Wave Handmade is the brand name of clothing designer Wave Weir.
Wave’s quest for a reliable continuous supply of local natural materials led to the creation of the Wave Fibre Mill project.
A plastic free ‘raincoat’.
Two layers of wool are proving to be quite effective in keeping us dry underneath.
The ‘raincoat’ is an unlined, knee length, zippered front, hooded coat, with a slight flare. It has two zippered sleeve pockets, two wool-lined hand warming pockets, and two large front cargo pockets with zipper side openings. Brass zippers.
Alone, it will keep the garments underneath dry in a light drizzle.
Hand woven, 100% undyed, Ontario grown Norbouillet wool.
Twill weave, natural grey with white.
The separate hood, pulled over the head to add a second layer of wool, protects the chest, shoulders and head from rain, snow or wind. This hood can be worn over any garment in any season. Wool soaks up and holds 25% of its weight in water and keeps you warm even when wet. When tested in a Montreal “all day rain”, the under layer of wool was dry come evening. Suitable for most conditions we generally find ourselves in. For extremes, an extra wool shawl or a waxed canvas layer can be added.
The hood is the same fabric as the coat, but felted slightly for better absorbency and wind resistance.
For someone who likes the flair of a cape but wants the practicality of sleeves and pockets. From picnic to opera, over jeans or out on the town. Depending how you wrap, drape or pin, you have an unlimited range of looks. Surprisingly warm for being unlined, extremely versatile and definitely unique. Inspired by the Celtic blanket, a Wave original.
The beauty of the coat is in the weight and drape of the hand woven fabric, colours grown ‘on the hoof’, not dyed, made from Ontario sheep bred specifically for the characteristics of their fleece.
video cover photo Emily Neill
Herringbone Tweed Suit
A three piece suit of unlined Norbouillet Wool. It is about the fabric and ease of wear.
Worn together for a more formal look or each piece worn separately with other garments.
Jacket: Simple, short and boxy, it can be tucked or darted for a more fitted look.
Skirt: Basically a square of fabric pleated at the hip, secured with pebble buttons. Inseam side pockets, a slit at the hem on the side seams. Fits smoothly on the hips with no waistband. Designed for a lifetime of wearing, changing the position of the buttons changes the size.
Baggy Pants: Full cut with small pleats on front, belt loops over a replaceable elastic waist, in-seam side pockets, tapered leg. There is a lot of material here. Worn straight or with a rolled cuff.
Herringbone Tweed Tunic
A simple pullover T-dress, with crew neck, ¾ sleeves and two pockets. Loose and easy fitting, it can be worn over tights, leggings, jeans or a skirt. Generally worn loose, it can be belted at the waist or hip, worn over a turtleneck as a jumper, or under a vest or jacket. A basic, that can be formal or casual depending on how you wear it. Unlined, Norbouillet wool.
Customer review of Herringbone Tweed Tunic: ‘The tunic is very comfortable to wear, it is a nice casual roomy cut with two great front pockets. I have sensitive skin and have had no problem with the woven wool against my skin.The herringbone pattern is beautiful. The tunic gets softer and cozier each time I wear it. I generally wear with leggings or a long skirt. One of my favourite outfits to wear. It really is a thing of beauty!’ J B
Coreopsis Cropped Jacket
Field Woollens Jacket
Our first colour accent using natural dyes. The fabric is a broken twill weave, using warp and weft yarns dyed individually with locally grown Ontario Coreopsis and Goldenrod.The jacket; Simple, short and boxy, with slight V-neck. Assorted pebble buttons. It can be tucked or darted for a more fitted look. This is our first custom, small batch, naturally dyed fabric. I have enough yardage for three such jackets of M size, long or short version. As with all natural dying and small run weaving, there will be “variations on a theme” with each subsequent yardage being different. Each beautiful in its own right, but not to be repeated. So if you see a yardage that speaks to you, know that it is of limited quantity and will be quite unique.
100% Ontario grown Canadian Arcott wool.
Handwoven unlined Car Coat of the undyed Norbouillet wool. Shawl collar can be worn open and draped or pinned into a suit front or cowl. Long rolled sleeve. Two front patch pockets. Slight flair, knee length. Generous sizing compliments most body types.