Harrisville Designs: Celebrating 50 Years
You may be familiar with our woolen-spun yarn, handmade floor looms and award-winning Friendly Loom product line, but do you know the story of how Harrisville Designs came to be?
We were founded 50 years ago by John and Patricia Colony—a family with five generations of textile experience. Our business emerged from a dark time in Harrisville’s history when, like too many other New England towns, the local mill closed leaving workers without jobs and historic buildings without occupants. Our village, which had once been alive with the sound of machinery and the bustle of workers, fell silent.
Instead of walking away, the Colonys saw the closure as an opportunity to reimagine textile manufacturing for a new era. They founded Harrisville Designs in 1971 with the goal of creating quality, locally-made products with top-notch customer service. While our business has expanded through the years and is now run with two of John and Patricia’s three sons, we have never forgotten the values that inspired us 50 years ago—a commitment to quality, creativity, education, and giving back to our local community. We believe that the care that we put into our products, our many decades of experience and the sense of place that defines us is what makes us different.
We want to thank all of our customers, instructors and students for their dedication and support over the last 50 years. Harrisville Designs would not be what it is today without you. Whether you have shopped with us from the very beginning or you’re new to the Harrisville Designs family, we look forward to bringing you new products, familiar favorites and top-notch service.
We invite you to help us celebrate this milestone anniversary by watching and sharing this new, short film about Harrisville Designs made by Ned Porter.
Check Out Our New 50th Anniversary Merchandise
Celebrate the 50th anniversary of Harrisville Designs, established in 1971. This limited-edition shirt is a reprint of vintage shirt we made 40 years ago in honor of our 10th anniversary. Harrisville locals remember this shirt fondly, and a few threadbare tees can still be spotted around town. Help us celebrate 50 years in business with this fun, retro tee, which includes our special anniversary badge on the back. Choose from two colors—white or heather gray.Shop now
Help us commemorate 50 years in business with this special canvas totebag. The retro design is based on a vintage shirt we made 40 years ago in honor of HD’s 10th anniversary. This 10-ounce cotton bag is made in New Hampshire and measures 18" x 13" x 6". The handle fits comfortably over the shoulder and is perfect for shopping or your current craft project.Shop now
In 1985 Harrisville Designs launched the Friendly Loom product line in an effort to create quality craft kits for children and beginners. We sold our first potholder kit in 1991 and launched our popular PRO-sized potholder line in 2012. In celebration of our 50-year anniversary as a company, we've created a special, limited-edition potholder kit for our customers. The kit includes a 7" chrome loom, silver weaving and crochet hooks, and enough black and winter white loops to weave 4 potholders.Shop now