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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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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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Reprocessing Your Wool Filled Comforter

One of the remarkable things about wool is that it remains functional for a very long time – something that makes it a great sustainable textile. The wool in a Cold Country 100% Wool-Filled Comforter can easily outlive its fabric covering, but there is no need for it to go to waste! You can send […]

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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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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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Plant Colour: a guest blog by Megan Samms

Natural dyeing as a practice is equal parts chemistry, magic, and artistry. As well, sometimes accidents support colour exploration and one winds up with a colour completely unexpected and is pleasantly surprised. Of course, the opposite is true as well.   There are a few basic rules to follow when diving into the world of […]

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