When I think of TARTAN I think warm colors and woven woolens. The kind of fabric that can keep you warm in the cold Scottish winters. (And summers.) And like any good New England family, we have a large supply of cozy tartans in the form of scarves, flannel shirts, pjs, robes and certain other men’s undergarments. None of which you will want to see.
So, in honor of National Tartan Day, my plaid French Country kitchen window treatments will masquerade as Scottish tartan.
I love this fabric!
I also have a favorite vintage tartan piece in my wardrobe. (It’s hard to call something vintage when you have a clear memory of buying it, but my Laura Ashley tartan shawl is definitely vintage.) Does it say 1984 to you? Well, that’s when I purchased it in London!
Viyella is a woven blend of wool and cotton developed long ago in England. It’s soft, lightweight, and not itchy.
I used to wear this shawl as a little skirt wrap, but I tried it on today, and while I can still tie it at the waist (well, sort of) the rest of it opens in a way that leaves nothing to the imagination!
The next time I go to Scotland I think I would like to have a kilt custom made! How’s that for a bucket list item? Mr. Fun is laughing in a way that says to me “talk to the fish in the sea.” Do you know that story of the fisherman’s wife who always wants something? Makes me mad when he laughs like that.
Back to the point–this is the tartan I will choose for my kilt:
It is the official Connecticut State Tartan!
Each color represents something about my state.
gray ~~ granite (left behind by the last ice age glaciers and used for the stonewalls which are everywhere)
white ~~ snow (of course!)
Do you know what your state tartan looks like?
Find your state tartan here!
(if your state is not listed, google state tartan for your state–almost all states have one!)
I think this tartan is a very accurate portrayal of the natural wonders of Connecticut!
Do you approve of the choice made for your state tartan?
More importantly, would you have a kilt made from it?
And would you parade in it?
I’m joining the Tartan Parade
even though I don’t have my kilt yet.
(And I promise not to wear the vintage shawl as a skirt.)