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rjcb3's picture

Well, it's not knitting, but weaving...

Yeah, like my Scottish blood will have me take my hands off of the knitting needles only briefly to talk about weaving -- tartans, that is.

I have designed a tartan and submitted it for approval with the Tartan Registry in Scotland.

It's the colours indicative of the Goddess familiar to Scotland and celebrated and honoured throughout this whole time of year (by all of her names, especially) registered with the simple name of "Cailleach." Like everyone knows I'm a lover of the Winter, anyway, and this time of year is definitely her reign.

I've registered it with no restrictions (as I believe in freedom for all) and so anyone is (well, will be...process not complete just yet, but soon) allowed to weave it and wear it.

Just sharing.

)O(
Robert

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paulhenry's picture

Congratulation on getting it

Congratulation on getting it registered, got my notofication this afternoon

http://www.tartanregister.gov.uk/tartanDetails.aspx?ref=10152

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paulhenry's picture

congratulations, I am

congratulations, I am looking forward to getting the notification from the Register in due course. What is the actual sett size, the actual full sett not the quarter , I ask as I am a kiltmaker as well as a knitter!,I'd be happy to make up up for you when the time comes!!
And I've Buchanan blood as well, I have a lovely (but ever so Bright)Buchanan Modern kilt, , now that is an assymetric sett!
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rjcb3's picture

I've decided to leave the

I've decided to leave the actual sett size to the weaver as I registered in the application that the weaving and usage of the tartan is with no restrictions and free for all. As you know (obviously working with tartans, etc.), sett size can vary from weaver to weaver depending on the size threads he uses.

I'm thinking that I would like the quarter should be something around 1.75" and 2" (variable for thread size, of course) so, the symmetrical sett being 3.5" - 4"

Besides a kilt -- how awesome would it be to see a three-panel (3X6) cloak -- or if the loom is large enough, a seamless 5x5 circular (meaning, of course cut from a 10X10 piece) cloak?

...but a kilt and sash would do just fine for me, just the same.

I actually prefer the Old Buchanan Dress for the black and red and white (and just that hint of yellow to resemble gold, I suppose)...but then again, I also like the whole "family" (if you will) of the Christmas-y colours Buchanan 172, 173, 174 and the Logan and the Wilson; Buchanan 173 would probably make me go absolutely mad if I were to weave it.

...and to add to the mix, I'm also Calder, which was Campbell.

So, you could probably imagine our house at Christmastime, when I was growing up...remember the old glass bulbs and the matching garland that shone green and blue and reflected the rest of the reds and golds...

I don't particularly weave...I leave the weaving to the weavers who are masters at their crafts; and I'll just knit -- ganseys, preferably.

)O(
Robert

paulhenry's picture

I'm always interested in

I'm always interested in other things done with Tartan,apart from kilts which is my thing I suppose. I asked about the sett size at usually it is between 5"- 7" for ease of making in to the pleats etc, and that is on the basis of either a 11oz or 16 oz, but of course you are right that if it is made with thicker/heavier thread it would be bigger. Of course the thead count could be doubled as well which would make a larger sett, I've an idea of getting my weaver to do a single sett across a 28" width for me to make a really bold kilt out of, when I've got some spare money I hope!
The largest standard width for tartan is about 58"-60" so you'd have to join several pieces.
I look forward to your progress with eagerness, keep us updated please

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albert's picture

I don't have a drop of

I don't have a drop of Scotch in me (at the moment, anyway) but find the pattern intriguing. I also think with Joe that this would be fun to knit. By the way, how do you pronounce Cailleach and also Samhain?

rjcb3's picture

Cailleach closely resembles

Cailleach closely resembles "KAL'yach" (the -ch very soft as in 'loch')

Samhain is pronounced, depending on who's pronouncing it "SOW'n" the long (like to 'sow' seeds) or the short (like the mother pig) and is understood by both pronunciations.

I had actually thought to design a nice argyle pattern for socks or even a sweater -- if I had the sanity to lose.

)O(
Robert

albert's picture

Thanks, Robert!

Thanks, Robert!

MMario's picture

Symetrical or asymetrical

Symetrical or asymetrical sett? *grin* I still have the notebook into which I copied most of the setts from a very old book on tartans which was from the Rare book section of the college library. I had to sign the book out and use it at a specific carrol.

rjcb3's picture

Symmetrical. When it comes

Symmetrical.

When it comes to tartan-reading, I have this thing about pivot points. I learned how to read tartans from the top left going diagonally down to the lower right.

...shouldn't be too difficult to weave.

I've seen quite a few beautiful and very elaborate tartans reading all the way down to 2, 4, 2, 3, 1, 2 -- and who knows...a .5 here or a .75 there -- thread counts with a different colour each and I tip my hat to the very able weaver that even attempts to warp such a monstrosity on the loom.

...which is probably why my own clan's tartan(s), the dear, beloved Buchanan -- and her very many variations -- is one of the few reasons why Scots are notorious drunks!

)O(
Robert

Joe-in Wyoming's picture

Very lovely tartan, Robert.

Very lovely tartan, Robert. I've not woven any plaids but love the looks of them. Of course, I've not woven anything for quite a long time...knitting takes up that slot. It would be fun to work this into a knit pattern. Challenging, but fun. -- Books, knitting, cats, fountain pens...Life is Good.