Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Book Sale Ends Sunday

Less than a week remains in our May book sale! We're giving you 30% off the regular retail price of any book in the store, including favorites like:

  • Craft books by local author Susan Beal
  • BurdaStyle Sewing Handbook
  • Native American folklore picture books by Paul Goble
  • The Oregonian Cookbook
  • And so much more!

Monday, May 25, 2015

Happy Memorial Day

From our Pendleton family to yours, we wish you a safe and happy Memorial Day.

The Woolen Mill Store is closed today, but will resume our regular hours tomorrow.

Friday, May 22, 2015

Truck Report 5/22/2015

Good morning, WoolFans!

Thanks for joining us for another Friday morning Truck Report. The Pendleton truck has been and gone, delivering a bounty of fresh scraps for your crafting pleasure.

This week, we got: 300 pounds of fuzzy selvage, 100 pounds of wooly worms, and 50 pounds of scrap strips.

Just a reminder: the Woolen Mill Store will be closed on Monday, May 25 in observance of Memorial Day.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Store Closure: Monday, May 25

The Woolen Mill Store will be closed
Monday, May 25, 2015.

Dawn's Early Light
Jacquard Robe

From our Pendleton family to yours,
we wish you a happy and healthy Memorial Day.

We will return to our regular store hours on Tuesday, May 26.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Exclusive Jane Merino Yarn Now Available

We are pleased to present the newest addition to the Woolen Mill Store: Jane hand-dyed bulky weight 100% merino wool yarn.

This locally dyed and spun yarn is available in six rich colors and is exclusive to the Woolen Mill Store. Each skein of soft, luxurious merino weighs approximately 4 ounces (67 yards of yarn).

With every purchase of Jane yarn, you will receive a free Arm Knitting pattern. Make the scarf shown above, or any one-skein project your heart desires!

Monday, May 18, 2015

FAQ: Pendleton Outlet Stores

Is the Woolen Mill Store an outlet store?
This is one question we hear pretty often around here. And the answer is that we are not an outlet store. Everything we carry -- from the Pendleton Home Collection to the fabric and notions -- is first quality.

However, there are two Pendleton outlets in the Portland area.

One is at our mill in Washougal, Washington -- just east of Vancouver off Highway 14. It's very easy to get to from I-5 or 205 -- head east on 14 until you spot the gigantic Pendleton label! At the Washougal store, you'll find seconds and outlet-only deals on clothing for men and women, accessories, and home items.

We have a second outlet in the Portland area that just opened up in the summer of 2014: at the Columbia Gorge Outlets in Troutdale, Oregon. The outlet mall is easily accessed from I-84. This store carries a great selection of seconds as well!

There are Pendleton outlet stores all over the country. To find the outlet location nearest you, use the Store Locator on the main Pendleton website.

Friday, May 15, 2015

Truckless Report 5/15/2015

Happy Friday, WoolFans!

There was no scrap delivery this week -- our delivery entrance is under construction! (Maybe we'll get a double dose of scraps next week to make up for it?)

However, there is still plenty of selvage in fun colors left from last week. We also have some solid and plaid blanket header in the bins.

Have a great weekend.

Thursday, May 14, 2015

FAQ: Blanket Repair (Part Two)

In case you missed it, here is Part One of this FAQ about blanket repairs.

Sometimes, blankets get damaged. We do hear about enthusiastic pets who loved their family's Pendleton blanket a little too much. (But we forgive them because they're so dang cute, right?)

We love it when pets visit the store!

Depending on the type and size of the damage, there are a few things you can do to fix your blanket.

  • If the damage is close to the edge, you could trim the blanket above the damaged area across the entire side to make it straight again. You can then rebind that trimmed edge and have an undamaged blanket again! The disadvantage to this is that your blanket may no longer be symmetrical after the repair is made.
  • For small holes, you may be able to close the gap with yarn or carded wool in a similar color. Needle felting is a fantastic option for covering very small holes or worn spots on a blanket -- simply cover the spot with roving and needle it into place. We carry more than two dozen colors of Colorplay carded wool that may work with your blanket. The disadvantage to this is that it may be difficult to find yarn or carded wool that matches perfectly.
  • For larger holes, you may need to consider sewing on a patch. Our scrap bins often have solid colors that can be used to cover a large hole in your blanket. Yes, the repair will be fairly obvious, but the hole won't get any worse.
  • There are skilled sewers and weavers out there who offer blanket re-weaving. You may find a local weaver's guild or seamstress/tailor who is able to help rescue your blanket.

If all else fails, you can always choose to commemorate your pet's "contribution" to your home decor with a humorous patch. We once had a customer who made a special label with the pet's name and date of the incident to sew over the hole her dog had made.