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


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.


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!


Update: Collaborative Crochet with Artist Bonnie Meltzer

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.


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.

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.



Come to a Holiday Trunk Show this Weekend!

The Woolen Mill Store is hosting a holiday trunk show this weekend, and you’re invited. We have a fantastic group of attendees. Come to shop, learn, and enter to win a free blanket binding class—the class that will show you how to make your own Pendleton wool blankets!

So far, we know the following wonderful makers will be there:

ProjectOR   Have you admired the wonderful Vintage Styled Canteens with Pendleton  fabric in our store? They are made by ProjectOR! Also, see their Dyemonds mini planters made with recycled mill waste, created with 3D printing—you can watch a demonstration.


Insomnia Pottery Buttons  Ginger Steele is a master ceramics artist. Her booth will be stocked with beautiful custom buttons that will take your sewing projects to an entirely new level! She will also show some of her unique ceramic art pieces.


CKS Upcycles Carla Staeter Kid embellishes garments with Pendleton jacquard fabrics, nd other repurposed items. Her display will include ornaments made from Pendleton mill waste materials, including selvage trees—inspirational ideas abound!


This is such a fun event and you won’t want to miss it. We will be open for your shopping, too! So bring a friend and make a day of it.


All photos courtesy of the makers and artists and used with permission. 


Burda StyleCoat Sew Along – Free, register now!


What an amazing opportunity!

We’re teaming up with our friends @BurdaStyle and @PFAFFsewing for a Sew-Along. Imagine—you’ll be expertly  coached by Meg Healy as you create a coat with Pendleton Eco-Wise Wool!

At a Glance:

  • See how the BurdaStyle Pea Coat pattern (#102 12/2016) is sewn from start to finish
  • Both standard and plus size digital patterns included. (Plus Size Pea Coat pattern #138 09/2016)
  • How to sew coat pockets with linings and welts
  • Attaching various coat collars
  • Learn how to extract lining pieces from digital BurdaStyle patterns
  • Inserting lining into a coat
  • Sewing raglan sleeves
  • Hemming using fusible hem tape

This event is FREE. And we can help you with materials over the phone. Details about the event are at the link:

And see us for fabrics!

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