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Tartan Designer: guidelines for good design
Admin User 23 Jun 2016

A tartan, when woven, should of course be aesthetically pleasing. This introduces considerations such as colour balance, or complementarity of shading (i.e. avoiding clashes) and symmetry, balance, and proportionality....

Tartan production: professional services
Admin User 23 Jun 2016

If you need more flexibility, liaison, and control than our standard weaving production process allows, we can provide a full professional tartan design and production process. This will generally incur surcharges on top of our standard published pricing, which will depend on the nature of a......

Fabrics: stock or woven to order
Nick Fiddes 21 Jun 2016

We offer two main types of material to order: (1) Off-the-Shelf fabrics that are in production at one of the major weaving mills, and that we can source for you normally within a few days; and (2) Woven-to-Order fabrics, including wools and silks, that we can produce for you a......

Fabrics: pattern
Admin User 23 Jun 2016

To help you find the fabric you want, we group all our materials by pattern type....

Fabrics: weight
Admin User 23 Jun 2016

Most of our fabrics are described both with their ‘actual’ weight (e.g. 13oz) and their weight category (e.g. medium weight). These will be suitable for different purposes. If in doubt, just ask us....

Fabrics: width
Nick Fiddes 21 Jun 2016

Weaving looms are almost always made in one of two widths: single width (about 30″ or 70cm) ordouble width (about 60″ or 1.4m). Single width of course costs about half the price of double width!...

What are the different tweed patterns?
Admin User 22 Jun 2016

Tweed fabrics are available in a range of traditional patterns, as well as some less traditional styles. The filters in our Fabric Finder let you select only tweeds of a particular pattern. So here's a quick guide to the main tweed patterns:...

Video: The Making of Harris Tweed
Admin User 22 Jun 2016

See how Harris Tweed is produced to this day, from raw fleece to its only ever being woven on hand-looms in the homes of the islanders of Harris and Lewis in the Outer Hebrides of Scotland. Our step-by-step video reveals the ancient skills and dedication to quality that gives this natural fabric ......

Tartans: family or group names
Admin User 23 Jun 2016

The first way in which we organise and sub-divide our huge choice of tartans is by Family Name. But note that the word ‘family’ here could refer to almost any form of grouping....

Tartans: setts or patterns
Admin User 23 Jun 2016

Any tartan Family Name can have a number of different Setts (or patterns) sometimes associated with different occasions (though there is no rule limiting their wear to these occasions!). For example, many clans have a ‘Hunting‘ tartan and a ‘Dress‘ tartan in addi......

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