Tartan plaids were the first “gang colors”. Originating in the Scottish highlands, they identified the group a person belonged to. In 1746, the wearing of tartans was banned, and persons caught wearing them could be imprisoned for 6 months. Today tartans are very popular and commonly worn in many cultures around the world. They are still used to identify family groups and organizations. The State of California has a registered tartan, as does the University of California – Riverside, IBM, and Hello Kitty.
Using two to five solid colors of fingering weight yarn, you will design and begin weaving a tartan scarf. The weave structure will be tabby.
Advanced Beginner to intermediate
10-inch or larger loom with one heddle: 12.5-dent or 15-dent, Sleying (threading) hook, the usual tools (scissors, yarn needle, measure, etc.). You may either direct warp or indirect warp.
Fingering-weight or 5/2-weight yarn in two to five solid colors. You will need a total of about 800 yards. If you want to be more precise about the amounts of yarn, talk to Peggy prior to the class.
You will need a loom and yarn for this course. Looms may be rented from HOKC for $25 per week and the rentals must be arranged in advance as supplies are limited.
Peggy has been weaving for more than 30 years, and teaching weaving at HOKC for 4 years. She is a member of the Inland Empire Handweavers Guild.