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A Camper Redux with Pendleton Wool Seat Covers

Rio Rancho Rules!

Our Rio Rancho fabric is inspiring so many customers, including Leilani Sullivan. Leilani and her husband have done an amazing job refurbishing a camper and making it into a dreamy, fun space that reflects their taste and talent for decorating, cooking and crafting –all while on the road! 

Here are Leilani’s words on the project:

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In the fall of 2016, we purchased a 2002 Jayco Granite Ridge 27 ‘ Class C RV. We spent some time that winter doing a little remodeling: painting the cabinets and counter tops, putting some burlap coffee bean sacks on the fronts and backs of the dining seats, above the cab and in the bathroom, and making new cushion covers and divider curtains for the bedroom and cab.

We camped in it for the next two seasons. We love camping, but didn’t love the carpet at all, as we travel with our dogs and usually have muddy boots from hiking. The fabric I used on my cushion covers was pretty, but not very good quality. So this past winter, we ordered new cushion covers through the Woolen Mill Store.

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Wow, what a beautiful addition they are! They add a level of class that is rustic, elegant and very durable. We also took the carpet out and put down wood flooring that we made from cedar fence pickets. My husband milled the pickets down to 1/2″ thickness, distressed them, painted them with a vinegar and steel wool mixture to age them, waxed them and installed them in the RV.

CAMPER #3

We removed all the window valances, painted the window frames and then framed them out in the same wood as the floor.  We covered all the walls with the burlap sacks. We also added vinyl flooring that looks like wood to the backsplash, and headboard. We finished the projects by ordering fabric, and making custom window blinds.

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All of the renovation makes our little RV feel like a homey rustic cabin. It is so inviting.  We love meeting up with friends for camping in the mountains of Colorado and to see the fall colors in Missouri. I know there are a lot of beautiful spots that we hope to see in the next few years.

More camping hobbies

We also have a lot of camping hobbies! What are those? We do some Dutch oven cooking.

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We also make lanterns out of old minnow buckets by drawing scenes on brown paper that we insert into the minnow bucket.

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We hang the lanterns from our awnings for ambiance lighting.

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Another hobby is bleach painting on shirts – this is bleach painting on the picnic table at the campground.

Everyone who has seen the interior just loves it, and some are encouraging us to do another camper remodel! We recently purchased a 1974 Avion travel trailer as a project. Hopefully we will be able to have Pendleton help us add beautiful touches to this travel trailer as well.

Thank you, Leilani! This is inspiring. We love the truly handcrafted interior, and hope you’ll let us see your latest project as it unfolds. 

See our Rio Rancho fabric here: Fabric.

All photos by Leilani Sullivan

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The 1949 Jacket pattern

Introducing the 1949 Jacket Pattern by Pendleton!

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This is based on our famous ’49er jacket, star of our women’s line debut in 1949. Read about it here: The Pendleton ’49er jacket

The joy of sewing your own jacket is that you can make all the changes you’d like to.

  • Choose a plaid, a stripe or a solid wool – even a jacquard pattern!
  • Add or omit pockets.
  • Add a self-belt.
  • Lengthen or shorten the body and sleeves.
  • Use any buttons you’d like – maybe some special vintage buttons you’ve been saving for a project!
  • Sew it up in cotton for summer wear.

The list is endless! So call and order yours today. We are so excited about this one! And click here to check out the wonderful wools we have available: Plaids and Apparel fabrics

More information:

  • The 1949 jacket pattern has eleven pieces.
  • Description: The Pendleton 1949 Jacket is based on the original Pendleton ’49er. It is an unstructured, unlined jacket with a straight hem. Button front has a French placket and peaked lapels. Flanged shoulders allow ease of movement. Long sleeves are finished with single-button rounded cuffs. Two open patch pockets can be cut on the bias, matched to grain, or omitted.
  • Recommended fabrics:
  • Pendleton Umatilla wool. Lightweight woven fabrics, including denim.
  • Fabric needed:
  • 60″ – bias pockets 2.5 yards, grain-matched pockets 2 yards.
  • 45″ – bias pockets 3.5 yards, grain-matched pockets 3 yards.
  • Small fits a size 4 to 6, Medium fits a size 8 to 10, Large fits a 12 to 14. Please call or email us for exact body measurements. Call to order: 503-535-5786
  • Also, thanks to popular demand, this pattern is in development for Plus sizes!
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Letterman’s Jacket with Pendleton Fabric

New Twist on a Letterman’s Jacket

We have a long history of providing wool to the makers of lettermen’s jackets, but this is the first one we’ve seen that uses our incredible jacquard-woven patterned wool.

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A Proud Mother

Alysia designed this jacket for her son, Phillip, who lettered in football (4 years) and basketball (1 year) at White Swan High School in Washington state. Phillip’s family is so proud of his accomplishments, and this jacket was a great way to show it.

Rio Rancho Fabric

Alysia patterned and cut the jacket in our Rio Rancho fabric and full grain leather. She had it sewn by a professional shop that has the proper machinery to sew with leather.

Thanks to Alysia for sharing this great jacket, and congratulations to Phillip. Here’s to his bright future!

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Customer Project – Sierra Trapeze Coat in Rio Rancho

A woman with blond curly hair stands in an urban setting wearing a coat made with Pendleton wool in Rio Rancho, a red and black pattern with white geometric shapes.

Creative Customer

We were treated to these beautiful photos of her latest project by Andrea Hungerford, a local designer. We are delighted to share them with you.

A woman with blond curly hair stands in an urban setting wearing a coat made with Pendleton wool in Rio Rancho, a red and black pattern with white geometric shapes.

Here is Andrea’s note:

Hi – as a local Oregon sewing and knitwear designer, I wanted to share my latest sewing pattern, the Sierra Trapeze Coat – made from fabrics I purchased at the Pendleton Woolen Mill Store!  You can find this pattern in Lookbook No. 8 of By Hand Serial, a series of books all about fiber and fabric makers.  

A woman with blond curly hair walks down a path in a forested setting wearing a coat made with Pendleton wool in Rio Rancho, a red and black pattern with white geometric shapes.

The fabric is Rio Rancho in Black.

swatch of Pendleton wool fabric in Rio Rancho Black, a black, red and cream colored fabric with geometric shapes.

Learn more here: Wool Fabrics (new tab)

By Hand Serial is a tri-annual travelogue written by makers, for makers. Written and produced by Andrea Hungerford, this book series focuses on local crafting communities that are helping incubate, encourage, and support folk who are exploring a wide variety of craft related businesses and artistic pursuits.

Says Andrea, “Our readership, while still growing, is enthusiastic about every issue. Unlike other modern craft publications, our focus is not just on what is being made, but on the hands that are actively creating it.”

Andrea found during her own travels for family and work that often where one maker flourished, many were also succeeding in their region, and wanted to provide an opportunity to highlight these exciting areas and introduce them to others who might not be able to discover them in person.

By Hand Serial is in its third year and each issue is full of personal interviews, thoughtfully written profiles, enticing photography and a variety of projects for knitting, sewing, baking, and more.

See more here: By Hand Serial (new tab)

And come see us for patterns, fabrics, and ideas.

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Lottie’s Roll Brim Hat

Creative Customer

Our customer Lottie Smith came by yesterday in the hat she made from Pendleton Eco-Wise Wool®. This adorable hat was made using a Green Pepper pattern that we carry. She only needed a ½ yard cut! Isn’t it the cutest?

Woman wearing light green wool hat decorated with feathers and yarn.

Thanks, Lottie, for stopping by, and for modeling. Please ask us to see the pattern used to make this hat, we would love to share it with you!

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Make It With Wool Winner & Pendleton Tartan on the cover of Threads magazine!

Cover of a sewing magazine called "Threads" featuring three dresses on display forms, that won the Make it With Wool contest. one dress was made with Pendleton Hunting Tartan fabric.

Make it with Wool

Kelsey Clear of Niles, Michigan, who learned to sew when she was only six years old, recently won First Runner Up honors in the Make It With Wool contest–and she did it with Pendleton wool. But not just any Pendleton wool! Kelsey sewed her winning look with our very own tartan, as registered with the Scottish Tartans Society.

Photo of a certificate from the Council of Scottish Tartans Society, officially recognizing the Pendleton Hunting tartan. Dated July 20, 1998.

Pendleton Hunting Tartan

Pendleton Woolen Mills registered the official Pendleton Hunting Tartan with the Scottish Tartans Society in 1999. It was created to commemorate Pendleton’s roots in the Pacific Northwest and the many generations of family that have overseen Pendleton’s business through the years. The official company tartan also salutes the British Isles origin of Pendleton’s weaving heritage, thanks to our founder, Thomas Kay.

And yes, that’s the very tartan bordering the certificate. For a closer look at the winning look, which includes more than just that adorable shirtwaist dress, pick up a copy of Threads today–we have it in stock at the store. Perhaps you’ll be inspired to sew your own project with Pendleton Hunting Tartan. We would love to see it!

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Update: Collaborative Crochet with Artist Bonnie Meltzer

Crochet Art

Through November, this beautiful piece is now hanging at Art at the Cave Gallery, 108 E. Evergreen, Vancouver, Washington. This finished sculpture was created in just one day at Arts of Clark County’s Collaborative Crochet “Make Art!” workshop on August 7, 2018.

a finished gigantic freeform crocheted wreath, made at a workshop led by Bonnie Melzer from Pendleton wool scraps.

The piece, called “Together,” was made and designed as the day progressed by the participants.  It will be available for purchase through a silent auction during the Clark County Open Studios Exhibition at Art at the Cave. Proceeds from the sale will help fund next years “Make Art!” workshops, including Bonnie Melzer’s “THE COMMON THREAD:  a collaborative crochet workshop.” We are proud to be part of this endeavor, and look forward to seeing what beautiful art can be made from our selvage.

Video

This video gives you a fun look at the process–and the sheer size!–of this project.

 

Title: “Together”

Artists: Collaborative work led by Bonnie Meltzer with Sandra Parisi, James Donegan, Allison Berkley  Jackie Admundson, Karen Bettin, Michelle Craig, Annie Davern, Lida Dekker, Sandra Easterly, Debbie Garbe, Ellen George, Kitty Hibbs, Pat LaCroix, Antonella Mancini, Mindy Morris, Kim Murton, Kelly Neidig, Debra Pellti, Sue Phelps, Dana Phillips, Alaia Smith, Diane Springer, Molly Weinstein, Karen Zopf and eight others. Preparation and mounting by K.C. Madsen.

Medium: Pendleton Woolen Mills selvage, yarn, wire, panel, ready to hang

Dimensions: 56″ x 48″ x 10″

Created in Arts of Clark County’s Collaborative Crochet “Make Art!” workshop at The Historic Trust’s event, CommonGround: The Vancouver Chautauqua, August 7, 2018.

 

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Crochet Rug Project

A fuzzy crocheted rug made with Pendleton scrap wool.Here are directions for the crochet rug we taught at the Sewing Expo.

Materials

  • Five pounds of selvages makes one 2’x3’ rug
    Size S crochet hook
    Scissors
    Yarn needle
  • Gauge
    Loose. Very loose. If you work tighter the rug will be firmer, however it can become very difficult to work through the stitches if you are too tight.

Getting Started

Find the end of the selvage, or cut a section to make a starting point. Wind the selvage into balls, splicing the ends together if you come to an end. If it gets too tangled, you can cut it and splice the ends together.

Making the Rug

  • Splicing
    Pull the weft yarns out of the warps for the 2 inches at the end of each selvage strand. Place all 4 ends together and tie an overhand knot. Trim ends even with selvage fringe.
  • Technique: Single Crochet
    Start:
    Chain 10-24 Stitches. The number of stitches in your chain will determine the shape of your rug. Starting with just a few will give you a rounder shape; more will create a longer oval.
    Row 1:
    Single crochet in second chain from hook and each chain across to last chain.
    Do not turn the work, instead chain 1* and work the other side of your beginning chain.
    This is the first round or row.
    *Adjustments: If you are using thick selvage, or think you need a little more room on the end, chain 2-3 stitches off the end of row 1.
  • Shaping:
    Continue: Repeat around chain, increasing at ends of rug until reaching desired size.
    Note: Sometimes you will need to adjust your increases to shape your rug.
    If rug begins to ruffle you are increasing too much.
    If rug begins to bowl you are not increasing enough.
  • Ending:
    Taper the wool by dropping one of the two selvage strands, and crochet two more stitches. Cut the selvage and pull through. Use a yarn needle to weave in the ends.
  • Care:
    Dry clean or hand wash. For hand washing, soak in mild soap and tepid water in tub. Drain tub, refill with cool water to rinse soap. When soap is rinsed out, run through the spin cycle of washing machine to remove most of water then lay flat to dry in ventilated area.