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Our Newsletter occasionally includes articles that cover some of the more technical aspects of tapestry weaving or which provide insights into the equipment used.

Why Worsted? Janet Phillips, Lin Squires & Matty Smith

Worsted wool is the result of a very specific way of both preparing and spinning wool fibre. You might like to read this article which appeared in The Journal in Summer 2013.

How to use the Colour Tool. Lin Squires.

This article gives some examples of ways in which the use of a colour tool can assist when planning the palette for a tapestry. Published in September 2016 the article was revised and enhanced in August 2018.

As a companion to this article, we have a chart that maps our dyed worsted yarns against both the Colour Tool and our own Colour Groups.

Love's Philosophy. Michael Crompton

This is an article exploring in some depth, the ways in which a tapestry artists response to ideas and develop a design. November 2016

Warp and Weft. Matty Smith

This article seeks to provide some guidance on the choice of warp, the sett or spacing of a warp and the thickness of the wefts. January 2017

Bobbins. Andrew Dickinson

Andrew describes how he makes his artisan bobbins, how he selects the different woods and how he has developed the concept of the bobbin to extend beyond its function as a weaving tool. February 2017.

Colours in Tapestry. Michael Crompton

Michael responds to a weaversbazaar survey about the number of colours weavers use when creating a woven image. 

Stabilised Wood. Andrew Dickinson.

In this short article, Andrew describes what 'stabilised wood' is. He uses it for a dramatic collection of metal tipped bobbins.

Backing Shaped Tapestries. Margaret Jones

In this article, Margaret Jones explains techniques for backing shaped tapestries.

Urban Reflections (detail) by Matty