A Darker Thread: Llio James


Handwoven lambswool and cotton


“The sense of belonging is a hard sense to describe. A subconscious feeling of being at ease; feeling comfortable in your natural habitat.

My interest in textiles began at a very young age as I was raised in a small village in west Wales that had two weaving mills. Creating this piece has made me realise how much influence the traditional Welsh designs have had on my work.

I have always been drawn to rich colours and enjoy playing with colour combinations.

The woven throw encapsulates the atmosphere and essence of the traditional designs that we’ve seen from the Welsh woollen industry.

The throw has a simple yet sophisticated quality that allows the space and the details inherent in my surroundings to hold equal prominence in the cloth.

This piece has been hand woven on a traditional loom.”


Llio James is a textile designer specialising in weave gaining her initial skills from Manchester School of Art followed by MA Design studies in Fashion and Textiles at Bath Spa University. She has since gone on to work within the weave industry in the USA and Scotland, more recently returning to Wales where she is keen to develop the relationship between hand weaving and the woollen industry within Wales.

Currently working as a part time co-course leader and weave tutor at Carmarthen School of Art, Llio also works on commissions and collaborations alongside developing her hand weaving craft.

Llio has shown her work in exhibitions across Wales and received awards including an ‘Entry to Work Scheme’ position with Macnaughton Textile Group in Perth, Scotland from The

Worshipful Company of Weavers; a scholarship from the James Pantyfedwn Foundation and an Art, Design and Technology Scholarship at the 2011 Urdd National Eisteddfod.

Other opportunities have included working as a weaving technician for the Buck’s Rock Performing and Creative Arts Camp, Connecticut in 2008; an internship with KOVA Textiles, New York City, in 2009 – 2010 and weaving placements with Melin Tregwynt in Pembrokeshire and The Gower Heritage Centre in 2010.

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