Season 2 Episode 6 – Designing Plaids

Plaids have been identified in archeological digs dating back 3000 years. In Scotland a plaid is a length of woolen cloth slung over the shoulder that can be used as a blanket. It is usually called a tartan but in North America we use the word plaid to describe a fabric woven in plain weave or twill made of of stripes and squares. In India these types of patterns are woven in cloth in plain weave and are called Madras.

We are weaving this simple pattern made up of two different sized squares with a striping sequence in a very traditional layout. When you watch episode 6 you will start out in a very traditional way playing with the squares and the stripes but by the time we finish you won’t even recognize this warp as having anything remotely to do with traditional tartan or plaid.

Things we will learn:

  • yet another way to use Fibonacci,
  • working with complementary colours,
  • challenging our ideas around value,
  • creating more complex colour by mixing,
  • values… one in the warp… one in the weft.
Lesson 1

Level: Easy
Teacher: Jane Stafford