There are eight stages involved in the process of turning the wool from a sheep into a tapestry like the one shown below.

  • Shearing – These tapestries are woven from wool that comes from the fleece           of the rare Norfolk Horn breed of sheep.
  • Washing – The fleece must be thoroughly cleaned to ensure even dyeing.
  • Carding – Fibres in the fleece are separated and straightened using hand carders       – a type of wire brush.
  • Mordanting – A mordant helps the dye to permanently fix to the wool. In this      case alum has been used as the mordant.
  • Dyeing – The wool is dyed using natural dyes gathered locally from plants.
  • Modifying – Modifiers are applied after dyeing to achieve the variation of hues        and shades.
  • Spinning – Fibres are spun on a drop spindle or spinning wheel to produce a     woollen thread.
  • Weaving – The wool is woven by hand on a peg loom to produce the tapestry.