Monday, November 24, 2014

FAQ: Private Classes

We offer a variety of classes here at the Woolen Mill Store -- check the Classes & Events tab at the top of the page to see the current offerings.

But if our schedule of classes doesn't fit your schedule, private classes are available.

To get started, call the Woolen Mill Store at (503) 535-5786 and talk to a teacher about the class you'd like to take. Maybe it's a class we already offer, maybe it's something we don't have on the list yet. We're happy to hear your ideas.

Private classes don't have to be for just one person. You can set up a private class for just yourself, or you and a friend, or a larger group.

Friday, November 21, 2014

Truck Report 11/21/2014

Good morning, WoolFans!

Just a head's up that the Woolen Mill Store will be closed on Thursday, November 27 in celebration of Thanksgiving. Join us for our Fourth Annual Black Sheep Weekend, Friday the 28th through Sunday the 30th.

But for now, we've got scraps and lots of them. The big Pendleton truck has delivered: 150 pounds of header, 200 pounds of wooly worms, and 300 pounds of fuzzy selvages.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Wool Mittens Project

Just in time for wintery weather!

Although the wool in the tutorial came from felted sweaters, you can definitely use our blanket header or heavier fabrics for similar mittens!

Recycled Wool Sweater Mittens project by Hobby Farms.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

New Class This Saturday - Zip Clutch

We're offering a brand new class this Saturday, November 22: a zip clutch that can double as a laptop or tablet sleeve!

Basic sewing skills are required for this class. Pattern includes simple zipper installation and lining. Bring your own sewing machine or use one of ours at no extra charge.

Space is limited - please call the store at (503) 535-5786 to register.

Monday, November 17, 2014

Creative Customers: Beth Baynes' Bag

Okay, that's just fun to say. Beth Baynes' bag.

Beth is a truly creative customer. She once picked up a jacquard pillow sham from our discontinued blankets area and quickly transformed it into a duffle bag.

Recently, she stopped by with this creation:

Front of bag with snazzy red zipper!

Back of bag.
You can find more of Beth's work at, and find more pictures at her Facebook page. Read all about how her work is a family venture!

Friday, November 14, 2014

Truck Report 11/14/2014

Good morning, WoolFans! We hope you've had a great week.

This weekend, we're getting crafty. The Pendleton truck delivered a fresh batch of mill by-products to fuel the creative fires: 300 pounds of fuzzy selvages and 200 pounds of wooly worms.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Sellwood Bridge Closure Scheduled November 19-21

Just a head's up for folks who visit via the Sellwood Bridge:

There is a planned closure of the Sellwood Bridge November 19-21, 2014.

For more details, visit the Sellwood Bridge Project website.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

FAQ: What is the Difference Between Fabric on the Roll and on the Tables?

If there's one thing the Woolen Mill Store is known for, it's fabric. We are the number one source for first quality Pendleton wool fabric!

We have space for more than 300 rolls of fabric to hang. We also have tables with pre-cut pieces of fabric. And one of our most frequently asked questions is:

What's the difference between the fabric on the roll
and the cut pieces on the table?

The answer is that there is no real difference between the fabric on the roll and the pre-cut pieces on the table. If you find the same fabric on the table and on the roll, it is the exact same fabric.

There are some advantages to choosing a piece from the table:

  • The fabric is sized anywhere from a quarter yard up to three yards. We do our best to cut a variety of sizes.
  • There is usually a discount offered on pre-cut yardage on the tables. If you find a fabric you love on the table, you could save 25% or more off the regular price per yard.

There are some advantages to choosing fabric from the roll:

  • You can pick exactly how much fabric you want. The minimum cut is 9" (a quarter yard).
  • Not every fabric in the store ends up on the tables. You have a much bigger selection choosing from the fabric rolls.

The Woolen Mill Store staff is always happy to help you make the best choices for your fabric needs.