashes and samples.
- 2/24 Superwash Merino Lambswool for sashes.
- 2/8 Fingering weight worsted wool for Lap Blankets.
- Merino washable wool for baby blankets.
For Cotton I use the following:
- 3/2 or 5/2 Pearl for lap blankets and baby blankets.
- 10/2 Pearl for scarves, shawls, pillows, table runners and tea cozies.
- 20/2 for sashes.
- 8/2 Unmercerized cotton for table runners and kitchen towels.
I also weave scarves in 10/2 bamboo, 10/2 soy silk, 8/2 tencel, and 2/18 Zephyr.
There are no shipping charges for orders shipped within the U.S. Shipping charges are additional on orders shipped outside the U.S. U.S. orders are sent via USPS Priority Mail, insured.
PayPal or check. I can also accept credit cards via Square. However, please phone me if you choose to use a credit card, rather than sending the card number through an email.
Yes. Before I begin work on your order I require either a 50% deposit, or full pre-payment if you prefer.
The thread count and a description of the colors.