Contact Information:

DBA Yarn Gardens

Judith Bradshaw Brown
P.O. Box 144
17 Breakneck Rd.
Hulls Cove, ME 04644
Phone: (207) 288-5126
Fax: (207) 288-2725


…then think of the tall delphinium,
swaying, or the bee when it comes
to the tongue of the burgundy lily.
                 from “February: Thinking of Flowers”
                 Jane Kenyon, Otherwise

Artist's Biography

Before I began knitting yarn gardens in 2007, I wore many hats, some of which I continue to wear. I taught high school English and then Literacy Education for the University of Maine system, from which I retired.  I live in Bar Harbor, Maine, with my husband, Skip Brack, where I currently help run the Davistown Museum ( and Skip’s tool businesses, which include Liberty Tool Company and the Hulls Cove Tool Barn (  When I am not knitting yarn gardens, I enjoy making other kinds of art, writing, reading, teaching literature and writing to two local homeschoolers, and designing and maintaining the flower gardens in the museum's Hulls Cove (Bar Harbor) sculpture gardens.  Our sculpture gardens and other gardens and places on Mt. Desert Island, where we are blessed to live, sustain me spiritually and inspire the wearable art that I so enjoy creating.

Artist's Statement

I first began knitting multicolored scarves using blocks of different yarns when I bought one skein of recycled sari silk yarn, which combined gorgeous rich reds, purples, blues, oranges, yellows, turquoise, and burgundy and was spun from sari mill waste by women’s free trade cooperatives in India and Nepal.  I began with the sumptuous multicolored sari silk yarn and moved to other colors and textures that wanted to mix with the sari silk colors.  I made that one for myself and others in colors that I often wore but couldn’t find in stores, such as the periwinkle lavender blues to which I am drawn. I incorporated knitting ribbon, which knits up particularly beautifully and has a lovely, soft feel.   I wore them with great pleasure, and they were much admired and coveted by friends and strangers. I was wearing one when I visited a shop that sold locally made items, and the owner demanded to know who made my scarf and where she could get some for their shop. 

So, with great pleasure, I began to knit scarves to sell and have shown them in shops on Mt. Desert Island, Blue Hill, and Corea, Maine and the Davistown Museum Maine Artists Guild Gallery.  I began with blocks of different colors and have moved to knitting scarves on huge circular needles, knitting horizontally so that the results have a woven look.  I usually begin with silk or rayon recycled sari yarn and then move to other yarns, of which I now have many kinds and hues, all of natural fibers, some locally spun and dyed. I take inspiration from the flowers in the Davistown Museum sculpture gardens, which I design and maintain, hence the name Yarn Gardens. It is a joy for me to work with color in this way. I find it to be a meditative, centering, and therapeutic activity. It is my hope that wearers and observers of the Yarn Gardens scarves might, in turn, experience some of the joy and comfort that making and being with them give to me.

Yarn Gardens are one-of-a-kind wearable art.  I knit scarves in colors and yarns that speak to me, but I am happy to knit scarves in a particular color palette for those who request it and don’t find one that suits them in what I already offer.  If you order a scarf, please know that your scarf will not be exactly like any other that you might see online or elsewhere.

  The kiss of the sun for pardon.
The song of the bird for mirth.
One is nearer God's heart in a garden
Than anywhere else on earth.
                        - Dorothy Frances Gurney

Galleries and Exhibits

Chapter Two
611 Corea Rd.
Corea ME 04624

Seagrass Gallery
15 Cottage St. (Bayside Landing courtyard)
Bar Harbor 04609

Artist's Works

All scarves are $85.00 and are approximately 72" long.

NEW Fall 2010 - Scarves with NO WOOL:  Yarns may include cotton, silk, rayon, tencel, hemp, nylon, polyamide, or others. 



SevenArts Show, December 2009:


Cosmos Garden

Winter Garden

Mixed Fall Garden with Turquoise


Nasturtium Garden

Primary Colors

Mixed Summer Garden



About Recycled Sari Yarns
(from The Wool Peddler, where I purchase my yarn)

Recycled Silk yarn is undoubtedly the most unique yarn you will ever encounter.  Silk thrums from India's weaving mills are handspun by women's cooperatives and cottage industries into gleaming silk skeins.  Using their traditional skills, they are able to create vibrant, textured yarn in an endless array of colorways.  Each Recycled Silk skein is handspun, creating natural inconsistencies and a rather scrappy nature to make any project, no matter how simple in design, instantly charming and unique.  We import the finest yarns available, direct from Nepal.  The colors are vibrant, and it is spun evenly.  It is, without a doubt, the most lovely sari silk yarn available.

If you compare yarns to vacations, then most yarns are a family road-trip or perhaps a luxury cruise.  Handspun sari yarns are like a trek on foot through small villages, visiting the real lives of people along the way.  Each skein is an adventure, and you can expect to find little bits of Nepal in them.

One thing that sets this yarn apart from most others is the connection to women on the other side of the globe, living in a different world.  Lots of time and care goes into each skein.  The fibers are first sorted, then hand teased, and finally handspun on a charka or drop spindle.  Once the yarn is spun, it is turned in for payment.   Another group of women prepare the skeins for sale.  We only purchase yarn from cooperatives who provide good wages to the people who spin and skein the yarns, and we put a portion of our profits into helping purchase equipment or providing funds for educational programs.

The artwork on this site is protected under United States and International copyright laws. 
The visitor agrees not to reproduce, publish or distribute any of the displayed material without permission from the artist.

Participating artists donate 30% of MAG on-site sales proceeds to benefit the Davistown Museum. When we sell work that is exhibited on the MAG website but held elsewhere, we solicit a 10% donation. If the artist or another gallery sells the artwork, no commission is solicited or requested. We hope the MAG website exposure will help sell more artwork from the artists' own studios or in galleries which show their work.