cwmnaturaldyeclub2017

Announcing the CWM Natural Dye Club 2017

We are so pleased to offer the inaugural Custom Woolen Mills Natural Dye Club subscription; a collaboration with fibre artist, Megan Samms. This subscription is a knit-along with a twist – it is also a grow-along and dye-along. What does that mean? That means we send you a kit with dye plant seeds for growing, natural […]

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Wool Textiles and the R’s of Sustainability Part 3: Repair and Recycle

In this blog series we are using the R’s of Sustainability – rethink, refuse, reduce, reuse, repair, recycle, and rot – to help us examine wool as a sustainable textile choice. In parts 1 and 2, Rethink and Refuse, and Reduce and Reuse, we looked at wool from raw material to finished product; wool is […]

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The Origami Knitted Slouch – A Summer Knitting Project

If you are like any of us here at the mill, then you always have your knitting with you. During the summer, that means a little bit of yarn stashed in your backpack and long summer evenings spent knitting by firelight; the smell of wood smoke, a tasty beverage, and the warmth of wool in […]

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Do-si-do Shrug

Do-si-do Lopi Shrug Hug Pattern

If you haven’t been to the mill lately, then you’ve been missing out on our Do-si-do Yarns; limited edition colourways carded into the softest merino and rambouillet 100% wool Lopi Soft Spun and Mule Spinner 1-ply. The Do-si-do Lopi Yarn is a personal favourite because it is big and bulky so knits up quickly into […]

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How to Prepare Skeins for Vat Dyeing

It seems that we have been remiss for talking about “prepared skeins” for dyeing and not mentioning how you get those. Preparing skeins for dyeing is very simple; all you need is some cotton string for making ties and a bucket of soapy water. First, untwist your skein and place string ties every third of […]

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Dyeing with Onion Skins

The rich yellows, browns, and greens of harvest season in Alberta mark the arrival of fall; warm days, cold nights, and busy fields full of farmers hard at work. It’s also the time of year when we are hard at work capturing the summer’s bounty in skeins of wool – using marigolds and hollyhocks, golden rod, hops and onion […]

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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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A Loom with a View

A Loom with a View

Weaving is one of those activities that, unfortunately, often gets relegated to the basement. Many looms are big and a bit loud so  most people don’t want them in their living room. But who really likes sitting in the basement for hours on end? A few years ago, Fen and Bill had the inspired idea […]

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DIY Drawer Sachets for Clothing Moth Prevention

While we advocate wearing wool all year round, some of you probably put your heavy woolens away for the summer and that has us thinking Natural Clothing Moth Prevention. There is nothing more disappointing than pulling out your favourite mitts in the fall and discovering that they have been something else’s favourite for the past several […]

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