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!
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We are open following all state mandates, including monitoring social distancing, limiting capacity, and wearing face masks. Curbside pickup is available!
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.
A creative customer name Sherrill sent us photos of her newest dollhouse furniture project; a wooden chair with Chief Joseph cushions. Sherril wrote to say, “I’ve been having fun with the scraps I bought. This is a dollhouse scene. I bent the wood for this chair and selected just the right motifs from the Chief Joseph design.”
We can’t get over how fun this is, and have been eyeing our scraps, wondering which motifs (or tiny plaids) would lend themselves to miniature upholstery.
How about you?
Have you done something fun with our scrap that you’d like to share? Drop us a line and show us your stuff!
Pendleton Layer Cakes are made up of 22 piece stacks of 12” x 12” pieces, including one of each color of our Pendleton Eco-Wise Wool®. They are prized by quilters for applique and also work wonderfully for hand-stitched softies!
We are featuring Layer Cakes at 25% off the regular price of $70.00, for a sale price of $52.50.
Books On Sale
To complement the Cakes and inspire you, we are also offering these books at 25% off (while supplies last).
Softies by Therese Laskey; regularly $19.95, 25% off sale price is $ 14.96
Celebrate Wool Applique by Deborah Gale Tirico; regularly $29.95, 25% off sale price is $22.46
Exploring Folk Art with Wool Applique and More by Rebekah Smith and Kelsey Smith; regularly 24.95, 25% off sale price is $18.71
Wool Applique Heirlooms by Mary A. Blyth; regularly $ 26.95, 25% off sale price is $20.21 (not pictured)
How to Order
Call or email to order. In emails, please include your shipping address and phone number to call for your credit card information.
Curbside pick-up available Monday-Thursday 12:00-3:00pm PST.
This sale starts today, May 13, 2020, and runs through May 31, 2020.