Weaving

Weaving

Recent projects

I was commissioned to create a Morrison tartan scarf from start to finish–that is, I spun and dyed the thread, made the warp, wove the scarf, and fulled it. I think it came out pretty well!

spun Cormo (Corridale-Merino cross) yarn

 

Threading the warp–the longest part of the process

Dyed in Morrison colors

 

All done! It was even softer and lovelier than I expected!

About my weaving

I own three four-harness looms, which means there are four racks of things called “heddles,” each heddle holding a warp thread in precise order for weaving. My first loom is a 36” Schacht, my second is a small table model called the Dorothy, made by LeClerc, and my third one is a big 6’ LeClerc. I also own several small rigid heddle looms on which I teach weaving. I have woven all kinds of things, from miniature mug rugs to yardage for clothing, to room-size carpets.

weavingI particularly like to weave tartan, especially Montgomery tartan. Montgomery is my maiden name and I am a member of Clan Montgomery Society International. The Montgomery tartan is one of the oldest known to actually be claimed by a clan. In 1893, tartan expert D. W. Stewart said there were extant documents from prior to the Acts of Union of 1707 which created Great Britain, that named this tartan as belonging to the Montgomerie family. At a later date, during the early 19th century when tartans became popular, one called Elphinstone was claimed as the Montgomery hunting tartan. I have woven both, including ten yards of cotton Elphinstone.

weaving-in-costume

I learned to weave tartan at the John C. Campbell Folk School, which I highly recommend! Here I am, weaving tartan “mug rugs” at a Scottish Gathering of the Clans, in eighteenth century costume, wearing my clan hunting tartan in a sash on my shoulder. The bit of pewter on my right shoulder is a clan crest badge, containing my chief’s crest surrounded by a strap and buckle with the clan motto, “Garde bien.” We are the only Scottish clan I know of that has a French motto. Our connection with the French goes back to the first Montgomery, Roger de Mundegumrie.