I recently went on holiday to Wales, and while I was there we visited Trefriw Woollen Mills
, which was a fantastic place. As well as selling Ashford spinning & weaving kit (the pretties), they also sold craft & fibre kits, wools spun on site, skirt kits with twills made on site, woven beadspreads, and all sorts of sheepy items.
The Trefriw weaves are all reversible. Not being a weaver, I don't know if this is something that is characteristic of all woven items, but I took some photos, and I thought that you crafty ladies & gents might be interested in seeing some of the photos.
This is a Dobcross loom, and it is maybe 3-4 metres long.
I tried to show the full width of the loom, and here you can see both the front and back of the beautiful bedspread being woven.
Here's the right hand end of the loom, and in the background you can see the lady checking and finishing the bedspreads.
Here's a closeup of both sides of the bedspread, on the rollers.
This is a smaller loom, in the same shed as the large one - this one looks like it just had the warp threads set up on it.
There are more photos here
, including ones of the water driven turbine/generator in the next room to the weaving shed, and some of two posters describing the process.
I also took some videos of it in operation, which I can upload if people are interested?