Tag - plaid

Plaids and Checks, Do you know the Difference?

Plaids and checks. These two words often show up together, but they are not actually interchangeable. They refer to do different types of patterns. Before we get into the differences between a plaid and a check, it's important to know both words traditionally describe a woven cloth. So, let's start by talking about weaving. Plaids and checks are both designs historically made as woven cloth.  And to understand woven cloth patterns, you need to know the basics about weaving. Weaving is...

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Plaid Pattern Definition and Design

According to the classic book Textile Designs by Susan Meller and Joost Elffers, "the plaid is a box layout of stripes, usually horizontal and vertical, and almost always crossing at right angles. The simple definition is scarcely very descriptive, but plaids have been produced in such vast variety since the beginning of modern textile printing that a more searching definition might not cover them all. Their origin is in the threads of the loom, the warp set up lengthwise...

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Knockando Woollen Mill
Knockando Woollen Mill
Knockando Woollen Mill
Knockando Woollen Mill
Knockando Woollen Mill
Knockando Woollen Mill
Knockando Woollen Mill

Knockando Woolmill, a Working Scottish Woolen Mill

During her recent trip to Ireland and Scotland, Design Pool founder Kristen Dettoni spent seven days in the Scottish Highlands with ACE Camps. One of those days was spent visiting the Knockando Woolmill, where Kristen was just as inspired by the history as the fabrics. Knockando derives from the Scottish Gaelic cnoc cheannachd, meaning “Hill of Commerce,” referencing the history of the mill and the hill upon which it stands. Knockando has been in continuous production since 1784 and for...

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