Weaving Tartans

Drafts and Setts
Drafts, setts and .wif files for Scottish tartans.

tartan mill
Tartan weaving mill
Tartan Weaving
The unique colors of tartans were developed by the weavers who used the natural dyes and lichens that were found in their region.

Making A Tartan
An excellent article explaining some of the natural dyes used in traditional tartans. One of the mordants that were used was soda ash, prepared by burning seaweed.

Tartan Finder
The House of Tartan has a database of over 2000 tartans that is indexed by the tartan name and by colors.

A Tartan Weaver
A member of the Alaskan Scottish Club, Molly Manaugh has been weaving tartans for over 15 years.

Tartans of Scotland
An extensive database index for tartans by name and type.

Scottish Tartan Museum
Take this informative virtual tour of the Tartan Museum through hewn stone walls, Highlanders dressed in tartans and working at their looms.

Tartans - updated page

Weaving Looms

Handweaving Books

Jacquard's Web: How a Hand-Loom Led to the Birth of the Information Age From the Industrial Age to the Information Age, connecting the loom to thefirst proper computer. UK: Jacquards Web
Mastering Weave Structures How to design threadings, channel the design power of the tie-up, and make the most of threading options, as well as understand fibers, setts, and color interactions. UK: Mastering Weave Structures
Favorite Scandinavian Projects to Weave: 45 Stylish Designs for the Modern Home A collection of 45 different furnishing textiles: colorful blankets, fanciful table runners, classic curtains, and embroidered hand towels. UK: Favorite Scandinavian Projects to Weave
Rug Weaving Techniques: Beyond the Basics Concise instructions and explanatory diagrams techniques for plain weave, twill and block weaves. UK: Rug Weaving Techniques
Weaving Made Easy: 17 Projects Using a Simple Loom The small, portable rigid heddle loom can be used to easily produce loose, drape-friendly fabric as well as dense, sturdy material. UK: Weaving Made Easy
The Weaver's Idea Book: Creative Cloth on a Rigid Heddle Loom Techniques include leno, Brooks bouquet, soumak, and embroidery on fabric. UK: Weavers Idea Book
Collapse Weave: Creating Three-Dimensional Cloth Collapse cloth when removed from the loom and washed, takes on an entirely different appearance as the threads draw up and create puckers. UK: Collapse Weave
The Weaver's Studio: Doubleweave How to weave a tube, and a tube within a tube. UK: Doubleweave
Hands on Rigid Heddle Weaving Wonderful projects and plain-weave variations, this user-friendly guide covers choosing, setting up, and weaving on a rigid heddle loom. UK: Hands on Rigid Heddle
The Woven Bag: 30+ Projects from Small Looms (Writers Digest Guides) Each bag is created using small looms, such as potholder looms, frame looms and knotted mesh looms. UK: The Woven Bag


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