November 23, 2017

Set the Table - Tartan & Transferware

Set the Table - Tartan & Transferware


Whenever I get a chance to use transferware on the table, I take it.

Transferware pairs nicely with Tartan/Plaid.

What is the difference between Plaid and Tartan?

  They are both made of woven threads intersecting at 90 degrees.  

For the cloth to be a Tartan, the pattern running vertically is exactly repeated in the pattern going horizontally.  There can be any number of different coloured threads in the pattern.

The original Tartans were made into the traditional clothes worn by the Scottish Clans and these patterns can be thousands of years old.  Each Clan has its own Tartan.


Set the Table - Tartan and Transferware



A plaid actually refers to a blanket-like garment worn tucked in at the waist and thrown over the left shoulder.  It is made from Tartan.

What we refer to as plaid today is cloth inspired by the original Tartans.  They are woven in the same way and most of the time the pattern is identical, both vertically and horizontally.

Plaids are not Tartans because they are not original patterns from the Scottish Clans or they have not been registered as Tartans.  
The Scottish Register of Tartans


Set the Table - Tartan & Transferware


None of the three different plaids on this table are actually Tartans.


Set the Table - Tartan & Transferware


The napkin rings are small reindeer made from welded pieces of metal.

I do like that plaids and tartans can be mixed together without clashing.

We can do this as long as one or two of the colours are repeated in each pattern.






Set the Table - Tartan & Transferware


We set the table using a plaid table runner.


On top of the runner is a galvanised metal bucket holding a small tree.

The salt and pepper are made from wood and resemble white birch trees.

These contribute to the woodsy theme we were hoping to create.


Set the Table - Tartan & Transferware


Pinecones and berries and some burlap surrounding the tree bring the outdoors indoors.


Set the Table - Tartan & Transferware


Red wine glasses fit easily into the red and green colour theme.


Set the Table - Tartan & Transferware




Set the Table - Tartan & Transferware


The plate stack consists of a wood charger, Denver Plaid dinner plate, Old Britain Castles dinner plate, Denver Plaid salad plate.


Set the Table - Tartan & Transferware


This is the Old Britain Castles dinner plate.

Although the napkins look the same as the table runner, they are a different plaid.



Set the Table - Tartan & Transferware




Set the Table - Tartan & Transferware




Set the Table - Tartan & Transferware




Set the Table - Tartan and Transferware


Set the Table - Tartan & Transferware


A stack of Old Britain Castles salad plates waits at the side.


Set the Table - Tartan & Transferware




A List of Table Elements

The runner is fabric purchased from Fabricland last year.
Wood chargers, The Great Canadian Superstore two years ago.
Cutlery, Bombay
Denver Plaid plates, Pottery Barn
Old Britain Castles, Johnson Brothers
Napkins, Home Sense a couple of years ago
Wine glasses, thrift store find
Reindeer napkin rings, Kitchen Stuff Plus a few years ago.




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This is an original Fair Meadow Place Publication.





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