I have still to discover the history of the Dowling Tartan. It could have been developed by a Dowling whose ancestors moved to Scotland. Nevertheless, here it is.
The shades may vary according to the weaver but the threads of the Dowling tartan are coloured as follows:
|Colour||Number of Threads||Colour Used|
|Black(note that book has a misprint and accidentally omitted this colour but showed the number of threads)||6|
|White||6||Overlapped with top row|
Here, with apologies to tartan makers everywhere, is the electronic development of the tartan.
|1 - Horizonal Sett||2 - Vertical Sett||3 - Completed Sett||4 - Pivoted Setts|
|check against the
|Do the same again the vertically||This square is what
they call a 'sett'
|The completed sett (3) is mirrored or pivoted 4 times|
|if you fill a space with the pivoted graphic it acts as a seamless tile!|
You can also see how tartans can be different from one another by only one thread!
Of course, it looks better when you make a lot of it with proper wool! Click on it to enlarge.
The source is a book called
"Tartans - Abbotsford to Fraser" by William H Johnston & Philip D Smith Jr.
This is a Schiffer Design Book published in 1999 by Schiffer Publishing Ltd. 4880 Lower Valley Road, Atglen, PA. 19310. USA (ISBN: 0-7643-0961-7).
(My copy was purchased as Bushwood Books, 6 Marksbury Avenue, Kew Gardens, Surrey TW9 4JF at )
The book is subject to copyright clear so I cannot produce a scan of the tartan as displayed. I may have some made up in the years to come depending on the price.