Sunday, June 27, 2010

Tyler and Tartan

One doesn't have much to do with the other - but I'm attempting to explain my lack of enthusiasm and blogging the last two weeks or so. It seems that I'll be moving back to Tyler, after many years, and am delighted - but do dread the upheaval again.

I've packed up to move from one residence to another three times in the last few months, and am worn out, crabby, and just plain mean at times. I can't find anything, and it's maddening. However, as long as my computer works, and I have my coffee maker, paint brushes and plenty of canvas and something to stitch, I'll survive one more time. The Imari isn't the first one I did - I can't find a picture of it right now.

I started out in Tyler in 1969 when a woman brought me a gorgeous Imari saucer and asked me if I could put it onto needlepoint canvas for her. That was a long time ago, and I have continued to design from the antique porcelains whenever I run across something magnificent. This is from a plate my oldest son gave me in 1995. There were two of them, but I can't find a picture of the other one.
The Alpine Meadows tartan is almost finished - and needs a bit of light blocking with a steam iron. I've really enjoyed working on this one! Incidentally, I just posted a tutorial on stitching gingham checks on a circular shape over on Freebies, etc.
The ladies in the U.K. are amazed at the terminology we use - I was told in a comment that all of this is "tartan" and they've not heard of the term "plaid." I had researched this in curiosity a while back - and it's true that they are all one and the same - woven fabric with a pattern created by stripes horizontal and vertical meeting at 90 degree angles are referred to as "TARTAN." Interesting!!


Anonymous said...

Oh good, so it's not just me who wondered what all this 'plaid' was, when all I could see were tartans! I think the only times I have encountered the word "plaid" is on needlepoint and craft blogs. Isn't language fun :)

Jocelyn in NZ

Rachel said...

I believe that the correct usage is that a "tartan" is the fabric design of checks and stripes, while a "plaid" is in fact the length of such a fabric that is thrown over the shoulder.
For what it's worth, wikipedia agrees with me!

Possibilities, Etc. said...

Yes - both of you ladies are correct - but you are of N.Z. and the U.K. "plaid" is all I've ever heard, as we apply it to clothing and home accessories also. I'm delighted to find correct usage!

Anne Stradal said...

That Imari canvas is to die for!

Front Range Stitcher said...

Sorry you're uprooting again especially in the summer. Tyler is a pretty place and you'll have all kinds of access to "stuff" being so close to the big "D". I hope you are a Cowboy fan!

As far as plaid goes, I love anything and everything plaid. When I see the word tartan my mind immediately travels to kilt, Scotland and tams. Yes language is a riot. Take it easy.