Paul Martin's Handmade Revolution examines weaving in Wales

Daytime television programme Paul Martin's Handmade Revolution is celebrating art and craft traditions in the UK. In Thursday’s episode, Paul examines a craft that has been at the heart of the Welsh woollen industry for centuries.

In the programme, Paul meets master weaver Stuart Neale who works in the Black Mountains in Wales.

Stuart has been keeping the craft tradition of weaving alive for the past 20 years in his studio in Pandy in Monmouthshire. Originally from Cardiff, Stuart trained at the Scottish College of Textiles in Galashiels.

He runs the studio and business, Sioni Rhys Handweavers, in partnership with textile designer Dennis Mulcahy, who is originally from Aberbargoed and studied graphics at Newport College of Art.

Watch a clip from the episode in which Paul tries his hand at weaving one of the traditional throws, known as carthenni, on the 19th century loom:

Paul Martin visits the home of master weaver Stuart Neil.

Catch up with previous episodes of Paul Martin's Handmade Revolution, which examine pottery making in St Ives, metal working in Newlyn in Cornwall and fabric screen printing in Stroud, Gloucestershire.

If you'd like to learn more about arts and crafts, you can download or order a free copy of the Handmade Revolution booklet from the website.

Plus, check out the Things To Do website to find craft-inspired activities and events near you.

Paul Martin’s Handmade Revolution can be seen each weekday at 3.45pm this week on BBC Two Wales, and on the BBC iPlayer for seven days after transmission.


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  • Comment number 1. Posted by Shirley I

    on 19 Oct 2012 15:37

    I think Paul Martin as a presenter is terrific - he obviously loves beautifully made objects. This programme is very exciting to craftspeople - as it's wonderful to see how creative other people are, and how their work is being made.

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