Pam Magee’s journey in textiles began with the discovery of a dilapidated 1936 Dobcross loom in Wales. Once the heart of a thriving textile industry in the UK, the majority of these looms were abandoned in favour of faster more automated models. After transporting the machine to her home in Roberts Creek, Magee painstakingly restored the near century old shuttle loom to full working order. Shortly after, she acquired an 1899 Charlesworth warper and the Macgee Cloth Company was born. It is the only such mill in operation in Canada.
Magee uses only the highest quality fibres in the crafting of her blankets, insisting on full transparency and traceability. The lambswool she uses can be traced to the Gledhill Spinners in Yorkshire. The ringspun cotton is grown through the Texas Organic Cotton Co-op and dyed and spun by Hill Spinning, a family-owned mill and one of only two ring-spinners in North America.
The result? Beautifully crafted selvedge-edge blankets, steeped in tradition and heirlooms for generations to come.
My passion for woven textiles grew out of a fascination for turn of the century loom technology that once revolutionized textile production. To see and hear these machines in full flight, to smell hundred-year-old grease, is an experience akin to time travel. This allure, paired with an increasing frustration over the lack of transparency in textile manufacturing and the absence of a textile industry in Canada, is what compelled me to establish the Macgee Cloth Company. I am working to revive old traditions and build new ones. My quest is to craft blankets that are treasured objects of belonging and inheritance. A blanket is perhaps the most intimate of objects, it swaddles, provides security, comfort and warmth. Their threads carry stories passed on through generations.