Wellington Fibres: Virtual Tour of the Woolen Mill

5 January 2022
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By Magan Wilson
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Take a peek at how wool fleece is processed into yarn.

Wellington Fibres is a small fibre mill outside Elora, Ontario. Two buildings reside on the plot alongside the mill itself. One is the owner, Donna Hancock’s, house, and the other is a barn where she raises goats for mohair. Donna’s practice is based upon renewable, reliable, low(er) cost techniques, and upon her experience as an agriculture research technician at the University of Guelph.

When entering the building you are greeted by colour.

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The tour begins…

The first of two large rooms is the storefront, filled with roving, yarns, and boxes securely storing wool. The high ceilings provide a welcome, sunlit, airy space, while the floors are decorated with Ashford looms, spinning wheels, and mannequins bedecked in garments knitted or woven from the mill’s yarn. Navigating through the storefront is not difficult, only requiring enough care in your step to appreciate the product as you pass by.

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The shop.

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About Magan Wilson

Magan Wilson is a potter turned fibre artist with a love of plants, experimentation, cats, and the hidden beauty of the natural world. Her love of glaze chemistry and form transformed into a love of dyes, fibre, felt, and knitwear. Her work catches the wholeness of existing in the present. The wild nature of the world that flourishes on the fringes of awareness. Chasing the idea of a 'wild night' you can find her work via her alias of Oíche Rua (EE-ha RU-ah), an Irish phrase capturing the chaos and wild beauty of the night sky.

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