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Melin Tregwynt woollen mill in Wales

From Melin Tregwynt to Melin Teifi: The Ultimate Guide to Visiting Today’s Working Welsh Woollen Mills

Traditional Welsh mills are a symbol of what was once the country’s most important industry. Due to their quality, Welsh woollen products have always had significant demand throughout the centuries. Keep reading for the top 7 Welsh mills currently in operation.

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So, What’s All the Fuss About Welsh Blankets?

Once you’ve seen the incredible craft of Welsh blankets, you’ll never forget it. You’ll be “oohing” and “aahing” at the reversible blankets that are used as wedding presents and handed down through generations. Especially given the recent trend of purchasing products from local vendors with stories behind them, Welsh blankets have experienced a revival internationally, even as far and wide as Japan. The history and heritage that accompany them can’t be beat. Keep reading to learn what all the fuss is about Welsh blankets and why they’re the perfect gift for your family!

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Ten contemporary Welsh slate gifts ideas for the home and garden

If you are looking for a Welsh present to give to a relative or friend then why not consider a Welsh slate gift?  The reductive quality of slate blends in perfectly with modernist interior design, so it is highly likely to complement your loved ones home decor. Slate also has deep ties to the traditional Welsh homestead with it being the most commonly used material in roofing – not to mention the great many slate quarries that are scattered throughout the Welsh landscape.

For the environmentally aware slate is a completely natural material and is easily broken down and recycled. Other benefits include

 

  • It is durable
  • Long lived
  • Fire resistant
  • Waterproof
So with these positives in mind we have selected ten great Welsh slate gifts ideas to wet your appetite.

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Welsh love spoons engraved

It has become very popular to have Welsh love spoons engraved. People have taken them to heart and love to give them as gifts to celebrate weddings, a renewing of vows, births, baptisms, graduations, birthdays, engagements, anniversaries and other such important life events. Traditionally love spoons in Wales hearken back to the 17th century, but there are few examples of early spoons that have been engraved. The reason for this rarity is unknown, but one explanation may be the lack of literacy amongst the rural poor in Wales.

Techniques for having Welsh love spoons engraved

There are an array of different methods that are utilized to have Welsh love spoons engraved. The most conventional type of engraving would be by means of a hand tool, for example, a chisel or a blade. Three extra techniques are pyro-engraving, laser engraving and CNC engraving. Each sort of engraving is briefly discussed underneath.

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12 truly stylish Welsh gifts for her in 2018

After scouring the internet we have come up with 12 truly stylish Welsh gifts for her for 2018. We think we have found some super Welsh presents with a touch of that crucial va va voom that she is bound to love. With gifts featuring colourful postmodernist designs that are sure to fit in with today’s contemporary style, the presents in our list will be hard to resist.

welsh tapestry lamp shade in green. welsh gifts for her

1. Welsh tapestry pattern lampshade

This exquisite Welsh tapestry lampshade will add a contemporary touch to a person’s living room. Perris & Corr have taken the traditional Welsh blanket pattern and transported it into the twenty first century adding a stamp of modern simplicity. The lampshades come in three different colours – green, pink and mustard and three different sizes. Made in Caernarfon, this elegant Welsh gift will be sure to enamor every woman that receives it.

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11 awesome funny Welsh gifts to buy

If you are looking for inspiration for funny Welsh gifts, we at Gifts with heart have compiled a list of eleven helpful hints. From comical t-shirts, humorous Welsh plaques to much more there is something for everyone and these  hilarious presents are ideal for birthdays, Christmas, and other special occasions. So if you can’t find that perfect present for a person that is a bit of a joker then we hope our list will spark the fire.

 funny welsh gifts pink ceramic sheep

1. Pink sheep ceramic

Heads wool roll when you give somebody this sweet pink ceramic sheep. People will be flocking to find out where you bought it and at only £9.99 it’s sheep at twice the price.

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12 Fabulous Welsh gifts for him for under £60 for 2018

If you are searching for some Welsh gifts for him then this rundown of 12 presents might just hit the nail on the head. From Welsh rugby gifts to an evening photography tour of Cardiff there is a wide breadth of ideas to choose from with the added bonus of no gift exceeding the £60 mark. In addition if you have any further suggestions then please feel free to comment at the bottom of this blog post. We at Gifts with Heart will be intrigued to know your recommendations.

welsh wallet with pewter dragon. Welsh gifts for him.

1. Welsh leather wallet

What about a classy tan leather wallet with a pewter Welsh dragon on the front? With all the necessary slots and a coin section it’s a great gift for a close one that is proud of their roots. They also offer the wallet in black and/or with a pewter three feathers instead of a dragon. He’ll never leave his change lying around the house again!

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12 famous Welsh artists and their greatest works

The task of compiling the following list of 12 famous Welsh artists had me flummoxed for many an evening. Deciding which artists to include and which to omit was no easy task. Why not include for example Thomas Barker, Edward Owen, Sir Cedric Morris, Nick Evans, Jim Burns or Robert Thomas? All the while I was conscious of there being so much great artistic talent in Welsh art history, not even to mention the gamut of great Welsh contemporary artists. I did not want to forget anybody, but I needed to select just twelve and it was not easy.

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30 of the best Welsh gifts ideas for 2018

If you need some inspiration for this year’s shopping then look no further than this awesome list of 30 Welsh gifts ideas. From spa days to Welsh blankets, jewellery, Welsh rugby gifts and lots more there is something for everyone. You will be hard pushed to find a more comprehensive list of Welsh gifts ideas for 2018 on the net. Moreover, in the unlikely event that you haven’t been struck by any of our suggestions we have created further more specified Welsh gifts ideas lists for you to scan (see our blog). It is our mission to not rest until we have helped you guys find the best Welsh gifts on the market so as to ensure that your loved one(s) will be smiling all day long on that birthday, Christmas or other special occasion.

Welsh Dragon soft toy

1. Welsh dragon soft toy

The cutest softest dragon in all of Wales. Perfect for your children to play with or snuggle up to.

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The 2018 Ultimate guide to Welsh love spoons

Welsh love spoons history

oldest welsh lovespoon 1667
Oldest Welsh love spoon 1667

Love spoons date back to the seventeenth century and the oldest example of a Welsh love spoon is dated 1667 (St Fagin’s museum collection). Amid this period a tradition arose throughout Europe, whereby, the rural poor took to carving various utensils from washing bats, knitting spindles to pieces of furniture as tokens of love. It was in Sweden and Wales that the tradition of using a spoon for carving reached its heights.

The seventeenth century marked the Baroque age. Baroque was a luxurious, intricate and extravagant style that could be found in architecture, art and music.  The Baroque period became even more elaborate as it moved into the Rococo period known for its use of curves and asymmetry. With consistently expanding interest for more mind boggling enrichments the art of woodcarving developed considerably during this period with Grinling Gibbons’ works highlighting such ability.

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