madder plant

 Recording the events of September 1066
raven sketch

Find out about the battle of Fulford



The battle of Fulford website


Panel 1 - Scarborough


  Panel 2 - Rampage through Holderness


  Panel 3 - Preparing for battle


Panel 4 -Confrontation


Panel 5 - Outflanking at the ford  


Panel 6 - King Harald enters York

Visiting Fulford

Map York

There were a number of techniques tried during the project to support the linen while it was worked.

The initial plan was to work each section on a frame and wind it on.

The need to move the tapestry and also some long, cold winters that prevented the embroiderers getting into the city meant that the tapestry was removed from the frame.

The advantage of the frame was that it maintained the tension and it was possible to see the whole section. Every advised us to work on a frame but the experience of this project suggests that a big frame far from ideal.

Fulford Tapestry gets started


bulletThe frame is inflexible and is hard to move and put away
bulletSo it is less secure as it takes just a few minutes to roll up the tapestry and put it away
bulletA frame limits the number of people who can work on the tapestry
bulletA frame can be tough on the back as it requires stretching
bulletThe edges suffer abrasion as embroiders lean over the work to reach the centre.
bulletOnly a small section can be seen so the team cannot check the colours, style and technique used in other parts without untacking and unwinding the whole tapestry.


After struggling with the frame for a few years, we adopted small frames. These keep the cloth in tension without stretching it in any one direction.

Fulford tapestry

There were occasions when lines were worked without the tension of a frame. It was very useful to have lines and bars in place to provide a reference.

Read about the battle that inspired the tapestry

Panel 1 from the coloured design

The author of the content is Charles Jones -

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launched May 2012

last updated Dec 2012

Panel 6 from the original sketch

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