Oregon Home, Miller Paint, and Pendleton’s Palette

Down to Earth

Pendleton was excited to help with a recent feature in Oregon Home Magazine, working with Miller Paint to showcase the power of earthy neutrals. According to Apartment Therapy, “A neutral is a color without much intensity or saturation—a color that’s lacking in color, if you will, which generally goes with everything. Think tans, beiges, ivories, creams, whites, blacks, and grays.” Oregon Home included more soothing earth tones, while keeping the palette gentle.

A living room featuring the Pendleton Sandhills blanket. Photo by Oregon Home magazine, used with permission.

Our Home Store staff was part this project (thanks, team!), bringing their Pendleton design expertise to play in choosing blankets that show the softer side of Pendleton patterns.

According to the feature:

This season’s color palettes draw inspiration from the ground up. Earthy is in. “Whites are shifting from bright and stark to earthy tones touched with raw umber,” says Puji Sherer, director of color marketing for Portland-based Miller Paint. “Grays are giving way to gentle browns and beiges. Even though Pendleton designs are typically very angular and dynamic, the subdued color palette in this one makes it easy to live with in any interior environment.” Oregon Home collaborated with Miller Paint and Pendleton Home on this design for a cozy, on-trend gathering space.

A living room featuring the Pendleton White Sands blanket. Photo by Oregon Home magazine, used with permission.

We agree. The power of this palette is soothing and understated, but still strong. Our geometric patterns allow for all kinds of subtle colorplay.

Some of our favorite patterns tie in with this palette.

The article featured three beautiful Pendleton blankets; Sandhills, White Sands, and Wyeth Trail. But we have some gorgeous fabrics in-stock in this palette.

Spirit of the peoples fabric
Spirit of the Peoples Small Repeat
Roll of pendleton wool fabric in Basket maker Tonal, a pattern of off white and tan in diamond shaped and pillars made of arrows.
Basket Maker Tonal
Pacific Crest fabric
Pacific Crest
Roll of pendleton wool fabric in Harding tonal, a beige and off white pattern with crosses and arrows, very muted and subtle.
Harding Tonal
Falcon cove fabric

Falcon Cove Accessory-weight

We hope you’ll come in to get inspired.

Ready for some DIY?

A model living room featuring Pendleton Sandhills blanket. Photo by Oregon Home magazine, used with permission.

Visit for a DIY showing how you can recreate the Pendleton-inspired wall design in your own home.

Cans of paint and painting tools on a drop cloth. Photo by Oregon Home magazine, used with permission.

Miller Paint colors used:

  • Fireplace Mantel 0569
  • Elusive White 0002
  • Light Lichen 0211
  • Rich Reward 0302
  • Golden Buff 0288

Read the feature here: Down to Earth

See all our fabrics here: Fabrics

We’re Open

Pendleton Woolen Mill Store
8500 SE McLoughlin Blvd. Portland, OR 97222
(503) 535-5786 • •

emails, projects

Make it in May!

Free Rug Instructions!

A rug crocheted with Pendleton wool selvage, and a large plastic crochet hook

Click here to learn how to crochet a beautiful rug using Pendleton wool selvage.

Rug Directions: Click here for free instructions

Need materials?

Well we have a SALE going on!

A ball of wool selvage with the words, "Save on Wool selvageBuy one bag, get one free while supllies last"

For a limited time, we are running a promotion on our wool selvage; buy one/get one free. This offer is “while supplies last.” If you have certain fabric weights or colors in mind, call us and we will do our very best to get you taken care of.

Tag us on Instagram!

Show us your finished wool selvage rug and tag us on Instagram by May 31, 2021:


Pet Beds on Sale

We are offering 50% off select pet beds while supplies last.

A West highland Terrier on a Pendleton dog bed.

Selection is varied, and limited to stock on hand in-store.

We’re Open

We’re following all state mandates, including social distancing, limiting capacity, and face masks. Curbside pickup available! Phone and email orders also accepted.

Pendleton Woolen Mill Store
8500 SE McLoughlin Blvd. Portland, OR 97222
(503) 535-5786 • •


SewDaily & Pendleton Wool

A New Collection

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

Happy sewing.


An Heirloom Rocker Gets a New Life


Heirloom rocker with original upholstery

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.


Heirloom rocker with new upholstery

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!

We Are Open!

We are open following all state mandates, including monitoring social distancing, limiting capacity, and wearing face masks. Curbside pickup is available!

Pendleton Woolen Mill Store

8500 SE McLoughlin Blvd. Portland, OR 97222

(503) 535-5786 • •


Make it with Wool

Make it with Wool

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:
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! 

Camper Redux with Pendleton by Sunbrella Fabrics

Camper Fun Awaits!

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.


A U-shaped eating area in a camper.

Here is after!

A U-shaped eating area in a camper with bright Pendleton by Sunbrella fabric cushions.

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 Specs

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:

Pendleton by Sunbrella Fabrics

And if you’d like to see them for yourself, pay us a visit. Have a safe and fun 4th.

Pendleton Woolen Mill Store

8500 SE McLoughlin Blvd. Portland, OR 97222

(503) 535-5786 • •


Crochet Rug with Pendleton Selvage

Photo of a crocheted wool rug made of Pendleton wool scraps, a crochet hook, and a strip of selvage.

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)
  • Scissors


Getting Started

  • 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.


Crochet Time

  • 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!


Row 1

  • 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.


Row 2-end

  • 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.


Upholstery in 1/12 scale with Pendleton Wool

A dollhouse chair upholstered in Pendleton wool

Fun with Scrap!

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.”

Another view of the dollhouse scene

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 Woolen Mill Store

8500 SE McLoughlin Blvd. Portland, OR 97222

(503) 535-5786 • •



Pueblo Dwelling Projects

A Note from a Customer

Astrid sends us the following:

Attached are some photos of my chairs and other projects like runners that I did with the pueblo dwelling fabric. It is such a beautiful fabric and of course I had to order more!  


Thank you for sharing, Astrid! Aren’t these photos inspiring?

Before and After

Two traditional wooden dining chairs sit side-by-side in a sewing room. The chair to the right has green striped velvet as its upholstered seat, and the chair to the left has been covered in Pendleton Pueblo Dwelling wool fabric. Well, actually this is after (left) and before (right). We love the look of these traditional chairs recovered with our fabric.

Below is a table’s worth of beautiful chairs, upholstered with different parts of the pattern’s repeat.

Four traditional wooden dining chairs, recovered in Pendleton Pueblo Dwelling wool fabric.

Jacquard Looms

Many jacquard-loomed fabrics give you twice the options with just one fabric, because the face of the fabric can vary so dramatically from the reverse of the fabric. Pueblo Dwelling is one such example; one side might is solid with bright geometric patterns, and the reverse is bold and beautiful stripes with black geometric patterns.

Astrid has shown this off with her four chairs. The two center chairs use the exact same part of the pattern repeat. The fabric’s face is on the left, and the reverse on the right. The chairs to the far left and right are made the same way with a different part of the repeat.

So when you select a Pendleton wool jacquard fabric, remember that you have lots of options, based on which side of the fabric you use, and which parts of the pattern you highlight. We are trying to photograph our new fabrics with a fold to show the reverse whenever we can, so you have a clear sense of both sides.

Fun with Leftovers

A woode end table sits next to a leather chair, with a piece of Pendleton Pueblo Dwelling wool fabric on top of the table, with a vase of bright flowers and a Kleenex box.

Astrid hasn’t let her leftover fabric go to waste; and this isn’t just about how wool looks. Wool makes an exceptionally absorbent table covering that will keep your wooden surfaces safe from spills. Liquid usually just beads up on top of it, and you can roll it off into the sink.

Are you inspired?

Give us a call at the store 503.535.5786 or 1.866.865.9285 or email us at   We can ship right to your door.

Pendleton Woolen Mill Store

8500 SE McLoughlin Blvd. Portland, OR 97222

(503) 535-5786 • •


Something fun for Friday: Custom Suits with Pendleton Wool

A Customer Note

We received these fun photos from one of our customers, and wanted to share with you all for a Friday smile.

Dear Pendleton,

I hope this is something that can put a smile to your face, and hopefully be shared with other Pendleton fans. My husband, Jordan, and his best friend Ian, each had custom suits made with Pendleton Wool, and they absolutely couldn’t be happier.


Jordan’s jacket is made of the “Basket Maker Turquoise” sponge weight fabric, and his pants are the Eco-wise wool in “Berry”. Ian’s jacket is made of “Pine Top Red”, and his paints are the color “Doe.” They accessorized with bolo ties, belt buckles, and the Stetson hats that they purchased over 10 years ago when they originally graduated. Both suits were beautifully tailored in Albuquerque, New Mexico by the tailor at Final Stitch Alterations and Clothing, who, I think, was pretty surprised by this request. I should also credit Ian’s dog Ned, who wanted to be in the picture.

Originally, they intended that the maiden voyage of these suits would be a yearly alumni event held in early March for their fraternity, Phi Gamma Delta, at the Colorado School of Mines in Golden, Colorado, where Ian, Jordan, and I attended college. Unfortunately, like so many other people during these challenging times, we were unable to attend this year’s event because of work requirements related to cross-state travel and quarantine.  Instead, Ian and his wife Maria hosted Jordan and I for our own mini alumni event in Albuquerque to celebrate our friendship, our health, and of course, the Pendleton suits. With any luck, the suits will make a more public debut at next year’s event. 

Thank you!


Emily thank YOU for sharing. We love seeing what creative people imagine with our fabrics.

More information needed?

Give us a call to find out about these fabrics, or any others you need for your projects. We are able to take orders via email and phone, and are happy to ship right to your door.

Pendleton Woolen Mill Store

8500 SE McLoughlin Blvd. Portland, OR 97222

(503) 535-5786 • •