Shwood x Pendleton Instagram giveaway for 2019 – starts tomorrow!

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Our latest collaboration with Shwood is here, and we are celebrating with an Instagram giveaway that starts on Friday, June 28th at 9am PST! Rules are after the video.

The collaboration includes six frame styles and two patterns.

First, Chief Joseph in grey/turquoise. The pattern wraps the inner portions of the acetate sections. The exterior is a very cool grey.

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Next, a wire-rim aviator. The stripe accents are fantastic!

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There are awesome small elements on each of these frames; Shwood has done an incredible job on the details.

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(see all styles on faces below)

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The Shwood x Pendleton sunglasses are available at our website, so check them out and get ready for summer in style. See them here: Shwood and Pendleton for Summer 2019

Enter the giveaway at our Instagram: @pendletonwm

And go behind-the-scenes in this video.

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The Board Shirt by Pendleton, for an Endless Summer

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As we head into the lazy days of summer, it’s time to celebrate the Pendleton Board Shirt.

In the early 1960s, a group called The Pendletones adopted their name in honor of the surf uniform of the day. When surfing came to California in the late 1950s, surfers devised performance wear: swim trunks and plaid Pendleton shirts over a layer of Vaseline. Surfers wore the same shirts over light pants on the shore, and a fashion trend was born.

Even though only one member of the group had ever been up on a surfboard, the Pendletones sang about the simple summer pleasures of the SoCal surf scene; waves, sunshine, cars and girls. Under the unique artistic leadership of Brian Wilson, layered instrumentation and soaring harmonies made these songs anything but simple.

The Pendletones changed their name to the Beach Boys in 1962. And though their name changed, their uniform didn’t. The band wore this blue and charcoal plaid shirt on the covers of 45s and LPs throughout the early 1960s. The Board Shirt remains our bestselling men’s wool shirt to this day. It’s a simple style with a straight hem, signature flap pockets and that easy sport collar with the telltale thread loop, just in case you’re buttoning all the way up. We know, it’s your favorite.

It’s a wonderful time to shop the board shirt. See them here: BOARD SHIRTS

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Pendleton by Sunbrella Fabrics

The season for outdoor living is here, and Pendleton is ready with Pendleton by Sunbrella outdoor fabrics.

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Pendleton consistently searches out the best partners for collaborations and shared projects. We have been delighted with our partnership with Glenraven on a line of Pendleton-patterned outdoor fabrics. These Pendleton by Sunbrella fabrics are perfect for all outdoor uses, including awnings, furniture, umbrellas, and anything else you can think of.  They also work indoors, for ultra-durable upholstery.

Like Pendleton, Glenraven (the company that produces Sunbrella fabrics) is a multi-generational family business. Also like Pendleton, Glenraven is headquartered in the USA. And, again, like Pendleton, they have maintained a strong commitment to weaving in the USA. You can see the Glenraven mill in action in this video.

Pendleton by Sunbrella fabrics use dyed threads for weaving, which means vivid, lasting color. That’s a similiarity to wool, which also takes dye all the way to the core.

One key reason Pendleton has been so proud to work with Glenraven lies in the company’s commitment to sustainability. Any used Sunbrella fabric can be returned to the company for recycling and re-use through their Renaissance program. You can read all about that here: Sustainability and Sunbrella

Did you know you can set a Sunbrella fabric in a bucket of bleach, and it won’t change its color? These fabrics will not run, stain, or fade…ever. The world’s clumsiest person can’t ruin Sunbrella fabrics, though you can watch someone try in this video:

The “Indoor Durability Challenge” will give you an idea of what Sunbrella fabrics can withstand.

We use these fabrics in our store designs, and choose them when our stores need awnings, as in our Pendleton store in Eugene, Oregon. They make an impact indoors or out, as you can see in this adorable camping trailer interior by @stagecoachdetaildesign that artfully uses Pendleton by Sunbrella fabrics. 

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For information on their work and design services, contact information is here: STAGECOACH detail and design

You can purchase pillows at our website: Pendleton by Sunbrella

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We also stock Pendleton by Sunbrella fabrics at our Woolen Mill Store – call the store directly for availability and information. Info here: www.woolenmill.store

Happy summer!

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Graduation time!

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To all the graduates, congratulations. It’s a time to proudly honor your accomplishments, hard work, and success.

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© Kym Erickson

Published: September 21, 2018

You’re the driver of your destiny,
Passenger of none,
In control and looking forward
Of things that must be done.

You’re the captain of your ship,
Destination unknown,
Plans to help you get there
And freedom to bring you home.

You’re the pilot of your airplane;
Fly as high as you can.
Life is what you make it,
So follow your plan.

Hopes and dreams not yet reached,
Motivation on display.
A journey full of ups and downs,
Experience gained each day.

Direction is always forward;
Backwards remains the same.
Discover your authentic self,
And have a willingness to change.

Enhance each quality given.
Develop talents you were blessed.
Transform your heart into one of gold,
And believe in more than yourself.

Mistakes are made; we move on.
We get back on our feet.
I’m here to support you always
Should you ever need me.

For every start there is a finish.
For every beginning there is an end.
Hold onto your accomplishments,
And even tighter to your friends.

More By Kym Erickson

Source: https://www.familyfriendpoems.com/poem/dreams-12

 

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We sincerely thank you for making us part of your traditions. It is an honor. 

Best regards, 

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photos courtesy: Indian Country Today, ASU news, Student Door, Kelsey Leonard, University of Colorado at Boulder, Glenn Asakawa, Pinterest,  Colorado State University Native American Cultural Center, 

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Chasing Ghosts in the Bighorns with Greg hatten

Editor’s note: What did you do over the long weekend? Enjoy the adventures of our friend and Pendleton ambassador Greg Hatten, who took the Bighorn blanket home to the Bighorn Wilderness. 

The Bighorn Mountains of Montana are larger than life – just like the mountain men and trappers who explored them in the early 1800s.  Many of my favorite characters from that wilderness era explored the rivers, forests, mountains and meadows as they crisscrossed their way through territory that is now called Wyoming and Montana. On a recent trip west, I set out to chase the ghosts of Jim Bridger, John Colter, Hugh Glass and retrace just a few of their paths.

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Much of what I saw looked the same as it did over 200 years ago – especially the skyline with the snowcapped mountains that stretched high in the blue Montana sky.  I found a clearing and camped with a view of the mountains – it snowed that night.

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I rowed my boat down the Bighorn River where the water was icy cold and clear. It reflected the blueness of the sky in a hue that I had only seen one other place…Crater Lake Oregon.

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One night, I camped beside a small stream running fast with snow melt in the Bighorn National Forest and the trees were so thick it blocked out the night sky but felt warm and safe next to the cold water.

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It was a trip back in time and my boat was the time machine that took me there. Quite a trip – quite a place.

Greg Hatten

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In 1825, the Bighorn River called famed mountain man Jim Bridger to build a raft of driftwood and ride it through the foaming rapids. Part of the river was dammed to create Bighorn Lake, but the spectacular canyon it carved remains, named for the Bighorn sheep that travel its rocky, treacherous paths. Located in Montana and Wyoming, about one third of the park unit is located on the Crow Indian Reservation. One quarter of the Pryor Mountains Wild Horse Range lies within the Bighorn Canyon Recreation Area.

See it here: Bighorn Blanket

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Special Gifts for Special Grads – Pendleton Blankets

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Life is a journey, and a graduate is setting out on an entirely new path. A Pendleton blanket makes a perfect companion on that journey; warm, soft, with made-in-the-USA quality that will last for generations. Here are a few ideas for your new grad.

Does your graduate love the great outdoors? Consider our National Park Series blankets. These striped patterns are some of our favorites, with colors that reflect the geography and flora of the parks for which they’re named. The blankets and throws have special patches, inspired by the window decals travelers were given at the gates of America’s earliest parks.

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Glacier Park, shown above, is a favorite. Size selection varies by style, but these blankets can come in twin, full, queen and a new throw size. See them here: Pendleton National Park Series blankets

For the graduate who is entering the United States Marine Corps, nothing could say “congratulations” more than the new The Few, The Proud blanket. This special design is approved by the USMC.

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The Eagle, Globe, and Anchor is the official emblem of the United States Marine Corps. Each element signifies the Marine Corps mission and legacy. The anchor reflects the naval tradition of the Marines as part of the Department of the Navy. The globe represents readiness to serve in any part of the world. The bald eagle, symbol of America, holds a ribbon in its beak that reads “Semper Fidelis,” or “Always Faithful,” a reference to the unending valor and loyalty of the Corps.

See this blanket here: The Few, The Proud

For those headed to the dorms, a Pendleton Camp Blanket is a terrific choice.

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This 100% wool blanket is inspired by the bedroll blankets found on the packs and saddles of trail riders and shepherds in the American west. At night, these blankets were unrolled for a night by the campfire, under the stars. Not a bad companion for a new grad’s journey!

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There are quite a few color and size options. See them here: Camp blankets

Also available in a throw size here: Camp Throws

Some graduates begin training as an EMT and/or firefighter as soon as they are done with high school. Firefighters are a special breed, who run into the buildings that most of us run out of. If you have a graduate who will be training for this profession, consider the Wildland Heroes blanket.

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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 more information here: Wildland Heroes

And you can’t go wrong with an iconic pattern like the Chief Joseph design.

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It’s available in a color and size for everyone, including a special cherry pink that benefits N.A.R.A.’s Native women’s health program.

See all your options here: Chief Joseph Blankets

A Pendleton blanket is the gift of a lifetime. If you’re looking for a different type of gift, large or small, we have plenty of other suggestions at Pendleton-usa.com. And wherever your graduates are heading, we wish them well.

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Salt & Straw & Pendleton: Your summer is going to be DELICIOUS.

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We are unveiling our summer collaboration with Salt & Straw, home of the most delicious and unusual ice creams! Our five flavors celebrate camping and the great outdoors, and you’re going to want to try them all (the breakfast ice cream is a dream come true). You can taste them in person at our Park Avenue West Pendleton store in downtown Portland at the preview event, and at Salt & Straw soon after.

To celebrate this collaboration, we are giving one lucky winner five pints and a Pendleton Motor Robe. Head over to our Instagram to enter: @pendletonwm on Instagram

General rules: Follow Salt & Straw and Pendleton on Instagram, and tag 3 friends in the comments. You’ll be entered to win a Motor Robe and 5 pints of Salt & Straw ice cream.

This giveaway runs until midnight PST, 5/18/19. Complete rules after the jump.

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Happy Mother’s Day from Pendleton Woolen Mills

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Cassy Berry – @cassyberryphoto

To brand new mothers who are finding their way, and mothers who have this motherhood thing all figured out-

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Cassey Lennon – @eyeamsun

To mothers-to-be, and mothers remembered-

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@merzydotes and @cosmic.american

For all your days and nights of work, worry, joy and laughter; we say thank-you, and we wish you the best.

Happy Mother’s Day.

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Pendleton Weavers Series: Wendy Ponca’s Cradleboard

Wendy Ponca is a renowned Osage Indian fine artist. She studied art at the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, NM, with more studies in NYC and Greece.

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She earned a Bachelor’s degree in Fiber Arts from the Kansas City Art institute, and a Baster’s degree in art therapy at Southwestern College of Santa Fe. She has taught fine arts at IAIA and UNLV, and worked as a costume designer for the Santa Fe Opera. She also founded Native Uprising, a collective of Native American artists, designers, and models.

Throughout Ponca’s career as an artist, designer and educator, she has designed and shown her own lines that demonstrate her skills in draping, tailoring, beadwork, jewelry, silk-screen printing, ribbon work, body and textile painting.

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Her work marries traditional elements like shells and buckskin with new materials like reflective Mylar, to reflect the Earth and Sky moieties of her Osage people. Her work is exhibited in museums across the US. Her vibrant ready-to-wear clothing line is available at wendyponca.com.

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She has designed several blankets for Pendleton Woolen Mills, including a four-blanket limited edition series in 1995. Her latest is Morning Cradleboard, 2019’s addition to Pendleton’s Weavers Series.

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This child-sized blanket uses a pattern inspired by finger-woven straps used to secure a baby in a traditional Osage cradleboard. Ponca often creates designs that are tactical by intent, offering Nature’s protection. In Osage, the cradleboard is called o-olo-psha, or “follow-trail-of-animals.” The cradleboard was the beginning of the Road of Life as followed by animals to water and food. People take this same path, beginning life as completely dependent, and working step-by-step to self-sufficiency. As the cradleboard protects the baby, this blanket surrounds a child with warmth and safety on the path to growing up.

See the blanket here: Morning Cradleboard

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Pendleton and Hunter Fans: as cool as it sounds!

We are as excited as can be about our latest project with Hunter fans. These four-blade fans feature an LED light. There are two styles, with an exciting feature; the fan blades can be reversed, giving you a choice of two Pendleton patterns.

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(see ottoman)

The matte black features Spider Rock and a tonal version of Eagle Rock.

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The silver version features Canyonlands and a tonal version of Pecos.

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(see Star Watchers blanket)

The blade patterns draw their inspiration from these blanket patterns.

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The Canyonlands blanket is retired, but has inspired a range of home items and clothes; see them all here: Pendleton Canyonlands

See the fans here: Pendleton and Hunter Fans

And be sure to check out the Hunter/Pendleton fan giveaway running on Instagram, with HGTV stylist Anita Yokota: @anitayokota

We love these fans for their unique Pendleton look, the versatility, and the superb Hunter quality. Yes, that’s right….we’re fans. 🙂

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(see Big Medicine blanket)