Sallie Tyszko weaves strong, powerful tapestries, full of colours and texture on big floor looms situated in a restored and converted blackhouse which received an award for design.
In the studio you will find tapestries for sale and may also commission your own. Driftwater Handsome Yarns is our speciality; hanks of soft Shetland wool and gleaming mohair and mixtures of both, hand spun and dyed or natural are for sale.
Visit to see sinuous lines thread across landscapes. Luminous mohair undulates through the waves of seascapes. The colour of a sea at dawn, the veins of a leaf, a shade, and a shape inspire, and the legends give a mermaid, myths and mystery.
Sallie is a ardent member and a Producer of the Scottish Crofting Federation, and you can meet the on-croft Shetland and Hebridean sheep who produce the wool, and the Angora goats, who produce the lustrous, shimmering mohair. Sometimes the Highland cows, Fraoch and Hetty are about.
The wool and mohair is sheared, washed, then hand-spun by Sheila and Sallie and individually and specifically hand-dyed for each tapestry.
The warp is usually cotton and as well as wool and mohair, weft can be jute, lace, strips of velvet and chiffon, silk and satin, sequins, plastic and metal.
Most tapestries are mounted on driftwood gleaned from the seashore, and painstakingly assembled for each particular piece of textile art.
My tapestry workshop “Driftwater Weaves” is open Monday to Friday 11am-5pm and by appointment.