02 November 2013

yarn travels: National Wool Museum

Oooh its been a while since I did one of these sort of posts. I've been on my yarn travels again. This time I've been to....

...The National Wool Museum (in Wales). Me and my lovely wife had been over near Carmarthen for a few days for our wedding anniversary (and stayed at a great boutique hotel called 'The Corran' - I highly recommend it). On the last day before coming home we figured we'd hop on the bus and go check it out.

It was a bit of a bumpy bus ride through a lot of windy roads, so I was feeling a little queasy when I got there, but it was worth it - its a wool museum for crying out loud! So I got over that and thoroughly enjoyed it. The first thing that caught my eye was this spinning wheel, how lovely is that!

And then there was the looms, man I bloody love a good loom I do!!! There was quite a few of them, and even a few little basic ones that you could play with to see how they worked (yes I know they were for kids to play with, like that's gonna stop me!).

As well as the looms and all the machinery to look at, there was a fair bit of the museum dedicated to history, as the museum is in what used to be an old mill. There was this mock-up of an old market stand....

....and these old school crochet hooks were on that stand, so of course I had to take a picture of them. Overall the museum is a good one, I love everything wool related, and I also love big old machinery, so it was right up my street. They also do demonstrations on how the machines work, we saw one where the machine takes the sheep's fleece and does all sorts of magic with it making it into strands ready to be spun. The museum is free so if you're ever in the area then I'd recommend popping by........oh but wait, that's not all, there was another reason that we went!

There was also an exhibition on at the wool museum of work by the textile artist Kaffe Fassett. I love his work and use of colours, so as soon as I found out that was on I just had to go.

I was blown away, everything on show was amazingly impressive. I can't even describe how much I want any one of these jumpers!

It was a brilliant exhibition, and his work is so inspiring, If you ever get a chance to go see his work then make sure you do!
So after that we had just enough time to hit up the gift shop and get on the bus back. It's a great museum, not too much to overwhelm you but still plenty to see. It certainly gets the onemancrochet seal of approval!!!


  1. Awesome place! Luckily my mum lives nearby, so I can go back anytime. I loved the strange and rather nauseating colourways of the Welsh wool items.
    Keep up the good work! Elin :)

  2. Hi, my son has just told me of your blog, he is a beginner at crochet and I noticed your lovely spheres on the last post. I just thought I'd mention that we have made papier mache spheres over balloons in the past and they might be more permanent for your art. I love them.
    My husband is also into bright colours and is making a quilt, pop over and take a look, havae added you to my side bar to keep up with your projects.