Jen Jones Welsh Quilts and Blankets Cottage Shop
The Jen Jones Welsh Quilts and Blankets Shop, a charming, unspoiled early eighteenth century Welsh cottage is just a short stroll way at the top of the lane. This long established shop has been open for over thirty years and attracts visitors from all around the world. Inside, upstairs and down, there are deliciously colourful antique Welsh quilts, blankets, throws, shawls and so much more. You’ll be amazed by the incredibly large selection of floral, paisley and solid colour wholecloth quilts, patchwork, strippy and collectors’ quilts here. Also, hundreds of blankets in a huge range of colours and styles, 19th century narrow loom blankets, early 20th century tapestries, fringed, honeycomb, picnic and plaid. Whether you are looking for a special gift or an heirloom, or even if you’re not sure what you are looking for, we guarantee you will enjoy rummaging around this delightful little shop.
Open Monday to Saturday 10am to 5pm
Tel: 01570 480610
The Welsh Quilt Centre, Lampeter
The idea to open a centre to celebrate and promote a wider understanding of the Welsh Quilt, came from Jen Jones, whose obsession with collecting Welsh Quilts, Blankets and textiles has spanned over forty years. Jen’s fascination with Welsh quilts and blankets started when she first came to Wales in 1970. Jen’s hands-on approach has resulted in her becoming extremely knowledgeable about the huge spectrum of Welsh quilts, the majority of which were produced approximately from 1840-1940. Her private collection includes fine examples of floral, paisley and solid wholecloth, patchworks, strippys and collector’s quilts.
“…the best Welsh quilts must be recognised not only as the residue of a past craft industry but as essential components of the current art heritage of Wales.”
The Welsh Quilt Centre at Lampeter’s historic Town Hall was officially opened in 2010 by His Royal Highness, The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall. This exceptional place attracts visitors from all around the world and presents a truly unique experience by celebrating the ancient art of the Welsh Quilt alongside contemporary art of local and international artists.
Annual exhibitions take place between March and October/November, see website http://www.welshquilts.com for information on current exhibitions and opening times. The Welsh Quilt Centre – three galleries, gallery shop and a café-deli next door.
Llanybydder (also spelt Llanybyther) is in both Carmarthenshire and Ceredigion as the criss-crossing river Teifi serves as the boundary between the two counties.
It is known for its regular livestock markets, known locally as marts, and the most popular is the Llanybydder Horse Mart. This is held on the last Thursday of every month and attracts dealers and buyers from all over the UK, Ireland and beyond. All breeds of horses are bought and sold but many come to Llanybydder for a particular breed of horse known as the Welsh Cob.