Here at Melin Teifi, we promote our love and respect of traditional wool production methods, by providing visitors to the National wool Museum a glimpse of our coloured wool textiles while in production. We also keep the craft alive by providing a selection for you to purchase of our flannel and tweed fabrics. Dyfed, home to the historical Cambrian wool mills, provides us with a base where we create and sell beautiful garments and fabrics.
To create the selection of colours a range of methods can be used. When dyeing flannel, as each individual fibre is woven in close proximity to the next, the colour and the shade depends on what mix of coloured Welsh wool is being used. Originally, colours were created by dyeing the wool before spinning, and then using combinations of the carded wool to weave various shades and hues. The expression “dyed in the wool” refers to the fact that when the fibres were dyed before being woven or spun, the colour would last a lot longer than when being dyed after manufacturing. The colour would be more ingrained in the fabric and immovable, much like our love of our home for Welsh wool. In later methods, once carding had completed the disentangling process, the process of dyeing colours into the fibre could be dyed after being spun, or after being woven.