#267 Autumn 2018

Our special colour themed issue looks at many aspects of this fascinating, and often challenging, subject. To start, and before our visual senses are confused by a kaleidoscope of possibilities, Sarah Pape explains in very straightforward terminology the theory of colour perception. We move on to the primaries: a whistle-stop tour of blue, looking at indigo under the expert guidance of Jenny Balfour Paul, Association President; fascinating research into Norwich Red with Susan Dye and Hannah Sabberton; and finally we explore the warm yellows of the Moroccan sun with Aviva Leigh.
Practical advice follows; Rachael Prest experiments with spinning hand-dyed tops to produce varied striped, woven fabrics, whilst Michael Crompton describes his distinctive method of using colour in tapestry weaving. More advanced weavers will enjoy following Rosalie’s Neilson’s step-by-step guide to weaving a colourful rep runner on 4 or 8 shafts. We’ve also tried our best to focus on colour in our regulars – Notebook, Book and Exhibition Reviews and Guild Highlights – for our most colourful issue ever.


Norwich Red – A Lost Recipe for Scarlet on Silk, Wool and CottonSusan Dye and Hannah Sabberton9
A Creative Approach to Colour in TapestryMichael Crompton12
Dyeing Fibress for Fractal Spinning – an Exploration of ColourRachael Prest14
For the Love of Indigo – My Journeys through India Past, Present and FutureJenny Balfour Paul19
Colours of the SunAviva Leigh26
Warp-Faced Rep : Table Runner for a Four-shaft and Eight-shaft loomRosalie Neilson31