Weavers' Marks are how a tapestry weaver or a tapestry atelier ‘signs’ their tapestries, in the same way that an artist signs a painting, or indeed an original design for a tapestry.
Read the article An Introduction to Weavers’ Marks
BTG and weaversbazaar are collaborating in this project to compile an online catalogue of contemporary marks of tapestry weavers and studios/ateliers.
See how to contribute your Images and Text for the Weavers’ Marks Gallery
Eleonora Budden, UK
I sometimes embroider it on small weavings, but woven into the left bottom corner on larger ones. Based on my logo which is a geometrical representation of my initials.
Sehila Craft, UK
My mark shows my initials back to back and is usually woven in the selvedge. Importantly, it is simple to weave!
Michael Crompton, UK
Initials "MC" woven on bottom border. From 1970 - 2000 number of warp threads to MC will give the year - 85 thread indicates 1985.
Michael Crompton, UK (2010)
Initials "MC" woven on bottom border. From 2000 the bottom of the C is extended by one warp thread per year. From 2013 my initials begin from the edge allowing one warp thread for each subsequent year.
Paulette Furnival, UK
I have kept my weavers mark simple although warp wrapping can be anything but! It is usually woven, but on small pieces it may be added afterwards.
Lindsey Marshall, UK
The mark is derived from my initial signature - often used to correct mistakes (which may be appropriate).
Donna Millen, Canada
I call my studio “Weaver's Studio” . This is a small community and though there are many other studios mine is the only weaver’s. My maker’s mark is of course my first and last initials. The “d" is a lower case and the “M” is upper case. It is not easy weave and I am attempting now to make it a more subtle part of the background although it does not appear that way in this photo.
Christine Paine, UK
I weave my mark in the bottom right hand corner at the front of my weaving. Depending on the weaving and the colour scheme, the mark is either distinct or subtle. It is based on my initials cp joined together. I count the warps so the size depends on the sett. In addition, I sew or attach a printed label to the back of my work, with my name, email address and the words Woven Tapestry.
Eve Pearce, USA (mark #1)
I have been making tapestry for almost 50 years now, and so my ideas about marks has evolved a bit. Originally I used my script, lower case initials: “esp”. (see mark #1) ...
Eve Pearce, USA (mark #2)
I then started using just my first initial, “e," especially when there was a good way to incorporate it into the border of the design. (mark #2) ...
Eve Pearce, USA (mark #3)
Currently I use a round, black circle which represents “Black Moon,” the Buddhist name given to me by my Zen teacher when I became his student. I enjoy incorporating this circle into the tapestry’s imagery, so, unlike the initials which always appeared in a lower corner, the black moon may appear anywhere - in a cloud, in a dragon’s claw, … (mark #3).
Michael F Rohde, USA
My mark is a short row of contrasting color at the lower right edge of the
turned hem of the tapestry. The lower (and upper) edges of the tapestries
have a row of knots around the warp ends and the color change is in them.
Studio/Atelier: Michael F Rohde
Matty Smith, UK
My mark was woven on a set of 3 epic. It is a stylised letter M woven across eight warp. The key factor in its design was that It would be easy to weave. I designed and wove a different mark some years ago but it was far too complicated!
Lin Squires, UK
Usually woven into selvedge on a double warp at 2epc the mark comprises my initials juxtaposed. Sometimes the space under the top of the S is left open sometimes completed with a contrasting colour. Geometric and easy to weave.
Mike Wallace, UK (sewn label)
I use the same marks on both weavings and other textile work. The label appears on the back, sewn on (unframed) or stuck onto the backing.
Mike Wallace, UK (written)
The initials can be woven, hand written, or embroidered to suit the material in what I consider an appropriate colour so it is noticeable but not too prominent; I have not managed to weave it so it looks as I want (yet!)