Excess Warp….the Mother of Invention

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Our biggest loom is warped specifically for weaving our Winter blankets, a laborious double weave pattern which results in a thick, lofty warm blanket.  Once a year, it is warped with Indigo yarn to weave our coveted Winter solid Indigo blankets, which happens to be right now. This time however, when the Winter Indigo weft ran out, the loom still had enough warp for several more blankets. Our creative team of weavers began rifling through the knitting yarns and found two lots of blue merino that looked fabulous together, and voila! A new winter blanket is born.

Swans Island Checked Winer Blankets
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Welcome back blog

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Reintroduction to Swans Island

Welcome back Blog! After a glorious Maine Summer, we are happy and proud to reintroduce a regular blog piece. For those of you who may be new visitors to our site, we would like to introduce ourselves a little bit. Swans Island has been known for years as makers of fine hand woven wool blankets. We are currently 6 weavers, weaving on 4 AVL looms.

Swans Island Blankets

Summer loom warped for Indigo blankets

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A Springtime Meal With Friends

One of the things we love about midcoast Maine is the unique community of talented artisans, storytellers, farmers and chefs — people who share in the same love of process, craft and history that underlines our own work and mission at Swans Island.  In our community, we share stories and ideas with each other.  We collaborate.  And when the seasons change, we get excited about new harvests and sit down to meals together.  Sometimes we even share recipes.  Our friends at Salt Water Farm, owner/chef Annemarie Ahearn and sous chef/garden manager Ladleah Dunn, shared two of their favorite springtime eats.

Swans Island Salt Water Farm
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The General Aesthete

Earlier this month, we had the privilege of being featured on the up-and-coming, design-centric lifestyle blog The General Aesthete.  David Tripp, who curates and writes the blog, covers a gamut of genres, from food and film to fashion and design, and he hones in specifically on work that is beautiful, intelligent and innovative.  His gift guides are particularly fun (not to mention great sources of inspiration and ideas), and his roster of interviews, which for now includes Matt Costa (Costalots) and stylist Linda Rodin, are interesting and insightful.
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Staff Blanket Spotlight: Becky’s Blanket

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One of the perks of being on the Swans Island team is that every year, you get to create and keep a blanket of your very own.  Check out the blanket that our talented seamstress and monogram designer Becky designed for herself.  It’s a beautiful oatmeal base accented with alternating stripes of raspberry, brown, and early thyme — inspiration enough to introduce in your own Swans Island custom blanket.
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Facebook Contest Winners Announced

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Congratulations to our Facebook ‘Win Custom Throw Blankets’ contest winners.

Our first place winner is Anne from Kenosha, Wisconsin, who wins a Swans Island throw that she will customize with her own color and stripe configurations.  Our second place winner is Rosanne from Los Gatos, Calfornia.  She wins a $75 Swans Island gift certificate, good toward any item from the Swans Island woven or yarn collection.

Thank you to all who entered.

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Custom throws from Swans Island

Boston Globe Magazine

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Our Swans Island organic merino wool throws were recently included in the Boston Globe Magazine‘s special feature on Beautiful Bedrooms.

In the article “Natural Warmth in Bedrooms,” which highlighted organic wares that make your bedroom feel vibrant and warm during the winter, Swans Island was showcased alongside other eco-friendly companies like K StudioAmy ButlerCoyuchi and Portland, Maine’s Furniturea.
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Swans Island in Maine Home + Design

This month’s issue of Maine Home and Design showcases Maine-based interior designers and their signature styles.

We were lucky enough to be included in designer Krista Stokes‘s simple, rustic look thanks to Daytrip Society, a Kennebunkport-based company that sells nature related and earth friendly wares.

For more information on Daytrip Society, visit www.daytripsociety.com.  And to learn more about Krista Stokes and her design philosophy, visit www.favchic.com.
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Craft Media Features New Swans Island Website

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We were thrilled to stumble upon Craft Media’s mention of Swans Island and our new website.  Craft is a New York-based advertising agency led by the talented Leah Hurley, a Maine native who has built a reputation on thoughtful, intelligent and socially conscious campaigns.  To learn more about Craft, and to read the post about Swans Island on the Craft blog, visit www.craftmediany.com.

Thank you Leah and Craft Media.
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Announcing Our New Website

New Swans Island Website
We’ve recently launched our new website — now with better product features, onling monogram ordering and personal accounts.

Swans Island Company, Handcrafted in Maine USA Since 1992

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