[HNW] Bayeux Tapestry

Highly Unlikely highly_unlikely at hotmail.com
Wed Jun 2 21:18:08 PDT 2010

Please keep in mind that the wool colors we see today are NOT exactly the same as when they were embroidered. The terracotta was originally dyed with Rose Madder root. The color comes close to being the rosy color of the veins in port wine cheese which is a lively color. In fact, all the colors of the tapestry in question were brighter. When you go to choose your wool decide whether you are going for the look as it is now or the one way back when. I hope you post photos of your work in progress. I know we would all enjoy seeing them!


Much Luck!



From: Allison263 at aol.com
Date: Wed, 2 Jun 2010 22:45:14 -0400
To: h-needlework at lists.ansteorra.org
Subject: Re: [HNW] Bayeux Tapestry

In a message dated 6/2/10 8:30:37 PM, a_velvet_claw at yahoo.com.au writes:

Rennaisance wools, but getting an entire set
for the Tapestry is out of her price range.

I'm not sure why, there are only five main colors in the entire tapestry, along with a few other colors. According to David Wilson, the colors are terracotta, blue-green, an old gold, olive green, and blue. Two other colors--a dark blue or black and a sage green--appear in some places. Later (nonperiod) repairs were done in light yellow, orange, and light greens. 

This is my particular favorite source for Bayeux Tapestry information mainly because of the color plates; the tapestry was photographed in natural light so the colors are very true. I had pretty good luck using a DMC color chart to match the colors from the Wilson plates; they weren't all exact but very close. DMC doesn't make their tapestry wool any more, that was my preference for laid work. 

Good luck!
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