Planning a camping trip in Wales this summer? You’d fit right in with this enamelware from Blodwen. I got a bit excited when I saw this! The classic navy and white has been given a wonderful Welsh twist, featuring the iconic ‘Caernarfon’ pattern that you normally see used in traditional tapestry blankets…

Blodwen has lots of lovely stuff. The founder, Denise Lewis, is passionate about supporting handmade Welsh craft. She designed this ‘Gwalia’ (Welsh for ‘homeland’) enamelware herself  and, although the enamel is sourced in Europe, the design and firing of the decals is all done in Wales.

1. Enamel jug, £35; 2. Mug set, £28 for 2; 3. bowl, £15.

Based in Cardigan Bay, you’ll also find woven baskets, wooden bowls, pottery, tapestry floor mats and homemade jam! Have a browse online at their delightful wares and the Gwalia is also available through Liberty. – Alice

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Welsh wool treats

April 16, 2009

I visited the Melin Tregwynt woollen mill in Wales this week, and was bowled over by the gorgeous collections on display.

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From polka dots to traditional woven patterns, there’s a design to suit every style and taste. I spent many happy hours browsing the blankets and cushions in the lovely gift shop – much to my boyfriend’s chagrin!

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It was fascinating to watch the old weaving looms in action, and nice to see the local sheep literally on the door step of the factory enjoying the sunshine. If you’re in the area, it’s well worth popping in to visit this lovely mill, and check out the Solva Woollen Mill close by, too. If you’re nowhere near Wales, both mills do mailorder, so don’t despair! – Ellie

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