About

Maine Woolens is a locally owned textile mill producing renewable fiber blankets, throws, and baby blankets, in wool, cotton, specialty fibers, and blends. Fibers woven by Maine Woolens include natural premium grade sheep's wool (from American growers); natural cotton; bamboo (a natural anti-bacterial fiber); Alpaca; and many blends of fibers.

Blankets and throws woven from these fibers and blends are soft and luxurious to the touch, and cozy warm or comfortably light, depending on the fiber, blend, and weight selected. The blankets are easily cared for because they are either 100% washable or "Dry Clean Only" just once a year.

Maine Woolens employs local weavers, sewers, and dyers whose combined textile experience exceeds 300 years! Located in Brunswick Maine, at 15 Paul Street, the 9,000 square foot textile mill was expanded in late 2012, and now has 15,000+ square feet. The present count of 6 power looms is growing to 10 or more looms. Maine Woolens also has a complete in-house finishing facility. 

Maine Woolens currently has eight power looms, which the team uses to produce roughly 35,000 blankets per year. / Photo by Jesika Theos, Boston Magazine Workers dye wool and cotton in-house, using dye tubes and kettles. / Photo by Jesika Theos, Boston Magazine Boshold examines a blanket with her husband, Ray (left), and son, John. / Photo by Jesika Theos, Boston Magazine Weaver Mike Sullivan adjusts the yarn on a loom. / Photo by Jesika Theos, Boston Magazine Hemmer Jennifer Splude sews a double-needle hem around a swath of fabric. / Photo by Jesika Theos, Boston Magazine A stack of punched-out blanket patterns. / Photo by Jesika Theos, Boston Magazine John Boshold’s sample-filled notebook and swatch set, which he uses to match and develop colors for dyeing. His skills come from a childhood spent in and out of the mills, Jo says. “He’s been in it for so long—when he was 10 years old, he was weaving!” / Photo by Jesika Theos, Boston Magazine Steve Robinson, one of a handful of staffers who have worked with owner Jo Boshold for decades, sets up a loom. / Photo by Jesika Theos, Boston Magazine Staffer tying knots on blanket fringe / Photo by Jesika Theos, Boston Magazine

Photos courtesy of Boston Magazine.