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Ontario Handspinning Seminar

Wave Fibre Mill - Wave Weir

Rebuilding Community – One Thread at a Time

Traditionally, small communities were centred around a cornerstone resource. Literally, hundreds of Ontario villages and towns pivoted around mills. A source of good running water was usually instrumental in situating a mill; flour mills, lumber mills, linen mills and of course wool spinning and weaving mills. These cornerstone businesses provided the livelihood for the community from which secondary support industries grew. The need to again provide sustainable, responsible, core businesses to create and support communities has never been greater. I see the spinning, plying, weaving, felting and stitching of fibre a metaphor for the spinning, plying, weaving, felting and stitching of individuals into community. To empower, and consequently feed a population, I believe in bringing individuals together, placing fibre in their hands and teaching them the skills to “turn straw into gold”, wool into garment. This video will show the re-furbishing of a fibre processing mill, using a compilation of industrial equipment, some of which has been used continuously for almost 100 years. It will show the community that is making this happen and reach into the community that this mill consequently will be touching.



Wave Weir is the owner/operator of Wave Fibre Mill. She developed her own line of designer clothing and accessories called Wave Handmade. The need for a reliable source of unique, chemical free, locally produced, natural fibre textiles led to the establishment of the mill project. Working with Wave is the core development team of Heather Darlington, farmer and knitwear designer, Peter Robbinson, equipment operations and Deborah Livingston- Lowe, Master weaver.

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