In 2005, Lisa Gilman and Michael Rheinheimer began their foray into natural fiber in Atwood, Indiana, where they raised fine wool sheep, alpaca, and angora rabbits. A love of natural fiber led Lisa and Michael to start a cottage fiber mill.

Fast forward 17 years. After relocating to Wabash, Indiana, they were looking for a new location for their fiber mill. The 1870s historic dilapidated building at 414 S. Miami St., slated for demolition, turned out to be the new home for Wabash Woollen Works. After two years of renovation, the building is not only the home of the fiber mill but also the yarn shop, educational workshop space, and a banquet hall. Adjacent to the main historic building are raised garden beds filled with natural-dye plants used for teaching about and dyeing natural fibers.

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