Friday, December 31, 2010

Reminder: Truck Holiday 12/31/2010

Just a quick reminder, dear Woolfans, that there will be no Pendleton truck action until after the New Year. Our hardworking folks at the mills are taking a well-deserved holiday!

However, if you're looking for fuzzy selvage ($3 per pound) or wooly worms (50 cents per pound), we are well stocked with both at the moment... stop by or call the store to place an order.

We're looking forward to sharing crafty times in 2011 and beyond!

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Inquiring Minds Want to Know: Crafty Plans for 2011?

The New Year is nearly upon us... do you have any crafty resolutions for 2011?

Maybe you've got a new project you've been meaning to start... or an old project that you need to finish. Maybe you'd like to take a class to expand your skills, or investigate a new hobby. Maybe you'd like to schedule more crafty time, start up a supply exchange with friends, or finally open up that Etsy shop.

Let's hear it! Maybe if we all make our crafty resolutions public, we'll be more likely to stick with them.

Friday, December 24, 2010

Truck Holiday 12/24/10 and 12/31/10

Happy Holidays, Woolfans!

If you're like us, you've been working hard on some crafty gifts for the holiday season. And now you can take a few weeks to enjoy some quality time with friends and family.

The Pendleton truck will resume weekly deliveries of our mill by-products in January 2011. Keep your eyes out for the Truck Report every Friday morning so you can be the first to know what kinds of wooly goodness are on hand!

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Happy Holidays!

This is a season of family and friends, of joy and hope. The longest night of the year has passed; from here on out, each day will be a little bit longer.

Whatever holiday you and yours celebrate this time of year, we at the Pendleton Woolen Mill Store wish you the very best!

Monday, December 20, 2010

Wooly Wreath Project

Here's a little gift for you: a quick, easy, and fun project!

You’ll Need:
  • One wire coat hanger
  • Fabric squares around 4” in size (some variation is okay) – we used around 2 pounds of $2/pound header pieces and 2 pounds of $5/pound header pieces. If you want more color control, you can use yardage in your choice of colors!
  • Wire cutters
  • Pliers
  • Scissors
  • Electrical tape or duct tape (optional)
  • Ribbon (optional, for decorating the hook)

Ready to go?

  1. Bend the wire coat hanger into a circle – or whatever shape you want your finished wreath to be!

  2. Cut the circle open 3-4 inches from the hook on one side. Use wire cutters to get a nice, sharp cut – cutting at an angle will make it easier to add the fabric squares.

  3. Fold a fabric square in half to make a triangle. String the triangle onto the hanger by pushing the cut end of the wire through the fabric. It’s easiest to start with the longer side.
  4. Repeat, sliding each triangle up against the ones before. Vary the angles of the triangles to make the wreath look fuller (if you like).

  5. When you reach the cut end of the wire, start adding triangles to the shorter side of the wire.

  6. When both sides of the wire circle are full of fabric, it’s time to connect the wires together. You have two choices for this:
    a. Use tape to connect the ends. Duct tape or electrical tape might work best. However, the weight of the wreath may be too much for the tape to handle!
    b. Use pliers to bend a hook into each end of the wire, then connect the hooks. This is the more secure option, but takes a little muscle.

  7. Distribute the fabric pieces to hide the connection, and you’re done!

If your wreath bends out of shape, gently bend it back into the shape you want.

Feel free to decorate the hook part of the hanger – wrap it with ribbon or fabric scraps, add a festive tassel, or use colored tape. Add whatever accents you like to fit your wreath to a theme -- dried flowers, faux fruits, fancy ribbons, or anything else your crafty heart desires!

Friday, December 17, 2010

Special Delivery from Santa!

As mentioned this morning in the Truck Report, we were hoping for a delivery of blanket header today. We've been good, and Santa delivered!

250 pounds of beautiful blanket header is on its way to the Woolen Mill Store and should arrive this evening. It will be ready and waiting for you on Saturday morning.


Truck Report 12/17/2010

December sure is flying by! Here it is, another lovely Friday in Portland. Did you have a good week? We did!

But enough with the small talk -- you're here for the weekly Truck Report! Our faithful Pendleton truck showed up on schedule, late Thursday night and brought us some treats.

The selvage bins are full to overflowing, as the truck brought us more than 600 pounds of fuzzy selvage! There are some fantastic, bright, vibrant colors in there -- greens and yellows, bold red, lots of blues... some of the best color combinations we've had in a while.

Don't know what to do with the fuzzy stuff? We've got a free pattern you can download that will walk you through crocheting a thick, fluffy rug. And if you swing by the store, we've got a pattern for weaving with Pendleton selvage, too!

We open at 10am -- come early for the best color selection or call the store at (503) 535-5786 to place an order. We'll happily ship up to 30 pounds of selvage per order... that's a lotta rugs!

EDIT TO ADD: For those of you who have been waiting for blanket header pieces, we're hoping to get a shipment later today. Check back later for an update!

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Burda + Pendleton = Awesome!

A month or so ago, the lovely ladies at Burda got a little Pendleton care package. It warms our wooly little hearts to hear that they loved the fabric so much that they want to share it!

Today -- Thursday, December 16th -- Burda is giving away two yards of our exclusive Rio Rancho fabric. Enter the giveaway here! Official rules here!

...and speaking of Burda, we've got the most recent issues of Burda Style at the store (and lots of back issues available for 50% off cover price in case you need to fill some holes in your collection).

Friday, December 10, 2010

Rug-A-Rama This Sunday!

This Sunday -- December 12th -- is our final rug crochet class of 2010!

This is our most popular class at the Woolen Mill Store: taking colorful mill byproducts and using a really big crochet hook to turn them into thick, fluffy rugs! The rugs are super soft for your tired toes... and pets love them!

And for our last rug crochet class of 2010, we're having a Rug-A-Rama! Two teachers! A double-sized class! Lots of awesome selvage colors available!

Rug Crochet Class
Sunday, December 12 12-2pm
$25 (includes a bag of selvage and a really big hook!)
Call the store today to reserve a place in class!

Truck Report 12/10/2010

Good morning, Woolfans! Hope you had a lovely week... and a crafty weekend ahead.

We got some great stuff on the Pendleton truck this week!

  • 250 pounds of fuzzy selvage (the stuff in the big bags that is popular with rug makers) -- a good variety of weights and colors.
  • 300 pounds of blanket header pieces (YAY!) -- as an extra treat, there's a fun free pattern for a festive wool wreath hanging on the header bin.

And just in time for your holiday gift giving... one box of our popular native print header fringed scarves! These are sure to fly out of the store faster than a red-nosed reindeer.

Have yourselves a merry little weekend, friends!

Thursday, December 9, 2010

This One's for the Ducks!

The Civil War is behind us, with the 2010 PAC10 Champion Ducks now looking ahead to a shot at their first national title on January 10, 2011.

Show your support for the Ducks with this numbered, limited edition jacquard throw from Pendleton Woolen Mills. This blanket will only be available December 15-20, 2010, but you can reserve one in advance at the Woolen Mill Store! Call (503) 535-5786 or stop by the store to pre-order your U of O BCS National Championship Blanket today!

If you missed the game, check out a recap here.

Monday, December 6, 2010

FAQ: Woolen Mill Store Fabric Sales

One question we hear a lot around the Woolen Mill Store is: do your fabrics ever go on sale?

The short answer? YES!

The longer, more detailed answer? We have a big fabric sale two times per year: the last two weeks of March and the entire month of September. During those times, all fabrics on the roll are discounted 25% (and sometimes more, for selected closeout fabrics). And our tables of pre-cut fabric -- which are discounted all year 'round -- are discounted even more. During past sales, we've seen discounts as high as 75% off original ticketed price per yard.

These sales are definitely worth marking your calendar for!

Friday, December 3, 2010

Truck Report 12/3/2010

Thanksgiving is behind us, the next round of holiday celebration is ahead of us, and the truck is here!

It's a little like Christmas morning to open up the boxes of mill by-products from our mills in Pendleton, Oregon and Washougal, Washington. What could be inside? What crafty projects are on the horizon?

This week, the Pendleton truck brought us more than 800 pounds of fuzzy selvage! We got lots of blanket weight selvage -- the heaviest stuff -- in a veritable rainbow of colors. Warm up your looms and giant crochet hooks, Woolfans!

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Holiday Craft Classes

If making decorations and gifts helps you get into the holiday spirit, you might be interested in December craft classes at the Woolen Mill Store!

Trace-n-Create Bags
Saturday December 4th $40
Making gifts for handbag lovers has never been easier! Clover's Trace-n-Create patterns will let you customize your bag eight different ways. Bring your sewing machine or rent one of ours for $25.

Rolled Felt Garland
Sunday December 5th $20
Transform our versatile wool felt binding into sweet little faux candies for a holiday garland! No sewing necessary. Decorate your tree, a window, or doorway with this festive and cheerful creation -- more fun than stringing popcorn and cranberries!

Needle Felted Ornaments
Saturday December 11th $20
Add three handmade ornaments to your holiday collection: a tree, a jolly snowman, and a star! You'll be handing down these needle felted treasures to the next generation and beyond.

Wool Rug Crochet
Sunday December 12th $25
Our most popular class -- and a great gift idea. Turn our wool selvages into a thick, fluffy rug using a really big crochet hook. It's quick, easy, and fun... and everybody on your list is going to want one!

Prices include all your supplies; extra supplies are available for purchase at the Woolen Mill Store.

And if you'd like to host a custom craft party, we're always happy to have you in our classroom or at the location of your choosing! Call the store at (503) 535-5786 for more information or to register for any of our December craft classes.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Creative Customers: Tic-Tac-Toe Baby Blanket

If memory serves, we met creative customer Jeanne at the NW Quilting Expo back in September. She recently stopped by the store to show off a sweet little baby quilt she made using remnants of our washable Eco-Wise wool!

Call it Tic-Tac-Toe, or Hugs-n-Kisses... either way, this quilt is fantastic!

Edit 12/8/2010: Many apologies to Jeanne for getting her name wrong the first time out. Just call us the rare Blushing Bright Red Sheep for the day! Jeanne has this blanket and other handmade goodies for sale in her Etsy shop... it's definitely worth a look!

If you would like to be featured as a Creative Customer on the Pendleton Woolen Mill Store blog, it's easy! Email pics of your project or bring it by the store for a quick photo session.