Travelling in Wales nearly three years ago I kept coming across old weaving mills and then discovered that this area, The Teifi Valley had been a major weaving area in the 19th century. The river had offered power to the mills and water for cleaning the fleece. And, of course, hillside for sheep to graze. I discovered Curlew Weavers on a later visit and a year on, I have two new tweeds:
The weaver, Roger Poulton produces organic certified tweeds and sources native breed yarn from local farms. In the end the organic wasn't available but we produced these two heavy brushed twills from native breed yarn, undyed and all sourced from within 100 miles of the mill. The harsh winter inspired me to produce something really warm and thick. In fact, it's surprisingly lightweight and soft.
The pale is Jacobs and Shetland yarn:
And the dark twill is Hebridean and Shetland: