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Swans Island Blankets Studio In Maine

Posted on | July 30, 2009 | 6 Comments

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Just up the road from Windsor Chairmakers is Swans Island Blankets in Northport. On a rainy Thursday morning we were warmly greeted to tour their new gallery space and studio. I’ve read about Swans Island blankets a hundred times. When I saw the price tag I would gasp. Truthfully, once you see the quality and care that goes into each and every piece you realize it’s well worth every penny.

Each blanket is handmade by a talented weaver using only natural dyes. My mom and I found the indigo fascinating. “The dye, called Indican, is produced as the leaves of the plant are fermented, exuding a rich paste which turns blue when exposed to air.” Fascinating. The wool is harvested from super soft sheep raised in Maine. A cute photo of a few cuddled up in the rain above.

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Blankets and throws are available in summer and winter weights. The check style available in a winter weight—a weave of two layers of wool for warmth—was my favorite. Natural grey throws are woven from the fleece of Corriedale sheep.

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Wander back into the studio to see yarn being dyed in large buckets and blankets being woven by hand on large looms. When I first went away to college I studied textile design with a concentration in weaving. I can tell you from experience setting up a loom is a total bitch. I was horrible at it. All the yarns have to be hand pulled one at a time through each tiny needle. So painful and time consuming.

Check out Swans Island’s website for more info on the weaving process and history. The lighting on a rainy day made shooting in the gallery a bit difficult. Take a hop over to their site for detailed photographs of their stunning blankets, swansislandblankets.com.

p.s. martha went to Swans Island Blankets just a few days before me and blogged about her visit today too!

Swans Island Blankets
Rt 1
Northport, Maine
207-338-9691
swansislandblankets.com

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Comments

6 Responses to “Swans Island Blankets Studio In Maine”

  1. Law of Attraction
    July 30th, 2009 @ 11:35 am

    I know what I will be saving for next.

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  2. Emerson Merrick
    July 30th, 2009 @ 12:32 pm

    We sell those at the antique store I part time at. I nearly choked when i first saw how much they cost, but after studying up on the company, holy smokes. So freaking worth it.

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  3. Jennifer
    July 30th, 2009 @ 1:34 pm

    just lovely.

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  4. Brittany Noel
    July 30th, 2009 @ 2:03 pm

    This place looks amazing! And I love their natural color palette. I didn't realize you went to school for textiles! How exciting to know, since that's what I'm doing :)

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  5. katy elliott
    July 30th, 2009 @ 2:04 pm

    I went to FIT in New York for textiles but left after two years and went and got my BFA in painting instead. Loved textile design hated FIT.

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  6. Emerson Merrick
    August 4th, 2009 @ 11:58 pm

    I went to FIT, too! Also hated it, but didn't have good enough sense to leave!

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