to Mermaid Woolens, located on Emerald Cove in the village of Sedgwick,
Our sweaters, mittens, hats, and socks are all handknit using wonderfully
textured fibers ranging from Maine Island sheep yarns to exotic homespun
fibers of Quiviut, Yak, Mohair, Arctic Hare and Swedish Walsted wool.
We dye our own roving and spin many of our yarns. Each sweater is originally
designed and finished by Elizabeth Coakley, and with a community of
hugely talented fiber dyers, spinners, knitters,
and button carvers, Mermaid Woolens has captured the beauty and
dreams of the Coast of Maine.
in the framing of Elizabeth's paintings, the trims and buttons are an
important part of each sweater. We use French and Swiss velvet to trim
out the neck, cuff, and waist bands. The buttons are the finishing touch
to each sweater. They are made of shell, bone, shed antler, and fossil
Walrus tusk. Two very skilled and talented scrimshaw artists from Alaska
carve many of the buttons.
Each adult sweater takes between 6 to 8 weeks to complete. There are
many hands linked in creative passion and friendship that produce them,
and we hope you enjoy wearing them as much as we enjoy making them.