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So, this is fun. Bloomberg Business Week ushers in Summer with Pendleton.

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This Bloomberg Business Week feature on summer fashion is a lot of fun to watch. The heels are high and the models are smoking hot. Okay, we don’t really buy her playing soccer in those shoes, but the music somehow makes it all plausible.

Watch the video here:

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That’s our Glacier National Park Blanket, of course.

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Read the full story here: source

If that doesn’t get you ready for summer sports and champagne picnics, we don’t know what will.

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Our Grateful Nation

Ed. note: We are reposting this previous entry this Memorial Day. Please note that the Grateful Nation Vest is currently available, thanks to the efforts of veterans like Chris Winters. Our respect and thanks to the men and women who have served in all branches of our military. 

We have been making our Grateful Nation blanket for most of a decade, and for part of that time, we also made a Grateful Nation Vest. It honored veterans in two ways; by visually commemorating each of this century’s service ribbons, and by donations  to The Fisher House Foundation. The Fisher House Foundation provides residences near military and VA medical centers for families of ill or wounded veterans and service members. A portion of the sale of each blanket goes to the Fisher House Foundation, as well. 

Cue Chris Winters, a Puyallup tribal member and veteran who understood that we were no longer making the vest, but wanted to know if we had fabric available. He sent photos of his own vest.

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Said Chris, “I am on a Tribal committee and we not only wear Pendleton vests for ceremonies. ..we gift your native blankets to guests, elders, and returning warriors.” Chris is very involved in IUPAT, a Washington State organization that offers outreach, support and training for Native veterans. This group marches in local parades honoring servicemen in their Grateful Nation vests, decorated with the medals earned by veterans who have served our country.

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The role of Native Americans in our military cannot be understated. Books have been written and movies made about Native Code Talkers in both World Wars. The percentage of Native Americans serving in the military is higher than any other minority group in America.

We thought you’d enjoy seeing the vest worn in Tacoma, Washington area parades and ceremonies by Native veterans who have served our country well. 

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Here’s the blanket in the  IUPAT office.

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More information below on the meaning of each service ribbon stripe.

The Grateful Nation blanket  honors the sacrifice of brave men and women who have defended freedom throughout the history of the United States of America. Each authentically colored stripe represents a service ribbon awarded to veterans of historical conflicts in which our country has engaged:

  • World War II Asiatic Pacific Campaign
  • World War II Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign
  • Korean Service
  • US Vietnam Service
  • Southwest Asia Service (Gulf War)
  • War on Terrorism

A portion of every blanket’s sale goes to support the Fisher House Foundation and its mission to support the families of veterans. As their website states:

Fisher House Foundation is best known for the network of comfort homes built on the grounds of major military and VA medical centers nationwide and in Europe.   Fisher Houses are beautiful homes, donated to the military and Department of Veterans Affairs.  These homes enable family members to be close to a loved one at the most stressful time – during the hospitalization for a combat injury, illness or disease… Since 1990, the foundation has saved military, veterans and their families an estimated $200 million in out of pocket costs for lodging and transportation.

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C & I, Pendleton Jacquard Plates, Cups, and Tabletop Style.

We were so excited when we found just the way to showcase some of our jacquard patterns in these plate sets. Our Pendleton Home team had fun isolating the design elements, figuring out the most pleasing rations and repeats, choosing accent colors. These patterns really know how to liven up a tabletop.

Here’s a closer look at Hacienda, based on our Hacienda blanket:

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Journey West:

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Saxony Hills:

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And everyone’s favorite pattern this year, Spider Rock:

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We are especially happy to see two of the patterns in a tabletop feature in COWBOYS & INDIANS magazine.

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Spider Rock above, Journey West below.

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And there’s no better way to set off western tableware than one of our blankets: Spirit of the Peoples shown below.

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So if you’re wanting to make sure that your first morning cup of coffee reaches your lips in a mug you’ll treasure, consider ours.

Available in sets of four per pattern here and here.

See more of our fabulous Instagram account here.

Mad Men and Pendleton: We Hate to Say Good-Bye

It’s time to say good-bye to a fascinating show. We have been watching the evolution of style on Mad Men for seven seasons. With the year off for the writers’ strike and the split final season, that is close to ten years of sociopolitical history under the guise of entertainment. We are sad to see it go.

We’ve seen Pendleton on Mad Men’s men in robes, sportcoats and Topsters.

Don Draper sampled plaid as the years went on.

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Don dabbled in plaid, but never seemed comfortable in it. In so many ways, Don was a libertine, but his taste in clothing remained as conservative as Pete’s politics.

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Pendleton had a breakout role when Peggy disguised her pregnancy under the waistband of an ever-higher Pendleton reversible skirt–or Turnabout as it was called back then. It has been nearly impossible to find a good still featuring this skirt, so this one will have to do.

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The early seasons captured an iconically Pendleton look. The characters seemed to step right out of a Ted Rand illustration.

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We were really only part of Megan’s look in her earlier years.

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As she evolved into an actress, her dramatic eye makeup, extravagant hair and miniskirts were so much edgier than anything we were up to in the late sixties.

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We always enjoyed the style evolution of Peggy Olson. She began as proper and plaid, and retained her taste for buttons, bows, high necklines and cropped jackets.

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Yes, Peggy started in plaids, and she ended in plaids. Her later outfits were almost always polyester doubleknit. That happened quite a bit in the seventies. We can forgive Peggy, because this is the finest visual of the last season, right here:

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So now it’s over. But a glimpse of the future is found in Sally Draper’s wardrobe. She wore plaid from her earliest years on the show.

Sally-Draper-Season-SixShe tried the go-go boots and the ponchos, but always returned to the plaid-centric style that was so popular in the late sixties and early 70s.

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We had a line called “Young Pendleton” just for the Sally Drapers of the age. Two of the ads below feature a young Cheryl Tiegs. She’s walking a lamb in her Pendleton jacket, as one did.

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Love it or hate it, the finale has happened. We will miss the style, the intrigue, the disregard and comeuppance of this particular cast of characters. Thanks for the memories, Mad Men.

Portlandia and Pendleton. It just keeps happening.

Here in Portland, where Pendleton Woolen Mills is headquartered, we have been invested in Portlandia since it started.

The introduction at a meeting went something like this: “There’s a new show that’s going to film in Portland. Basically, it’s just going to make fun of us. And they want some product.”

We were fine with that. It wouldn’t be Portlandia without Pendleton blankets.

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Here’s a little tour of the blankets we’ve seen over the seasons.

This last season, we were honored to have our Journey West blanket as the backdrop for the dramatic and unforgettable back story of Toni and Candace, as narrated from the sofa in the Feminist Bookstore.

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One of our jackets had some sushi, too.

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We’ve been in a few more skits in Season Five, and will grab those stills as we can. But we thought it might be nice to recap the blankets of seasons past for you.

Who could forget the skit about binge-watching, back before we even knew how to call it binge-watching? Our watchers and their Glacier National Park blanket became progressively more rumpled as they watched just. One. More. Episode. Of Battlestar Galactica.

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Our favorite shot, bar none, is this one. Ah, the days of wine and Eddie Vedder. IFC gave away this fringed Chief Joseph dance shawl in a haiku contest on Facebook, back in the good old days when Facebook was a fun place to have contests.

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Our serapes made some peeks here and there, including this skit about a hippy who betrays his band of free-thinking friends by sneaking away to pursue his personal fitness goals at a gym.

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Another serape makes an appearance in a skit about an extremely disappointing brother-in-law. Even the dog is disappointed.

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Another Portlandia dog keeps company with the perpetually unemployed husband who needs a babysitter while he stays home all day, not looking for work. The dog takes center stage on our Glacier National Park throw.

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Carrie exercises “The Nuclear Option” to free herself from the tyranny of social media on our Abiquiu Sunset blanket.

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It’s never too late to sit in your immaculate Craftsman bungalow and learn the history of hip hop with our Chimayo throw, and that’s one of our Beach Shack shirts, too.

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A cringe-inducing tailgate party with Earl Grey tea and tofu meatless balls includes a quite pile of our throws and saddle blankets.

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Carrie and Fred have had so much fun at our expense. We’re looking forward to Season Six to see what else they will skewer. Portland and its earnestly recycling citizens realize that we’re great comedy fodder. There’s just so much to work with here.

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We know one day you’ll be through with us, Portlandia. But until then?

Carry on, Portlandia. Carry on.

Dear Mom, Happy Mother’s Day from @pendletonwm on Instagram

Dear Mom,

We realize you’ve been doing this mom thing for a long time. From the very beginning, even.

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We want you to realize that we appreciate everything you do.

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Like teaching us the basics, including fingers and toes:

Another day for being thankful. @mama_jbird #HeroicChiefBlanket #thanksgiving #pendleton #family #pendletonblankets #madeinUSA

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And tucking us in at night, even though we are wriggling little minions:

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And getting us ready for our first day of school:

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And making special holidays for us, including muddy trips to the pumpkin patch:

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And helping us build and properly accessorize our first snowman:

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And creating family traditions that involve silly pajamas:

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and great stuff to eat:

Baking cookies on this lazy Sunday. #happyholidays #winter #cookies #baking #pendleton #plaid #tartan #lazysunday @butterandbloom

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We appreciate the fact that your most favorite part of the day is probably our least favorite part of the day:

Nap time with #pendelton. Photo by @thelilpeeps #sleepy #naptime #roadtrip #baby #pendletonblankets #pendletonroadtrip #pendletonwm

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And that sometimes, you have to take a little time for yourself.

Stay in this #weekend with #pendleton #regram from @alliemtaylor #staycation @stumptowncoffee #pendletonblankets #madeinUSA

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We appreciate all of that.

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So for Mother’s Day, we hope you have a little peace and quiet:

Here's to a great start for your week! photo by @samubinas #pendleton #TwinRockThrow #madeinUSA #pendletonblankets #officestyle

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A time for solitude:

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A space for creativity:

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And a lot of love, to you, from us.

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Because most of all, we appreciate the love.

Happy Mother’s Day.

Pendleton Woolen Mills launches Portland Timbers blanket design contest

(Source) | The Backcut

The winning design will be sold in both Timbers and Pendleton stores.

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Pendleton/Timbers Blanket Design Contest

The Portland Timbers have partnered with the iconic Pendleton Woolen Mills to launch a special design contest where fans can create their own Timbers centric designed blanket, with the winning design being sold at both Timbers and Pendleton retail locations. Proceeds from the sale of this one-of-a-kind designed blanket will benefit the “Fields For All” initiative which helps build youth soccer fields and futsal courts each year in the greater Portland area.

The contest will work in two parts. During the initial entry period, anyone can submit a design. From that initial pool of entries, two finalists will be selected and posted on the Timbers Facebook page, with voting beginning on Monday, June 8, 2015 and ending on Friday, June 12, 2015. The design with the most votes will be created into a blanket. 

How do I enter?

Access the entry form here. Use the template provided to create your design and then submit your entry either via mail or email to:

Portland Timbers Pendleton Blanket Promotion
Providence Park
1844 SW Morrison
Portland, OR 97205

Submit electronic form to: pendletonblanket@timbers.com. Please enter “Pendleton Blanket Promotion” in the subject line. Electronic entries must be no larger than 8 MBs and be submitted as a pdf, jpeg, gif or eps file.

When is the deadline?

All entries must be received by Friday, May 29 by 5 p.m. PST.

Prizes

In addition to having your artwork replicated on a Pendleton Woolen Mills blanket, the winner will also receive four (4) tickets to a Timbers match, four (4) pre-game VIP hospitality passes, a $250 Pendleton Woolen Mills Gift Card, and a commemorative version of the Pendleton blanket that he/she designed.

Design Notes

All entries will be judged based on originality, creativity and the ability to express the Portland Timbers brand in a positive manner. Permissible methods to create the design include, but are not be limited to, pencil, inks, paints, crayons, and computer-aided designs. The artwork will be scanned, so 3-D elements such as fabric, clay, textures, etc., are not appropriate. Due to weaving limitations, the design can only have (2) two colors in a horizontal line. Up to 12 colors can be used in one design. (See entry form for a visual example).

About Pendleton Woolen Mills
Founded in 1863, Pendleton has been a family-owned business for 150 years, and for 104 of those years, they’ve been weaving world class woolens in their Northwest Mills. Today the company owns and operates seven (7) facilities, manages 75 Pendleton retail stores and publishes apparel and home direct mail catalogs.

Shop Pendleton with LIKE2BUY on Instagram for #INSTAGRATIFICATION

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Our Instagram captures #pendletonstyle moments on the beach, the mountainside, or the sofa. Whether it’s you or your favortie furry friend enjoying our products, we love to see our stuff on real people in real time.

Now, with our new Like2Buy gallery, you can find out exactly what you’re coveting. If you want to buy it, it’s so simple, but if you just want information, it’s only a tap away.

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You can shop for blankets, menswear and womenswear with the gallery. So follow us on Instagram and join the fun.

Mothers Day is on the Way: Hand-Stitched Home by Susan Beal

Mothers Day is coming soon, and of course Pendleton has so many ways to show her you care. But you may be looking for something unique and handmade to honor a special mom.

We would like to suggest one of these charming planters in Pendleton wool, designed by Amy Alan of Really Handmade.

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Amy’s planter is one of the projects curated by Susan Beal in her book, Hand-Stitched Home, published by The Taunton Press. Susan’s book is full of ideas, patterns and advice, with projects geared to all levels of crafting skill.

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Cover by The Taunton Press, copyright 2014, with photography by Burcu Avsar

Susan is one of the bright lights in the Portland crafting community. She blogs at West Coast Crafty, one of the most popular crafting blogs around. She’s a charming person with so many ideas, and she appreciates the properties of wool that make it so wonderful to work with. We love what she’s done with our wool-by-the-yard. If you know a crafting mom, her book would make a wonderful Mothers Day gift.

Susan assures us that Amy Alan’s planter project is fast, fun, and simple. We love the results. And if you’re not quite motivated for Mothers Day, don’t forget, there’s Fathers Day coming, too. We love the fabric below for that, and the pattern is easily adapted to one of our colorful jacquard patterns. This is a fun way to give with a personalized Pendleton touch.

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You can follow Amy Alan here:

blog:  reallyhandmade.com/

Instagram: @amyalan

And follow Susan Beal here:

blog: westcoastcrafty.com

Instagram: @westcoastcrafty

Buy the book: Hand-Stitched Home

All New Shwood and Pendleton

Our favorite partner for eyewear, Shwood of Oregon, is bringing some all-new style your way.

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Three frames, the Canby, the Prescott and the Francis, are available in two different Pendleton patterns. The exterior is a polished black acetate, the interior is your choice of a bright Pendleton serape stripe or a neutral Rancho Arroyo pattern. The quality is superb and the Pendleton ID is subtle: our teepee logo at the temple on the stem. Each pair is packed in a Pendleton storage pouch.

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We’re pretty psyched about these, especially since Spring is here and Summer is coming. A new pair of shades is the best way to celebrate. See the entire offering here: SHWOOD.

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