Let it Rain – with Pendleton

Seven waterproof rain boots with Pendleton national park designs.

Oregon Rain

We don’t let the rain slow us down in Oregon. Pendleton’s corporate headquarters is in Portland, Oregon, in the Pacific Temperate Rainforest Zone. (Learn about that here: the Pacific Temperate Rainforest zone.) We see an average of 43 inches of rainfall each year, so we know rain.

woman in Pendleton rain slicker and boots standing on a dock

Pendleton Rain Products

That’s why we’re super excited about our rain products, including the Pendleton rain boots (in two heights!) and our rainwear. We stay rain ready with waterproof jackets and ponchos that feature sealed seams and fun linings with Pendleton patterns and National Park Stripes.

See them here: Pendleton rain boots

You can see all the women’s rainwear here: Women’s rainwear by Pendleton

Our new women’s waterproof wool coats combine our expertise in wool AND rain! Enjoy the benefits of wool—warmth, beauty, breathability—with the added bonus of seam-seal technology and a waterproof finish. The clean, simple lines make this the perfect coat to throw on every day!

See them here:

Waterproof wool coat by Pendleton, hooded

Waterproof wool coat by Pendleton, stand collar

A man, a child, and a woman crossing a cobblestone street wearing Pendleton rain coats.

The entire family can be rain ready with a men’s jacket and a new kid-sized slicker.

See them here: Kid’s Long Beach Raincoat

Men’s Pacific Raincoat

Accessories

We have a fantastic line of waterproof Canopy Canvas accessories that are bright, practical, and oh-so-waterproof. These lightweight, durable bags are designed to protect whatever you carry–not only on rainy days.

See them here: Canopy Canvas- totes, bags & more

So don’t let raindrops slow you down. Get out there and enjoy the rain; after all, it keeps the world green.

A woman in a field wearing a red Pendleton rain poncho.

All About Shetland Wool

Shetland Sweaters

At Pendleton, we are mighty proud of our Shetland wool sweaters for men and women. Here are a few facts about Shetland wool, and why it makes our sweaters so special.

Folded stack of Shetland wool sweaters by Pendleton

photo by Pendleton Woolen Mills

The Source: Shetland Sheep

Shetland wool comes from a special breed of Shetland sheep   https://www.shetland-sheep.org/about-shetlands/shetland-wool/  that originated on Scotland’s Shetland Islands. In November 2011, Shetland wool that is still produced in the Shetlands earned a designation of “Native Shetland Wool.”

a Shetland sheep

Photo by Claudiu Pusuc on Unsplash

Like everything else in this day and age, Shetland sheep have migrated. Pendleton’s Shetland wool is from New Zealand, a country known for humane treatment of sheep.

Shetland is spun to be lofty, so you get maximum insulation with minimum weight.

Shetland yarn doesn’t have guard hairs, like many other yarns, meaning it is surprisingly nice next to your skin.

Woman in blue Pendleton sweater stands in front of lake

photo by Pendleton Woolen Mills

Shetland sweaters wear well with little-to-no pilling. If you see a sweater with suede patches at the elbow, it’s probably a well-loved, well-worn Shetland.

Some Shetland yarns are solid colored, and some are heathered. We tend to choose heathers for our sweaters. With their flecks and blended tones, they are so visually interesting.

stack of folded men's Shetland sweaters by Pendleton

photo by Pendleton Woolen Mills

Pendleton Shetland

Pendleton has a variety of styles for men and women at our website. You can see them here:

Pendleton Shetland Sweaters for Women

Pendleton Shetland Sweaters for Men

Whether you’re feeling the Fall chill, or doing a little early holiday shopping, come see what we have to offer.

Man wearing green pendleton Shetland wool sweater stands in front of lake

photo by Pendleton Woolen Mills

 

 

Willow Inspiration – soft, flexible, and surprisingly sturdy

Four Pendleton cotton bed blankets hang on hooks against a white wall.

It’s been a long, late winter, and we are ready for Spring with cotton, silk, and patterns that remind us of growth and harmony.

Willow Inspiration

Weaving baskets from willow has long been associated with tribes of the American Southwest. Basketry among Native American’s varies by region because of the materials available. In the Northeast, weavers work with sweet grass or ash splints. In the Southeast, baskets are made with bundled pine needles or rivercane. Northwestern tribes use the abundant cedar bark, spruce roots, and grasses of the region. Tribes of the Southwest use sumac or willow wood.

This is a living art form, very much in practice. This video portrays a contemporary basket maker, Margaret Acosta. In the museum shots, watch for a vintage Pendleton blanket on the wall!

 

Willow Basket Blankets

Our Willow Basket cotton blankets, inspired by the intricate beauty of handcrafted baskets, are woven  for us in Germany from 100% certified organic cotton. Why Germany? Well, we are masters weavers of wool. For cotton blankets, we turned to the experts in Germany to find the quality we wanted.

Ultrasoft, lightweight and woven of the finest yarns, our cotton blankets are made with the same quality and care as our world-class wool. This exclusive pattern is woven in soft hues to match any room. Machine-washable organic cotton is certified socially and environmentally responsible by the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS). See them here: Willow Basket Blanket

Pendleton cotton bed blanket

If you love the Willow Basket pattern, you can also check out Mojave Twill and Yuma Star, two more beautiful organic cotton blanket patterns.

Silk gets Willowy

The lacy woven patterns of willow baskets also inspired a silk fabric for our Women’s line this spring – Willow Creek.

 

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Five Best Pendleton Gifts for Grads

Congratulations to the grads of 2018!

We are enjoying photos of graduating seniors who are proudly wrapped up in Pendleton as they graduate.

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Photo courtesy University of Colorado at Boulder, photo by Glenn Asakawa

We’d like to suggest some graduation gifts that range from thoughtful to the gift of a lifetime; something for every graduate on your list.

  1. Notebooks

A set of three to hold thoughts of the past, the present and the future between covers featuring with some of our most recognizable stripes and patterns. See them here:  NOTEBOOKS

notebook

  1. Mugs

Pendleton’s generously sized mug will hold your favorite beverage, and go along to the dorm to heat soup in the microwave. You have so many choices, with mugs that commemorate your favorite national park, legendary mugs that tell stories, and everyone’s favorite Portland mug! See them all here:  MUGS

Pendleton Yellowstone Park mugs on a picnic table in Yellowstone National Park.

photo by @ourfreeways

  1. Water Bottles

A Pendleton water bottle/vacuum flask/

Here’s another shining idea, especially since our water bottles and thermoses are made in partnership with Kleen Kanteen. Your favorite patterns, like Harding and Silver Bark, make these durable and nontoxic bottles even  more special. See them here: WATER BOTTLES

  1. Oversized Towels

A young woman smiles for the camera, posing on the sand on a Pendleton spa towel.

Photo by Nathan Martell for @BedStu

Colorful, beautiful and practical, these towels will tag along on a summer trip or wrap the grad up on the way from shower to dorm room. There are colors and patterns for everyone. See them here: TOWELS

On a clothesline, Pendleton spa towels billow in the breeze.

  1. Blankets

The ultimate gift for your ultimate grad. With proper love and care, a Pendleton blanket will last for generations. In patterns, plaids and stripes, in sizes that range from throw to king, there is a perfect Pendleton blanket for every grad on your list: Motor Robes for the sports fan. National Park blankets for the environmentalist. Camp blankets for the lover of the great outdoors. And a library of dazzling traditional patterns, each with a story to tell.

A woman stands by the sore of the lake at sunrise, wrapped in a plaid Pendleton throw.

Photo by Levi Dunn, @thefreestate

Browse the best here: Pendleton blankets

And congratulations to everyone!

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Photo courtesy Colorado State University Native American Cultural Center