|Tavern Spinners and Weavers Guild
|MAFA 2021 Towel Exchange
This is the oldest, simplest, and most traditional Scottish tartan. It is variously known as Shepherd’s Check, Houndstooth, or Northumberland (Northumbria) tartan, as that is the area where it originated. I can just imagine those early medieval weavers deciding to add a little variety to their monotonous weaving experience by alternating the wool of black and light sheep. I chose this pattern because Northumberland County (Virginia) is the county where our Guild is located. I first became fascinated with tartans and their history when I took Melissa Weaver Dunning’s Tartan class at MAFA 2019!
You can add any variation of trim detail that you’d like; I used a simple 1 inch all-white stripe about 4 inches from the bottom.