So, picture this; it is my anniversary weekend and I managed to talk my husband into going with me on the Sheep and Fiber Farm Tour going on in Minnesota last weekend.  Whoo ho, what a guy!  My main desire was to see the Faribault Woolen Mill that was giving tours.  Our tour guide was one of the owners and I could feel the passion he had for what they had accomplished, by restoring a mill that had been closed for a couple of years and under 10 feet of water at one point.  This is an excerpt from their website that shows how passionate they are to be a US manufacturer of a beautifully crafted product:

” Perhaps it’s this history that gives Faribault Woolen Mill its long-view perspective about how a company should be run and how products should be made to perform. Perhaps it’s also what inspired a new generation of family owners to revive the tradition and machines that had recently lain dormant for two years – revitalizing a community and creating a new sense of purpose – reestablishing our heritage and combining it with an optimistic focus on the future. ”

one of the mills owners


be still my heart, this is a warping machine

warping machine

Jacquard loom on the right

and yes I did come home with a pile of remenants…

Video of the history of the mill:

About The Mill from Faribault Woolen Mill Co. on Vimeo.