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I am a quilter living in Woodbridge, Suffolk who has made quilts since I was a teenager. I also ring bells! Both are great British traditions....I will try to feature some of my antique Welsh and Durham quilts, the quilts I make myself, my quilting activities and also some of my bellringing achievements. Plus as many photos as I can manage. NB: Double click on the photos to see greater detail, then use back button to return to the main page.













Monday, 16 July 2012

Trip to Wool Museum at Drefach Felindre

After leaving Llanidloes, I headed off to visit the Wool Museum. It was a fair drive to get there, as I had to drive across to Aberytsthweth and then down the coast road. I headed for Newcastle Emlyn - luckily the brown tourist signs appeared, as the Wool Museum is not on a main road. The area is very rural, although the area once had many mills, due to the availability of a fast flowing stream, the local availability of wool, a rail head nearby, plus local weaving expertise.

When I arrived, my car was the only one there, save for a bus, and it was raining hard!



Luckily, I could hear the sound of the looms and knew that I was in the right place. There is still a commercial mill on the site, as well as the Museum.


The items that were produced in this mill in its heyday were nursing shawls,


Flannel for shirts and other garments, and blankets.

 The gift shop had a selection of modern woollen goods for sale - traditionally coloured...


...and in more modern colours. A blanket costs about £250 depending on size, which sounds expensive, but it must be remembered that these will last for over 100 years if well kept.

Flannel was a major product in days gone by, and these woollen fabrics made the famous flannel Welsh quilts. I was hoping to get more of a sense of how this was made....I had to wait while the ladies of the Porthcawl Baptist Church had their coffee in the tea room, then took the tour with their group! (Yes, it was their bus in the carpark.) I'll show you photos of the weaving machinery in the next post.

3 comments:

  1. Thanks for the tour. Wish I were there

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  2. Pippa, I live only 10 minutes away from the Wool Museum & I always recommend it to my visitors. Its very interesting, has a good shop & provides a good cup of coffee.
    I hope you manged to see the Felin Teifi workshop on the same site while you were there.
    Jinsy

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  3. Hi Jinsy, Had I realised that, I might have come by for a cup of coffee!! The Wool Museum was very nice and I had a good lunch there. I also saw the millshop and have some photos to show later. I did get a bit lost on the way out and managed to drive by the Ogof weaving sheds - went along some country lanes before coming out to a minor and then a major road -who knows, I might have driven by your farm....Trying to convince Mike to spend some time away but not having any luck so far...Pippa

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