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February 28, 2017

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,...

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February 1, 2017

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...

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January 12, 2017

How to Darn a Sock Using a Woven Repair

On Remembrance Day 2016 we pledged to give a free sock darning lesson to anyone who came to the mill this winter with a holey pair of wool socks. So far, no one has taken...

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December 23, 2016

Happy Holidays and Farewell 2016!

Happy, happy holidays folks! The Christmas holidays mark the only time of the year when our little woolen mill is not in production. From Christmas Eve to the New Year we close down to take...

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December 16, 2016

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...

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November 16, 2016

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...

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October 27, 2016

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...

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October 3, 2016

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...

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September 12, 2016

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.  ...

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September 7, 2016

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...

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