Weaving the fabric of Welsh textile social History.
Welcome to my world! The largest collection of Welsh blankets ; new & vintage, anywhere in the world. You are assured of old fashioned personal service. A warm welcome awaits at our Tin shed shop & with a little army of clever out workers we can accomodate some very bespoke projects. Guaranteed not to be ...run of the mill! With an eye on the past & a foot in the future, preserving archive designs & promoting contemporary ones.
You will see from my descriptions of vintage & antique textiles that this is where my passion lies. I have a personal collection of treasured Welsh textiles dating from the C18th. With ongoing & extensive research documenting patterns for the future. Some of which are replicated in my Heritage Collection range which reproduces some of my favourites.
I am not a quilter or a weaver, my interest is predominantly the social history associated with the industry. Sourcing my blankets & quilts privately ,spending my time bumping up muddy farm tracks & visiting terraced houses alike & hours spent with friends in the mills discussing old patterns & methods. The best way to find out about people & a way of life long passed is over a cup of coffee.
I have met some fantastic people in this way, like Malcolm Black in Swansea whose family backpacked Woollen goods round the Town until they bought their first van in 1940 & Ken Cole who worked for almost 30 years as a weaver then engineer at DERW mill. The Late John Uzzell Edwards, Methyr artist, used several of my flannel quilts as inspiration for his Quilt series of exhibitions. Some of the nicest people I have ever worked with are those involved in the woollen Industry & I am grateful for their help, patience & the sharing of their knowledge & expertise. In particular Raymond Jones at Melin Teifi whose help has been invaluable. Listening to a seemingly endless supply of anecdotes & sharing these with you.
Made in Wales
Just as important as the history is the living industry served by a handful of mills still producing cloth. Using age old looms & traditional methods; .Melin Teifi run by Raymond & Diane Jones who produce my Heritage Collection, Elfed Mill run by Mike Tolputt & his daughter Alison Thomas, still producing tapestry bedcovers on Dobbcross looms. Anna & Tom Grime at Middle Mill Solva, weaving rugs & carpets. Roger Poulson at Curlew Weavers keeping dyeing & spinning in the principality and producing some fabulous cloth too. Elaine at Trefriw mill in the North continuing the family tradition of double cloth bedcovers.
Contemporary woollen products from these all mills can be found on my website.
Both myself & my blankets have had regular appearances in the glossy magazines; with features in Country Living, BBC Homes & Antiques , Period Living & Country Homes & Interiors to name a few. You can often see our blankets used in period & popular drama & our Heritage blankets were used in the BBC production : The Paradise. Wrapping up Derek Brockway & friends last summer on the Welsh language programme Cariad Iaith.
Often called in as the specialist expert too. Last year I appeared in The Great British Antiques map of Britain & on the S4C version of the Apprentice Fi ywr Bos. With diverse projects such as shawls for Mary Poppins at the Royal Variety Performance & tea cosies for Professor Branestawm. Weve supplied tapestry bedcovers for theatre productions & stylists for allsorts of things.
In 2014 I was asked by the Welsh office to supply a gift each for President Obama & The NATO Secretary General Anders Rasmussen. Working with my friend Nia Hobbs we were delighted to send one of our Peony blankets from the Heritage collection to each , with boxed specially bound journals in another one of our own fabrics which were given in the "goodie baskets" for the delegates. Along with some of the other suppliers I was asked to attend a private presentation with the Prime Minister at the venue : Celtic manor in Newport.
I am probably the only person to be able to accurately identify these old patterns & am happy to share my knowledge. My collection is available on loan for exhibition purposes.Regularly accessed by students & artists alike.
This website forms part of The National web Archive & identified as being of Importance to Welsh National Heritage. Preserved for future research & reference by The British Museum, National Library & Welcome Libraries. With this comes a responsibility to research thoroughly & constantly re evaluate information. archive designs cannot be published purely as a marketing vehicle without provenance to back them up.
Please get in touch to discuss your ideas, whether you are adding a little Welsh accent to your home or embarking on an entire interior design project, planning an exhibition or magazine feature or require authentic period props for TV & Film.
Cushions & curtains & blinds can be made to order & upholstery projects in Welsh cloth are also undertaken.
All of my stock is available to buy on this site & visitors are warmly welcomed for a full on Welsh textile experience in our 30s' style Mill shop TY ZINC. Copying the local vernacular for Tin buildings erected for The roadmen & railway workers. It is packed with 1000s of blankets & Art Deco details. Bakelite fittings & stained glass. Free parking & copious coffee, an abridged version of the Welsh woollen Industry & a glimpse at my collection.
Photo from Celtic radical theatre group