#287 Autumn 2023

Lots of news about the weavers of today and tomorrow in this issue of The Journal, with the Theo Moorman Award recipients, the Graduate Showcase and the winner of the Huntsman Textile Design Award.  

Linda More takes a look at how the colour purple has been obtained from the days of the Phoenicians, via the Roman Empire, Perkin’s synthetic mauve, and on to the use of food dyes to colour wool and silk today. For anyone with limited space who has to use their kitchen both for food preparation and dyeing, the use of food-grade dyes is a safe way to have a first foray in dyeing. As Linda says, ‘Incapacitating your family is to be avoided at all costs.’ 

It won’t be long until November and #wovember 2023. Teresa Cabellos, who describes herself as a wool explorer, has shared some of her posts from 2022 on a wide range of wool-related topics, thinking about not only the ‘what?’ but the ‘why?’ of her use of wool. 

The creation of Ryijy, which were once woollen bed covers used with the pile side downwards on the bed, is Karen Garwood-Young’s subject when she gives an insight into the time-consuming creation of her works of art.  

Stacey Harvey-Brown continues her series explaining weaving notation, and in this issue she looks at the tie-ups used by floor looms, and which type of floor loom uses which system. 

And of course, there is all the regular information about recent exhibitions, new books and forthcoming exhibitions and events. 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Lesley Fidler and Sue McDaid (who are temporarily sharing the JEC Chair’s role), Journal Editorial Committee


The Potency of PurpleLinda More6
Wovember. An Interesting Way to Raise Wool Awareness pdfTeresa Cabellos15
Ryijy WeavingKaren Garwood-Young18
Understanding Weaving Drafts — Part 2Stacey Harvey-Brown21