Field & Forage Naturally Dyed Yarn: a study in colour

After years of studying and planning and digging and weeding, we are very excited to have launched Field & Forage Yarn; yarn naturally dyed by fibre artist, Megan Samms, exclusively with raw plant materials grown, gathered, or salvaged from the local area. 18 colours coaxed from the earth through the slow processes of growth, harvest, and […]

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Midway Community Presents

Join us at the Mill on Saturday, July 29th for “Midway Community Presents” – a market event and saskatoon u-pick showcasing some of the local community’s talented growers, artists, and entrepreneurs!   Custom Woolen Mills is nestled out in the country between the towns of Carstairs, Didsbury, and Linden in an area known as Midway […]

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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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2017 Fibre Artist Millstay and Classes – Sylvia Olsen

If you’ve been reading our blog, then you may already have heard that Sylvia Olsen of Salish Fusion Knitwear is coming to the mill this fall. We are so excited to have her join us in the month of September for the 2017 Custom Woolen Mills Fibre Artist Millstay.   If you aren’t familiar with […]

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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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