Appletons Wool in Action

Some of Nicola Jarvis’ work:

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Appletons is proud to have provided the wool for several notable tapestry projects in recent years. One of the more renowned is the completion of the three missing and final panels of the Bayeux Tapestry, which took place in Alderney over the last 12 months, culminating in April this year when it was unveiled to great acclaim – The curator of the Bayeux Tapestry Museum, Mme Sylvette Lemagnen, commented: “The colours are excellent and like the original”.  The wools used blended perfectly with those of the original tapestry.

Alderney Bayeux Tapestry

 The completed panels

Additionally Appletons were the suppliers of wool for the Prestonpans tapestry – – depicting the Scottish journey and battles of Bonnie Prince Charlie up to and including the battle of 1745 at Prestonpans. Appletons also supplied wool for The Great Tapestry of Scotland, ( a project which undertook to depict 21,000 years of Scottish history in embroidery in one of the longest tapestries in the world today. This project was completed in June 2013 and was launched at the Scottish Parliament during the summer (it is due back there this summer for Homecoming 2014 after touring Scotland).

Work is now progressing on the Scottish Diaspora Tapestry which celebrates some of the stories in the history of the Scots abroad.   The first phase, of 164 panels stitched in 25 countries, was launched at Prestonpans (the home of the Prestonpans Tapestry which was taken to Bayeux recently) on 31st May at Prestonpans Community Centre as part of the 3 Harbours Arts Festival (31st May – 8th June).   It will then be displayed in the Macrobert Centre, Stirling; then St Mary’s Cathedral, Palmerston Place, Edinburgh in August.   The second phase of around another 100 panels will be completed by next March.

The Prestonpans Tapestry

The Prestonpans tapestry

Panels from the Prestonpans tapestry –

The Quaker Tapestry, situated in Kendal, Cumbria, is also made using Appletons Wool. Over 4000 men, women and children in 15 countries had a hand in completing the story of the Quaker movement and the resulting tapestry is 77 panels long.

Quaker tapestry

Quaker tapestry

Quaker tapestry

Quaker tapestry

Copyright Quaker Tapestry –


Restoration and heritage work

Appletons supply the wool for all the work done by Fine Cell Work – Fine Cell Work are a social enterprise charity who have been commissioned to create a large number of cushions for English Heritage, a wall hanging for the Jerwood Foundation and numerous church kneelers and altar cloths.

Chruch kneelers

Church kneelers supplied by Fine Cell Work –


English Heritage cushions

English Heritage cushions

Cushions supplied by Fine Cell Work, commissioned by English Heritage –


Additionally Appletons supplies wool for many church projects as well as rug restoration and creation projects.