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Swans Island Artisans at Work

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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!

Swans Island Artisans Demonstrations


Halcyon Homecoming

A couple of weekends ago, one of our favorite yarn shops, Halcyon Yarn in Bath, celebrated its 40th anniversary with a Ruby Anniversary Homecoming Party.  We weren’t able to make it down to the party, but Halcyon’s Susan Upham was nice enough to send us some photos of the celebration.  We hear a great time was had by all — the weather was summer-perfect, the food was scrumptious, and many new and long-time customers came down to celebrate. Several months ago, Halcyon asked us to create 40 skeins of a special ruby red color to commemorate the shop’s Ruby Anniversary.   That color, which we hear was a hit among Halcyon’s customers, became what’s now known as our new Winterberry yarn. Here are a few photos of the homecoming party, courtesy of Halcyon Yarn.  We wish our friends at Halcyon a Happy Anniversary and many years of continued success.

Swans Island Company, Handcrafted in Maine USA Since 1992

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