Category Archives: Inside the Studio

Behind-the-scenes narrative at Swans Island Company

Spotlight: Michele Rose Orne

Today on the blog we’re excited to feature the first part of an interview with Michele Rose Orne, Partner and Creative Director at Swans Island. Michele has been designing hand knits for over 25 years. She brings a rich combination of passion and experience to Swans Island’s line of all-natural, hand-dyed yarns and timeless patterns that are […]

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 […]

Celebrating Family Legacies: Alessandra

At Swans Island we believe in creating items thoughtfully and responsibly. We craft items that are meant to last and be passed on from one generation to another. Today we’d like to introduce you to one of our weavers in this artisan spotlight. Alessandra hand weaves blankets and wraps here at Swans Island. What inspired […]

Custom Blanket in Tar Heel Blue and Summer Weight

Our blankets tell a lot of stories. Of people, place, history, and tradition. But we’re always ready to add new chapters, especially at the request of our customers. Last summer, one of these customers visited us in our Northport showroom, excited about the prospect of a custom blanket. He talked with General Manager Scott McCormac about […]

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 […]

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.

Spring

Welcome Spring! It would seem that Spring has finally sprung here in the Northeast. We are always inspired by the natural palette that exists around us, and with that in mind, have been hard at work developing the color line for our new almost-in-stores yarn, Eco-wash. We are really excited about this yarn, it is […]

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 […]

Notes on Design: Breean Elyse Miller

Breean Elyse Miller is the talented designer behind three of the knitting patterns in our 2011 Swans Island pattern collection:  the Open Book Hat, the Snow Bowl Hat and the ever-popular Anna Cowl, which was featured as a Knit-A-Long for Jimmy Beans Wool a few months ago.

Staff Blanket Spotlight: Becky’s Blanket

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 […]