Maeslyn Mill Rural Industries design
In a vivid Coral pink with contrasting Mint Green, Cream & Black. Measuring 86" x 74" ( 220cm x 188cm) plus short fringes. Newly reblanket stitched with crisp Cream wool.
A design that was used only for a short period in the mid 1960s. Complete with its Gernos Label from Maeslyn Mill in Ceredigion.
Maeslyn was owned by Dan Lewis up to 1964. the youngest son of John Lewis ( Pant Y Barcud mill) Dan Lewis modernised the mill on the death of his father, bringing in electricity in 1956 & new power looms from Yorkshire. The workforce was cut however from 20 to 10 and by 1964 was in serious trouble. Confined to weaving blankets & quilts & no longer dyeing his own yarn. Like most other mills , buying in pre dyed yarn from Yorkshire & supplying a South Wales market.
Bought by The Martin family in 1964 who were keen to embrace new designs, opening their own tea room & Museum & even a mail order pamphlet which showcased local tradesmen & crafts.The Guernos name was taken from the original builders of the mill.
It is very possibly one of Bob Morrisons weaving trials from the Rural Industries Bureau ( later COSIRA) Its purpose was to develop rural industries by providing technical advice and booklets & to encourage tourism in rural areas. Bob Morrison was the officer for Wales & well known in all the mills. He had an office in the Plas in Macynlleth which housed his Dobbcross & Jacquard looms. Here he produced weaving drafts to show the mill owners to encourage diversity in textile production. There is no doubt that his heart was in the right place; described by those that remember him as an absolute gentleman . Some did take up some of his patterns . mainly in the form of suiting tapestry cloth which was enormously successful in the 1960s & 1970s. The bed covers enjoyed less popularity and were often limited runs such as this. As Donald Morgan explains " Bob wanted to everyone to produce different designs, but no matter what you did , they still bought Caernarfon!"
The small numbers of patterns, make them more interesting for me , particularly with this connection to one particular man. Who worked for The Board for 27 years before his untimely death in 1992. There is little doubt that he made quite an impact on the Industry.
Maeslyn Mill tapestry in Coral Pink & Mint TBV55
- Product Code: TBV55
- Availability: In Stock