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Wales Textile Treasures 

  • Patricia and Charles

    Charles and Patricia Lester have established an international reputation for their textile and couture fashion. Each piece of fabric is hand painted, hand printed or pleated by hand, casting spells of colour and dimension that deceive the mind and the eye and crafted into extraordinary pieces. Their clothes are worn by celebrities including Princess Michael of Kent, Barbara Streisand and Elizabeth Taylor and have featured in opera and film productions, including 'The Wings of a Dove', as well as in the V&A’s 1997 exhibition 'The Cutting Edge: Fifty Years of British Fashion'. Individual visits can be made to their retail outlet in Abergavenny or Harrods in London. Private tours for small groups by arrangement.
  • Jen Jones Quilting

    The Jen Jones Welsh Quilt Centre in Lampeter's Town Hall celebrates Welsh quilts and offers exhibitions, workshops and a gallery shop, showcasing a collection of both vintage and new textiles from Jen's gift shop in Llanybydder.  A wide range of gifts are available including quilts, blankets, books, jewellery, scarves and cushions.   Jen has written for and has featured in numerous books and magazines and is frequently asked to talk about Welsh quilts on quilting and interior design programmes on television.  Special rates available for groups visiting the Quilt Centre.
  • David Emanuel

    Since graduating from the Royal College of Art, David Emanuel, has been heralded as the Welsh couturier of international stature designer. He became famous for creating the wedding dress for Princess Diana, Princess of Wales. He has designed clothes for royalty in Britain and Europe, and for public figures including Joan Collins, Shirley Bassey, Faye Dunaway, Patsy Kensit, Lesley Garrett and Elizabeth Taylor. His own label, David Emanuel Couture, was established in 1990.
  • Elanbach Textiles

    Elanbach is very much a family business, based on a love of traditional fabrics from Wales. Run by Sir Bernard Ashley(deceased) husband of the late Laura Ashley, Elanbach represents a simple, rural ideal. Indeed you will find a significant part of the Elanbach collection used in the public rooms and bedrooms at Llangoed Hall, the 5 star Edwardian hotel, previously owned by the family of Sir Bernard.
  • Melin Tregwynt

    A family company since 1912, Melin Tregwynt near Castlemorris is a small but world-famous woollen mill in Pembrokeshire Coast National Park. Their products include exclusive wool blankets, throws and cushions, furniture, accessories and clothing that combine authentic Welsh tradition with innovative and modern design. The mill is open to visitors and you can see the mill working from 9:00am to 4:30pm Monday to Friday. The Mill shop and coffee shop is open daily. Entry is free and a self guided tour leaflet is available from the shop. Guided tours are available for groups or coach parties with prior booking.
  • Craft in the Bay
    Located in Cardiff Bay, Craft in the Bay is the home of the Makers Guild in Wales.  It operates the largest craft and applied art space in South Wales through its gallery.  It is a hub with displays and sells work of the highest quality, including textiles by Craft makers and applied artists from all over Wales. The Makers Guild of Wales can also put visitors in touch with individual makers in other parts of Wales and studio viewings can be arranged with sufficient notice.  

  • The Workshouse Gallery & Cafe, Presteigne
    David and Sara have been restoring, buying and selling antique carpets since the early 1970’s.  They have a big selection of hand woven carpets, rugs, kilims and textiles from all over the word.  They also design and make bespoke hand knotted carpets and flat weaves from both historical and newly drafted designs.  Two flat weave carpets in the design or traditional Welsh textiles were made for the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall for their Welsh home in Llwynywermod. Unusual ethically made gifts from toys to tools and textiles to teacups can be found in the retail gallery.  The workhouse cafe offer homemade cakes and light lunches, all locally sourced.

  • St Fagans: National History Museum

    The Social & Cultural History Department is based at St Fagans: National History Museum. Clothing dating from the 16th century through to the 20th century is on display, both fashionable and everyday wear, official uniforms and occupational dress. Also included are accessories of all types and items of personal use richly displayed in the costume gallery. The primary purpose of St Fagans is to illustrate and interpret the daily life and work of the people of Wales from the Middle Ages to the present day.

    Admission: Free
  • Colinette Yarns

    Colinette's business is located at Llanfair Caereinion in Mid Wales. For 16 years her colour dyes are freshly mixed every day to produce the fabulous hand-dyed range of fancy yarns. Colinette Yarns offer a wide range of qualities and colours, something to please everybody, especially young knitters.
  • The Jane Davies Company - Bespoke Fashion

    Jane Davies, from Merthyr Tydfil attended Welsh school before embarking on a career in Fashion. Jane Davies established the JEVD label in 1989 after leaving Fashion College in Newport (South Wales). The first collection of clothing was sold through party plan and then to exclusive designer ladies shops.
  • Trefriw Woollen Mills

    Thomas Williams bought Trefriw Woollen Mills in the Snowdonia National Park in 1859 and celebrated its 150th anniversary in 2009. His descendants still own and operate it. They manufacture Welsh double weave tapestry, bedspreads and tweeds from raw wool and generate their own electricity using water turbines. Welsh tapestry bedspreads have been woven in Wales for over a hundred years and were handed down as heirlooms. No-one knows exactly how they originated but similar geometrical weaves were popular in North America the first half of the 19th century.

    Free admission
  • National Wool Museum
    The National Wool Museum is located in the historic former Cambrain Mills in the village of Drefach Velindre.  It re-opened in 2004 following major re-development. Visitors will discover why Drefach Felindre was once the centre of a thriving woollen industry in Wales.

    Free admission 
  • The Minerva Arts Centre
    The Minerva Arts Centre in Llanidloes is the home of the Quilt Association and its collection of heritage quilts. The collection contains a large number of antique quilts made in Wales during the 19th and 20th Centuries.   The Quilt Association hosts an annual summer exhibition from Mid July to Mid September.  When not in use the centre can be hired for meetings, performance, workshops etc. 



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