One of my favourite mills & the one that inspired my collection ; Cilcennin. A stones throw from Ty Zinc , it was run by John Thomas & then his son Ben (Ben factri). Using only narrow width looms & operated as a secondary business to their 60 acre holding rented from Ty Mawr Estate. Patterns & processes changed little over the 70 years or so of weaving. With simple striped or plain blankets produced & sold in pairs from the late C19th through to Mid C20th. Fringed carthenni & tweed by the yard were produced from both their own wool & from customers own.
The Thomas used plenty of undyed Cream & Grey to create striped blankets with well documented German Analine dyes for Pink, Yellow, Red & Violet. Always with border designs running the selvedge, these hand spun & woven blankets were sewn up the centre from 2 pieces. Original versions display great differences in quality of yarn, weight & finish; reflecting the variance of fleece used .
Our newest addition to the Heritage Collection reproduces a turn of the Century pattern in Cream With Dove Grey, Yellow, Violet & Scarlet stripes creating a pretty bedcover.Machine sewn warp ends. Woven for me in Ceredigion by Roger Poulson on his 1904 loom.
Measures 67" x 78" ( 172cm x 200cm)