My story is simple… after 25 years in London I returned in 2014 to my homeland to realise a long held dream – to pursue my love and interest in traditional crafts, sewing and Welsh textiles in particular. My influences are from a happy childhood growing up in the Black Mountains with skills passed down from my Nan who made my very first poncho – the start of my journey.
I believe everyone should have a poncho. They are the ultimate in ‘forever wear’ – versatile, classic, timeless, simple, non restrictive, functional, comfortable, seasonless, stylish and fun. They provide comfort, are like a friend, they live alongside you, they become you, gathering stories and experiences along the way. They seem to bring out the storyteller in people… a happy trip down memory lane.
TWG ponchos are limited edition pieces. They are made from traditional Welsh tapestry – double weave reversible cloth in soft pure new wool - woven on traditional looms in Wales in colours unique to TWG. Only small runs of cloth are produced and no two colour combinations are ever repeated. In addition to the ponchos there are other exclusive items sharing the same creative ethos.
The Patchworks are created using traditional Welsh flannel - plainly woven lightweight wool cloth which has a long and interesting history. Each item I make is individual and inspired by the patchworks of old but with a modern take. As well as the one off Patchworks for sale I also undertake commissions. I’m currently working on the interior of a shepherds palace.... one up from a hut!
All my products are designed and handmade at my studio in Hay-on-Wye and some of the sewing is outsourced locally. My ultimate aim is to create employment for women in rural Wales, where they can fit sewing into the lives they have to juggle.
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