Handwoven Tartan

I just had to share this picture with all of you.  These are some of the scarves that Frank has been weaving in the last year or so.  He got the thread counts from the Tartan Registry and adapted them to the yarn that he is able to get, which is not quite as fine as the yarns used for commercial tartan.  The he begins the painstaking process of measuring 300 or so threads for each scarf on the warping board (in the order that they will be in the weaving), then putting it through the reed and then the heddles on the loom.  Then he winds it on to the beam at the back of the loom, and gets ready to weave.  Tartan is 2/2 twill, and making the pattern correctly requires a LOT of counting. This picture doesn’t really show the detail, but you get the idea.

We are hoping to sell these at Quechee, or wherever I end up going as a vendor. 

In other news, I am trying to get things all done before the onslaught that I know will come in January.  Wish me luck!

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