Don’t forget to check out our event this Friday, October 24th at Portland Dry Goods! Swans Island Artisans, dyer Jackie Graf and weaving studio manager Laura Matthews, will be on-hand for demonstrations in spinning, dyeing, and weaving – all processes involved in making our beautiful blankets, throws, wraps, scarves and cowls.
Jackie has been with Swans Island for 5 years, and is heavily involved with product development and colors in the yarn department. She is an accomplished fiber artist who also teaches spinning and natural dyeing at fibers events throughout the country. She will bring her dyepot and spinning skills to PDG for an afternoon of fiber and color! Laura has a degree in fibers and is the weaving manager at the Swans Island studios. She creates custom designs for our clients and keeps the looms running smoothly. She will bring her weaving and knitting skills!
Weekend escapes about Maine in October are our favorite times of the year. The leaves turn delicious hues of red, gold, and orange, giving every town a vibrant glow. Pumpkins abound. And the colder days and nights call for light layers and hats. Swans Island cowls and scarves are perfect for fall days–crafted with the finest organic merino wool and using processes that uphold their natural loft, they’re the quintessence of style and warm sophistication.
We love the way they keep us warm on short walks into town or on long drives to our favorite leaf-peeping spots right here in Maine. Here is a short list of where we like to play, explore, and soak in the natural beauty of Maine. Where do you like to spend your days in October?
Top 5 Spots to visit this Fall for weekend escapes in Maine:
Finding a unique wedding gift for the couple can be challenging. The perfect gift is something that is stylish and beautiful, as well as timeless; something both the bride and groom can enjoy; and something meaningful that can be passed on from one generation to the next. Swans Island products make exquisite gifts and come elegantly packaged in a Swans Island gift box. Handcrafted with care, using the best fibers and processes, Swans Island blankets and throws are a one-of-a-kind way to commemorate new beginnings. We’ll even help you customize them for a uniquely personal, elegantly packaged gift.
Visit our new Swans Island Company Wedding Page, and let us help you choose the perfect gift for the perfect couple! When you arrive at Swans Island Wedding just fill out the form and we will be in touch.
Wedding season is a time of excitement here in Maine! With an endless array of breathtaking vistas and waterfront locations, many flock here for their special day. Recently, our friend Jessie tied the knot, and as a special thank you to her bridesmaids, she gifted them with Swans Island grey-and-white wraps, each trimmed in silk and bearing the Swans Island weaver’s mark.
The beautiful bride wore an elegant white wrap.
We think it’s the perfect keepsake for any bridal party: they are luxuriously soft, add a touch of elegance, and their sleek and simple design make them versatile enough to be worn at a relaxed rehearsal dinner, a pre-wedding bridal celebration, as well as the grand ceremony itself.
Might we suggest our Swans Island Wrap when you’re thinking of a unique and stunning gift for your maid of honor and bridesmaids? They can be customized for a personal touch and come packaged in a linen clutch.
* Photography by Sharyn Peavey
We’d like to introduce a new monthly post on the Swans Island blog that we’re calling Featured Knits.
It will showcase finished garments from friends and customers knitting with Swans Island yarn and patterns.
This month’s featured knit is a knit cowl from Diane Patton in Beverly Hills, Michigan. She knit up Purl Soho‘s Bandana Cowl with Swans Island bulky weight Charcoal yarn.
The finishing room is the most hidden of the Swans Island work spaces, but it’s just as busy as our dye house, administrative offices, weaver’s studio and showroom. It’s tucked away above our weaver’s studio, up a flight of stairs where sounds alternate between the silent concentration of chaff-picking and the hum of sewing machines. After our weavers complete a series of scarves, blankets or throws, they gather their work from the looms and take them to the finishing room, where our very talented seamstresses inspect and put the finishing touches on all handmade wovens. It’s also here in the finishing room where we make our linen bags, as well as the linen satchels in which protective scraps of cedar are stuffed. The edges of woven products are hemmed with silk, and remnant chaff is removed with tiny tweezers. Monograms, if they’re requested, are implemented with meticulous care and precision by hand. The wovens are then gently washed, block-dried and iron-pressed before the weaver’s logo is trimmed and a product label is sewn in. Afterwards, they’re placed in linen bags or linen covered gift boxes, and shipped out to their final destinations.