projects

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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Coming Soon: The Hood River Crochet Out with Bonnie Melzer

Fun Freeform Crochet

We are sharing photos of a past event to entice you to come to an event in the future! Fiber artist Bonnie Melzer is putting on another “Crochet Out” in Hood River on October 20th. Participants are free to join in for as long as they want to, all working together to create a free-form crochet sculpture.

Crocheters work on a group project made of Pendleton wool scraps.

The event is FREE but you must register here:  Register for the crochet-out 

Making the papers!

When it was held in Vancouver, Washington, writer Karen Madsen had this to say about the event in the Arts of Clark County Newsletter:

Artist Bonnie Meltzer wrangled and guided 30 people as they made a truly unique work of art. Starting with just a 75-foot core of Pendleton blanket selvage, participants took the brightly colored balls of wool and joined in, working alongside each other, crocheting and connecting one strand of yarn to another. As artists shared their ideas and helped each other form the composition from a wild and unruly bundle, a common idea emerged and a singular work was created. It was kind of magical and wonderful.

Wild and wooly freeform crochet from Bonnie Meltzer workshop.

The new Hood River Event is OCTOBER 20 – see link below. We have donated selvage for the event, which promises to be wonderful fun.

Fiber artist Bonnie meltzer poses with huge balls of Pendleton scrap wool.

According to artist and organizer Bonnie Melzer:

I had such a good time in Vancouver and all the participants loved [Pendleton’s] big fat material to work with. The size of it enabled us to get a finished piece done in a day.  Hooray for Pendleton! Thank you for your generosity and support. I am looking forwards to the Hood River Crochet Out. Every place I do this the results are different but always exciting. 

So come join the fun! More information and FREE registration at this link: REGISTER

 

 

 

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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 needleGauge
    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.
  • 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.