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At Trefriw Woollen Mills traditional Welsh bedspreads and tweeds are manufactured from the raw wool. Most of the textile machinery is over 50 years old and is powered by electricity generated by vintage turbines.

Originally a "pandy" (Welsh for fulling mill), situated on the banks of the river Crafnant to use the soft water to wash the wool and drive the water wheels, the mill is still worked by the descendants of Thomas Williams who bought it in 1859.

During the Summer hand spinning is demonstrated and there is an opportunity to "Try Weaving Yourself" on small handlooms (June 2nd - September 29th, Tuesday - Thursday). The Weaver's Garden contains plants which provide natural fibres and dyes.

The wool is carded, spun and dyed on the premises to make soft heathery tweeds, Joseph (many colours) travelling rugs, double weave bedspread with geometrical patterns and Welsh "tapestry" cloth. The tweed is tailored into hats, capes, jackets and scarves and the tapestry is made up into throws, dinner sets, waistcoats and purses.

Trefriw is a quiet village situated in beautiful and varied countryside in the Conwy Valley. There are lovelly walks all around, rivers, waterfalls and lakes to visit and a selection of pubs, eating places and accommodation.

Products can be purchased in the mill shop together with pure wool knitwear and accessories and garments made from natural fibres. Sheepskin rugs and other products are also stocked.

Homemade cakes and freshly ground coffee are available in the tearoom. Sandwiches are made fresh to order.



 


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