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Pendleton’s popular cotton quilts are here in new styles for the holidays, and all year long. We’ve brought our classic patterns, like Harding (seen above and below) to life in cotton. Nothing beats a virgin wool blanket from Pendleton, but cotton can be the perfect choice for you. Do you sleep warm? Do you have an aging pet who shares your slumbers?
These sets are carefully dye-controlled to coordinate perfectly with Pendleton wool blankets to layer over or under when the weather gets extra chilly.
Harding coverlet set: see it here
We’ve brought some of our most popular patterns to cotton, like White Sands and Wyeth Trail. And what could be more classic than a tartan?
Yes, that’s the Vintage Dress Stewart tartan in a holiday preview shot. We also have some gorgeous pieces quilts with center medallion patterns, like Pinos Creek and Chief Star. We are crazy about Canyon Ranch, made with the colors of our Grand Canyon National Park blanket.
We have only scratched the surface of our quilt offerings. There are so many patterns and styles, from traditional to modern.
See the full selection here: Pendleton Cotton Quilts & Coverlets
Our Westerley cardigan has been a hit since we introduced it in the 80s, and reintroduced it in the “aughts”. Which color do you like best, the tan original or the newer charcoal version?
These aren’t even close to the only ways we’ve made this sweater over the years. If you’d like to see some of those color combos, and if you’d like to know more about the history of this classic sweater (which involves “The Big Lebowski” and a lot of parties) please check out these posts:
The history of the Westerley: Read it here
The Westerley for Women is a hit, too. We lengthened it, added pockets, and used a two-way zipper for an adjustable fit. It’s a beauty, yes?
Also available in the charcoal version, because of course!
Of course, you can choose the version that works best for you. And maybe when it’s time to mark the next anniversary of the release of “The Big Lebowski,” you can join us for a party as fun as this one:
Dudecon celebrates 20 years of “The Big Lebowski”: Read here
Keep abiding, all. See the sweaters here: Westerley
We’ve been making wool shirts for over ninety years—in fact, we’re nearing our 100 year anniversary of making Pendleton wool shirts.
Yes, the Pendleton wool shirt story started in 1924, when the Bishop family decided to enlarge their business from trade and bed blankets into men’s apparel. Back then, wool shirts were utilitarian items; warm, durable, an excellent first line in the defense against the elements. They were uniformly drab. Of course, all that was about to change.
At Pendleton Woolen Mills, Clarence Morton Bishop envisioned a different kind of fabric for a man’s wool shirt. Pendleton’s sophisticated weaving capabilities were producing vibrant trade blankets. Why not bring that same weaving and color know-how to flannel shirting?
He wrote to his father, Charles Pleasant Bishop, “I believe we should add such goods as shirts and hosiery.” C.P. Bishop agreed, replying “I am more and more impressed with the opportunity we have here in Oregon.” While his son investigated production options, C.P. Bishop did the early marketing work. He wrote to his son that “I am impressing it on the minds of my employees and patrons…that we are putting a new fabric on the market, something better than other mills can or will make.”
After much weaving experimentation and hard work, Pendleton’s innovative Umatilla shirting fabric rolled off the loom. The positive response to Pendleton’s rich colors was immediate. It has also been enduring. Our Umatilla wool shirting fabric is still woven in the USA, using lofty wool fleece raised by local sheep ranchers.
We are offering some great deals on wool shirts during our Fall 2020 Friends & Family event, with an extra 25% off the sale price of select men’s styles:
See them here: Pendleton wool shirts for men
Select women’s wool shirt styles are also on sale, and can be found here: Pendleton wool shirts for women
Fall is here, and so is Pendleton. Wrap yourself is something warm, wonderful, and woolen.
Please note: With your help, our goal was reached and the donation was made. Thank you!
The Pacific Northwest needs our help. More than 4 million acres of land have burned, causing devastation to lives and communities. To help support the people affected by this disaster, Pendleton is donating 100% of sales of our Wildland Heroes Firefighters Blanket to the American Red Cross from Sept. 22-29, 2020, while supplies last.
Pendleton will donate up to $25,000 total. This is in addition to the permanent donation amount Pendleton contributes to the Wildland Firefighter Foundation, in support of families and injured firefighters in time of need.
This special blanket is made in our Pacific Northwest mills and will be ready to ship in November – reserve yours now and help make a difference.
The scent of smoke fills the air. An orange glow lights the horizon. Mother Nature is on alert, and Wildland Firefighters stand ready to defend her. These brave men and women hold the line against fire’s destruction with team effort; digging lines, running hoses, saving structures when they can. In Pendleton’s tribute to Wildland Firefighting, bands of deep forest alternate with lines of flame, lighting trees endangered by flame. A portion of this blanket’s sales help the Wildland Firefighter Foundation, which supports families and injured firefighters in times of need.
See the blanket here: Wildland Heroes
Summer 2020 is almost over, and we are looking ahead to the offical arrival of Fall. One of our new patterns for Fall is Sierra Ridge. It’s shown to wonderful advantage in our Craftsman Collection blanket. These are special blankets, and Sierra Ridge is a standout.
The Sierra Nevadas are the traditional grounds of many Native peoples. The Sierra Miwok, Mono, Kawaiisu, Northern Paiute and Tubatulabal tribes have lived and hunted here. The Paiutes called its tallest granite peak Tumanguya, or, “the Very Old Man.” Also called Mt. Whitney, it is the highest point in the contiguous United States. The mountains of the 400-mile range are represented by stepped peaks, with arrows guarding the streams and rivers of the Great Basin watershed.
You can learn more about the blanket here: Craftsman Collection by Pendleton
The Sierra Ridge pattern is available in a range of beautiful bags and accessories.
See them here: Sierra Ridge bags and accessories
The blanket is beautiful, and the bags and scarves are, too. Our favorites are the denim jackets for men and women trimmed with panels of pure Pendleton wool in the Sierra Ridge pattern. These are perfect transitional pieces to take you from late Summer days to early Fall weather.
See the entire collection here: Sierra Ridge by Pendleton
Our thanks to Joe Goger for these gorgeous photos on the California Coast. You can see more of his work here: Joe Goger Instagram
From running local trails to exploring the great outdoors, Fitbit goes on every kind of journey with you. That’s why we are excited to partner with a company that shares our zest for adventure.
Fitbit helps people lead healthier, more active lives by empowering them with data, inspiration and guidance to reach their goals. Fitbit designs products and experiences that track and provide motivation for everyday health and fitness. Through this collaboration, Fitbit brings iconic Pendleton patterns to an original accessory collection for Fitbit Versa 3TM and Fitbit SenseTM.
These heritage-inspired woven bands are made with REPREVE® recycled plastic fibers for thoughtful, sustainable style that brings nature’s energy and beauty straight to your wrist. We’re sure you’ll fall in love with these two bands as much as we’re excited to bring them to you.
The Canyonlands band celebrates the grand pinnacles of the famous rocks that create Utah’s skyline, and embodies the movement of sunlight skimming across the state’s canyons.
The Basket Maker band pattern pays tribute to the traditional basket weaving techniques of traditional basket makers in the American Southwest, the Yavapai. These skilled artisans wove baskets so tightly that they could carry grain and hold water— and wove patterns so intricately that their artwork still lives on in museums, and as highly prized family pieces that have stood the test of time.
See both bands and the new Fitbit Versa 3 device here: Pendleton and Fitbit
This collaboration is a place where heritage and high tech unite. Both iconic bands are designed to work with Fitbit Versa 3 and Sense—so you can focus on the adventure ahead of you.
On August 15th, Kith and Coca Cola unveiled their fifth yearly collaboration, welcoming Pendleton as a new third partner, and reprising partnerships with Converse, Mitchell & Ness, and Golden Bear.
We have worked with Kith before, but this is our first time to work together as a third party on a collaboration. Pendleton’s capsule features our patterns on summer apparel for men and women. Three skate decks add to the fun.
The collection dropped this past Saturday online and at Kith Tokyo, Selfridges, and Hirshleifers, and was mostly sold out in an hour. There are some beautiful women’s pieces left!
For more information about the entire collection, visit Kith’s blog: About the Kith x Coca Cola Collaboration
You can shop online here: Kith x Coca Cola Shop
In 1909, three Bishop brothers opened a mill in Pendleton, Oregon, to weave trade blankets in dazzling colors and patterns. Over one hundred years later, we are excited to bring you The Craftsman Collection celebrating the history, artistry, and craftsmanship of our blankets.
For the introduction, we chose three patterns with stories to tell; Canyonlands, Journey West, and Sierra Ridge. These patterns have been recolored and specially dyed to evoke vintage blankets. One side of each blanket is napped for softness and warmth. The reverse is unnapped, to smoothly showcase the geometry of our exclusive Pendleton patterns. Hand-cut rounded corners recall the shape of blankets from the earliest days of the mill.
Canyonlands celebrates the amazing natural wonders of Utah’s Canyonlands National Park.
To quote the National Park Service, “Canyonlands invites you to explore a wilderness of countless canyons and fantastically formed buttes carved by the Colorado River and its tributaries. Rivers divide the park into four districts: Island in the Sky, The Needles, The Maze, and the rivers themselves. These areas share a primitive desert atmosphere, but each offers different opportunities for sightseeing and adventure.”
See it here: Canyonlands, Craftsman Collection
This dynamic blanket celebrates the pioneering spirit of our founder, weaver Thomas Kay, who journeyed to America from England, arriving in Oregon in 1863. Its design was inspired by a blanket discovered in a 19th-century European mill that included the designer’s notes and calculations handwritten neatly along the sides.
The pattern highlights the universal appeal of geometric shapes and lines. The hooked patterns inside the large diamonds are common symbols of luck and prosperity. Its quality and beauty is a tribute to the generations of weavers that have continued Thomas Kay’s legacy of quality and excellence.
See it here: Journey West for the Craftsman Collection
Sierra Ridge is the third offering in the Craftsman Collection. The Sierra Nevadas are the traditional grounds of many Native peoples. The Sierra Miwok, Mono, Kawaiisu, Northern Paiute and Tubatulabal tribes have lived and hunted here over the ages. The Paiutes called the range’s highest granite peak Tumanguya, or, “the Very Old Man.” Also called Mt. Whitney, it is the highest point in the contiguous United States. The mountains of the 100-mile range are represented by stepped peaks, with arrows guarding the streams and rivers of the Great Basin watershed.
See Sierra Ridge here: Sierra Ridge for the Craftsman Collection
Each blanket in the Craftsman Collection is labeled and hand-packed in a special box with a presentation card.
If you’d like to learn more, you can see the blankets here: Pendleton’s Craftsman Collection Blankets
As beautiful as this blanket looks coming off the loom, you’ll love it even more in finished form.
Born in 1983, Thompson grew up on the Crow Indian Reservation, surrounded by art in his family’s business, The Custer Battlefield Trading Post. After graduating from the University of Wyoming with a degree in Art & Art History, he moved to Billings, Montana, where he uses his passion for color theory in a variety of media, including painting and sculpture.
A dark horse gallops, silhouetted against a snowy night in “A Horse Named Paint,” by Montana artist Judd Thompson. The reverse is beautiful in a dramatic photo-negative way, too (does anyone remember photo negatives? we have to wonder…).
Photo technology has changed, but Pendleton blankets are timeless. This blanket, like all of our traditional wool blankets and throws, is woven, finished, and packed by hand in the USA in our Pacific Northwest mills. See it here: A Horse Called Paint
This year will be one that generates many stories, and 2020 is not over yet. In this very unusual year, we will keep bringing you beautiful wool blankets that have their own stories to tell. Here are some of our favorites, along with their legends.
“Of a time long ago, these things are said.” The Navajo language is spoken like a poem, and tells of the first beings, the Air-Spirit People, who emerged in the First World. There, a red island held the Insect People; ants, dragonflies, beetles, and a dwelling called House of Red Rock. To the east, a stepped pattern shows the Place Where the Waters Crossed, home to the sunrise. In the center, blue streams converge, then flow toward each of the sacred Four Directions.
This is one of our most popular introductions this year. See it here: Alamosa
Thanks to deep taproots, western junipers thrive where other trees fail, scattered across mesa tops in the deserts of the Southwest. Known for their twisting, mystical shapes and long life—some live over a thousand years—junipers produce aromatic berries used by Puebloans since ancient times as an herbal remedy. In this design, western junipers offer shade, sustenance and habitat to desert wildlife, shown as arrows that pass below, through and over branches.
This Nine Element blanket is a favorite among our design teams. See it here: Juniper Mesa
Saddle Mountain is a scenic peak in the Oregon Coast Range, and the tallest mountain in Oregon’s Clatsop County. It is also one of the most beautiful places in Oregon to watch the sunrise. Bold blocks of warm colors evoke the rising sun in a design derived from early strip quilt patterns. In the center, a row of stylized stars evoke the planets Mercury and Venus, sometimes called Morning Stars, as they rise on a new day.
With its bold colors and quilt-inspired design, this blanket makes a strong statement. See it here: Saddle Mountain
The Menominee of Northern Wisconsin tell of a great mountain that floats in the western sky. Here dwell the Thunderbirds, messengers of the Sun and controllers of the weather. These magnificent flying creatures delight in battles, and compete to accomplish deeds of greatness and heroism. They cause the rain and hail storms that can save crops, or ruin them. Their valor holds back the Misikinubik, giant horned snakes that might overrun the earth if not for the Thunderbirds.
See it here: Thunderbird Mountain
This blanket celebrates ancient legends with striking geometry. And because this one has such a striking reverse, here is the other side of Thunderbird Mountain. Which side do you like more? Reversibility is one of the benefits of blankets woven on jacquard looms; one blanket, two looks.
You can get more information and see the reverses of all these blankets at http://www.pendleton-usa.com.