You probably remember Bob and Melba Stork from this post, which featured their engagement gifts to each other. Here they are again with the same Pendleton shirts, but as you can see, they are not wearing them anymore. They made a gift of them to their granddaughter, Lauren, and her new husband, Drew.
Says Mrs. Stork, “Their wedding took place in Dallas, and all sixty of the invited friends and family enjoyed the weekend festivities.” Our congratulations to Lauren and Drew, and thanks for making us part of your family traditions.
Portlanders revere our central library as the grande dame of a network of libraries, large and small, that serve our metro area. The Multnomah Country Library fills an entire block in the heart of downtown Portland with its trove of information. The library also hosts several displays on its upper floors.
Local readers will want to stop in to see out this one; Smoke Signals, the Literature and Culture of Native America. This collection of rare Native American manuscripts will be on display until March 24th, with rare works from antiquity to the present. Also on display will be two Pendleton blankets, including this very limited edition “Bridging Communities Together” blanket, designed by Yakama Nation artist Toma Villa for the NCAI.
The books and manuscripts are part of the John Wilson Special Collections, with artifacts (including blankets) loaned by NAYA. The blankets are lovely, but the stars of the show are the written materials. Please give them a visit.
We are writing to share a few photo with you, as we are big fans of your blankets. Last weekend our family traveled to Drummond Island in Upper Michigan for fun in the snow.
This is a yearly trek, and we were so happy to be able to join in and surprise everyone this year.
In addition, it’s a tradition to take the annual Pendleton Blanket Photo as every member of the family has one; even the little munchkins have muchacho blankets.
This all started several years ago, as my father-in-law, Todd Bettes, has quite the collection of your blankets on his own (20+, though when asked for an estimate, he says “Not enough!”) and also loves to give them as gifts.
My wife and I brought our blankets with us all the way from NYC in our carry-ons to take part in this photo.
We thought you might get a kick out of them, and wanted to thank you for making these beautiful blankets that definitely keep us warm in NY, MI and help create fantastic family memories.
All our best,
Christie & Nick Cartell
(Photos by Nick Cartell)
As the holiday nears, it’s time for a visit from Father Winter.
Father Winter is a distinctly American take on Father Christmas. His robe is cut and sewn of Pendleton wool in the Evening Star jacquard , with natural fur and feather trims. He carries a staff and bag with woodland accents and has an incredibly soft white beard. We think that he has a little more rugged mystery than the standard Santa; a sense of dark forests with snow underfoot and stars overhead.
2012’s Father Winter takes his place beside the 2011 Father Winter.
Each and every Father Winter is handmade for Pendleton by Anita Baptiste, an artist in Chandler, Arizona. Ms. Baptiste works with the rich colors of our wool to create a harmonious blend of natural elements. She’s planning a beautiful Father Winter for next year, which we will introduce this summer.
So hang those stockings and light those candles. And though Father Winter looks like he might prefer pemmican, go ahead and leave him some cookies. Some traditions never need changing.
It’s a busy week here at Pendleton Woolen Mills, but there is always time to share another photo of Nancy Hales looking terrific.
As the Portland Tribune says:
In her full-time work as director of First Stop Portland, Nancy Hales has been an unofficial ambassador to the city; now she’ll do so in another role as First Lady of Portland. She’s already started to make a fashion statement by supporting local companies. Here she wears Pendleton Woolen Mills’ Portland Collection, which she likes for its durability and classic appeal. ‘I’m trying very hard to wear Portland,’ she says.
Please check the Portland Collection blog for stores near you.
Election night is always exciting. For those of us who work at Pendleton Woolen Mills, it was especially exciting to see the blue pieced dress worn by Nancy Hales as she stood by the side of Portland’s Mayor-Elect, Charlie Hales.
This dress is one of the show-stopping pieces from the Fall 2013 line for The Portland Collection. Three Portland designers create this fashion forward boutique line for Pendleton; Rachel Turk, John Blasioli and Nathaniel Crissman. All of the garments are made in the USA. You can watch them here as they talk about the line on Good Day Oregon.
So congratulations, Mrs. Hale, and thanks for keeping it local!