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Chainmail kilt, in progress
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Posted on Mon Mar 03, 2008 1:45 am
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So, a while ago, I posted that I was going to do a chainmail kilt in the Black Watch tartan. The project is underway. First, I did the inlay:



which gives me one sett that I can repeat over and over. It should take me about 70 of these (14 long, 5 high), not counting some overlap when I do the splits for movement. So far, I've completed 4 and stitched them together into a single panel (to better show the color pattern).

First, on a white background, which shows the individual rings a bit clearer:




And then again on a black background, which shows the color a bit better:



Each of the individual panels is 640 rings (once the black border is added to the top and left side). Overall, I'm looking at about 45,000 rings (probably more, once I factor in the overlap again).

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Posted on Mon Mar 03, 2008 1:48 am
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That's just really...cool. Wow, I can't wait to see it done!

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Posted on Mon Mar 03, 2008 2:26 am
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Yeah, that looks great! Yay big projects. Very Happy


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Posted on Mon Mar 03, 2008 2:41 am
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Yeah, I'm hoping to have it done by August. I'm figuring on 200 total hours (I should probably break it down and have milestones to shoot for to measure my progress)

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Posted on Mon Mar 03, 2008 3:42 am
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from one inlay person to another, I must say wow, that looks fantastic so far, I would really like to see the final product

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Posted on Mon Mar 03, 2008 3:50 am
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I like plaid. I like maille. I'm drooling over plaid maille. Smile


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Posted on Mon Mar 03, 2008 10:18 pm
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tattooteal wrote:
from one inlay person to another, I must say wow, that looks fantastic so far, I would really like to see the final product


The thing that's making it easier now is that I broke the inlay down and can do it using fivelets (once I looked at it more closely). If you split it in half (along the horizontal black line), you take the top half, it is composed of 3 strips made from fivelets with a row of one at a time at the bottom. The bottom half is the opposite, the one at a time row is on top. Connect using the black line.

The breakdown:
8x green fivelets
8x black
8x blue
8x blue/black (2 black, 2 blue alternating, connected by a blue center ring)
8x black/blue (same as above, but black center ring
8x green/black
8x black/green
8x green/blue
8x blue/green

Since I have 66 more panels to go, it means I need to make 528 of each type of fivelet, then start joining them together...

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Posted on Tue Mar 04, 2008 6:56 pm
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Good luck! Keep on posting pictures while you work. I'd love to see this becoming a real kilt.


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Posted on Tue Mar 04, 2008 9:57 pm
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Good luck!! It looks lilke it's coming along quite well. The chainmaille tartan looks really neat!


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Posted on Wed Mar 05, 2008 1:08 am
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Zjef wrote:
Good luck! Keep on posting pictures while you work. I'd love to see this becoming a real kilt.


Me too. Do you have any idea based on what you have now, what the final product will weigh? How do the pleats stay formed?

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Posted on Wed Apr 09, 2008 7:58 pm
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Any progress?


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Posted on Wed Apr 09, 2008 8:53 pm
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I had a man show up at my door in a kilt once!!! Woooooo! I love a man in tartan. Surprised

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Posted on Wed Apr 09, 2008 9:12 pm
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did you find out if he was a true Scot?


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Posted on Wed Apr 09, 2008 9:23 pm
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In fact he was not.... But I love the tartan all the same.

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Posted on Wed Apr 09, 2008 11:24 pm
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Zjef wrote:
Any progress?


wow... the preview page for posting is blocked by my company internet system... that sucked, since it deleted what I had typed in...

What I was saying is that I mapped the pattern and noticed that each sett contains 8 fivelets of 9 solid colors or 2 color combos, so I'm spending my time churning out fivelets... 528 of each one (66 remaining setts)

Once that's done (I have 3 of the 9 done), I'll get back to assembling setts...


I have a site finally!

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