FAQs

Contents Table

1 How much do you charge for samples?

2 How big is the pattern repeat? How heavy are the fabrics? How resistant are the fabrics?
      2.1 Pattern repeat
      2.2 Fabrics weight
      2.3 Fire and rub resistance

3 What are the blankets and cushions sizes?

4 Are the cushions filled? With what material?

5 Can I order a blanket in a special size?

6 What size am I?
      6.1 Shoe sizes
      6.2 Baby shoe sizes
      6.3 Women’s apparel size chart
      6.4 Men’s apparel size chart

7 How can I order from Melin Tregwynt?
      7.1 By internet
      7.2 By post
      7.3 By telephone
      7.4 By fax
      7.5 By e-mail

8 Where can I buy your products?

9 Can I use Melin Tregwynt fabrics for my curtains?

10 How do I place an order for a present?

11 How do I take care of my Melin Tregwynt blankets?

12 What do I do if my woollens start pilling?

13 How do I take care of my Melin Tregwynt upholstery?

14 Where does the wool come from?
      14.1 Not exclusively British
      14.2 The future of British wool
      14.3 How useful the Campaign for Wool is

 

1. How much do you charge for samples?

We usually do not charge for sending you 2-3 samples of fabric.

2. How big is the pattern repeat? How heavy are the fabrics? How resistant are the fabrics?

Design pattern

Pattern repeat

Fabrics weight

Abrasion resistance

Mondo

19x19cm

Lambswool double cloth 260cm wide: 315gsm

Not tested

Luna

13x13cm

Lambswool double cloth 260cm wide: 315gsm

Not tested

Knot-Garden

26x31cm

Lambswool double cloth 260cm wide: 370gsm

Not tested

St David’s Cross

22x23cm

Pure new wool doublecloth 260cm wide: 440gsm

Not tested

Carew

67x4cm

Lambswool double cloth 220cm wide: 310gsm

Not tested

Madison

25x27cm

Lambswool double cloth 220cm wide: 310gsm

Not tested

Patrwm Patagonia

13x8.5cm

Lambswool double cloth 220cm wide: 310gsm

Not tested

Vintage Star

34x37cm

Pure new wool doublecloth 220cm wide: 444gsm

Not tested

Multistripe

41cm

Lambswool singlecloth 260cm wide: 350gsm

Not tested

Broadstripe

19cm

Pure new wool singlecloth 260cm wide: 370gsm

Not tested

Ysbryd Fflam

34x36cm

Pure new wool singlecloth 260cm wide: 415gsm

Not tested

Ysbryd Chwarel

81x84cm

Pure new wool singlecloth 260cm wide: 415gsm

Not tested

Ysbryd Tonnau

68x61cm

Pure new wool singlecloth 260cm wide: 415gsm

Not tested

Ysbryd Gorwel

84cm

Pure new wool singlecloth 260cm wide: 415gsm

Not tested

Vintage Rose upholstery

7x7cm

Upholstery doublecloth 150cm wide: 485gsm

General Domestic

25,750 rubs

Halo upholstery

3x3.5cm

Upholstery doublecloth 140cm wide: 435gsm

General Domestic

21K-30K rubs

Nexus upholstery

3.5x3.5cm

Upholstery doublecloth 140cm wide: 435gsm

General Domestic

25K-31K rubs

Elements upholstery

7x7cm

Upholstery doublecloth 140cm wide: 435gsm

General Domestic

23.5K-28.5Krubs

Semiplain

1.5x0.4cm

Upholstery singlecloth 140cm wide: 265gsm

General Contract

30,000 rubs

 

2.1 Pattern repeat

These measurements are for guidance only as the shrinkage of the fabric may vary.

2.2 Fabrics weight

Lambswool double cloth pressed: 265gsm

Pure new wool doublecloth pressed: 380gsm

These figures are for guidance only as the shrinkage of the fabric may vary. If you need a precise weight, please contact us so that we can weigh the fabric in stock when ordering.

2.3 Fire and rub resistance

Wool by nature is fire resistant.

Upholstery fabrics: fire tested to BS5852 and passed to comply with The Furniture and Furnishings (Fire) (Safety) Regulations 1988. All upholstery cloths are Fire/Flame Retardant (FR) to BS 5852 Schedule 4 Part 1 (Cigarette) and BS 5852 Schedule 5 Part 1 (Match). This is a legal requirement which deems them suitable for Domestic use.

Also, all our upholstery cloths, except Vintage Rose, are tested to BS 5852:2006 “Methods of Test for the Assessment of the ignitability of upholstered seating by smouldering and flaming ignition sources” using ignition source 5 (wood crib) and meet the performance requirements of BS 5852:2006 Ignition Source 5.

All fabrics have been tested in accordance with BS EN ISO 12947:1998 ABRASION

In terms of abrasion, the higher the rubs, the more hard wearing the fabric is. For customers who want a fabric with more wear and tear, we would advise them to purchase a fabric with higher rubs.

All our upholstery fabrics are Teflon® treated for stain resistance.

3 What are the blankets and cushions sizes?

The blankets and cushions sizes for each design are detailed in the catalogue and online but please allow for a +/- tolerance margin of 5% on all sizing. Blankets and throws are textile products and are affected by changes in temperature and humidity.

Our blanket sizes are very generous. To use a blanket as a decorative throw over the end of the bed, we recommend you choose the next size down, i.e. use a single for a double bed. Otherwise to make sure, you can measure a bed sheet, and once you are happy with its dimensions on the bed. We can make a size to order if necessary. Please refer to Special commissioned and bespoke items for terms and conditions regarding special sized items.

We only STOCK three sizes of cushions: a large cushion (45x45cm), a decorative small cushion (30x30cm) and a rectangular cushion (30x60cm). We can make covers to fit different sized pads as a special order. Please refer to Special commissioned and bespoke items for terms and conditions regarding special sized items.

4 Are the cushions filled? With what material?

The retail prices include the cushion pads which are filled with small feathers for comfort as standard.

5 Can I order a blanket in a special size?

Wide width weaving of blankets, throws and bedspreads is our speciality, along with multishaft and doublecloth weaves. Our fabrics are woven on looms in widths from 150cm up to 260cm.

We can offer special sizes made to order and limited only by the width of your chosen fabric. Please refer to Special commissioned and bespoke items for terms and conditions regarding special sized items.

We can supply meterage of all our cloth (in 10cm increments). Please be aware that we will not be able to refund you unless the fabric is defective.

6. What size am I?

6.1 Shoe sizes

UK size

3

4

5

6

6.5

7

8

9

9.5

10

11

12

EU size

36

37

38

39

40

41

42

43

44

45

46

47

 

6.2 Baby shoe sizes

Our baby moccasins size

2/S

3/M

4/L

Centimetres

10.5

11.5

12.5

UK size

1

2

3

EU size

17

18

19

Age

3-6 months

6-12 months

months

 

6.3 Women’s apparel size chart

UK

8

10

12

14

16

18

Chest

32-33½

34-35½

36-37

37½-39

39½-41

41½-43

Waist

25-26½

27-28

28½-30

30½-32

32½-34

34½-36½

Hip

33½-35

35½-37

37½-39

39½-41

41½-43

43½-45½

Sleeve

24

24

24

25

25

25

Our dressing gown sizes for women

extra small

extra small

small

small

medium

large

 

6.4 Men’s apparel size chart

Size

XS

S

M

L

XL

XXL

Chest

33-35

36-38

39-41

42-44

45-47

48-50

Our dressing gowns sizes for men

extra small

small

medium

large

extra large

 

 

7 How can I order from Melin Tregwynt?

Please note that you can download the PDF version of our latest catalogue and/or request one by post.

7.1 By internet

You can now order online but if you wish a personalised service or for any enquiry, please phone us on 01348 891 644. Our office is open from Monday to Friday 8.30am to 4.30pm.

7.2 By post

To Melin Tregwynt, Castlemorris, Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire, SA62 5UX

7.3 By telephone

Call 01348 891 644. Our office is open from Monday to Friday 8.30am to 4.30pm. This is the best time to call as we can give immediate advice about sizes, availability and delivery. Outside these hours please leave a message on our answer phone and we will get back to you.

7.4 By fax

Fax the order form to fax line 01348 891 694 and we will get in touch.

7.5 By e-mail

mailorder@melintregwynt.co.uk

8 Where can I buy your products?

For your local stockist, please visit our website, or alternatively contact us directly. We will be very happy to help in any way we can. If you have any suggestions, comments or problems, do please email us at info@melintregwynt.co.uk.

9 Can I use Melin Tregwynt fabrics for my curtains?

Yes, you can. But please be keep in mind the following points:

  1. Some of our fabrics are thick and heavy and may limit the style of curtains you can have.
  2. Order by the metre bearing in mind you have the whole width to use.
  3. Fabrics from natural fibres do not always have a perfect alignment of the pattern and can drop over time.

Please ring us on 01348 891 225 and we will answer your questions in the best of our abilities; but we will always recommend to contact a professional curtain maker as we do not make curtains ourselves.

Always ask for samples and measure the width of your track not the width of your window.

 10 How do I place an order for a present?

We will be happy to deliver the item to a different delivery address for a present. You will receive the invoice and the receipt and the present will be sent separately along with a card. We also offer a gift wrapping service which costs £5 extra. Please note that for products bought as presents, refunds can only be given to you, the original payer, and if the recipient decides to exchange an item, we cannot prevent you from being aware of the exchange.

You can also choose to offer a gift voucher for the desired amount. They are purchased just like any other item we sell. You will need to specify the following: the name of the person you are sending the gift voucher to, the email address of the person you are sending the gift voucher to and the amount you want to give. Please ensure that you have given all of the information correctly. You can pay for them using our standard payment methods. Once purchased, the gift voucher will be sent to the gift recipient. You will receive the invoice and the receipt.

The recipient can use the gift voucher received to purchase any of our products. Please note, you will still have to select another payment method if your gift voucher does not cover the cost of your purchase. The gift voucher will display a unique code on the front. When you place your order to redeem your gift voucher, please give us this code. Gift vouchers are only valid for one use. Once the gift voucher has been used (whether in an authorised or unauthorised manner) it will become void. The gift voucher recipient is responsible for ensuring that the unique code on their voucher is kept secret and is not used by anyone else. We strongly advise to use the total amount of your gift voucher as you may not be able to use the balance for a future purchase. If the order value is less than the gift voucher value no change or cash will be given.

Vouchers have no cash value and cannot be exchanged for cash. All standard terms and conditions apply when placing an order using a voucher.

11 How do I take care of my Melin Tregwynt blankets?

Wool is a natural fibre, and as such is apt to stretch and move with use. We have tested our range of blankets and throws using different care methods. We hope that by taking good care of your woollens, you can enjoy our products for years to come.

To clean your wool blankets, we recommend dry cleaning. This method best maintains blanket size, handle and appearance.

Wool blankets can be washed; but this should be a cool, quick hand wash, and short spin, followed by a line flat dry. The fabric should be immersed in cool water and agitated for no longer than a couple of minutes. Leaving the blanket in even cool water for any length of time will felt and shrink the fabric. Water temperature should be no more than 30°C. Cold water works just as well.

Wash by hand only, DO NOT use a washing machine ‘HANDWASH ‘ programme

You can also wash them on a 30°C machine wool wash, with short slow spin. Remove damp item immediately spin cycle finishes to avoid creasing. Line flat dry.

However, when continuously washed, the blankets experience up to 8.5% shrinkage and a slight felting in appearance, this makes the fabric become stiffer and denser, changing the soft handle and smooth appearance of the blanket.

12 What do I do if my woollens start pilling?

Natural fibres like wool may be subject to pilling and it usually comes away. The cause of pilling is abrasion. The fibres simply get damaged by friction and abrasion through either wear and tear, or whilst being washed.

Pilling (or bobbling) can be removed by brushing, cutting or picking bobbles from the fabric. You can also use something sticky like sellotape to remove less entrenched pilling if not covering too wide an area. Alternatively there are specifically designed lint shavers available.

13 How do I take care of my Melin Tregwynt upholstery?

All our upholstery fabrics are Teflon® coated, which “provides durable, long-lasting protection against oil- and water-based stains, dust and dry soil”. They also have a ‘Low-Smoke Zirpro’ treatment applied to achieve greater flame resistance, except Vintage Rose.

To help extend the life of your Melin Tregwynt upholstery fabric, vacuum regularly – ideally every week – to remove accumulated dirt and dust particles.

Removing Stains

The following tips are purely recommendations and cannot guarantee complete stain removal. In all cases we recommend contacting a professional cleaning institute. Melin Tregwynt can accept no responsibility for damage caused by use of the following tips.

Acting quickly when a stain occurs will give the best results; it is a good idea to keep relevant cleaning materials together in a convenient place in case of a spill. Do not rush or panic, but work patiently and thoroughly.

For a wet or oil-based spill, quickly mop up any excess liquid using a clean absorbent cloth, tissue or sponge. Always blot or sponge the spill - never rub – and work inwards from the edges to avoid the stain spreading.

Solid matter or any hardened residue should be scraped off with a spoon or scoop at the outset, and any loose particles vacuum cleaned.

For non-greasy stains, a clean cloth wrung out in warm water can be used to carefully dab the stain until it disappears.

For greasy stains, an appropriate detergent or solvent can be used. Only use professional cleaning services or reputable brands, and follow the maker’s instructions exactly. Always test any stain-remover on an inconspicuous area first in case of an effect on the cover.

NEVER try to remove the stain with household detergents or detergents intended for hard surfaces.

Do not over-wet the fabric but use small amounts of cleaning liquid at a time, and blot in-between applications.

Make sure to dry the fabric fully before use. It may also be necessary to use a hairdryer to avoid leaving edge marks.

If the stain cannot be identified or removed, seek expert advice from a reputable dry cleaning organisation.

14 Where does the wool come from?

14.1 Not exclusively British

The majority of British mills have not used local fibre since the decision was made to centralise the buying and grading of wool, in order to improve the quality of yarn available and the fabric produced. Henry Griffiths who started the business was upset by this as he saw the loss of the connection to the local farming community. Howard Griffiths (second generation) who was a good businessman saw it as an opportunity to buy wool when he needed it and not when the local farmers had clips available, and also an opportunity to be able to choose the quality of wool that he needed for the end market. They were both right.

As a business we have benefitted from this decision. We have a freedom of choice of supplier and quality of wool. We buy wool from British suppliers but in effect that wool comes from all over the world.

We are a global business and are part of a supply chain that covers the world. The people who have really suffered are the farmers who are at the bottom of the supply chain and whose wool is often seen as a waste product not the valuable commodity that it actually is.

14.2 The future of British wool

The balance needs to be redressed and the Campaign for Wool which promotes Wool (not just British wool) is just the beginning. There are signs that spinning is coming back to the UK. Until recently wool spinning had been outsourced, like most British manufacturing, and took place outside the UK. So many factories & specialist yarn spinners closed in the manufacturing recession of the 80’s/ 90’s. Now spinning plants are being re-opened. The UK has never produced lambswool of the quality of Australian or New Zealand flocks (our sheep are mostly bred for their meat) but we hope that wool will once again be available from British flocks. A perfect successful example from Wales is the Cambrian Mountains Wool which is supported by the Cambrian Mountains Initiative (CMI). The Initiative, inspired by HRH The Prince of Wales, aims to help sustain traditional upland farms and rural communities of Wales. Cambrian Mountains Wool products will reflect the ethos of the CMI – adding value to traditional farms, offering the highest quality local produce and reconnecting people to the natural world and the area’s rich wool textiles heritage.

It looks like over time UK yarn will again become available to meet the more niche needs of a smaller & more specialised manufacturing base. However these are infrastructure projects and are capital intensive to set up. A lot will depend on the demands of the consumer market. If they decide that locally sourced yarn is a good thing it will happen. Some of our recent projects have allowed us to use yarn from the wool of different British breeds of sheep including the Herdwick and Jacob. We are working on an exciting project using yarns from the Welsh Cambrian sheep with the Cambrian Mountains Initiative (CMI).

14.3 How useful the Campaign for Wool is

The Campaign for Wool will help as it lends credence and support to something we have always done and will continue to do i.e. weaving in wool in the UK! If it helps to produce better quality UK yarns this can only be beneficial. If farmers can get a better price for fleeces and the public begin to appreciate the costs and benefits of keeping skills & traditions alive then the rural economy and British manufacturing will all be helped. We can’t afford to lose those skills as without the tradition of actually weaving the cloth, design and technical skills will also go and a skills base of designing and weaving in wool will have been lost forever.