Author: napaneedle | Date: June 30, 2010 | Please Comment!

If you spend much time around tartans, as I have, you begin to recognize that the scale of the pattern differs greatly. Some, like Rob Roy, are small, some, like Royal Stewart are quite large. This can be a real challenge in selecting a tartan to stitch. Since it’s the relative size of the stripes [...]

Author: napaneedle | Date: June 14, 2010 | Please Comment!

Recently I was accused of illegally charting and selling tartans illegally. I want to publicly say that this accusation is completely and totally false. I did extensive research and even went and asked the folks at the tartan registry about it. Here’s the full story. When you make a tartan you can take the plaid [...]

Author: napaneedle | Date: June 9, 2010 | Please Comment!

A tartan is defined by the width and sequence of stripes, called the sett. They are defined and registered through a threadcount, which is the formula for weaving the plaid. The fabric you see is the result of applying the formula to weaving. Threadcounts are never used to create the needlework charts. I look at [...]

Author: napaneedle | Date: June 1, 2010 | Please Comment!

PLAID HAPPENS! As we learned in the article about tartans, a plaid is just stripe made in two directions. We use this aspect of plaids to stitch them as well. As long as you know the colors, the stripes’ widths, and the sequence, you can stitch any plaid. They are all stitched exactly the same [...]

Author: napaneedle | Date: | Please Comment!

Tartans, most properly, are symmetrical plaids usually associated with Scotland or Scottish items. In fact, to be a tartan the plaid must be registered in the Official Tartan Registry. There are tartans not only for clans (Scottish families), military units, bands, colleges and universities, companies, clubs, cities, states, and even countries. Most correctly, you wear [...]

Author: napaneedle | Date: | Please Comment!

There can be a bewildering array of choices for many last names. Be as specific as you can about the plaid you want. I will email you with questions and to confirm your choice of tartan. Your custom tartan will be charted and ready in about two weeks. The cost is for the charting service, [...]

Author: napaneedle | Date: May 31, 2010 | Please Comment!

Napa Needlepoint has a growing collection of pre-charted tartans for needlepoint or cross stitch. They are charted in full color with separate charts for horizontal and vertical stripes as well as a completed plaid chart, seen above, as a reference. Complete stitching instructions for your choice of techniques and a thread list are included. These [...]