Winter Woollies Trail
Pembrokeshire’s hot spots for all things woollen
Pembrokeshire has a growing community of talented individuals ready to clothe you head to toe in the most decadent wool they can get their hands on.
Most of it Welsh, some of it local and all of it created right here in Pembrokeshire.
If you want to stay toasty jump on the Pembrokeshire woollies trail. It will keep you warm for years to come.
Home Grown in Pembrokeshire
Perched on the cliffs between Saundersfoot and Tenby is a story about a farmer and a designer in pursuit of sustainability.
Dotted around Richard Reed’s farm are a flock of sheep that provide local designer Anna Felton with a steady supply of wool for her home grown enterprise Monkstone Knitwear.
Anna can clothe you head to toe in a bespoke collection of hats, gloves and socks, not to mention the warmest jumpers in Wales. All items are made to order, so drop Anna an email and arrange to pop over to the farm to create your own woolly souvenir of Pembrokeshire.
Hand Crafted in Pembrokeshire
Susie’s Sheepskin Boots
Susie Lincon has been making sheepskin boots in the beautiful little market town of Narberth since 1979. For over thirty years a steady flow of warm, woolly boots have been making the procession out the door and across the country, to adorn frozen feet from John O’Groats to Lands End and beyond.
Your boots will be tailor made for you. Your choice in length, colour and style. Simply pop into the shop or give Susie a ring for a treat that your feet will thank you for, for years to come.
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Ever wanted to make your own clothes?
Carys Hedd started Wench Wear upcycling clothing label eight years ago, with the intention of keeping old woollen clothes out of landfill and giving them a new lease of life by transforming them into designer labels.
What started out as a clothing range quickly became a training enterprise, with Carys now offering workshops on upcycling to help you create your own designer clothing from your long, loved woollens.
Visit the website to book an upcycling lesson or join a local workshop.
Made Well in West Wales
We have two working woollen mills in Pembrokeshire, and two extraordinary designers.
Melin Tregwynt Woollen Mill
There has been a mill at Tregwynt since the 18th century, when local farmers would bring their fleeces to be spin into yarn and fine wool blankets. Henry Griffiths bought the mill in 1912 and it has been in the Griffiths family ever since.
Today the beautiful colours and innovative designs of Melin Tregwynt can be found in hip hotels and designer stores around the world. You won’t find them on the high street, so a trip to their shop on the Pembrokeshire coast is a must if you want to treat yourself.
Solva Woollen Mill
Anna and Tom are the latest custodians of the oldest working woollen mill in Pembrokeshire, Solva Woollen Mill, which has been in operation since 1907.
This is the only mill in Wales specialising in flat weave carpets and is a fascinating place to visit. Their rugs adorn Price Charles’ Welsh residence at Llwynywormwood, stately homes in the USA and Landmark Trust properties up and down the country. The place to go to furnish your floors.
If our collective of woollen designers has inspired to create then we have two more places for you to explore before you leave Pembrokeshire:
Janes of Fishguard
Janes of Fishguard is Pembrokeshire’s leading wool shop and will provide you will all the yarn you can handle. A haven for knitters.
Penbanc Fabrics, Newport
Penbanc Fabrics was bursting at the seams so have moved to a new location in Newport. This place is a treasure chest of fabric with a massive selection that will keep your creative side going for months.
We hope we have whetted your appetite for all things woolly and made in Pembrokeshire!
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