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The Great Ocean Road Woollen Mill is a boutique spinning mill operated by husband and wife team Nick and Isabel. The mill was established in 2015 to make use of the alpaca produced on our own farm with a subsequent expansion of our operations.
We craft artisan alpaca and wool yarns and knitwear onsite, specialising in small batches and sustainable methods. Our focus is slow fashion – stylish garments and accessories which will last for more than one season. Garments created from our range of artisan yarns are also durable and long-lasting.
We take great pride in our mill and work with passion and determination to ensure that everything we create is done using the most sustainable and ethical methods possible. Whether it be yarn or garments, is made right here at the Great Ocean Road Woollen Mill by the two of us.
We are proud to own and operate Australia’s greenest woollen mill. We use rainwater for all washing of our wool and yarns, which is not only sustainable but also produces luxuriously soft yarns and knitwear with minimal residue. Alpaca wool is hypoallergenic and suitable for wearing close to the skin, even by those who are unable to wear wool. Our woollen yarns and garments, made from superfine merino are also super soft and able to be worn against the skin, making our yarns and knitwear a beautiful yet practical material.
Our mill is also heavily reliant on sustainable energy – 95% of the mill and farms electricity comes from solar power. Our production methods, as well as our policy of using locally sourced materials, ensures that we have a small carbon footprint and minimal impact on the environment.
All of our wool is sourced from within a 100-kilometre radius of the mill, ensuring a small carbon footprint and supporting local producers. This also means that all our products have provenance and are traceable back to the farm. Our mill supports sheep and alpaca farmers in the local area, providing them with the opportunity to sell their fleece locally, and have it processed in Australia, for the Australian market.
We use the highest quality superfine alpaca and merino to produce our range of soft, natural yarns. In addition, we create stylish, durable knitwear using our own yarns. Since we focus on small batches, our yarns and knitwear are made with artisan quality and will add a unique touch of to your wardrobe.