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

We are using three types of wool thread

  1. Coarse crewel wool (4-ply) for laid work
  2. A medium thread for couching
  3. Fine wool (2-ply) to tie and stab stitches.

A number of wools were tried - Some were too fluffy, others not strong enough to withstand being pulled through the linen more than a few times while some did not take dyes well.

In general, a tight spin with at least 3 strands made a good choice. 

Choosing the right piece of wool allows this hound to have a realistic, fluffy coat (the cross stitches are just going on) but the hand dying of the thread allowed some to use the technique of 'tie-dye' to prevent the dye penetrating the treads. This allowed for subtle tone to be produced.

There is more about the craft of spinning.  The Stitches  The threads  Working tips and instructions


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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