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Deborah Shah-Smith

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I design and make unique handbags using Welsh tweed from my small studio in the foothills of the Cambrian Mountains surrounded by the glorious Welsh landscape.

Pure wool Welsh tweed is a wonderful fabric; it is a sustainable material which is naturally water and stain resistant and hard-wearing.  I collect vintage Welsh tweed as skirt lengths and unwanted clothing, drawn to their colours, textures and history and give the fabrics a new lease of life by up-cycling them to create one-of-a-kind handbags.  I use the offcuts to make small gifts and cards.  Working with wool brings me closer to my beautiful surroundings and its agricultural heritage.

I aim to create in a sustainable way; I source local produce where possible, i.e. lavender grown near Swansea, Welsh wood buttons and bag handles carved in mid-Wales.  My studio is powered by renewable electricity.  Visitors to the studio will be able to explore the processes of turning raw fleece into yarn and then fabric.

Studio address:

Cwm Einon Fawr



SA19 8BX

Tel: 07535801051








Directions to studio

From Llandeilo take A40 north, then B4302 and turn left at T junction onto A482.

Pass two farms and take first left immediately after the second farm. Follow road pass Ffrwdfal House then take the next right. At the top of the hill turn left  and then take the track signed as a dead end and a bridleway to the left of the weatherboard house. Continue on this track keeping left.

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Opening times:

July 2024

Saturday 27th                 

Sunday 28th                      

Monday 29th                  

Tuesday 30th                 

Wednesday 31st              

August 2024     

Thursday 1st                

Friday 2nd                    

Saturday 3rd                

Sunday 4th                   

10am - 5pm   

10am - 5pm

10am - 5pm

10am - 5pm    CLOSED


10am - 5pm

10am - 5pm

10am - 5pm

10am - 5pm


Weaving - take part in a collaborative project to weave a cushion cover in Welsh wool available daily when the studio is open. (All equipment provided for FREE)


Workshop - Stitch a sheep lavender sachet from up-cycled blanket and Welsh lavender, see my main website for details.

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