2017 All Canada Sheep Classic – Red Deer, Alberta

The All Canada Sheep Classic is coming to Alberta! The event, which is a joint effort of the Canadian Sheep Breeders Association and the hosting Alberta Sheep Breeders Association, is the premiere showcase and sale for pure-bred sheep from across Canada. This year, its running June 29th to July 1st in Red Deer at the Westerner […]

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Socks by Bob: providing “warm feet on the street”

December has brought a harsh reminder of what winter can mean in Canada.  With wind chills in the -30′s here in Alberta, good shelter and clothing are life or death concerns. Across Canada there are many folks for whom securing these things is a daily struggle. Fortunately there are generous individuals willing to lend a […]

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2016 Fibre Artist Millstay – Megan Samms

We are excited to be hosting artist, Megan Samms, Sept 17th through to Oct 15th, as our first resident in what we hope will become an annual program, the Custom Woolen Mills Fibre Artist Millstay.     Here at the mill, we believe that art is an important medium of communication within society. It serves as […]

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Ilya Oratovsky – A Master Weaver

It is rare in today’s day and age to meet someone who has dedicated a literal lifetime to the pursuit of one trade. Someone who knows their material, their tools, their craft, with an intimacy that only decades of disciplined work can culture. Someone who understands the connection between beauty and functional application. Edmonton-based weaver, Ilya […]

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Maiwa Handprints Ltd 100% Organic Cotton Duvet Covers and Pillow Cases

Every manufacturer seems to have slightly different dimensions for how they size things and we are no different. We make our Cold Country Comforters large so that they hang over the side of the bed and everyone using them has lots of comforter to keep them warm. This can make finding the right size duvet […]

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Olds College Fibre Week

It always surprises me that many people in the area have not heard about Olds College Fibre Week; a continuing education program that celebrates fibre, from raw fleece to the finest works of craftsmanship. As one of very few programs set up to provide high level spinning and weaving instruction (they have a multi-level graduation system […]

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Prairie Sea Fusion Yarn

We are proud to introduce our new product, Prairie Sea Fusion Yarn. If you follow author Sylvia Olsen and her family’s company Salish Fusion Knitwear, then you may have already heard rumour of Prairie Sea Fusion Yarn as she tells the ever-evolving story of the Coast Salish Sweater. Like all Custom Woolen Mills yarn, it is made […]

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Professional Development at The Woolmine

Once a year, the lovely Tracy Kuffner from The Woolmine brings in some top-notch instructors from the felting world and opens her workshop and home to 12 students for an intensive eight day workshop. Always game for an opportunity to do a bit of professional development and to hang out with a fabulous group of fibre enthusiasts, […]

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The trailer all loaded with finished carded wool - see you next year!

Seine River Shepherds Comes to the Mill

This week was Seine River Shepherds week at the Mill. In case you haven’t heard us raving about them, Seine River Shepherds is a 200 acre sheep farm in Manitoba that spends their summers rotating their sheep along river front pastures and making beautiful, rugged, hand-felted garments. Every spring they load up their trailer with […]

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The Twisted Sister’s Knitting Guild

Allow me to introduce to you the Twisted Sister’s Knitting Guild, a group of absolutely wonderful ladies and gentlemen who share a passion for all things fibre. Spanning east-central Alberta, the guild members gather weekly to swap their latest knitting, weaving, felting, and spinning projects and to just generally have a great time. For the […]

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