• His Majesty King Charles III: Abandoned Cottage on the Isle of Stroma, Caithness
    Edinburgh Reporter
    His Majesty The King with Dovecot weaver Ben Hymers and the tapestry.

The tapestry Abandoned Cottage on the Isle of Stroma, Caithness took Dovecot weaver Ben Hymers eight months to weave, and depicts a watercolour by His Majesty King Charles III, painted in Scotland. HM supported the project by generously giving permission for his watercolour to be translated by the apprentice.

The tapestry was woven by Ben Hymers during the end of his 3 year tapestry apprenticeship. Supervised by Master Weaver Naomi Robertson Hymers' main challenge was how to ensure the colour palette in the tapestry would be a true depiction. In translating watercolour, the weaver has to create an element of translucence in wool colour, where the colour blends from one to another. Fine graduation of the blends featured in the sky above the cottage, was an area where Hymers was able to explore and advance the skills in weaving that he has developed over his past three years’ training. During the sampling stage, Hymers developed a catalogue of over 50 colour blends, depicting every tonal area of the watercolour scene.

Ben Hymers

Ben Hymers

The Royal Weave

The Royal Weave

4 June 2022

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