February 01, 2022 3 min read

Blankets and Throws

Our wool blankets and throws are woven in Wales and are made from 100% pure new wool. Some of these Welsh textiles are ‘soft to touch’ made from a blend of Welsh wool and British lambswool and available in a variety of colours with check or window pane patterns.  

Welsh blankets have a long history dating back to the 12th century, but today Welsh textiles and Welsh blankets are a modern-day fashion item. Welsh tapestry blankets are in huge demand, in Wales, the UK and worldwide. These blankets are hand woven on traditional looms in wool by crafts people. They are items of great beauty in any room or home, traditional or contemporary. Nothing says hiraeth more than an iconic Welsh blanket.

Blankets and Throws - Hand Woven

Our blankets and throws are hand woven in Wales in limited numbers. They are designed and woven by with personal care and attention using traditional looms, some of which are originally over 100 years old. Some are woven on Dobcross 90 inch (2.3 metre) wide looms and others on narrower looms. None of our Welsh blankets or throws for sale are mass produced. Look at the video to see what traditional weaving looks and sounds like.

 

Welsh Tapestry Blankets - Hiraeth Collection

Our Welsh tapestry blankets are part of the ‘Hiraeth’ Collection and nothing says Hiraeth more than an iconic Welsh tapestry blanket. The tapestry blankets are Welsh textiles at their absolute best. Hiraeth is a Welsh concept of longing for home, which can be loosely translated as 'nostalgia', or, more commonly, 'homesickness'. Many claim 'hiraeth' is a word which cannot be translated, meaning more than solely "missing something" or "missing home."

Caernarfon Portcullis Pattern

Many of our Welsh Blankets a designed in part of the Caernarfon portcullis pattern that looks similar to portcullis gates in Welsh castles. In this example is a red, black, and white wool Caernarfon pattern Welsh tapestry blanket, woven on a Dobcross loom using skills and techniques that go back over 100 years. 

Welsh Tapestry Blanket, hand woven in the Caernarfon Portcullis PatternWelsh tapestry Blankets, handwoven in the iconic Caernarfon Portcullis pattern  Welsh tapestry blankets - hand woven in Wales in limited numbers
 

The Caernarfon Portcullis design in geometric patterns, is among the most iconic Welsh patterns - nothing says hiraeth more than an iconic Welsh Tapestry Blanket.

Treftadaeth - Heritage Collection

Our Treftadaeth Collection is a celebration of Welsh heritage, either in remembrance of an event or a person that shaped the Country we have become. It also celebrates Wales’ woollen industry, textiles and weaving history.

This Collection will include Welsh wool blankets and throws that are woven using fleece sourced within Wales - Welsh textiles through and through. FelinFach buys the whole clip from the smallholding and the process from this fleece to our blanket or throw is completed in Wales - each blanket or throw will have a provenance proving it is a genuine Welsh Product from ‘fleece to throw’. Each product will be individually numbered together with its ‘vintage’, the year the sheep were clipped.  The blankets will be in the natural colour of the fibre and on occasion we may add a small amount of colour to the design.

 

Featured Blankets and Throws in Online Shop

Blankets

Welsh Blankets - Hand woven in limited numbers Welsh Blankets - Hand woven in Wales Welsh Blankets - Hand woven in Drefach Wales 

 

Throws

Wool throws - hand woven in Wales Wool throws - Hand woven in Ceredigion Wales Wool throws - hand woven in Wales - Carew

What's the difference between a blanket and a throw?

Blankets and throws are often used to describe similar products. Blankets tend to be larger than throws and more often, used a bed covers for warmth. Throws are often used in living rooms to provide decoration - strategically draped over sofas and chairs.

Welsh Blankets - Craig Goch in traditional Caernarfon Portcullis Patterns  Welsh Blankets - Craig Goch in traditional Caernarfon Portcullis Pattern     Welsh blankets - Afon Elan 

 

Welsh Textiles

Our website is dedicated to Welsh Textiles be they blankets, throws, cushions, scarves, purses and other items. When an item is not made in Wales, it will not claim to be so made. Examples are books, magazines and notions from Cocoknits and Cohana made in the rest of of the UK or abroad. Welsh textiles are part of our fabric (sorry about the pun).

About FelinFach

Our company, FelinFach Natural Textiles is located in the heart of the Preseli area of Pembrokeshire near to Boncath. We design Welsh blankets and throws and also the iconic Welsh Tapestry blankets which are traditionally woven at Welsh mills. We also design and make natural hand dyed yarn, cotton, silk and wool scarves and other handmade products, all available in our yarn store and shop. We also offer Welsh tartansSheepskin Rugs, Gift Cards and tools and books for crafters and knitters in our yarn store - Cocoknits, Laine, Amirisu and Making to name a few! Lastly, craft courses on hand dyeing with 100% natural dyes in the purpose designed FelinFach Dye Studio. We are a proud supporter of the Campaign for Wool, All Things Wales and Global Welsh.

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Last update 11th March 2022