She brought in a book with her family history and an old worn Scottish cap or tam.
This happened to be more of a challenge than I expected with the seven colors and larger pattern. I explained how the lines tend to become a little crooked or wonky when reducing the tartan cane and she felt that would be okay as long as the colors were close and it was similar to the pattern. I've been working on several methods of reducing the tartan canes without too much distortion and I found that packing it in extra clay (scrap) before reducing helped a fair bit.
I was quite pleased with the overall colors and decided to reduce the cane further so I could create more of a mirrored plaid pattern like in the cap. By the time I was finished I still had a fair bit of cane to work with but I had a tone of "scrap clay" left over. Of course when I say scrap clay that doesn't mean it gets thrown out but it can still be used in other ways.
Carol requested a bangle and a tartan "cloth" style pendant each for her and her sister and she was very pleased with how the finished products finally came out:
One of our neighbors popped in the other day while I was working on this set. She was totally fascinated by it and asked if I could do something for her if she did some research to find out her family tartan.