29 March 2012

Tartan warps and wefts…..


a pattern of interlocking stripes

running in both...

the warp - horizontal
and the weft - vertical


when you wear a tartan...

you are identifying yourself with a clan, a district,
or a what have you

in the U.S. there are eight towns named Aberdeen, eight named Edinburgh, seven towns named Glasgow, and eight called Scotland

Tartan became popular after Queen Victoria expressed her fondness for all things Scottish


the first color photograph (taken in 1861) was
of a tartan ribbon


2012 is the 14th anniversary of the signing of the Resolution in the American Senate which made Tartan Day
a U.S. national holiday on April 6



What color would your tartan be?



it's just embroidery, have fun with it!


31 comments:

ImSoVintage said...

I love tartans. There is just something so classic about them. Maybe it is my Scottish heritage.
Laura

Sarah said...

Cathy, this is a great post. The linky will be up Sunday, so I hope you'll link this to the Tartan Parade. ;-)
Love, love, love your creativity. ~ Sarah

Kim@Snug Harbor said...

red and black is so classy, but for me I'd like gray and turquoise.

Ginger Zuck said...

I too love your creativity! Always look forward to it! Love this one as usual! Have a fabulous weekend.

Alexis said...

I will just take that one...love it

Tricia Rose said...

I have the Rose tartan - it's rather wild.

Susan T said...

My Grandmother was Scottish so it is in my blood. I love tartan, although the more muted shades of the ancient tartans do it for me.

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

Pink and black, of course, Cathy, with a blingy button somewhere on there! : ) When I was growing up in Brooklyn, we went to Catholic School {8 years for me} and our uniforms were a red and black plaid that looked like a tartan plaid.

jeanette from everton terrace said...

I had no idea about the first color photograph and I have a degree in Photography!! Obviously my college years were put to good use :)
I LOVE that font you used for the ARTANS.
I don't know what color I would pick for my tartan. I like almost everything.

pretty pink tulips said...

I've got Scottish blood and love a good tartan. Mine would be red, blue, green and black. Love the one you've created!!!! Actually....I might like to see a pink tartan...never have.

Happy Weekend, Cathy!
xoxo Elizabeth

The Buzz Blog said...

My Irish in-laws won't let me wear my Scottish ancestors' tartan so perhaps I'll just wear Madras instead! Happy weekend, Cathy!
xxoo

PⒿ @ $ € € ₦$ ₣®0₥... said...

I love all things Scottish. I even married me a darn fine one. Our tartan is blue and green, with bits of yellow and black. :-)

Janice said...

Beautiful! Your photos are wonderful.

Linda (More Fun Less Laundry) said...

Hi Cathy, I posted my dream tartan on my blog today--it is my official state tartan. I would like to say I have a clan tartan, but it is not true! So fascinating that the first color photograph was of a tartan! Linda

Maggie said...

Until today I never knew that each State has it's own tartan, amazing.
Enjoy the Tartan Parade, we've got front row seats!

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

As a Gunn I am of course loyal to the Gunn tartan. The dress tartan is very pretty while the working tartan is just ok.
But I ADORE it all.

Kathleen said...

I think I'd pick one from Ireland! :) I love your Tartans, and the plate is wonderful!!!

Kathleen said...

And your embroidery is fabulous!

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

Love the shot of your threads! I'd want my tartan to be multi-colored and fun:@)

Alison @ The Polohouse said...

You are so talented!
I still have the hot pink Sunbrella fabric I bought to mail to you and then summer was over. Now I need to gear up again and send it off to you! Pls email me your address again if you would.
I will send it off.

Let's see... to answer your q about what color my tartan would be? Red, navy blue, green, gold --- you know, the Campbell, Gordon and MacKenzie tartans are all pretty much perfect to me!

Fun question!
Thanks for joining the parade.

Sarah said...

Cathy, thank you for linking up to the Tartan Parade.
I always enjoy seeing your creative work and the information you share about things.
Happy Tartan Day! ~ Sarah

Alycia Nichols said...

I just visited your website, and I think your talent is absolutely amazing!!! I have always wished I could do something...anything at all!!!...with a sewing machine, but it's just not in the cards for me. Too impatient and cranky. But you...you have a wonderful talent! Your monogramming and lettering is magnificent! I had a chair seat in our library monogrammed and wish I could just set my house ablaze with monograms!!! Great entry for the Tartan Parade! Very creative!

Salmagundi said...

Loved the "T" plaid monogram - thanks for the inspiration. Sally

Marlis said...

ooh, I know i've got that plaid font somewhere! What a lovely way to use it.. xo marlis

vignette design said...

I love this post. Learned something I didn't already know about tartan. Your monogramming is absolutely wonderful too. So glad I discovered your blog. Thanks for linking up to the Tartan Parade! ~Delores

Marilyn *Pink Martinis and Pearls* said...

Our family has many tartans in our clan but I love the ancient one because of it's vibrant colors. Love your design. :)

xinex said...

Beautiful, and thanks for the interesting info...Christine

xinex said...

Beautiful, and thanks for the interesting info...Christine

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Connie (aka LOU) said...

Your embroidery is so pretty. Enjoyed the history lesson. NOW I know why I am seeing that Tartan Day is in 3 days. Make sense.

Babs said...

T is for tartan..love it. Thanks for sharing your beautiful embroidery and facts about the tartan. I wear the MacGregor mostly, although I could wear several others, the MacGregor is my favorite. Thanks for joining the Tartan Parade.
Babs