What Happens to Finished Woven Throws?
We’re not kidding when we say “at Swans Island almost everything is done by hand.” Earlier this week I watched an example of this that gets little notice, but deserves attention: how woven throws are removed from the loom. In this photo, you see Noreen and Mary Ellen working in tandem to remove newly completed throws from the loom.
Afterwards, the woven throws are taken upstairs to our finishing room to be washed in organic soap, blocked, double – checked and picked for any remaining chaff then perfectly folded and ready for our showroom.
In between teacher conferences, afterschool sports and endless errands, we get together for our weekly kitchen table design sessions. One of us brings the snack, the other makes the coffee — and we reminisce over cherished (and sometimes funky) knit things from long ago and discuss which ones to reinvent to offer in our line of Swans Island patterns. (coming soon … stay tuned!!) With so may to choose from – today we hone in on projects, which are seemingly simple to the eye but have a component of complexity and flair that will make them fun to knit.
Behind every wonderful Swans Island blanket is a talented artisan. For over two years, weaver Becca Johnson has been weaving all of our scarves, wraps, baby blankets and many of our throws on a 72” loom. Originally from Newport, R.I., Becca studied at RISD and settled with her husband and two kids in Camden Maine. In addition to loving fibers, she is an accomplished painter. Her favorite Swans Island Yarn color is teal.
As many of you know, our baby blankets and throws been given as gifts as to visiting dignitaries, heads of state, and are shared by enthusiastic customers from all over the world – including many, who out of curiosity, happenstance or word of mouth stopped at our showroom while travelling up Rt.1.
Thank – you Becca for producing these truly special gifts.
We’re covered in snow but still progressing on the Dye House.