January News letter
Heather and Wave discussing the new wool knit fabric.
At the start of the New Year, we, like many others, reflect on the previous year and surmise about the upcoming one. We are very optimistic about what 2022 is bringing to us at Wave Fibre Mill. We are moving forward and anticipating a blast of movement shortly, expecting the hum of our first motors within the next few weeks. Every step has taken its time. We have been presented with considerations that we had never dreamed possible, but can now see a starting point on the horizon. There will be quite a shift in energy when that happens. This will be a year of movement and growth, realizing our dream of a mill.
In the meantime, workshops are being put in place and will be up and running, when we are next allowed. Make sure to check our website for full information.
We are continuing the development of our retail items in the meantime. One new line that we are playing with is the development of knit woolen undergarments. Remember the long johns that grandpa would never be without? Perhaps he knew something about keeping warm!
This is not as strange as it sounds. A time-honoured tradition, wool has been used to keep us warm since time began. Wool has a unique quality that not only keeps you warm but also wicks away moisture from your body. This natural fibre process is ideal for outdoor activities. As you build up a sweat shoveling, walking, taking the kids down a nice toboggan hill, and right back up for another run, wool clothing will create a heat transfer, removing the moisture and creating a layer of warm air between you and the clothing, keeping you warm and dry.
Our coat yardage, made out of wool from the Norbouilette sheep at Ontario’s Pine Hollow Farms, is soft and silky which belies the belief that many hold about wool. This yardage is woven as a twill in two colour ranges, light and dark, using grey and natural whites in different proportions. All colours are the natural colours of the fleece, no dyes are used. The coat yardage is used to make the Wondercoat, Car Coat, ‘Raincoat’ and Hoods. It will also be used for the pullover anoraks and other outer wear.
All of our currently available products are on our website. As we slide into production you will see the introduction of new items.
Having high quality woolen garments that keep you warm and protected from harsh winter weather, opens up your options to enjoy any outdoor activity, even in the coldest of winter conditions.
December 01, 2021
|The bottleneck has finally broken. We are able to move forward!|
The first installment of equipment is in place. The interior leasehold improvements, enabling the positioning of the final equipment is complete. Consequently we have become a rather busy bunch; cleaning, painting and wiring machines, readying them for training. It has become very exciting!
We have hired our first two permanent employees, Sarah and Becky. You will therefore see more regular updates as we progress and establish our services, products and programing. What a welcome surge of energy!
The development of this mill project has been enabled by the support of Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC), RAIN/SNAP and Northern Ontario Women (NOW), as well as the personal and financial support of many community members and local businesses. A heartfelt thanks. This is just the beginning.
September 22, 2021
Funding from NOHFC Announced
We are thrilled to announce $200, 000.00 investment from Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC) in Wave Fibre Mill.
The investment will be used for Wave Fibre Mill to establish a full-scale fibre processing mill in Seguin. The mill will provide service for small fibre producing farms as well as using Ontario sourced raw materials to produce yarn, batts, roving, felt and fabric.
The NOHFC provides financial assistance to projects that stimulate recovery, growth, job creation and skills development.
Full News Release and Links to Articles:
- Government of Ontario News Release
- Link 2 Build – 5 Parry Sound Businesses to Share in 2M Investment
- My Parry Sound Now – Parry Sound’s Manufacturing Industry getting over $2.2M provincial boost to expand
- Northern Ontario Business – Parry Sound Manufacturing Sector Gets $2.2M Boost
- Bayshore Broadcasting – Over $2.2 Million To Help Manufacturing Sector In Parry Sound
- Muskoka 411 – Five Companies in Parry Sound Muskoka get a Funding Boost
- thestar.com – $2.2 Million to be Invested in Almaguin Parry Sound Manufacturing Businesses
September 8, 2021
Our very first flax harvest.
Now, before all of the handwork yet to come to turn this into ‘flaxen linen’, we can dream. It is so beautiful and a joy to harvest!
August 11, 2021
Our first equipment installation at the mill site!
Our wet felter has moved from the farm.
Our next step is to complete renovations before the full scale install.
Step by step, we are moving closer!
August 5, 2021
THE MILL IS HAPPENING!
Well, we know what happens to “the best laid plans of mice and men…..”, but, we now have the key! We are working with renovations, layout and installation! Everything is coming together after the inadvertent delays. We are now in a position to work in the building! Very exciting indeed, to walk through the chalk lines and figure out the most efficient layout for the equipment. This will be quite the piece of choreography, but we have the support and expertise of good people and crews working toward our successful installation.
The next couple of months will be extraordinary to say the least. Many of you have indicated that you are watching and waiting, we will keep you posted as we go. Our focus has now shifted from planning, wishing and thinking to hands on making it happen. What a dramatic shift!
Published Thursday, July 8, 2021
by Joyce Hopkins
Parry Sound North Star
Summer proceeds, our flax is growing. Time to hand weed. July 12, 2021
Planting our first flax crop. May 2021
May 4, 2021
The opening of Wave Fibre Mill is becoming more imminent. With the anticipated arrival date for equipment in June, our intention is for spinning by late summer/early fall.
New Location equals NEW NAME FOR THE MILL
Our new location comes with a new name. Unable to locate a site in McKellar Township the mill will now be situated in Seguin. We have adopted WAVE FIBRE MILL as our common user name. WAVE FIBRE MILL is an extension of WAVE HANDMADE and will be universal wherever this business, or its parts, may roam in the future.
April 9, 2021
The Wave Fibre Mill project is moving forward with the purchase of the equipment for a semi-worsted spinning mill.
Our estimated installation time is for June 2021. We will be setting up operations and spinning this summer.
February 13, 2021
We have been quiet, but not idle, we are about to launch our first garments dyed with natural dyes. The project is an Ontario collaboration. Definitely SLOW FASHION at its best, using the skills and expertise of our fibreshed farmers and artisans.
Truly ‘soil to soil’, these garments support a local regenerative fashion industry.
To follow the unfolding of this project, watch for our ‘Field Woollen’ page.
Thursday, October 22, 2020
by Sarah Cooke, Parry Sound North Star
August 5, 2020
New to our production line is a fleece washer, a wet felting table and a needle felting machine. These pieces of equipment will expand our capacity to create and invent felted garments and accessories. Heather and I are very excited about the endless possibilities that have just opened up.
Our thanks and acknowledgement to the SNAPP and NOW Programs, Sustainable New Agri-Food Products and Productivity Program and the Northern Ontario Women’s Program.
July 16, 2020
We are getting so close to being able to open our store, and one by one we will begin to offer product. Bear with us! As well as this being “slow fashion”, from local farms through local artisans to local production, the the technical stuff is presenting its own learning curve.
July 2, 2020
KAT TANCOCK SPECIAL TO THE GLOBE AND MAIL
PUBLISHED JULY 2, 2020
June 19, 2020
We are “on the map”. Our web page, a work in progress, is up! Our next step is to get the store functioning so bear with us as we go forward.
We are true “Slow Fashion”, to be sure, with everything handwoven in small batches of a maximum of 12 yards at a time. Designs are ready to go, and will be posted on line as each batch of fabric comes available. We have the ‘Wondercoat’, a car coat, tunics, a 3 piece wool ‘walking suit’, all ready to put in the store.
June 1, 2020
The most fun are the ‘Snippets’, pure wool children’s toys from the “scraps”. The advantage is that wool does not support a flame, so these are without added fire retardants, wool is anti-bacterial, it is washable, and it creates a plastic free toy that is repairable and ultimately completely biodegradable or compostable. They are unique and oh so cute!
Also coming soon will be the first samples of the McKellar 150 Blankets. The sample weaving and testing has begun.