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What is a Tartan? [and other Frequently Asked Questions]


Q. What is a Tartan?
A. A series of colored stripes running the length of the cloth (warp) that is reproduced exactly in the threads across the width of the cloth (weft). The color pattern is the point of emphasis and each particular combination (sett) distinguishes the different clan, family, dress, hunting and district tartans.

Q. What kind of looms do you use?
A. Click on My Looms for more information about my looms.

Q. How long does it take you to weave an item?
A. Each item is hand woven to your specifications, therefore the amount of time depends upon the item itself, as well as the type of yarn used. Generally, it will take one to three weeks from start to finish. That includes designing, warping, weaving and finishing. However, there may be a backlog of orders. When you place your order, please let me know when you will need the finished product.

Q. How late can I order for Christmas?
A. To guarantee you receive your order by Christmas, place an order no later than September 1st.

Q. Where can I go to see what my tartan looks like?
A. Use the links in the top left of this page to find your tartan.

Q. Can you weave my tartan, do you know the pattern?
A. I have access to many tartan patterns. If I cannot locate your pattern, I may need you to supply it.

Q. Do you weave kilt fabric?
A. No. I weave the smaller items for the wardrobe and home.

Q. What types of fiber do you use?
A. For Wool I use the following:
  • 2/18 Merino for scarves, shawls, and samples.
  • 2/20 Worsted for hats, sashes and samples.
  • 2/24 Superwash Merino Lambswool for sashes.
  • 2/8 Fingering weight worsted wool for Lap Rugs.
  • Merino washable wool for baby blankets.
For Cotton I use the following:
  • 3/2 Pearl for lap rugs and baby blankets.
  • 10/2 Pearl for scarves, shawls, hats, pillows, table runners lunch bags and tea cozies.
  • 20/2 for sashes.
  • 8/2 Unmercerized cotton for table runners and kitchen towels.

I also weave scarves in 10/2 bamboo and 8/2 tencel.

Q. Can you make items in different sizes than those listed on your products page?
A. Yes, but prices may vary from those listed.

Q. Is shipping included in the listing price?
A. There are no shipping charges for orders shipped within the U.S.  Shipping charges are additional on orders shipped outside the U.S.  U.S. orders are sent via USPS Priority Mail, insured.

Q. What kind of payment will you accept?
A. PayPal, check or money order.  I also accept payment through Western Union from overseas customers.  I have recently joined with Square, so can now accept credit cards.  However, please phone me if you choose to use a credit card, rathan than sending the card number through an email.


Q. Do you need a deposit?
A. Yes. Before I begin work on your order I require either a 50% deposit, or full pre-payment if you prefer.

Q. What information do you need to weave a sample I designed?
A. The thread count and a description of the colors.

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