swans island

October 9, 2013 / Design / Travel
the skinny

Swans Island
231 Atlantic Highway
Northport, Maine 04849


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On a recent trip to Maine, we made a special stop to visit Swans Island’s studio in Northport. The showroom is housed in a 1780 post and beam farmhouse situated on a 17 acre farm. Early in the 1990s, John and Carolyn Grace moved from Boston to Swans Island looking for a change from their lives as city lawyers. Using organic wool from local sheep, and all-natural dyes they created themselves, they began hand-weaving blankets on looms. Eventually this became Swans Island Blankets, a company creating stunning wool blankets using traditional methods that not many seem to have time for anymore. The beauty is not only in the luxurious handmade products but also in their commitment to sustainability and their craft of utilizing things found in nature — the yarn colors come from plants, minerals and even insects!

Now known as Swans Island, the company has since moved to their current location on the mainland and their product line has grown to include throws, pillows, baby blankets, scarves and wraps. During my visit, I couldn’t help but treat myself to a custom handwoven shawl –  feast your eyes on their gorgeous showroom below and you’ll want to do the same. Check out the artisans in action creating my wrap on the loom! It arrived beautifully packaged a few weeks later.