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A Woolen Mill was Alberta’s First Industry

With Canada 150 celebrations and the All Canada Sheep Classic coming to Alberta for Canada Day, when better than now to take a look back on the history of wool in Alberta.  It might sound funny given Alberta’s world renowned reputation for cowboys and cattle, but the early days of colonial expansion in Alberta saw a […]

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Wool Textiles and the R’s of Sustainability Part 4: Rot

Almost one year ago we set out to explore how wool textiles fit within environmentally and socially sustainable consumer choices. Through this blog series we have examined wool as a raw material, how it is processed, what kind of useful applications it has, and how to expand its lifespan to the longest possible time by using […]

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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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Wool Textiles and the R’s of Sustainability Part 2: Reduce and Reuse

In this blog series we’re exploring the idea of sustainability within the context of textiles, more specifically locally produced wool textiles. We are using the R’s of Sustainability framework – rethink, refuse, reduce, reuse, repair, recycle, and rot – to guide that exploration. In Part 1: Rethink and Refuse, we delved into wool as a raw […]

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Wool Textiles and the R’s of Sustainability Part 1: Rethink and Refuse

Care for people and the environment is always on our minds at Custom Woolen Mills – it is something we are very passionate about as the foundation of our business. You would be hard pressed to convince us of a more appropriate textile than locally grown and manufactured woolens when concern for function, social impact, and […]

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Ba Ba Black Sheep Have You Any Wool?

Ba ba black sheep, have you any wool? Yes sir, yes sir, three bags full.   That old nursery rhyme still has meaning today; at Custom Woolen Mills, we are ALWAYS looking for coloured wool! In the old days, while a black sheep was sometimes cursed for its antics (often perceived as not running with the […]

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Feature Fibre: Mohair

Qualities Mohair is the fibre shorn from Angora Goats. It has the unique characteristic of being both very soft and incredibly strong, with a brilliant lustre that endures through dyeing. The finest fibre usually comes from an Angora Goat’s first shearing and is referred to as Kid Mohair; it makes beautifully soft yarns with a noticeable […]

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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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