We are celebrating October with 30% off crafting supplies, including all yarn, crafting kits, tools and supplies. This includes favorites like:
Cascade 128 yarn
Picnic Basket kit
Selvage Rug Crochet kit
Origami Bag kit
Call or visit to see everything and get inspired.
And don’t forget Socktober
Our annual sock sale is here, just in time to stock up for Fall and the holidays. When you buy three pair of socks during Socktober, you get a pair of equal or lesser value for free at all our retail stores. Offer valid through the last day of this month (10/31/2020).
We Are Open
We are open following all state mandates, including monitoring social distancing, limiting capacity, and wearing face masks. Curbside pickup is available.
We are delighted to see our Black/Grey Plaid wool fabric in the new Capsule Studio: PLUSH collection by SewDaily. The Capsule Studio concept is about developing (sewing) a wardrobe around the look and direction provided by SewDaily, for your own interpretation and customization.
This particular pattern collection is built around textured coziness, with winter garments in soft, warm fabrics. It’s especially right for a sewist who wants a mix and match look. Wool, which sews beautifully, is featured throughout.
We love seeing our wool in pants! Wool makes beautiful pants that are warm and cozy while still being breathable, one of wool’s amazing properties. As you know, most Pendleton plaids can be dressed up or down. The featured black and white plaid works with any accent color you choose, from warm neutrals to bold jewel tones.
Fabric and Patterns
This fabric is 30% off during our September fabric sale through the end of the month (while supplies last). Check out our offerings in person or on the Fabrics tab. You can purchase and download the collection at this link: Capsule Studio PLUSH
We thought you’d enjoy this before and after rocker that one of our staff members had done. This sweet rocker has been in her family for some time, and was ready for a refresh.
She chose our heavy weight Shonto blanket fabric in the Wheatlands colorway. It gives the chair a whole new life. This chair makes a great accent piece in any room. What a great way to preserve a piece of family history!
Rali Burleson, Arizona State Director of the Make It With Wool Contest, sent us a photo of herself in a dress sewn from a vintage (1949) Claire McCardell design pattern. She expects to “get a lot of mileage” out of the dress: she is able to wear it year-round in Arizona because it’s made from 100% AirLoom Merino wool (formerly known as Sir Pendleton fabric). This is a year-sound textile that is, as she says, “almost tissue-paper thin.”
The sewing process
I converted the gathers to pleats (an engineering feat in itself) and used couture techniques throughout (sew-in silk organza interfacing, Hong Kong finishes, stays along the neckline and bodice sides, hand-applied collar and invisible zipper, hand-knotted thread eyes, and more).
For the vintage look, I bought a navy cardigan with ¾ length sleeved-rounded toe pumps, and a structured handbag. For the evening look, I bought a navy satin border silk chiffon scarf to wear as a shawl, pointed-toe suede pumps, and a metallic box clutch.
Admiration for the seamstresses of yore!
I concluded that seamstresses of yore were of a different cut of cloth (pun intended). The vintage patterns I love so much are not for the faint of heart! And to think everyone made their own clothes, children’s clothes, household linens (quilts, embroidered tablecloths, pillowcases, aprons, and so on). Whew!
Would You Like to Enter?
Here is the new and improved National MIWW website: https://makeitwithwool.com/state-contests
Contests are run at the state level, and deadline dates (mostly this Fall) are listed by state. This is a great time to explore your state’s contest, especially with so many students expected to be home based this Fall. And don’t forget our September apparel fabric sale!
The 4th of July weekend is almost here! Will you be camping? Will you be camping in style? To inspire you, please enjoy these before and after shots from Megan, who used Pendleton by Sunbrella fabric to spruce up her camper.
Here is after!
Here is her note:
Here is a pic of our new camper cushions! We took the camper on a 4 day road trip in eastern Oregon last weekend and the fabric is great. It seems to wear well, and resisted all the abuse two teenagers and three dogs could throw at it! Not to mention it looks FABULOUS. Thank you so much for helping me create the Pendleton camper of my dreams!
Sunbrella fabrics are incredible for indoor/outdoor use. They are fade-proof, stain-proof, and mildew-proof. Learn more about their properties and sustainable manufacturing process here:
Here is a project to enjoy now, and for a lifetime of crafting.
Size Q crochet hook
Five pounds of selvages (makes approximately 2′ x 3′ rug)
Wind the selvage into balls.
In most cases, you’ll want to keep two strands of selvage layered together, rather than separating them – it is much easier to work with and you’ll get a thicker rug!
If you can’t find an end, cut one.
The center chain of your rug will determine the shape.
A very short chain (2-4 stitches or the width of the palm of your hand) will give you a round rug.
A medium length chain (6-12 stitches or the space from wrist to elbow) will give you a soft oval.
A long chain (16-24 stitches or the length of your leg) will give you a more defined oval.
As loose as possible.
Try to leave at least two fingers’ worth of space in each stitch.
If you are having trouble crocheting loosely, try doing it without the hook and just use your fingers!
Single crochet your way down one side of the chain.
When you get to the end of the chain, chain one extra stitch (aka increase) and then single crochet back up the other side of the chain.
Repeat around the central chain.
Increase at the ends of the rug (for example, as you go into and out of the curve at the end of the oval) to allow it to lay flat.
You may need to experiment and adjust your increases in order to shape your rug.
When you have 6-12” of selvage left, weave in the end using your fingers or a yarn needle.
There are a few different options for splicing the selvage together when you reach the end of a ball.
Layer at least 6” of the old strand with at least 6” of the new strand and keep crocheting.
Pull approximately 2” of the weft (horizontal) yarn out of the warp and discard. Tie the old and new strands together with a double knot. Trim the ends even with the selvage fringe and the knot will disappear.
Pull approximately 2” of the weft (horizontal) yarn out of the warp and discard. Tie individual warp threads together with a double knot. Trim the ends even with the selvage fringe.
If the rug begins to form a bowl, you are not increasing enough.
If the rug begins to ruffle, you are increasing too much.
Caring For Your Rug
You can dry clean or hand wash your rug if you like. However, these rugs are sturdy! You can safely vacuum them or wash them in a washing machine. If you would like to felt your rug (the loose yarn will twist into tufts), wash in hot water. If you would like your selvage to stay more eyelashy, wash your rug in cold water. Block after washing so rug will retain its shape. Lay flat to dry or tumble dry low.