My sister-in-law did some needlework where she developed a plaid by using a
person's birthday. It could be done on graph paper with 3 colors (D/M/Y)
if you didn't have the time to make a small weaving.
A pattern was created with stripes for the date (thickness depended on the
numeral) , then the paper was rotated 90? and the pattern was repeated again.
That became that person's plaid...
I can get the specifics to you if you are interested.
Just a thought.
I would also check the back issues of Pieceworks magazine - it is a wonderful
resource for craft and history (and a simple project is usually included.)