Old Mill Yarn was originally founded in 1921 as the John B. Davidson Woolen Mills and was one of three woolen mills located in Eaton Rapids Michigan. Davidson's Old Mill Yarn has been in business for nearly 100 years and Linton Davidson, Grandson of John B Davidson, still owns the original site in Eaton Rapids Michigan.
In October, 2017, Linton Davidson sold all his winding equipment and wholesale business to Sow Spun Silk Inc. who operates a weaving, spinning and yarn shop called Baker Allegan Studios in the Southwest region of Michigan in the city of Allegan. On January 1st of 2018, Baker Allegan Studios assumed the wholesale operations of Old Mill Yarn in Allegan Michigan and will offer Mill End Yarns and Discount Yarns, on line and through their shop at Baker Allegan Studios in the Historic Milling District of Allegan, at 148 Mill District Road.
We operate a full weaving & spinning studio with artists making everything woven from rugs to fine linens. Private lessons & group classes are taught when looms are available.
Our attached gift shop sells handwoven textiles such as towels, scarves, rugs, as well as jewelry, wood products, hand made cards & goats milk soap.
Our shop also sells handspun, hand dyed and other fine yarns, roving, books felting equipment, weaving looms & spinning wheels from Schacht, LeClerc, Kromski & Glimakra. If we don't have it, we promise to order it for you.
Give it a try!
People interested in trying their hand at weaving can come in and reserve a loom to make a rag rug or cotton towel. Our Weavers Delight looms help a beginner learn and get started with a short lesson that is free. All you pay for is what you weave. We will even do the hemming so you leave with a finished project.
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As of January 1st, 2018, Old Mill Yarn will officially begin offering discount yarn and Mill End Yarns in the Historic Milling District of Allegan Michigan. With a rich history, going back to 1835, the Milling District of Allegan was home to many great companies including Baker Furniture, Furniture Masterpieces, Imperial Carving and Perrigo.
We have 8 antique industrial winding machines with a total of 41 winding heads that will produce 7" cones, 6" tubes, 5" tubes and 4" tubes of yarn. We also have an antique Pirn Winder, salvaged from the industrial weaving mills. This machine winds yarn from nearly any source and puts it onto a pirn that is installed into the "Flying Shuttles" used in industrial weaving looms. We now use these on our AVL Dobby Looms for our commission pieces.
We will be purchasing left over or overstock yarns from fabric mills in the USA, in large cones and re-wind them into consumer size tubes on our antique equipment. Because we purchase large quantities at a good price, we can pass that discount onto our customers.
We never really know what we will get until we open the boxes, so stock and quantities will vary and can't be reordered once depleted. But the variety is amazing and always fun to discover. Kinda like Christmas... but happy to get socks.
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