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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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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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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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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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