Textile Tourist in Wales
The National Wool Museum is located in Dre-fach Felindre, Carmarthenshire, a small village in the middle of Wales near the Teifi Valley. In 1845, there were as many as 325 woolen mills there with large numbers of Welsh women, men, and children employed in the production of flannel shirts, underwear, and blankets. Anita Jamieson, a member of the Greater Vancouver Weavers' & Spinners' Guild (GVWSG), visited Britain and Wales last September. She explored Cambrian Mill, still operating to produce woolen items for the tourist trade at the museum, then had the opportunity to try out different spinning wheels, including the great walking wheel. The staff was knowledgeable about woolen mill procedures, spinning machines, and the history of wool production including the miniboom in the 1960s when fashion designers such as Mary Quant produced tapestry cloth in the Teifi Valley. One young man on staff had learned how to spin wool as part of his employment and had a wheel from his grandfather at home, claiming he was now hooked on his new activity.