Monthly Archives: October 2011

Tastemakers Choose Swans Island

Swans Island is highlighted by two tastemakers this month. Maine Magazine‘s November/December issue includes our blanket in the Maine Holiday Gift Guide. And Down East Magazine features an exclusive cover story in which Martha Stewart talks about the Maine mystique and lists her favorite things to do, see and eat when she’s in Maine.  When asked what Maine has come […]

Swans Island Takes Manhattan

The New York Times featured an article about furniture designer Tyler Hays and his admiration for antique fabrics and wool blankets.  We love BDDW, Tyler’s high end furniture store in New York, and we appreciate the high quality of craft and timelessness of design.  Needless to say we were excited that Swans Island was one of several blanket companies […]

Our Natural Dye Process

Environmentally sustainable manufacturing has become an important goal for many companies, a trend we applaud since this is the way we have always operated. Typically wool fleeces are carbonized in an acid bath to remove chaff and other foreign matter, a process that burns the fiber and takes out its natural lanolin.  Swans Island fleeces are […]

Indigo Watercolor

The Swans Island team is comprised of a diverse and talented group of dyers, knitters, weavers and thinkers.  Not surprisingly, many of them have other talents outside of Swans Island. Tony, one of our dyers, crafts beautiful wooden toys on the side.  Assistant dyer Noreen—a weaver, graphic designer and avid sailer—built her own kayak last winter.  Head […]