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Weaving a story from fleece to fabric; PREVIEW:: Warp andWeft, NationalWool Museum, Drefach Felindre.

SOME of Britain's leading textile designers and weavers will be displaying work at the National Wool Museum, Carmarthenshire, over the coming months.

Silky scarves, beautiful blankets, lovely linens and sharp suits are part of the exhibition at Cambrian Mills, Dre-Fach Felindre, which is a celebration of contemporary woven textiles.

Warp and Weft: From Handloom to Production, displays the work of weavers from Wales and England who have moved their craft practice into the commercial arena by working with woollen mills.

Starting with handcrafted samples, the designers develop their product by working alongside those using power looms in the mills, using their expertise to create the batch production of luxury woven goods.

The result is the creation of some extraordinary woven fabrics, as seen in the Warp and Weft exhibition, which will allow visitors to track the development of a design from the hand loom through to the finished product, including woven textiles for both fashion and interiors.

Alongside the end garments, interior accessories and fabric, the exhibition gives the rare treat of being able to view hand-woven samples that mark the very beginning of the process.

The design process - the exploration of colours, yarn choices and finishing processes - highlights the work that goes into creating woven fabric.

But as well as designers, this exhibition recognises and honours Welsh weaving mills and their expertise - mills that rely on this kind of commission work.

The exhibition allows the museum to give a clearer insight into the story of the woollen industry by showing a little of the modern day picture.

Alongside this temporary exhibition at the National Wool Museum is the permanent show of work by its artist in-residence, Julia Griffiths Jones.

Her work concerns the translation of textile techniques such as stitching, quilting, patchwork and embroidery, into a wire and metal form.

Warp and Weft: From Handloom to Production runs until January 8, 2011, at the National Wool Museum (www.museumwales.ac.uk/en/wool). A sister exhibition at Oriel Myrddin, Carmarthen, runs until October 30
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Date:Sep 11, 2010
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