Seamlessly Tileable
William Mortensen Vaughan
As of: 2:15 p.m. E.S.T., Friday, February 2, 2018

Tartan Category
Baker Tartan ttc
Black 8 by Yellow 8 Tartan WMV
Kerr Tartan ttc*
Lavender 8 by White 8 Tartan WMV
Lindsay Tartan ntc
Lindsay Hunting Tartan ntc*
Lindsay Red Dress Tartan ntc*
MacKay of Strathnaver Tartan ttc*
MacDuck Tartan #2 ttc
Royal Stewart/Stuart Tartan #2 ttc*
Talcott Mourning Tartan WMV†
Vaughan Welsh Tartan ntc
Vaughan Welsh True Tartan WMV


Tartans seem to add to Christmas decor, especially if they consist of a lot of red, white, and/or green thread. This opinion is, of course, very subjective, and not absolute. Personally, I think the German Tartan, which has no white or green thread, but does have black and yellow, is still an ideal tartan for an "ugly Christmas sweater"!

All of the digital art in this Tartan section is by me, William Mortensen Vaughan, although it is based on the work of other artists.

I use a file-naming convention, as follows:

tile- means the file is intended to be seamlessly tiled, "down to the last pixel," as "wallpaper" on a computer screen.

tartan- means it's plaid.

pattern- means it's a tileable pattern other than plaid.

ttc- (true thread count) means the tartan wallpaper is based on the True Thread Count of an official, historic tartan, accurate to every single thread.

ntc- (non-true count) means that, although the tartan wallpaper is based on the True Thread Count of an official, historic tartan, I have added or subtracted one or two digital "threads" in order to make the image tile seamlessly, since the number of pixels, both vertically and horizontally, needs to be equally divisible by four, in the case of tartan wallpapers based on the "Twill" pattern, which could be selected to go behind the wallpaper on Windows 3 Desktops.

Another situation which calls for the "ntc" portion of the filename, is when I am guessing what the thread count in a tartan is, by looking at a picture of it, without having discovered the True Thread Count.

WMV- indicates a tartan for which I invented the thread count.

* indicates a tartan I consider ideal for Christmas.

indicates a mourning tartan.

A true tartan indicates a tartan which has the same thread count vertically and horizontally.

A false tartan indicates a tartan which has a different horizontal thread count than its vertical thread count. A period (.) in the middle of a thread count separates the horizontal from the vertical thread count; the horizontal thread count comes first, to the left of the period.

A reversing tartan indicates a tartan which has "pivots," which are stripes after which the thread count repeats itself in reverse order. The "pivots" are the first and last numbers in the thread count.

A non-reversing tartan indicates a tartan which has no "pivots"; its thread count is merely repeated in the same order, over and over. The ellipses (...) at the end of a thread count indicate this.


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