Monday, January 3, 2011

Creative Customers: Athena's Glacier Park Capote

A capote -- for those of you who aren't familiar with the word -- is a long overcoat or cloak with a hood. (Definition courtesy of Princeton University's WordNet.) The style was traditionally popular with Native Americans and European traders, and is still around to this day!

Our creative customer Athena brought in this gorgeous capote to show us. Pay attention to the awesome little details, like the embroidery on the pocket and the fringe at the shoulders -- rather than use blanket fabric for the fringe, she used fringed blanket remnants from the Woolen Mill Store's header bins! The pockets are reinforced, so they won't sag with use. All in all, a truly beautiful capote!

Athena used remnants of Pendleton's iconic Glacier Park blanket to create this breathtaking capote. Yes, we do sometimes get large remnants of National Park and other popular blankets in our blanket header bins and on our discount fabric tables! But remember -- our selection of remnants depends entirely on what they're making at the mill. We have no control over what we're getting and have no idea what we'll be getting in our weekly delivery of mill by-products.

Traditionally, a capote was made using a wool blanket. But if you can't bear the thought of cutting apart a wool blanket (it does make us cringe a little!), the Woolen Mill Store has plenty of blanket-weight jacquard fabrics for you to choose from! We also have patterns for capotes and other coats, a rainbow of Gutermann thread, and other supplies to get you sewing.

1 comment:

monogirl said...

So creative! I love it!