Category Archives: Handcrafted Process

Celebrating Family Legacies: Shelby

Today we continue our series introducing you to our weavers. At Swans Island we hand craft each piece to become an exquisite piece to be passed on from one generation to the next. Each family has their own treasured heirloom items. We paint these items with our memories and meaning, cherish each piece as a part of our […]

Natural Dyes

Here at Swans Island we love to highlight the natural beauty of the materials we use. Our Natural Colors line of yarn uses only the highest quality certified organic merino wool which is spun here in Maine, and then all dyed by hand with natural dyes in our studio here in Northport, ME. We’re lucky […]

A Glimpse Inside Margo Moore Interiors: Infusing New Life Into Traditional Styles

You can’t miss Margo Moore Interiors. Driving North on Route 1 into downtown Camden, the shop is one of the first points to catch your eye. Its ever-vibrant, ever-changing street-front window display room engenders a distinct joie de vivre that is the mark of the Margo Moore sensibility.     Walking into the shop gives one […]

One of a Kind Handmade Blankets Made in Maine for Winter

There are few things more comforting than curling up in a handmade blanket on a cold day. Blankets keep us warm in bed, on the couch, on our porch or at our writing desk. They soothe us when we’re unwell, provide warmth for our little ones asleep in bed, and help us unwind after a […]

Swans Island Artisans at Work

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 […]

Looking For A Unique Wedding Gift?

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 […]

The Swans Island Story

Swans Island isn’t just a blanket. It is a story. It is history and tradition interwoven with craft, vision and painstaking labor. We take pride in every aspect of our production, and we think it’s what sets us apart from other blanket companies. Some of our fleece comes from a 250-acre sheep farm in Winterport, […]

Behind the Scenes: At the Spinnery

I recently had the privledge of visiting two of New England’s wool spinneries, S & D spinning mill in Milbury, Massachusetts and Jagger Brothers spinnery in Springvale, Maine.  I just love New England’s textlle history, from cordage plants to dyehouses, spinneries and weaving mills.  Sadly, few of these mills still exist today, but a few […]

Behind the Scenes: Finishing Room

Swans Island Blanket in the Finishing Room In our weaving studio we have 4 looms that produce all our wovens: the classic Swans Island blanket, available in both Summer and Winter weights, throws, baby blankets, scarves and wraps. The wovens are cut off the loom in a large roll containing many pieces.

My Katahdin

I have always loved the outdoors and as a child had many wonderful experiences camping in northern Maine, in the shadow of Mount Katahdin. The mountain can be viewed for miles and is a beautiful spectacle whatever the season. I would stare at Katahdin as I was fishing, gathering firewood or falling asleep under the […]

A little more on Indigo

In honor of our Limited Edition Indigo Breeze throw, we wanted to share a little about the process of indigo dyeing. Indigo has a long tradition of providing deep, rich blue shades to every aspect of the textile industry. It is unique in the natural dye world, as it’s pigment is insoluble in water and […]

The Wilder Things explores Levi’s – Swans Island Collaboration

Our good friend Charlotte Wilder sat down with our creative director, Susan Williams, to talk about Swans Island‘s recent collaboration with Levi’s.  The collaboration was for Levi’s Made Here series, a project that puts the spotlight on hand-made goods, crafts and apparel made right here in America. You can check out Charlotte’s write-up about the Levi’s-Swans Island collaboration on her […]