weaversbazaar came out of a shared passion for tapestry weaving: we met on the 2008 West Dean Tapestry Summer School which we had independently decided to join in search of a form of textile art that would provide real satisfaction. We had both been experimenting with art, craft and cloth weaving and loved using yarns in creative ways. As we progressed through that hot summer week, weaving and talking and talking and weaving, we not only discovered many shared life experiences but also a common sense of fulfilment in the process and outcomes of tapestry weaving.
However, once away from West Dean we faced a serious challenge - how to find high quality yarns in just the right colours needed for the tapestries we wanted to weave. After much research a supplier of high-twist worsted yarn was found and then a dyer who was able to match-dye from just a one inch colour sample...and at that point we began to think about whether this would be a product and a service that other textile artists would be interested in: weaversbazaar was launched!
The products and services we offer have grown in popularity: our original range of six colours have grown to over 100 - almost entirely through colour commissions. The fine 18/2 yarn we started with has been completed by the two mid-weight worsted yarns. We are now looking to other fibre yarns and weaving tools that we think would be of interest to our customers. In doing so we have started to establish relationships with diverse textile artists and to communicate regularly with our growing community; sharing information and news that we hope both interests and informs.
And our own weaving has continued to develop; in 2011 we both had entries to the juried 'Woven Threads' exhibition accepted. We are both active members of the British Tapestry Group and the American Tapestry Alliance and relish opportunities to get together with other tapestry weavers and textile artists to share ideas.
Our mission is that weaversbazaar becomes the place to find quality weaving yarns and a reliable, personalised service. Beyond this we are both committed to finding ways to facilitate the growth of tapestry weaving as a contemporary art form.
Lin Squires Matty Smith